Posts Tagged ‘Stan Lee’
Boy is it so much crazier than the last one at the Javits. They seem to really be trying to make strides towards it being more like the SDCC. Tons of great panels. A lot of famous people walking around (I brushed against Christopher Meloni, and a friend told me he saw Christopher Nolan…not sure on that one though). Don’t forget Chris Schafer. Wait, what?
The signings at the Marvel and DC booths have been hectic and kind of disorganized. I’ve seen people (fans) start makeshift lines and then the staff decide on going with it. Arguments insuing on clusters of “friends” cutting ahead. The staff also either don’t allow sketches, or rush the artists along and set limits. Reeeeal awesome if you have been waiting in line for an hour…or NOT. I actually got double stiffed on one, but that’s a story for when I get home to my laptop.
Do these convention workers not realize why the creators are there in the first place? For…The…Fans!
I felt much more at home in artist alley than in the main hall. People can barely get there act together to walk straight and not cause congestion. I found myself speedily counting the variables in my head of who’s going to move where and when as I weaved throught the crowd, dodging giant Transformers and little anime girls. Oh yeah, and fifty Zatannas. Obviously she used her infinite replication incantation. “!YLPITLUM EM”.
The way they marketed it as the NYCC/Anime Con probably added to the overwhelming Saturday turn out. I’ve swam through cement faster. Ok, enough about that.
I was able to speak with quite a few artists. Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen are taking over the art in Batgirl, which is exciting. Fridolfs told me they will be bringing in a new villain during ‘Batman: Streets Of Gotham”. He assured me that it will lend itself well. I asked him about Thomas Wayne’s drunken behavior two issues ago, and he replied that it seems they are possibly trying to make it as though the playboy gene runs in the family. I don’t know how I feel about that, but do like to see a certain depth and backstory added to Bruce’s parent’s life (when most of what we know of them is their deaths). As always I asked everyone what they like to read on their down time. Most answer that they have no free time outside of drawing or writing. This I find kind of ironic, since they got into comics in the first place because of their passion for the medium, and now they can’t indulge in it as much. Small price to pay, I suppose, for a childhood dream and adding to the mythos of a worldwide beloved character. Fridolfs did say that he enjoys Savage Dragon and whenever Mignola treats us with a written and drawn one shot. He asked me what I love and, other than Batman, agreed on everything Mignola (we’ve had this same convo at more than one convention…hah). You might like this; when I told him I will probably have to cut back on the amount of titles I buy weekly, he said that they are thinking about dropping the price of books by a dollar! Seriously, this shouldn’t even be a debate after all the ever constant massive crossovers they put us through.
Don Kramer was another great guy. We talked about his run on Detective, and shared the same favorite issue (when Joker takes Robin hostage on a little holiday joy ride), but he was kinda bummed that he rarely got to actually draw Bruce with the cape and cowl on. When speaking about getting into his new gig on Straczynski’s Wonder Woman run, he was very candid. He showed me some fantastic upcoming panels which he is trying to ink, as well. It seemed he felt that she didn’t need the controversial costume change, being that she’s supposed to just be a normal girl trying to unravel a mystery in that new reality, but wishes he would have had a part in the design none the less. Now that he is acclimated to Diana’s new style, Mr. Kramer has, however, taken the liberty of swapping her metal cuff/bracelets out for really cool gauntlets. One thing I took away from our chat was that he wishes he had more time to perfect things and give it his absolute all. Looks like DC wants to pump them out, and lays down some intense deadlines, but I could be wrong.
Fabian Nicieza showed me some revealing panels where Bruce is back (in his new get up) and is talking to Tim (who looks extremely happy to have his adopted father back) about the formation of Batman Inc. Tim splits no hairs and wastes no time reminding Bruce that it was his idea first. Mr. Nicieza seemed really pleased with that, and with the fact that he’ll still be able to write Dick Grayson as Batman (if you recall, he wrote on some Nightwing) since Bruce will be taking his cape and cowl international at times. Two Bat-men? The more the merrier I say!…maybe.
Lastly, I couldn’t even get into the animated Green Lantern series preview. It was packed to the rafters. Very disappointing. Then, after waiting to see the new Young Justice preview, I jumped ship and headed straight to the first screening of Secret Origins. It was a small room and I was the first one in. The family of the founder of DC comics, Major Malcolm Wheeler Nicholson, was at hand in the row next to me. The documentary about the formation and evolution through the years of one of the greatest comic book companies (number one in my book) was narrated by Ryan Reynolds. Historical, funny, informative, and at times touching, the film was a treat to watch. Full of writers, artists and editors, it chronicled not only mainstream DC, but also the indie off-shoots that followed when the medium was in dire need of being shaken up and offered to a new/broader audience. I am glad I got to watch it in that small venue. You should definitely check it out when it is released November 9th.
If you haven’t checked out Dave Mammina’s table, please do. Both books and concept art have been selling. Signings are free and so is a sketch if you purchase a book.
Sorry for the lack of pics and videos. I’m mobile updating, and it doesn’t seem to port well yet. Tomorrow night I should get a real post up.
See you tomorrow at The Walking Dead panel and first full clips.
P.S. I met Bob Camp, and he drew for me. Suck on that world! …awwww…come back world. I just got overzealous. The excitement over took me. We friends still? Good.