I'm sorry that this update has gotten delayed, but as Free Comic Book Day and The Avengers approach, I should take a quick look back at the most recent superhero-related event that I attended. On Sunday, 22 April 2012, Janice and I went to the Hynes Convention Center for the Boston Comic Con. On the way, we had a cheap brunch at a nearby pub.
We enjoyed the show, which featured numerous artists, vendors, and fans in costume. I got autographed sketchbooks from Joe Quinones (who illustrated an evocative Green Lantern in DC's Wednesday Comics), Stephane Roux (stylish artist of Zatanna) and Jill Thompson (the creator of the whimsical Scary Godmother, among other things). I also bought a formidable Wonder Woman print from Renae DeLiz, and I appreciated finding creators from around the world.
As with last year's convention, I enjoyed seeing and talking with many talented artists. I had met some of them previously, including Scott Ethan Ambruson, Steve Epting, Ed McGuinness, Craig Rousseau, and Bill Sienkiewicz. There were even more comics legends and independent publishers present, some of whom I've found or followed through DeviantArt.com.
It was cool to see several others for the first time, such as Cliff Chiang, Erica Henderson, Phil Noto, Marcio Takara, and Mouse Guard's David Petersen. They were all friendly, and I would have liked to buy more artwork, but I have only so much money in my wallet and room in my files and walls. I'm especially conscious of this as I continue getting organized after Janice's and my recent move.
In addition, I chatted with the guys from Bedrock Comics, Newbury Comics, and New England Comics. My regular subscription is now at the Outer Limits, but I'll be visiting some of these shops for Free Comic Book Day.
While I didn't find any of the back issues I was looking for, partly because the show floor area was crowded, there were lots of good deals on graphic novels and trade paperbacks. According to some of the exhibitors, the convention was even more crowded earlier, and attendance threatens to outgrow the venue.
In fact, by the time I found the room for the DC Comics panel, it was full. Fortunately, I could catch up on DC's new "52" continuity from various reports online, which is a must for big media and fan events such as this or especially the annual San Diego Comic Con.
Janice and I did manage to get good seats for the costume contest. Thanks in part to anime, cosplay is increasingly popular, and I was pleased to see more female fans (and DC characters) represented. Not all of my pictures came out, partly because of a weak camera flash and large, crowded area, but several other photographers more than made up for that. One of my favorites was a man with an excellent homemade Spider-Man outfit and his toddler as Wonder Woman.
Of course, I look forward to reading the intellectual property that all of these conventions, animated TV shows, and live-action movies are built upon! I also look forward to next Monday's beginning of Jason E.R.'s "Glassworks" superhero miniseries, using the Cortex-based Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game.
Finally for now, here's what I'm currently reading:
- Avengers Assemble
- Captain America
- Age of Bronze
- Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra
- Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon
- Girl Genius
- Godzilla: Legends
- Indiana Jones Adventures
- Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
- Rocketeer Adventures
- The Shadow
- Sherlock Holmes
- Sinbad: Rogue of Mars
- Star Wars: Adventures, Agent of the Empire, Clone Wars, Knight Errant, Old Republic
- Steampunk Fairy Tales
- Steed and Mrs. Peel
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Warehouse 13
- Wizard of Oz
- Zorro Rides Again
Shared by or with David I.S. and my nephews and nieces:
- Action Comics
- All-New Batman and the Brave and the Bold
- All-Star Western
- Angel & Faith, Buffy: the Vampire Slayer Season 9
- Animal Man
- Astro City
- Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
- Birds of Prey
- Buckaroo Banzai
- Conan the Barbarian, King Conan
- DC Universe Presents: Deadman
- Dial H for Hero
- Doctor Who, Torchwood
- Fringe, X-Files
- Guns & Dinos
- Green Lantern: the Animated Series
- Honey West, Suicide Girls
- Justice League Dark
- Knights of the Dinner Table: Bundles of Trouble
- Lady Mechanica
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Liberty Meadows
- Mouse Guard
- Mr. Terrific
- Resurrection Man
- Queen Sonja, Red Sonja
- Smallville: Season 11
- Star Trek
- Tales of the Dragon Guard
- Warlord of Mars, Deja Thoris
- Young Justice