- Posted by Johanna on June 18, 2007 at 11:13 am
- Category: Comic News
We left early Sunday morning and had a nice leisurely drive back. (My first post on the show is here, if you missed it.)
I had a fabulous time. I don’t normally do late bar nights any more, but I had a wonderful conversation with a group of young webcomic creators Saturday night that went into the wee hours. It was so refreshing seeing their energy and hearing about their plans and hopes made on their own terms.
Newswise, I learned about three upcoming projects I’m excited by.
First, Vito Delsante (event coordinator for Jim Hanley’s Universe) will be writing a couple of comics for DC, a JLA Classified and a Superman Confidential later this fall. I only pick up superhero books these days based on a very few creator names, but I’m curious to see what he’s done, since he said something along the lines of “it puts some continuity in new perspective, and I can’t believe they let me do it.”
Second, Cliff Chiang will be drawing a monthly Black Canary/Green Arrow series beginning in October. It’s written by Judd Winick. I adore Cliff’s work — one of my few purchases at the show was a print he’d done of Dr. Thirteen and his team, similar to the cover shown here.
Last, old friend Steve Saffel has written an incredible hardcover called Spider-Man: The Icon, also due in October. Based on the preliminary proof he showed, it’s got tons of scans and images of not only comics, but also licensed products. I was interested because it’s not just written for fans (although there’s plenty for them included).
The book takes into account the character’s place in American culture. Steve places a lot of the stories in context, considering the times and how they influenced what happened (like popular attitudes toward radiation, the “establishment”, drugs and the famous non-Comic Code issues, and so on).
I have another bag of items to go through that I want to talk about, but that’ll have to wait for later in the week, after I return from another quick business trip. In the meantime, there’s coverage of Saturday at the TwoMorrows blog and Sunday from Ben Towle, who went shopping.
He mentions an interesting trend I also noticed: booths with graphic novels for half-off or similarly discounted (one table had all TPBs for $5, but they were very picked over by the time I shopped Saturday morning). These discounters mostly stocked Marvel, though. I wonder if someone cleaned up at some of the Diamond scratch-and-dent sales, or if Marvel was running one of their “we don’t tell you what you’ll get, but we’ll send you books for cheap if you agree to take a lot of them” offers to retailers.