Recap of New York Comic Book Marketplace or The Day I Bought A Lot of Comics

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My massive haul from NYCBM!

My massive haul from NYCBM!

I don’t know if you live in the NYC area, but every year there’s a glorious event called New York Comic Book Marketplace (NYCBM). It’s a place where you can buy comics for really really cheap. This year it was on Saturday, April 13th.

I’ve been about two or three times now and every time I leave with a backache and beautiful comics. This year proved to be no different. I made sure I was fully caffeinated, equipped a couple empty bags and cash. But probably the most important part was that I did not get a manicure because I knew I was going to be doing a lot a digging and my nails would get messed up. These are things us fangirls have to consider.

Old time greats like George Perez and Chris Claremont were in attendance. I ended up buying 17 trades (hardcover and paperback) 1 collected story and 4 single issues. They were either 1/2 off or $5! I made the mistake of not bringing a suitcase to carry them all, or at least a rolly backpack!

New York Comic Book Marketplace George Perez

George Perez

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NYCC 2012- Grant Morrison Spotlight

As some of you may know, I have a deep love and admiration for Grant Morrison. In short, his opinions and work constantly force me to challenge the way I think and understand the world, universe and everything in between. (You can read all about why here.) Over the course of the convention, I heard at least three people say that Morrison’s work literally saved their life. That fact alone should show the impact this man leaves in people’s lives. This spotlight was predominantly fan questions and I thought it would be easier to recap the spotlight in a bulleted format.

  • –  The moderator described Happy, Morrison’s new four issue series, as A Christmas Story on meth.
  • –  The creepy song “ Pegasus”, by The Hollies inspired Morrison to create Happy.
  • –  He described Happy as a buddy cop movie.
  • –  He also announced that Rza (Wu-Tang Clan) is working on a script for one of his works and they instantly bonded over UFOs.
  • –  He recently finished working on Aliens vs. Dinosaurs and he thinks Hollywood is getting more psychedelic and would love to have The Filth made into movie.
  • –  On the topic of superheroes, Morrison said he identifies with superheros and believes everyone probably does in some way. They illustrate social realism. They are able to talk about real life in ways that realism cannot handle. Hence, the fantastical elements.
  • –  Morrison believes Superman is a man for the people. He gives us what we need, when we need it. He represents the ultimate man and Morrison always thought Superman was a half Christ, half Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. figure. He also emphasized that Batman himself has become an architype.
  • –  Superheros ask us, “I am better than you, can you live up to me?” They are noble and help elevate us out of negative cynicism. Nothing is impossible and there’s always a way. 
  • –  He believes the 5th dimension is inside our head. He told the audience to think about one universe, now think about two, now think about ten. That is an example of how our mind is infinite and holds no bounds. The imagination is the 5th dimension.
  • A fan asked Morrison if he thought the world would end in December and he replied, no. “The apocalypse is us projecting our morality to the world.”, he went on to explain.
  • –  Morrison was juggling about 15 things in 2010 and was almost at the point of mental illness. But he stressed to never reject an opportunity to work.
  • –  In regards to why Buddy Baker in his run of Animal Man was involved in animal rights, he explained that his cat died while writing it and he loves animals and wanted to give his animal friends a good story.
  • –  He’s not a fan of “the red” concept in Animal Man because he feels it makes Buddy seem like a sub-Swamp Thing. He stressed that he is a fan of Jeff Lemire and the other ST writers, but personally doesn’t like the red in relation to Animal Man.
  • –  Flex Mentallo was inspired by ecstasy, mushroom and rave culture.
  • –  A fan asked what to do if you’re practicing magic and bad things happen. Morrison simply responded by saying the same way you always deal with bad things.
  • –  In addition, if you ever conjure up a demon, he said they don’t like logic or shapes and it’s easy to talk them out of existence.

Press Release from Legendary Comics about Grant Morrison’s Annihilator to be released in 2013:

Morrison brings to the pages a thrilling story starring wild-living screenwriter Ray Spass, who has one last chance to save his career as he struggles to write a new studio tent-pole movie, Annihilator.

The film centers around the incredible adventures of Max Nomax; a sci-fi rebel anti-hero who’s condemned to a haunted prison orbiting a supermassive black hole, following an epic struggle against the all-knowing, all–powerful artificial life form VADA and his squad of deadly Annihilators. Found guilty of the Greatest Crime in History, Nomax has vowed to clear his name by discovering a Cure for Death itself and resurrecting his lost love.

But with deadlines looming and a recently-diagnosed brain tumor, Spass is running out of time and inspiration – until the real Max Nomax mysteriously appears in the world of 21stcentury Los Angeles with no memory of how he got there, only a terrifying warning of imminent destruction and a mission for Ray Spass.

Ray’s tumor is the key—it contains all the information of Nomax’s adventures, uploaded into Ray’s head before Nomax made his great escape.  Now, Ray has to finish his screenplay in order to get the information out of his head and shrink the tumor. Nomax needs Ray to finish the screenplay so he can remember how to defeat VADA and ultimately save the universe from extinction – if Makro, the unstoppable rogue Annihilator, doesn’t kill get to them first, that is.

But who or what is Max Nomax really?  And why is it the more we learn, the less we want to know?  A heart-stopping suspense thriller. A love story. An impossible mystery. A tale of vengeance and defiance – bargains and consequences – life and death – good and evil.

NYCC 2012- Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Wood and More Discuss Sci-Fi at Image Comics

Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan of Saga

Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction & Image Comics Panel

Science fiction embodies different elements to different people. This panel took a look into what sci-fi means to these writers and illustrators and how they use it to shape their work in Image Comics. The panelists included Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Saga), David Hine (Storm Dogs), Joe Harris (Great Pacific), Glen Brunswick (Non-Humans) and Brian Wood and Ming Doyle (Mara).

Brian Wood said that in Mara, the sci-fi is less about the actual technology and more about how it affects the characters in his story. It’s about how we as humans realistically react to fantastical elements. They all admitted there are different types of sci-fi, which we can all attest to. There’s apocalyptic, cyberpunk, science fantasy, or how Brian K. Vaughan likes to describes Saga, fakey make-believe.

BKV said that he used to have friends who liked science fiction and those who liked fantasy, but never both. Saga is both, there’s magic and space ships. When going into depth about the reasoning behind the character design and world building, BKV wanted to use, “simple iconography for each world”. Whether it’s wings, horns or television heads, there’s no mistaking each world and its people. We instantly know what team they play for.

Fiona Staples, the artists for Saga, explained that she isn’t a fan of drawing tech, “I always put character first when I design these things”. BKV said he pretty much gives her a lot of free reign of the character design. Fun fact: Vaughan showed Staples a bong as a reference for his dragon skull space ship.

A fan asked the reasoning behind the characters non-violence stance. Vaughan joked, “I have kids now and my major question is what order to show the Star Wars movies to them.” On a more serious note, most of the panelist agreed that, as a creator you love violence, but as a human being you abhor it, so you face a creative crossroads.

BVK shared his thoughts on Saga becoming a film, “That part is cool, and I’m happy to sell out. Beyond that, I don’t really care. My idea director for ‘Saga’ is Fiona, and my ideal cast are the ones that Fiona draws. The comic is a destination; it’s not a blueprint for something else.”

Supernatural the Anime

I’ve been watching Supernatural on and off since it’s started in 2005.  My dad is a big fan of it so it’s always on in the house.  I also really liked the turn it has taken the past 2 seasons with the whole Hell on Earth situation and the not so angelic Angels.  Because since Supernatural is a show about, well the supernatural, I’m excited about the visual freedom they will have with animation.

Info on Supernatural the Animation via Anime News Network:

“The acclaimed anime studio MADHOUSE (Death Note, Paprika, Vampire Hunter D, Summer Wars) is producing the previously announced 22-episode anime for Warner Brothers. Shigeyuki Miya (Lupin III: Green vs Red, Aoi Bungaku Series, Buzzer Beater) and Atsuko Ishizuka (Aoi Bungaku Series) are co-directing the project. Warner Home Video will ship Supernatural the Animation on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on one disc on January 12, 2011, followed by two boxes on February 2 and April 6.

The original live-action series follows the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) as they hunt creatures and other supernatural phenomena across the American landscape. The series premiered on The WB network in the United States in 2005, and it will enter its sixth season on The WB‘s replacement network, The CW, this fall. Padalecki and Ackles confirmed at Comic-Con International last month that they are contributing to the dubbing of the anime along with their Japanese dubbing counterparts Yuya Uchida (Soul Eater‘s Dr. Franken Stein, Naruto Shippūden‘s Rinji) as Sam and Hiroki Touchi (Trinity Blood‘s Abel Nightroad, Bokurano‘s Kokkpelli) as Dean.”

I think it’s safe to say that it’s gonna be kick ass!  The only problem I have is that Dean Winchester’s isn’t nearly as hot in the anime as he is in real life… but I guess that’s usually the case for things that aren’t real life.

[Source: Anime News Network]

Dexter Season 5 Trailer

I’ve been a huge fan of Dexter since Season 1 (on Showtime).  You know a show is good when the audience is always on Dexter’s side even though he is a serial killer.   If you don’t watch it I definitely recommend it! Michael C. Hall won a Golden Globe this year for Dexter and so did John Lithgow for his role of psychotic brilliance on Season 4.  I’m also glad to hear Michael C. Hall has fully recovered from cancer.

This trailer for the upcoming season, which they showed at Comic-Con, had me at the edge of my seat!  SPOILER ALERT! I was completely devastated when the Trinity Killer murdered Dexter’s wife Rita at the end of last season.  It seems like the drama will be non-stop for next season, which is scheduled to premiere sometime in September.

Zombie Week- Resident Evil: Afterlife Comic-Con 2010

Resident Evil: Afterlife hits theaters this fall.  They say they are using the same revolutionary 3D cameras as James Cameron used for Avatar, however, Screen Rant wasn’t very impressed by their slow motion action scenes they showed at Comic-Con.  I love the games, because I love killing zombies, I mean who doesn’t?  Me and my brother would wait until our parents were asleep, turn off all the lights and with our trusty weapon arsenal (aka wiimotes) and we immersed ourselves in the Resident Evil world, which in turn provoked a whole lot of cursing and laughing on our parts.  Pardon that tangent back to the movie.  Feel free to read the LA Times article if your interested in RE‘s 3Dness.  I think they are hoping people will see it in theaters (which gets them more money) because of their supposed Avatar-like 3D effects.  Do you plan on seeing it?

Related RE Links:

Written Recap of their panel at Comic-Con via CinemaBlend

YouTube of their Panel at Comic-Con Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Resident Evil Wiki, because everything has its own wiki now

Also I did a post on gamer jewelry a while back and there’s some Umbrella Corp jewelry on it.

Zombie Week- Sucker Punch Trailer

Here’s the trailer for Sucker Punch the movie by the director of “300” and “The Watchmen” Zack Snyder. Read the post I did about the movie here.  Thanks to @robocake33 for the link!  What do you guys think?   Looking forward to it?