Sunday, October 12, 2014

NYCC and Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy

A nice article on how NYCC implemented and publicized its anti-sexual harassment policy. It's sad that this is needed, but maybe someday, treating all people, all fans, with respect will become universal. Until then, NYCC is getting it right.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NYCC Cosplayers

I didn't get photos of nearly as many cosplayers as I wanted. Some got past me too fast. Some shots I did take were blurry because I was too rushed. I also managed to cut off some feet as I had only my regular, kit lens, and couldn't back up enough. There were so many wonderful costumes, as always.

Another Year, Another New York Comic Con

This year, the 4-day passes sold out really fast, so by the time it was my turn, 50 minutes after entering the site's queue, there were only 3-day passes and dailies left. Three-day passes don't include Thursday, my favorite day because it's the least hectic, so I ended up getting passes for Thursday and Friday only, which cost a bit more than a 4-day pass. Adding Saturday would've been too much money to spend extra for walking around, shopping, and taking photos. I don't do panels; haven't done that at a con in years.

I spent most of Thursday in Artist Alley, chatting with folks and taking pictures. First stop was getting on the line for Amanda Conner, my favorite artist and one of the very few people I'd stand on line for these days. For most of my time at NYCC, Amanda has graciously let me take a photo of her with my little stormtrooper action figure, Steve. It's a NYCC tradition! Jimmy Palmiotti was there at the time, too, so I got them both to pose with little Steve. They're the nicest people and I love chatting with them.

Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, and Steve

I got to meet Kyle Higgins and picked up the not-yet-released-to-stores compilation of the first 5 issues of C.O.W.L. which has edged its way into my top 5 favorite comics with its unique slant of unionized superheroes.

Kyle Higgins

Autographed Copy of COWL Book 1
I don't really collect art, anymore. My money goes for action figures and other toys these days and I have no place to showcase art, anyway, thanks to no wall space. But I did get a few autographs on the cover of my program, including Adam Hughes.

Adam Hughes
I then headed over to the giant toy and comics mall, aka the seller's floor, and bought a few things. Mostly, I took pics of cosplayers and upcoming 1:6 action figures, such as these.

I already have Mal Reynolds, from QMx on pre-order. It was nice to see the figure in person, though!
Mal Reynolds 1:6 Scale Action Figure
 I became a Honey West fan with the TV series in the '60s and have enjoyed the recent comic book series. I do need to read the novels on which the show and comics were based. So I was happy to see that Phicen is doing a seamless action figure of Honey, due out in 2015.
Honey West 1:6 Action Figure Doll
And there's a new player when it comes to high end 1:6 action figures: Star Ace. Their distributor is YesAnime. They're starting out, this month, with a series of Harry Potter figures.

Ron Weasley and Harry Potter 1:6 Action Figures

I'll showcase my favorites of the cosplayers I snapped in another post.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Few Quickies

I've been having computer problems, which is why I didn't post these earlier. Really.

Red Sonja: The Black Tower 1
Pretty nice start, with a cover by Conner and Mounts. The interior art by Razek is lovely and Tieri's story has a nice, mystical feel, focusing on the violence that occurs when a dark tower rises overnight, causing fear in the town's inhabitants. Sonja is determined to get to the bottom of things.

Red Sonja 12
As expected, once Sonja shows up at the Emperor's with the requested artisans, he reneges on their deal for him to release his slaves. Things look dire after Sonja is imprisoned for opposing him, but the artisans have become as much as family to her and they do what they can to set things right. A nice bit of fluff.

Gotham Academy 1
Wow, this was fun. More, please! Cloonan and Fletcher have crafted a marvelous tale, or start of one, with wonderful teen characters and a boarding school full of secrets that, while it might not rival Hogwarts, has enough thrills and chills to keep me reading. It's always nice to find a comic that remembers comics should be fun. Karl Kerschl's lovely, lively art doesn't hurt, either.

Fairest 30
The mystery of the missing glamour is solved in high style, while Reynard gets in deeper and deeper into the mess he's made. Interestingly, the cover is page one of the story, something Vertigo is doing this month. I can't say it isn't gorgeous and effective, but I miss the overall cover as cover art.

Black Widow 11
With some help, Natasha rescues her lawyer. A decent chapter in the complicated story without end.

Legendary Star Lord 4
Peter goes up against Thanos. It doesn't go well. It is, however, fun to read.

Harley Quinn Future's End 1
The wedding of Harley and Joker. Maybe. The usual lunacy from Palmiotti, Conner, and Hardin. Another comics team that knows the importance of fun in a comic.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Four Reviews

Yup, another clever title.

This alternate history of the labor movement in 1960s Chicago, with superheroes, is fascinating. The plot takes some unexpected turns as the union of heroes takes a hit politically. Definitely a superhero comic that's different from every other superhero comic.

Copperhead 1
I haven't read anything by Jay Faerber since his work on DC's Titans, which was good enough, so I thought I'd give this a try. It's a futuristic, space-faring western (think Firefly!), with a single mother taking on the job of Sheriff in Copperhead on the planet Jasper. Some of the usual tropes are included: The woman doing a man's job! The passed over deputy who might be harboring a grudge! The visit from a wealthy citizen to discuss a mutually beneficial arrangement! Of course, the deputy is a tiger-like being and a lot of the citizens are aliens, and the wealthy citizen has AIs working as his security force, so this could get interesting. The art by Scott Godlewski is nice enough and gives the book a quirky, alien feel.

Legenderry 7
The last issue wraps up the immediate threat, but the baddies are still out there, so I hope there is at least one more mini-series planned, because if not, this romp featuring steampunk versions of established heroes like Zorro, The Phantam, and the Green Hornet would be a disappointment.

Saga 23
Wow! Where to begin? I could summarize the events, but really, I shouldn't need to. You should be reading this book. Things get intense. Bad things happen. More bad things might happen. I can't wait for the next issue.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reviews from A to V

Only one comic this week, but a bunch from the last week or so. Here, in brief, is what I thought of them.

Astro City 15
A satisfying conclusion to Ellie's story, including her history in flashback that makes me want to see more with her.

Black Widow 10
The past comes back to bite Natasha, Hawkeye guest stars, and her lawyer, Isaiah, is being held captive and being tortured by a mystery woman. The story is okay, but it's Noto's art that keeps me getting this book.

Captain Marvel 7
Back on her ship, and it looks like Rocket might be right, about Carol's cat. Any book is elevated with the addition of Rocket Raccoon. Not that this book needed the help. But it's nice to have it.

Hawkeye 20
Kate learns a hard truth about her father, but first, she needs to get back to NY and save Cliff's life. I love how the two storylines are finally merging.

Fairest 29
I really like Reynard, but he's really an idiot. I doubt anyone could misread a situation as completely as he has. But the story that shines in this issue is that of the Owl and the Pussycat. It's so sweet how much Owl will do for the Cat he loves.

Lazarus 11
A new story begins, focusing on a brewing battle between families. With Jonah Carlyle a prisoner of the Hock family, the Carlyle patriarch wants a family conclave, something he's been steadily and secretly working on making happen. Meanwhile, Forever starts wondering about her parentage. The plot, as "they" say, thickens. After Saga, this is my favorite book.

Legendary Star Lord 3
Peter wakes up a prisoner after being drugged by a woman he met in a bar. How cliche, Peter! But no prison can hold Peter, so an escape is in order! Fun stuff.

Ms. Marvel 8
Kamala gets a new dog and they continue her hunt for the Inventor. I don't think I could love this book more.

Shutter 6
Kate, her newfound younger brother, and her talking cat robot are on the run from the demons hunting her. And then things get complicated. A weird, quirky, fun book.

Terminal Hero 2
A dying man gets an experimental treatment for his brain tumor, but the treatment causes hallucinations and gives him super powers. Now a shadowy organization wants him to use those powers to assassinate badguys. Sounds intriguing, right? I thought so. But somehow, I'm not feeling it. I'll probably give it another issue, but it's so far, just falling flat for me.

Velvet 7
I guess this is my third favorite book, after Saga and Lazarus, and it's no coincidence all are Image Comics titles. Image has been nothing short of awesome in their variety and quality of comics. This issue is told from the perspective of the agent pursuing Velvet, and it's a nice insight into how the book's protagonist is viewed by her colleagues and peers. I like when books mix things up. Brubaker is doing a wonderful job with this Cold War spy series.

Thursday, September 18, 2014