Monday, November 08, 2004

Good times at Wizard World. 

Some observations.

1) Joe Casey does a very funny Chris Claremont impersonation. I have no idea if it's accurate, but that's beside the point. And The Intimates is really quite fucking good.

2) Some Top Cow marketing guy whose name currently escapes me did a lecture on marketing your comic. In it, he mentioned Heidi McDonald (and/or "her little blog," which reads a lot more dismissively than it was said) three times, Newsarama/Matt Brady twice, and CBR once. I'm not sure why this is interesting to me, but it is.

3) Josh Howard (he of Dead@17 fame) is going places. Got something going on for Image's second Flight volume, as well as a project for DC Comics. Did not think to ask him if it was going to be under a particular imprint, because I am stupid, and because the smoothie I had was so good I was distracted by its flavor.

4) Speaking of, Dead@17: Revolution hits stores on Wednesday. Pick it up. It's a solid fucking read, with a very interesting new character thrown into the mix. And you're going to have a hard time missing that cover anyway.

5) Also have some interest in Silent Devil Productions' Dracula vs. King Arthur. I know, I know. Stay with me here. It's going to be fun. Remember what fun comics were like? Well, this is it. And Chris Moreno seems to have the artistic goods. (Silent Forest is also a very funny title.)

6) Four seems to be the magic number for small publishers, in terms of mini-series length. I'm sure there are any number of practical reasons for this, but I see here an opportunity for comics to maybe kick that three-act format in the ass and do something distinct and new. Now, so far, most 4-parters seem to just give the middle two issues to the second act, but something could be done here. Maybe something is and I'm just not seeing it. Tell me if I'm not.

7) Totally unrelated: I just got done bagging up some clothes for a homeless ministry. A few weekends back I had the occasion to talk at length with the woman in charge of this particular program. The true philanthropist type was she: filthy rich, and an absolute servant to her community. A good woman. She tells me that the second most popular item among the homeless she sees is books. Paperbacks, usually. Just little paperbacks or short story collections, something to pass the time. They get snapped up almost as quickly as jackets and longsleeve shirts.

I'm sure you can see where I'm going, here. Now, I know there's no money to be made for Comics At Large by giving away your old trade paperbacks to homeless shelters or ministries, but... we're all in this to share good stories with people, right?

So why not take some of those old TPBs of yours to the local church or shelter? Or, at the very least, hit up a used book store and snap up some clearance paperbacks.

8) Michael Lark is a funny guy. He and Ben Templesmith were sitting together at some vendor booth, and after I asked Templesmith to paint me a Ghost Rider, Lark kinda looked over... and said he wanted to try that, too. His first ever Ghost Rider, as a matter of fact.

And it's fucking gorgeous. 1 of 1, baby, and it's all mine.

9) Lark and Templesmith referred to John Cassaday as "Princess Planetary," an epigram worthy of immortalizing.

10) The line for Rob Liefeld signings/sketchings blocked the CBLDF booth on Friday, so much so that no one could even see what the CBLDF were offering. There are so many truisms about the industry in that one observation that I don't even know where to start.

11) David Mack is tall, handsome, confident, friendly, and able to stand and smile for 10 hours straight two days in a row. He also attacks artists at random and wrestles with them. These are things the public should know.

12) There is no twelfth thing.

13) Kevin may be happy to know I purchased the alternate cover issue of Digital Webbing Presents #17, featuring his best Bad Elements story yet. I would urge the rest of you to track this issue down yourself and give it a read.

14) I have heard Robert Kirkman called a hillbilly on no less than three occasions by three people, all unsolicited. One even provided an impersonation. There must be something to this.

15) Tony Moore prefers lurching zombies to sprinting ones. People get pretty zealous about that stuff, don't they?

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