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Comic Book Fix: Avengers vs. X-Men Release Party and Review
Last Updated on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 05:39 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 4 April 2012 11:00
To celebrate the release of the biggest crossover event in years, comic book shops were given permission by Marvel to sell the first issue of its much-hyped megaseries, Avengers Vs. X-Men, a day early. More than a thousand stores around the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Japan, held Tuesday night release parties for the epic showdown between Marvel’s two mightiest franchises.
Some stores hosted Marvel creators like Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, while others held special sales for all the fans who came out, like Omaha’s Krypton Comics, which marked down all back issues to half price for the duration of the AvX party. Marvel is trying its best to make this 12-part series a BIG DEAL, especially with two would-be blockbuster movies being released over the next few months: The Avengers in May and Amazing Spider-Man (in the comics Spidey is a part-time Avenger) in July.
The repercussions from this event will be felt throughout the Marvel Universe for the next couple years, so it’s imperative that they get the kickoff issue right. So how did they do? Click the link for my review of the book everyone on the Internet will be talking about this week, Avengers Vs. X-Men #1, and check out a few photos from last night’s Krypton Comics release party.
Comic Book Fix: Review – ‘Smoke and Mirrors’
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:58 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:00
IDW Publishing seems to be the go-to place for high-end fantasy projects. The San Diego-based company publishes something for everyone, from the old school sword-and-sorcery of Dungeons & Dragons to modern, dark fairy tales for fans of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, like Locke & Key and Memorial. IDW even throws some Lovecraftian horror into the mix with its company-wide “Infestation” crossovers. So it comes as no surprise that the company has just successfully launched another fantastic fantasy book with Smoke and Mirrors, the first creator-owned comic from GI Joe scribe Mike Costa.
Comic Book Fix: Wondercon News and New Reviews
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 01:34 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:00
For the first time since it began Wondercon was held last weekend somewhere other than the Bay Area. Originally held in Oakland, Wondercon moved to San Francisco in 2003, but due to ongoing renovations at the Moscone Center, CCI, the convention’s organizers, moved Wondercon south to the supposedly warmer climate of sunny Anaheim. Convention guests and attendees braved the elements during an unseasonably fierce downpour on St. Patrick’s Day to fill the Anaheim Convention Center for what many consider to be one of the better convention experiences in recent memory, leading some to wonder whether the Bay Area has lost its signature convention for good.
But amidst the poor weather and devoted cosplayers, some interesting news was announced over the weekend. The return of a fan-favorite Marvel captain, though perhaps not the one you’re thinking of. And a longtime Vertigo writer is plunging into the deep end of Marvel’s mutant waters writing not one but two ongoing series. And a prominent voice and longtime advocate for creators to embrace digital comics is finally putting his money where his mouth is, selling his vast collection of comic books to help fund his new series of digital comics.
Read on for details on these stories and more, including my reviews of some of last week’s biggest releases, like Brian K. Vaughan’s latest creator-owned series, the spacefaring sci-fi epic, Saga.
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Comic Book Fix: Planet Comicon and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:57 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:00
It’s convention season! Yes, it’s that time of year when the sun comes out, the weather warms up and comic book fans cram by the thousands into convention centers across the country to meet their favorite writers and artists while dressed as their favorite characters. This weekend is Wondercon, which is usually held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, but is taking place this year in Anaheim while the Moscone undergoes renovation and expansion. But for the Midwestern fanboy who can’t make it to southern California this year, fear not, there are plenty of convention opportunities to be had, including C2E2 in Chicago from April 13-15. But if you don’t want to wait another month, you can check out Kansas City’s Planet Comicon, March 24-25.
The largest convention in the Midwest outside of Chicago, Planet Comicon features a host of film and television stars in addition to a veritable who’s who of comic book creators. This year, special guests include Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets covers), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night) and Jason Aaron (Scalped, Wolverine and the X-Men). It’s sure to be a great weekend of nerding out and talking comics.
Also in attendance at Planet Comicon will be artist Skottie Young, whose amazing pencils have graced Marvel covers and interiors for a number of years now. In addition to his covers, Young has been busy illustrating Eric Shanower’s adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. And so, in honor of Kansas City’s biggest comic convention, check out my review of Shanower and Young’s first collaboration, Marvel’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy may not be in Kansas anymore, but you will be if you attend Planet Comicon.