Tag Archive: Comic Con 2013


Today we’re going to have a bit of a time warp as I post something written by our roving photographer and some time writer, Craig Gordon. While I was off to see Neil Gaiman speak at Comic Con last year, he went off to do other things. This is what he did.
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Welcome to our panel this afternoon. Thank all of you for managing to attend a panel at 3:00 on Sunday.  I know it was difficult with all the last-minute sales in the dealer’s room.
To my left is the man himself, J. Michael Straczynski aka JMS or just Joe. We call him the old man of the studio in reference to the Old Man Of The Mountain, the legendary leader of assassins, because if that guy in the front row implies one more time that Joe is too old to write a love story he will have you killed. Really. If you doubt his ability to write a love story, just give him your mom’s phone number.
Next we have the multi-talented Patricia Tallman, possibly best known as Lyta Alexander from Babylon 5, who decided stunt work wasn’t risky enough so she agreed to be CEO of Studio JMS. A very brave woman indeed.
Next to Pat is Phil Smith, the production editor for Joe’s Comics who also runs his own web comic at http://www.fightinglioncomics.com and is apparently an awesome bartender. I intend to test that last part later.
Down at the end we have Bill “my name is harder to pronounce than Worcester sauce” Sienkiewicz.  Bill is an Eisner Award-winning artist and writer known for his unconventional comic book art often utilizing oil painting, collage, and mimeograph.  Joe plans to do some unconventional things with his comic line and Bill’s art is a part of that.
And I, your humble moderator, am a squirrely fanboy caught gushing over Pat earlier this week.
So, even though this is a spotlight on Sidekick, the newest comic in Joe’s Comics line, we’re going to talk about the line in general.  Because, based on circulation numbers, we know most of you haven’t read it.
If you are familiar with Joe’s stuff you know the focus is on the story.  No filler arcs.  No “let’s keep treading water until we come up with something.”  If there is no story to tell, there won’t be a comic.  But, and this is a good but, while there is a story there will be a comic every month.  What does that mean for you, the reader?  It means that each comic will come out in complete arcs.  Once they’ve told the stories for that comic, they’ll take a break and see if they come up with more stories.
Now let’s talk about the series themselves.
The launch title is Ten Grand.  This is the story of a hitman in love who is planning one last job before he retires.  So of course he dies.  And so does she.  That’s the beginning of the story.  Our hero makes a deal to stay on Earth helping people who have been screwed over by the supernatural and he hopes that if he does a good enough job he’ll end up in the same place as his lady-love.  This is a dark comic for mature readers about a guy trying to clean up a lifetime of bad deeds by helping others.
Releasing right now is Sidekick.  This is the story of the heroic duo The Cowl and Flyboy and just what happened in that cave when no one was watching.  Just kidding about that last part .. probably.  And at the beginning of the story, The Cowl is killed.  I think I’m sensing a trend in main characters dying in the first issue here.  After The Cowl is killed, Flyboy, the titular sidekick, is left to try to find his way in the world.  He’s too old to start working with a new hero and too young to be a hero on his own.  Then it turns out that nobody likes Flyboy because he’s an annoying brat who can’t land a punch(line).  And then it comes out that The Cowl actually faked his death just to get away from his pesky sidekick.  We have a woman in the audience saying she’s feeling a bit concerned about redemption for this character or if he will just be ground down.  Joe responds by telling her she shouldn’t worry – Flyboy will *definitely* be ground down until he snaps.  And then they’ll keep grinding him down just for fun.  This is the story of what you do when everything you thought you knew and thought you were comes unraveling around you.
Another comic coming soon is Alone.  We don’t get to hear much about the plot of this comic but this is why Bill is here.  The advantage to running your own comic line is getting to do whatever you want and one of those things is experimenting with layouts and designs that other publishers don’t want to risk.  They are going to break the visual mold with this comic.  Forget about the traditional comic paneling and anything you thought you knew about reading comics.  They will use whatever design their creative minds think fits the story best.
We also get small visuals previews of Protectors Inc, which thankfully will not be made into a movie by a certain couch-bouncing name because Joe feels it works better as a comic, and The Book Of Lost Souls, which had 6 issues published in 2005/2006 that I have in a box somewhere.  I’m happy to see a return of this latter book because I think this series had a lot of things it could explore.
We have someone asking if the Joe’s Comics line would be good for him considering that he has never read comics.  Why are you at San Diego Comic Con again?  But back to the question – definitely.  Because Joe is planning to break the mold with these series, it might be more appealing for someone without a huge background in comics because there is no expectation or standard to compare them to.  And, because each series is starting fresh and will be told in complete arcs, there aren’t decades of continuity, ret-cons, what-ifs, and crossovers to worry about.
Those people who wouldn’t let Phil throw those t-shirts to you are saying we only have a couple minutes left, so before we get kicked out let us tell you about one of the best parts of these comics!  Other than the stories of course.  Each first issue will have an audio reading available online.  And one of the vocal talents you can expect to be hearing is our very own Pat!  Like me, this may make you lose focus on the comic, though.
Alright, they’re kicking us out now.  I’d say we don’t care where you go but we really do.  Follow us downstairs for the final signing session of the con before you have to try to cram all those precious, precious treasures into your too small luggage.  And remember – the corp is your friend, trust the corp.
They made us say that last part.
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The Week in Preview

I know, I’m starting a day late this week… First there’s the obvious end of the year reason, which in my workplace means this week. There’s also the holidays. So, while there may be less writing this week. I do plan on their being more writing in the next two as I have them off of work.

But what’s going to happen this week?

Good question. This week I would like to get my opinion out the American remake of 47 Ronin. I also plan on showing you some more of my ever-expanding short story. I would also like to give you all a Comic Con guest post. There might also be a personal post or two in there…

So, there you have it. It’s less focused like a laser beam, but this is a busy week for me else wise. Next week will be more focused as I will have more time on my hands.

Until tomorrow!

You know you’re curious… so here it is. Nothing but pictures from this years Comic Con. Enjoy!
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An amazing elf (possibly dark elf) from WoW cosplay

An amazing elf (possibly dark elf) from WoW cosplay

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I saw quite a few Links this year… I think I’m going to start making this a game called Link hunting.

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A panelist from Insights for Independents

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The moderator for both Insights for Independents and Writer’s Journey

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Panelist from the Writer’s Journey

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Another lnflatable from Teen Titans, Starfire

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Another lnflatable from Teen Titans, Cyborg

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Lego Robin

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Detail of Lego Batman… it’s really impressive

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Lego Joker

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Detail of Lego Bag End

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This montley crewa was waiting to get on the Assassin’s Creed IV ship

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Assassin’s Creed III group

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Love this satellite cosplay.

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Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan

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Sergio Argones

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Awesome Captain Hook cosplay

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I’m not sure what this is… but not only is my interest piqued, but the pumpkin one looks awesome.

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For some reason this still amuses me as much as when I saw this happen.

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Cross-gendered Thor cosplay? Yes please!

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A roving Riddler

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Very cute Riku cosplay

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Nami handing out drinks on a sultry San Diego day

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Usop is thinking of something.

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Cute How to Train Your Dragon cosplay

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An incredibly accurate Loki

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Go, go gadget arms!

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Steampunk, cross-gendered Darth Vader > lingerie Darth Vader

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Two voice actors from Ben 10

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Here, have another Neil Gaiman shot

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And another for science

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I’m not sure what this knight is from, but it always reminded me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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A pretty good Riker cosplay

 

This Week in Preview

It’s Monday, and I’m feeling much better than I did last week. I finally showed that lousy cold whose boss. That also means it’s time for the weekly preview.

This week I would really like to tackle some writing projects that I promised last week. So, that means I’ll be hitting you with a thoughtful write-up about the Legend of Korra as well as an opinion of 47 Ronin.

What else might I have in store for you?

Another write-up about Comic Con… but not by me. This one by a previous contributing Comic Con writer, Craig Gordon. I also plan on finally compiling some more pictures and do a nothing but costumes and pictures from Comic Con post… and hopefully I won’t repeat myself.

I’m going to be giving the definition-stretching short story a break, but I might also insert some personal life instead.

So, there you have it. I hope you all are as excited for what’s coming up this week as I am.

See you tomorrow!

 

This Week in Preview

That’s right, it’s Monday morning. That means that it’s time for the preview of thing that I would like to get written. This started out as me not knowing what to write when I wake up Monday morning, but has proven that it helps me focus on the things that I want to say.

So, what do I have planned for this week?

There’s still more Comic Con to come (though not all this week). I have two guest posts on deck. I am going to share more of the ever-expanding (and misnamed) short story that I have written. I also would like to write about the season of the Legend of Korra that just wrapped. I also have a thing or two to say about the upcoming holiday release of the 47 Samurai.

Granted, I heard about this happening I think about 3 years or so ago when it was in planning, but not that it’s actually coming out I have something to say.

So, there you have it. It’s going to be a rather full week. And I promise to get that review of K (or K Project) up. I realized that when I sat to write it that I had a hard time recalling the story because it had been so long since I had watched it last. It disappeared into the far recesses of my brain behind a locked door. Watching another episode or two might just be the key to open the memory.

So, there you have it. Hope you enjoy!

Awesome Shiro cosplay. I really love Deadman Wonderland.

Awesome Shiro cosplay. I really love Deadman Wonderland.

It was time to listen to Neil Gaiman.

Oh, man… it was amazing. Listening to him talk about what it was like when he started writing. Hearing one of oldest friends ask him questions while he would answer them…

Really, you had to be there to have seen it. It was… I don’t think I have words.

I did manage to capture some video of the panel though… thankfully.

This made me very happy.

This made me very happy.

I didn’t realize that one of Neil’s earliest books was a biography of Duran Duran.

It was also pretty awesome to hear a bit about the new Sandman series.

The panel was capped off with some Q&A that I was unfortunate enough to not get to ask my question. Though… it is possible to ask him questions via his Tumblr. I would like to know what it was like for him as a starting out writer and what he did to market himself… because that’s where I am.

It meant so much for me to be there. I wish I could have talked to him.

Very nice Viera cosplay. I loved that someone did a Final Fantasy XI/XII cosplay.

Very nice Viera cosplay. I loved that someone did a Final Fantasy XI/XII cosplay.

But such is life.

After Neil Gaiman was the last panel for the con about bullying.

It was interesting to hear the panelists both share their bullying stories. It was also interesting to hear what they were proposing as a way to curb bullying. I was bullied a lot as a child and into high school. It’s something that can be mentally scarring, especially if you have a plentiful lack of positive reinforcement at home. I like the idea of educators being more aware and trying to promote anti-bullying. I also love the fact that Cartoon Network is now helping create a way for children to help other children that are bullying, without bringing bullying on themselves.

I applaud these efforts. Going to school is hard enough as it is. No one needs to be made to feel bad about themselves as they

In what looks like an almost epic "Fist of the North Star" face-off...

In what looks like an almost epic “Fist of the North Star” face-off…

start figuring out who they really are in the first place.

It was a great way to end Comic Con.

It was a very busy year and I have no idea how many miles I walked during that weekend. I’m contemplating buying a pedometer to give me an active count. I’m almost curious how much all that walking adds up to. However, it was worth it. Even if I didn’t make any major headway into networking, I did wind up learning a lot and having a great time. So, that made it entirely worth the effort.

…And there’s always next year.

Calling almost all supergirls.

Calling almost all supergirls.

I had a lot of plans of interesting things to see on Sunday… I really did. Unfortunately, I made the supreme sacrifice to see something that I had wanted to see for years. I sat through 2 panels that were of minimal interest for me so I could see Neil Gaiman.

And, man… it was so worth it.

First I sat through the X-Men panel. It was actually quite interesting… even though I don’t know much about X-Men. Not because I don’t like X-Men. I actually do like it, but I never wanted to start such an established series so far into it’s run. It’s kinda hard to go back and read all the early stuff when it’s largely out of print.

The panel opened with a trailer for “Agents of SHIELD” and “Avengers Assemble, Infinity”. I would say

Captain America and his 1940's pin-up cheerleader. (I'm not sure what she would be called, please fill me in if you do know.)

Captain America and his 1940’s pin-up cheerleader. (I’m not sure what she would be called, please fill me in if you do know.)

these are things to look out for, but being that it’s mid-November and “Agents of SHIELD” is already on TV, I’ll skip that.

They started by talking about new series that will be starting… namely the series, “Battle of the Atom”. There are a whole slew of new things that are coming out in November… so that I will cover here as it might still be of interest. Slated for November release is new stuff for: “Uncanny X-Force”, “Deadpool”, “X-Factor”, “X-Men” and “Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe”. “Amazing X-Men” will be starting as a new series this month.

They also talked about the latest “Wolverine” plot line asking what happens if Wolverine looses his healing factor. They insinuated a lot, but I’m not sure what exactly has come of it.

They ended with a Q&A session. There was a cute little kid who admonished the Spider-Man writers for being so mean to Peter Parker. I’m sure most of you out there can only imagine what it was like, but it was so incredibly

Fire Nation vs. Water Nation

Fire Nation vs. Water Nation

adorable.

After the X-Men panel was a panel for “Ben 10 Omniverse”.

Now, I’ll admit, I’m not a huge Ben 10 fan. I have seen the show, but it’s not really my cup of tea. It definitely caters more to a younger audience and does so pretty well.

They teased with a Ben 10 video game that’s slated for fall of this year, but wasn’t given a date at that point. It’s entirely likely that it might come out in time for Xmas sales, as that would be the most logical release date.

We also got to see a never before shown episode of Ben 10. It was kinda neat to see something before it had even hit the air. It’s something that I hadn’t experienced at Comic Con before. It was nice to feel like I got to see something first.

They also mentioned that there would be a Ben 10 app in the near future. My guess is that it was in the

Poison Ivy and the Riddler

Poison Ivy and the Riddler

early stages of coding and couldn’t say when it would be available. I would guess that it might be available some time in the next year.

There was another adorable moment where I little kid gave the guy who does the voice of Ben his toy omnitrix since he didn’t have one. It was one of those heartwarming adorable moments that I wish I had managed to capture on camera.

After the Ben 10 panel was the real reason I was in that room.

The Week in Preview

Hello there,

We’ve made it to another Monday, so that means it’s now time to talk about what we may be seeing this week (if everything goes according to plan).

I plan to post more of my story (the one I posted 2 parts from last week). I really enjoy writing it, so I hope you all enjoy reading it as well. I plan to finish up my Comic Con posts. I know it’s been a long time, but I will finish them up. I’m debating of doing a random cosplay/convention picture post. Post nothing but the rest of the pics that didn’t make it to the blog post.

I also hope to finally write a review for the K Project. I’m also toying with the idea of writing a review of the manga (so far) for Silver Spoon.

We’ll see what this week will bring us.

I hope you all out there reading enjoy!

 

Nami and Ussop take a break from the Straw Hat Crew to hand out drinks on a balmy San Diego day for us Comic Con attendees.

Nami and Usopp take a break from the Straw Hat Crew to hand out drinks on a balmy San Diego day for us Comic Con attendees.

Afterwards they were doing a little outside party thing where they were giving out Shonen Jump-themed beverages and free t-shirts. The line was long for the t-shirts (not surprising as they were being screenprinted on site). It was a 2 hour wait but it was well worth it because we got to have some interesting conversations with the people around us. It also allowed us the chance to get the last stamp on our scavenger hunt.

After spending a good amount of time outside, we decided that it was time for air-conditioned sit down time and made good use of the random tables in the registration area.

We decided at that point that we were going to go to different panels. I decided to head over to Gays in Comics XXVI.

Every year Prism Comics puts together a panel about what it’s like for the LGBT community working in both the comic industry and the entertainment industry. It was interesting to hear some

Superman, Supergirl (deceased) and Sir Not Appearing in This Comic (but if you know, tell me) from Crisis on Infitnite Earths storyline

Superman, Supergirl (deceased) and Sir Not Appearing in This Comic (but if you know, tell me) from Crisis on Infitnite Earths storyline

of the things that are going on and getting to hear about some of the LGBT comics out there. I still keep holding out for more bisexual comics. I have a feeling that’s going to take some time to happen. (Unless there’s some manga-style illustrators out there reading this blog, because I have a story…).

It was pretty cool to hear about some of the stories that are out there. It’s pretty amazing. It was also pretty cool to hear how much respect they had for each other.

There’s also the jokes and anecdotes that made the panel more interesting. In many ways it reminded me of the Black Panel.

I was in that panel for a hour when it became obvious that it was going to run over (which was not a problem as it was the last panel in that room). I jogged all the way over to a panel I thoroughly enjoyed last year, The Best and Worst Manga of 2013.

I love this panel.

I do. I have gotten so many wonderful suggestions on manga to read from it… and this year was no

The Gaslamp from the Geek and Sundry Prom

The Gaslamp from the Geek and Sundry Prom

exception. I got to hear a lot of titles that I hadn’t heard of before like Kitaro, Wandering Son, Children of the Sea, etc. etc. They also mentioned manga that I had been reading/heard about like: Attack on Titan, Silver Spoon, Blue Exorcist, After-School Charisma, Bleach, Vagabond, Ooku, etc. etc. It was quite the list and there are so many that I really want to pick up now. The last thing I need is more manga to buy (but will probably do so anyways).

If any of you out there are interested in what their suggestions were for the last year, I happen to have them all in photos. So, let me know. I can always just post the list in picture form.

And that was our last panel for the night. It was a bit difficult to leave the panel as it was about the same time that the Masquerade started. It’s a popular event, but I have yet to actually watch one (and I’m not great enough at costuming that I can

Awesome couple that I met at the Geek and Sundry prom... and quite possibly the best Link and Zelda costumes I've seen.

Awesome couple that I met at the Geek and Sundry prom… and quite possibly the best Link and Zelda costumes I’ve seen.

participate). It made it a bit slow-go to get out of the building for the night.

Once we were out we headed out to dinner, followed by the Geek and Sundry Prom event.

Then event itself was pretty neat. There was DJ.ed music, a working bar (that was slammed the entire time we were there), photo booth style prom pictures, board and video gaming and an awesome chill space.

It was pretty awesome to get to hang out with some of the cosplayers… especially the best Link and Zelda duo I’ve seen all con. They were so incredibly friendly and we had a great conversation. It was a lot of fun to get to be out for a bit… even for my incredibly introverted self.

The Master and Torgo from, "You know, Manos, the Hands of Fate". One of the awesome things was getting to talk about MST3K with fellow fans.

The Master and Torgo from, “You know, Manos, the Hands of Fate”. One of the awesome things was getting to talk about MST3K with fellow fans.

Saturday was a day where things didn’t quite go as planned. That’s not a bad thing so much as it meant that I got some more downtime instead of running back and forth to panels all day. Given the previous two days, that was a much-needed break.

I had intended to hit the Machinima panel on Saturday morning, I really had. Once we had sat down to breakfast I had decided that I really would rather just take it easy and make it a more chill kind of day. So, instead of throwing myself into the line for Indigo Ballroom, we instead decided to look at the dealers’ room yet again.

We bought some neat gear (like a sweet Elf Quest shirt from Mighty Fine). I also got an opportunity to play a bit of “Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns”. For a game that so many people disliked, it seems as though it’s profitable enough to make 3 sequels.

And I actually enjoy playing the game. It’s an interesting new interface. You can change jobs midstream

Saitama from One-Punch Man taking inventory... Or really into reading something.

Saitama from One-Punch Man taking inventory… Or really into reading something.

(similar to Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2). You are a one person party and you need to switch frequently through out combat. So, it definitely feels different from the other two Final Fantasy XIII games.

The one thing that I disliked about the game (but I’m sure plenty of guys will enjoy) is that every time you’d change a job it looked like Lightning was wearing less clothing as each job change requires a change of clothing. Given that that’s my one quibble with the game, I’d say that it’s worth buying and I will probably pick myself up a copy.

This is also when I signed up for the open beta for Final Fantasy XIV. It was free and I figured why not. I’m willing to give games a try.

We wandered around the room for a bit more before deciding to head to the first panel for the day, the Weekly Shonen Jump podcast panel.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeello Nurse from Animaniacs

Heeeeeeeeeeeeello Nurse from Animaniacs

It had been many years since I’ve picked up a Shonen Jump magazine. It had been some time since I had picked up a monthly manga magazine. The last one I had picked up was Shoujo Beat (because I do enjoy me some shoujo manga).

It was interesting to see them doing a live podcast instead of your standard panel. So, this was less informational and more entertaining. The entire panel was talking about the currently running Weekly Shonen Jump manga which include: Blue Exorcist, Dragonball Z, One-Punch Man, Jaco the Intergalactic Policeman, Nisekoi, Naruto Shippunden, Bleach and World Trigger. The entire panel was a Q&A session as both the panelists and the crowd got to both answer questions and ask them as well. It was a pretty fun panel to see.