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.
It used to be that Monday holidays such as this one, Presidents’ Day, would give me fits! It had to do with the fact that New Comic Book Day is usually Wednesday, and a holiday like today would screw up the delivery schedule like crazy! Thankfully, that’s not the case these days!
Anyone here remember the Marvel Treasury Edition books? I do, but that’s because I’m old enough! Well, they’re coming back with Spidey: All-New Treasury Edition Vol. 1, scheduled to appear in comics shops this June. It will collect the first five issues of the new Spidey comic, written by Robbie Thompson and with art by Nick Bradshaw. For those unfamiliar with it, Spidey focuses on Spider-Man’s earlier adventures, before he became an international corporate mogul.
Last week, I talked about change in the comics industry, how the repeated rebooting of franchises has finally started to wear me down. Well, there are other changes that happen because, truly, nothing lasts forever, even in comics.
In the last week, there were two big indications of change happening soon in the Big Two comics companies – Steve Rogers returning as Captain America and Dan DiDio hinting that there will be a big “Rebirth” at DC this summer via Twitter. I have to say that I’ve reached a breaking point when it comes to change. Can I take much more of it in my comics? For the first time, I can understand why some people drift away from the industry!
I’m still not used to going to my first comics convention so early in the year! But I’ve already been to Magic City Comic Con, located in the Miami area! For more information, here’s their website! The con took place in the Miami Airport Convention Center, so it again was in a good location as far as ease of access. It ran from Friday, January 15, through Sunday, January 17, and had a lot of fans in attendance. It’s important to remember that this con is related to the Florida SuperCon that takes place in July. I reviewed their 2015 convention