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The final comic con report

Yo! So, I bet everyone wants to hear about my final day at the Comic Con?

First, check out my sweet Steph commission! The artist is Leanne Hannah.

Great, isn't it? I'll get it framed to go with my others.

Well, first I went to a panel where George Perez and Mark Waid discussed how they did the Brave and Bold #4. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my Impulse, so I couldn't get Waid to sign it. Anyway, it was fairly interesting, though the host of the discussion kept babbling questions so we didn't get through all the pages (to his credit, he at least admitted and apologized for what a blabbermouth he was). Mark Waid was really funny, he kept talking about how his job was the easiest ever since he only gave Perez plot synopses a lot of the time, and Perez would lay out a panel. And then he'd read the bits out and say "these are examples of my magnificence!"

After that, I walked around more and got a third Manhunter trade and some bags for my comics. The Manhunter trade was of course, really good, though they didn't specify when the 1 year later jump was in the middle of the trade so I was confused for a while. (Wait, when did Peter get that chick pregnant? When did Kate meet Obsidian? When did Dr. Psycho...oh, this is after IC so it must be...oh...)

Then I went to the Sunday Chat panel. To my pleasure, it was just like another panel where we could ask questions, unlike last year, when it was "chat about your fave comics!" And there were only ten people in the room, so I asked quite a few. I expressed my dismay over the Wondy trades, and Sattler doesn't know anything about that, but he said he'd pass my concerns on. So I fufilled my duty as a Wondy fan.

Also, Scotty, I asked about Connor Hawke. Sattler said there are a bunch of characters inactive right now (Argent, Hotspot...any 90's titan basically) for a reason, and next year or something there will be a team book or something about them all, and Connor is definitely one of them. So...that's good, right?

I also complimented on the co-features, saying I liked Jaime and Manhunter being back, and since Ed Brubaker had mentioned soon all books will have co features when I made him sign my Catwoman, I asked about that. Sattler said no, they're going to make sure the co features they have sell first. So Brubaker LIED to me! I thought his information was fauly anyway, so.

My last question was about Wonder Woman leading the JLA. Sorry guys, but Newsarama screwed you on that one. Wondy is NOT leading the JLA, that was just Bagley talking about how Trinity came about and some ideas Rucka had. No Wonder Woman leading a team book, though I'm sure my wide eyed eagerness made it clear that I wouldn't object to it.

The Tom Lyle panel got rescheduled so I missed it, but I managed to track down the man himself and thank him for co-creating Steph. He says he was pleased that she returned, as both he and Chuck were agrravated when he died, and he was amused he got royalties off her from the Lego Batman game. He said he really liked that in their Detective run he and Chuck managed to give sidekicks and supporting characters important roles, like with Tim and Steph. I shook his hand, and he asked my name. It was very cool.

I got Superman: Up, Up and Away, a DVD of Wicked on Chicago and the first Young Avengers trade (I already read it and those after it at Books A Million, but I wanted to own it).

Then we motored on out. I never got a sig from Stephane Roux, but that was my only loss.

And that, ladies and gents, was my Comic Con experience. I'll update tomorrow with a few tidbits I may have skipped over, but for not, hasta la vista.


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Jun. 22nd, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
So, officially a Manhunter convert, then? Very nice. It was a very good book. I can understand how the One Year Later gap would be confusing, though, if they don't even make a note of it.

In regards to the 90's heroes things, that's interesting, although part of me wonders if it's tied into Grant Morrison's Multiversity project. He mentioned that one of the books there would be dealing with a universe populated by the 90's characters, so it could be that they're letting them rest so that their portrayal there will be fresh.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yep, officially a convert. Good times!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Nice commission!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really like it myself. Pleased to have a Steph action shot!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
gorgeous commish!
Heh, yeah, that confused me SO MUCH. It was my first DC series, so I turned to Google because I was worried they'd left a few issues out of the trade. Then I was like " ... the hell? You could have spent an extra 9 words mentioning how the timeline's jumped ahead a year.". You'll LOVE the fourth trade, Andreyko writes really, really, REALLY good Diana.

Thanks for asking the Wondy and Connor question! I'm ... a bit terrified, really, but slightly hopeful Kyle might be one of those 90's characters, because I don't think Connor's interacted with any of them besides Kyle.

Aw, Young Avengers. The series that got me into Marvel and comics <3.

And there goes 50% of why I bother going to Newsarama. They're LYING LIARS WHO LIE!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: gorgeous commish!
Yeah, can't wait for Diana. I think what Bagley said was really rushed and confusing, so it's kinda understandable 'Rama misinterpreted it, according to Sattler.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: gorgeous commish!
The material in the fourth trade was really good, yeah. Some of it felt a bit fan-servicey, but the characterization was strong, and it felt like a nice, realistic extension to that part of Wonder Woman's character arc.

The fifth trade, unfortunately, wasn't as good--at least, not when I read it monthly. I love Gaydos, and I thought that his art would be perfect for Manhunter, but for some reason it just didn't fit--at least, not with the initial storyline that Andreyko chose to tell there. It probably would've been much better with the abortion storyline (that, unfortunately, probably won't ever be told), and with what little he got to draw of the final two issues. But I think that the first several issues in the fifth trade were the major weak point of the series.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Re: gorgeous commish!
What do you mean by fanservicey?

I think that Matters of Choice might be told. Totally going to write a letter to DC, hinting that hey, know what might make a great OGN? Also, totally agree that Gaydos was a bad choice. He's a good artist, but a bad superhero artist. There's a reason why they didn't use him for action scenes in Alias, or why he was given the issue of New Avengers that focused upon Jessica and Luke's relationship.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: gorgeous commish!
It's been awhile since I've read that Manhunter story, so I don't have the examples fresh in my mind, but...

Well, I don't mean T&A fanservice, or anything like that. But I mean more along the lines of "Hey guys, isn't this cool? Look, we know that it's cool". It was the same complaint that I had against the "Blue and Gold" arc of Booster Gold, although in the latter, they focused too much on the "Isn't this cool?" moments, to the detriment of the story. Manhunter's story didn't suffer, so the fan servicey stuff was just a minor quirk.
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