Although the 2015 MegaCon was conducted in mid-April, this year’s event just concluded since it was held at the Orange County Convention Center in the Orlando, Florida, area from Thursday, May 26, through Sunday, May 29. This year was also a four-day con, unlike the three-day one held last year. It was also the first year under new ownership.
This Wednesday will be the beginning of the newest DC Comics event – Rebirth! DC Universe: Rebirth #1 will be available in two days! Eighty pages for just $2.99! Of course, DC hopes they’ll get a response closer to The New 52 than DCYou, but we’ll see. Rebirth is getting quite a lot of attention already, and some stores are doing special things to highlight this DC event.
Now the same animosity between Marvel and DC not only continues in the comics, but has moved to the movie theater and TV as well.
Last week, I talked about Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) being held this past Saturday, May 7. I managed to get to three different stores on that day, and I noticed a few things I wanted to talk about. Also, friends attended other locations, and they also gave me things to talk about as well!
There’s been a lot of discussion online recently about autographs and what fans should pay to obtain them. Some comics pros have begun charging a pretty penny for their autographs. And some fans aren’t all that happy about it.
It’s long been said that what makes good movies are the bad guys. If that person is not challenging the main character of the film, then it’s dull as dishwater. If he or she is, then we often feel for the “good guy” of the film, want that person to win! I think comics have that same element to them. When the villain rises up and we worry that the hero or heroine will not be victorious, we’re anxious to turn the page and see what happens next. Our perception of villains has changed over the years. We used to
Last weekend was a BIG one for DC Comics and Warner Bros. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice did well at the box office, setting records all over the place. I know a lot of people who went to the first Avengers film just to see the characters in live action together for the first time, and that may have helped BvS as well. I saw the movie as well, and while it had its problems, I loved it overall! But for comics fans, the biggest news came out of WonderCon in California as DC released its slate of creative
This was my second journey to C2E2 in Chicago, and both times I was behind a dealers’ table. I did get time out on the floor and elsewhere in the con, so I feel I got a good overview of what it was all about! It ran from Friday, October 18, through Sunday, October 20. Apologies that this column is late, but driving from Chicago back to Florida took longer than expected!
This past Saturday featured the return of the In-Store Convention Kick-Off. As I wrote about the 2015 version of this event, local stores continued to struggle with the technology. The volume was again often too low, the images sputtered and a lot of the news wasn’t all that significant, it seemed to me. Still, there were some updates that needs to be shared below, I think, because they could help or hurt comics in the long run!
With many comic stories being told in sequential format, it’s easy for readers to miss those all-important first several issues of a title. I know that I prefer to start at the beginning, so I’m sure many others do as well! Well, Marvel’s launching a new initiative to attract new and “lapsed” readers to return to the fold – they’re reprinting the first three issues of several books in what are being called “Timely Comics.”
Some weeks, I have no idea what I’ll be chatting about in this column until the last second. Not this week! This time, I’ve been anxious to weigh in on DC’s Rebirth coming this summer! We don’t yet know a lot about this event yet, but I like what I see so far! Let me share my thoughts on it with you.