Thursday, May 28, 2009

I say Archie proposes and marries Betty

I'm sure you have heard by now, that Archie is going to pop the question. It's been on the news, it's CP24's webpoll for the day. And on top of that, Peter Dixon of Paradise Comics was on CP24 earlier today (I didn't really get to hear the interview, as I was at the bank at the time).

As the cover shows on the right, Archie is proposing to Veronica.

I say this is a tease, because most people want Archie and Betty together. They'd probably piss off a lot of people if Archie marries Veronica. Heck, I'm even writing a blog post about it (and quickly, as I have to get to work very soon.. apologies for spelling and grammatical errors).

But really, who the heck proposes at the jewelery store?

I would write more, but I am off to work now. Think about it. Respond if you wish.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - May 27th, 2009

Lots of books this week. I do regret a few of the purchases, and will get to them below.

Batman in Barcelona: Dragon's Knight #1 - One of the few regrets. I was sold on the Jim Lee cover. Having Mark Waid write a Batman story isn't too shabby either, but this was really a "meh..." issue. Can't say I enjoyed the artwork all that much, but Batman vs. Killer Croc was alright, but still would've rather not have picked this up.

Dellec #0 - You've seen the symbol before, as it was "spreading" through DeviantArt and various other places. Was this intentional, or was that symbol just added in? Aside from that, this was alright. Gotta love a crazy villainous chick.

Ghost Rider #35 - So I guess this is the last issue of this series, to be relaunched in August. Or was it a break, for that series in August, then return to this one? I can't remember. I did enjoy this one, and that Skin-Bender is pretty creepy.

Green Lantern #41 - Well, can't say I was expecting that ending. WTF? Still a pretty good story, with the origin of the Orange Lantern.

Ms. Marvel #39 - Another book that I regret buying. I just don't really care for Moonstone as Ms. Marvel. Sana Takeda's artwork is still really nice.

Muppet Robin Hood #1 - The last book I did regret buying. I didn't buy the issue of the Muppet Show, released by BOOM. Why the heck did I buy this? I like the Robin Hood story, but not that much.

New Avengers #53 - Getting better. Still don't care too much about the Eye of Agamotto, but I'm hoping this arc is coming to an end shortly.

Rapture #1 - Not a bad start to this series. Picked it up, to check out the works of the husband/wife duo of Mike Avon Oeming and Taki Soma.

Resistance #6 - The end of the mini-series, that ties into the video game. Kinda disappointed with the whole "skip to the end, and reflect back on what happened" type ending. Wanted to see more action. Oh well.

Spider-Man: The Short Halloween #1 - Fun story, by Bill Hader and Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live. Throw in the artwork of Kevin Maguire, and this becomes a really enjoyable book.

Wolverine #72 - Haven't been picking the issues up for this arc, but I decided to check this one out (mainly because I flipped through the book). Great stuff, and I am looking forward to the ending of the Old Man Logan story. I'll definitely be getting this in hardcover format.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Tony Fleecs sketches are in!

Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman by Tony Fleecs (2009)I bet some of you are wondering, who the hell is Tony Fleecs? He is the cartoonist behind the story, In My Lifetime. I never actually read that, but I will probably order that soon, just because I have heard great things about that book.

As for the sketches, it was Tony Fleecs that posted over at the BendisBoard message board, about taking orders for sketches (3"x5"), for a whopping $3US (+$0.42US shipping... or $0.72US shipping to Canada... per sketch). I just so happened to find myself surfing over to the BendisBoard that day, and saw the thread. I don't usually go onto that board, or participate on that board, as often as I used to.

Captain America by Tony Fleecs (2009) Wolverine by Tony Fleecs (2009) Zatanna by Tony Fleecs (2009)But when I saw the thread, saw the art style of Tony Fleecs, I figured $3.72US a sketch was quite a steal. Went to ask Danny if he wanted in on this, and he was up for five of them. I ordered six of them.

As you can at the beginning of this post, those are three of the six that I ordered. Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman. The other three are just to the left. Captain America, Wolverine, and of course, Zatanna!

I placed the order a month ago, to the day. About a week ago, the prices have increased for the sketches, to $6US + shipping. Frankly, it's still worth it if you want to get something done by Tony Fleecs. Just keep in mind, he did receive over 2300 sketch orders, so you will have to wait a little while before they arrive. Just click here to find out all the info and to place an order.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - May 20th, 2009

Gambit by Francis Manapul (2009) Gambit & Rogue by Agnes Garbowska (2009)Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3 - Picked it up for the BEST kept secret... the NEW Batman. I'll just leave it at that...

The Boys: Herogasm #1 - Comic book porno, published by Dynamite! There's a story to this, somewhere, I believe.

Captain America #50 - Quite enjoyable main story, but I really liked the Marcos Martin stuff in the middle/end. That was just awesome!

The Incredibles: Family Matters #2 - More great stuff from Marcio Takara and Mark Waid.

Locke & Key: Head Games #5 - The mini-series is coming to an end. This one hasn't been as good as the first mini-series, but still enjoyable.

Superman/Batman #60 - So the World's Finest is in an alternate universe, where Gotham City and Metropolis are merged, as well as all the heroes and villains of DC. Although the names of the characters are quite corny (Donna Wonder? DoomStroke? Lex Joker?), it's still a fun story. As always, great stuff from Francis Manapul. Love the cover!

On that note, I attended the store signing at Paradise Comics today, featuring Francis Manapul and Agnes Garbowska. As you can see above, those were to two pieces I got today. Big Thanks to both Francis and Agnes for them!

Monday, May 18, 2009

TCAF 2009 Boughts and Thoughts - Never As Bad As You Think

Never As Bad As You Think by Kathryn and Stuart ImmonenWritten by Kathryn Immonen. Illustrated by Stuart Immonen.

This was another book that I had been considering picking up when it was released earlier this year (in hardcover format). My shop didn't order it, and I didn't go looking for it, but saw this available at Kathryn and Stuart Immonen's table at TCAF, and grabbed myself a copy.

This is a hardcover collection (published by BOOM Studios) of their webcomic of the same title. The softcover of this was released at the last TCAF.

I did enjoy this collection of the webcomic, as it was just short story after short story, that don't really link to each other, but do link to each other for transition purposes.

However, the price tag is a tad on the hefty side, for a book that is roughly 60 pages. If you are just looking a read, try finding a copy of the softcover. I am somewhat of a hardcover snob.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

TCAF 2009 Boughts and Thoughts - Angora Napkin

Angora Napkin by Troy LittleWritten and Illustrated by Troy Little

I mentioned in my TCAF report that I wanted to pick this book up when it was released. I was actually interested in it, after Troy sent me the press release for the book, around the time of the Joe Shuster Awards website relaunch.

When hearing about the story, of three females in a rock band, I was thinking The Apocalipstix (by Ray Fawkes and Cameron Stewart). Not a bad comparison, in my opinion, as I really enjoyed The Apocalipstix.

But this is different. Aside from the three females in a rock band having an adventure, these are two completely different stories. Angora Napkin (the title, and the band name), deals more with the supernatural world (ghosts, zombies, etc.).

This is a fun and enjoyable book, but definitely not for children. It's not that it's a scary book, but it's a tad on sexual. Boob-grabbing, ass-grabbing, lesbo-kissing. Fun!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

TCAF 2009 Boughts and Thoughts - Pixu vol. 2

Pixu vol. 2Written and Illustrated by Becky Cloonan, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, and Vasilis Lolos

Pixu vol. 2 (pronounced, Pee-Shoo), was one of two books I purchased from Becky Cloonan.

After reading this book, I am thinking about getting myself a copy of Pixu vol. 1. It was quite enjoyable, but pretty messed up.

The book is a few separate stories that all link together. I do want to get the first volume, to see how that goes into this, as this starts from chapter 12.

Friday, May 15, 2009

TCAF 2009 Boughts and Thoughts - Stickleback

Stickleback by Graham AnnableWritten and Illustrated by Graham Annable

This is a story about a man named George, who creates art sculptures, using toilet paper. George encounters several problems throughout this book.

I'm really just going to leave it at that, as this wasn't something that I truly enjoyed, but it wasn't bad. George just doesn't appear that likable, which probably adds to me not enjoying the book. Personal taste, I guess.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

TCAF 2009 Boughts and Thoughts - Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of DoomWritten and Illustrated by Eric Wight

Since I did pick up a few items to read at TCAF, I thought it'd be nice to write up a little something about these books (though, I don't plan on writing anything intelligent)

The first book I decided to read, Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom (Published by Simon & Schuster).

As you can tell, the main character is, Frankie Pickle. The story is about how he chooses to live his life and the adventures he goes on (with his imagination), after his mom tells him he doesn't have to clean his room anymore.

The format of this book caught me by surprise. I was expecting a fully illustrated graphic novel, but it was a nice mix of some fully illustrated pages, some pages with single illustrations and regular novel text, and pages of full text. It's a great mix for kids that are working their way up in their reading level. The book is full of fun and excitement, and is also educational for children.

This is definitely something I'll be passing over to my little brother for a read. I'm sure he'll enjoy it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - May 13th, 2009

Elephantmen #19 - I did enjoy the last issue (the one I originally bought for the cover). It features beautiful artwork by Canadian creator, Marian Churchland. The issues that she does, are standalone issues, that are more back-stories to the regular stories that have already been told.

House of Mystery #13 - Lucky number 13, which features the debut work of Josh Adams. Nice mix of creators in this issue. Neal Adams, Eric Powell, Sergio Aragones, Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham, and others. Not a normal title I pick up, and something that I won't be picking up regularly. I just can't seem to get into this series.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 - You know, I still haven't read Black Dossier. I have a copy, but haven't gotten around to opening it up. This one, I did read, and it looks enjoyable.

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1 - Seriously, I bought this for the Karl Kerschl cover. I wanted the Niko Henrichon cover as well, but it wasn't available. Hopefully I can find a copy sometime in the future. Credits seemed quite funny, for Colleen Coover. She's the artist for the "Frog Thor Origin Thingy."

Secret Warriors #4 - Oh yeah, I'm excited. Fury meets with the non-Skrull Dum Dum Dugan. Next issue promises to be action-packed.

Street Fighter II Turbo #6 - Incorporating the Final Fight world, with the Street Fighter world. Dan continues to be hilarious.

Super Friends #15 - I had some idea that this was how the story was going to be, and I still enjoyed it. Fun stuff! Bought it for the J. Bone interiors.

Umbrella Academy: Dallas #6 - Final issue to this mini-series. It was enjoyable. Great stuff by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba.

The Unknown #1 - Couldn't get into the story. I'll try again. I remember the preview, with the bouncer dealing with another employee skimming from the staff, and that caught my attention.

The Unwritten #1 - New Vertigo series, that I decided to check out. For $1, it was hard to pass up. Was a little bored during the beginning, but enjoyable from the midpoint onwards. Let's see if this is one I continue.

The Walking Dead #61 - Interesting turn of events. More deaths. More craziness. More fun!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2009 Report

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2009May 9th-10th, 2009 - The 2009 Toronto Comic Arts Festival has come to a close, and to sum everything up... WOW! This was a great show, from start to finish. I wish I had more time (and money) to check everything out. Thanks to Chris Butcher, Peter Birkemoe and everyone else involved in putting on a great show!

Saturday May 9th, 2009
Zatanna by Michael Cho (2009)Before going into the show, I was curious as to how TCAF was going to be set up this time around. I had never been to the Toronto Reference Library, and I didn't even know where it was, until Danny pointed it out when we passed by it on Free Comic Book Day.

We arrived at TCAF around 10am, and I made my way over to the Joe Shuster Awards table. I wasn't working at the table at all this past weekend. I was there to pick up the new printout containing the updated information for the Visions of an Icon - Wolverine Gallery, in hopes of gathering more pieces for the Gallery.

I started to make my rounds at the show, to get some books signed, get some sketches, etc. The first person I went to see, Michael Cho. I was hoping to catch him at the Fan Appreciation Event last month, but due to a nasty flu bug, he was unable to make it to that show.

I am grateful that he was willing to do the sketch requests that Danny and I sent him a couple of weeks back. I am even more grateful to have the Zatanna in my collection (and soon to be on my wall!).

Zatanna by Bryan Lee O'Malley (2009)As people were still getting set up, I continued roaming around the floor, just trying to figure out were everyone was being set up (especially those that I wanted to see). I found my way into the Beeton Auditorium, where the publishers were set up, along with the creators representing those publishers. Bryan Lee O'Malley had arrived, and the line-up started to form. Glad I wasn't too far back. I ended up purchasing one of the Ramona Prints, and a couple of copies of Scott Pilgrim: Full-Colour Odds & Ends 2008. The Oni Press booth was sold out of these books by early Sunday afternoon.

I've been wanting a copy of this, since it was announced for San Diego Comic-Con last year, but never did place an order. So, I jumped at the chance here. Too much goodness in this, and I like owning books that contain a page (or pages) of original art that I own, and I now have it in colour (the page was originally released in the FCBD book, "Free Scott Pilgrim."

Beatrice by Troy Little (2009) Beatrice as Zatanna by Troy Little (2009)As it was still early in the day, I spent a good chunk of time continuing to roam around the area, getting books signed, and finding were people were setting up. I came across Troy Little, during my roamings. I had been meaning to pick up a copy of Angora Napkin, back when it was released, but sadly never got around to it. Then he was announced for TCAF, and I knew I was going to pick it up there. I was going to pick up Chiaroscuro as well, but Danny ended up purchasing that.

Zatanna by Eric Wight (2009)Eric Wight was one of the main people that I was looking forward to meeting at TCAF. I can't remember how I came about being a fan of his (it was within the last 2-3 years). So I was excited when I saw his name on the guest list. I picked up a copy of Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, which I was considering picking up for my little bro, but am keeping it for myself (don't worry, I got him something else).

I actually spent a good chunk of the morning, roaming around the place, searching for Eric Wight (while also putting my name down on sketch lists). Thankfully, Chris Butcher pointed me in his direction (while he was still setting up).

Zatanna by Jim Rugg (2009)At this point, I made my way to the car, to switch up books that I had to get signed. I also grabbed lunch (so many food selections in the area, but I stuck with Pizza Pizza both days). I came back with a bunch of books to get signed, and off I went. I found Cecil Castellucci chatting with Jim Rugg, the team behind The P.L.A.I.N. Janes and Janes In Love. I managed to catch them at the perfect time, as the conversation was finishing. Cecil even handed out pocket protectors, promoting Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, before she left. I stuck around for the sketch by Jim Rugg.

Me by Joe Bluhm (2009)After noticing not one person in line for Joe Bluhm, I totally jumped at the chance to get my caricature done by him. Talk about perfect timing, because later on in the day, he was busy. And from the looks of Sunday, he appeared to have a line for the entire day. I always get a kick seeing creators leaving their tables, so they could get a caricature done by Joe. They were bringing their families to get them done! It was like that at the last TCAF, where I have been regretting not getting one done then, so this was one of the must for me.

Side note here, Danny and I ended up giving our respective caricatures to our mother for Mother's Day (in addition to the actual gift). We showed the family as well at the time, and everyone just broke out into laughter. These will actually be hung up in our family room in the near future.

Zatanna by Jamie McKelvie (2009)Another named that caught my attention, and had me quite excited to meet, Jamie McKelvie. I have taken a liking to Jamie's clean artwork, so I was hoping to get something done by him. I wish I had gotten more.

Zatanna by Steve Rolston (2009)Another person I was looking forward to meet, Steve Rolston (nominated for a Joe Shuster Award for Artist). I believe it was some time last year or two years ago, when I realized he was a fellow Canuck (while reviewing material as part of the nominating committee for the Awards, or helping out with corrections).

I had also been in contact with him recently, in hopes of a donated piece for the Visions of an Icon gallery. It was nice to put a face to a name, and hopefully his schedule frees up a bit, because I'd love to see a Wolverine by him. But until then, I get to look at the Zatanna. :)

Girl by Tara McPherson (2009)I was surprised to see that Tara McPherson was not too busy (and the same goes for Steve Rolston, Chip Zdarsky, Kagan McLeod, Derek Kirk Kim, and all the others that where seated slightly away from the main area). I figured Tara would be one of the more popular guests. Sadly, it probably had something to do with the location.

It did work out for me, but really, many people probably missed out on all of the fabulous creators in that area, and the creators could have potentially made more money. Seating in this part of the library was probably the only negative thing I can think of, when looking back at TCAF 2009.

Supergirl by Marcio Takara (2009)Marcio Takara was one of the four guests we had signing at the Joe Shuster Awards table (the others being: Agnes Garbowska, Alina Urusov, and Kelly Tindall).

I had some books to get signed by Marcio (Incredibles: Family Matters), so I jumped at the chance for a sketch, since he was available for one.

The Rumor by Cameron Stewart (2009)Returning to Toronto (for TCAF), from Montreal, Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl. After the last TCAF, I really went in thinking that most of the Transmission-X crew were not going to be sketching, so I didn't really plan ahead from them (I do have Zatanna sketches by both of them, so I drew a blank). I did flip through Cameron's binder full of pre-done pin-ups that he's been drawing and posting on his blog.

For a week in April, Cameron had been posting several drawings of Umbrella Academy characters, which was something I was even more interested in, as I am liking the Umbrella Academy series. Once I saw them, I knew I had to pick up at least one of them. It became between The Rumor and The White Violin. I really like them both in the series, and both of Cameron's drawings. I settled for The Rumor. I don't regret purchasing it, I do regret no purchasing The White Violin as well. Argh, budgeting for the weekend.

Zatanna by Kelly Tindall (2009)As mentioned earlier, Kelly Tindall was another guest at the Joe Shuster Awards booth. I had never met Kelly prior to this event, though I think I remember seeing him at Fan Expo Canada last summer, when members of Tim Sale's message board, met around Tim Sale's table. I just happened to be there too.

For those that are not familiar with Kelly's work, you should be checking out Image Comics' Proof, which does feature back-up stories of Archie Snow, by Kelly. He also provided the artwork of for the main story in issue #17 of Proof (regular artist, Riley Rossmo... also Canadian!).

Zatanna by Becky Cloonan (2009)The final sketch of the day, came right at the end, by Becky Cloonan. I actually pick this up minutes before TCAF came to a close for the day. I've been enjoy her weekly Comic Attack strips, she has been posting weekly on her blog, in addition to her previous works. Couldn't pass up another sketch by her.

This brings an end to my Saturday at TCAF. Danny and I ended up heading home for some steaks, and various other food and beers, to relax/scan everything, and get ready for the following day. I was glad that I was just down to four books that I had to get signed, so Sunday was going to be an easy one for me.

Sunday May 10th, 2009
Batgirl by Faith Erin Hicks (2009) Zatanna by Andy B. (2009)Day Two of TCAF was just to get remaining books signed, purchase more items, get a few more sketches from those I was not able to see on Saturday, and to pick up some sketches.

The two here, were the two that I was picking up, done by two great creators. Zatanna by Andy B. (of the awesome webcomic, Raising Hell), and Batgirl by Faith Erin Hicks (The War at Ellsmere, Zombies Calling).

Zatanna by Scott Chantler (2009) Zatanna by Ross Campbell (2009)Back in the Beeton Auditorium, I was there to get some signatures, that I didn't get previously, because I didn't know what some of the creators looked like. Thankfully, Jamie Coville took quite a lot of photos, and included creators names. That was quite helpful for me.

Also in this room, at the Oni Press booth, were two creators I had hoped to add to the sketch collection, Scott Chantler and Ross Campbell. Based on the pictures to the side, it worked out for me.

Zatanna by Kagan McLeod (2009) Pamela Anderson by Kagan McLeod (2009)Another creator that I had been meaning to meet for years, but never did, was Kagan McLeod. I've regretted it every time that I never went over to see him, because I have enjoyed his artwork for several years now. I made sure that this year, I would meet him, and I am so glad that I did. Such a great artist, with many great pieces of artwork for sale, at such reasonable prices. I so wanted to pick up more.

Zatanna by Scott Hepburn (2009) Zatanna by Frank Cammuso (2009)Frank Cammuso, I wanted to meet, mainly to grab a copy of Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles, for my little bro, which my bro seems to be enjoying. Maybe I should show him the Dodgeball game that Scholastic has on their website, for this book. Hmm...

Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, webcomic The Port), I was hoping to get a sketch from at the previous two conventions, but he did not make to both of them. Glad I was able to catch him here.

Wolverine by Paul Pope (2009)The only time I went to the second floor to line up for a signing, was for Paul Pope. For me, I had to get my copy of The Escapist signed (previously signed by Brian Bolland, Alex Ross, and Steve Rolston). Just some nice names in that book. And since I was there, I ended up with some other items, to get signed for others (Sure, why not? I'm already there, and there didn't appear to be a limit).

The Chase by Graham Annable (2009) Morrigan by Eric Vedder (2009)For the rest of the day, I was just roaming around, relaxing, chatting with several people. I was actually on my way out, when I caught Milo and Kathryn leaving as well. We met with Danny at the front of the library, but inside, looking at each others' hauls. They mention to me Eric Vedder (now part of Transmission-X with his webcomic Aardehn), who was selling pre-done head sketches for fairly cheap. I went to his back to his table, to look at whatever he had left, and picked up the only one remains, Morrigan from Darkstalkers.

Also, they told me where Graham Annable was seated. So I made my way back inside, to see him. I've taken a liking to his work, ever since I saw the Visions of an Icon piece he donated last year. I wanted that piece, but knew who else wanted it... I backed out, knowing I wasn't going to win.

The last two people I went to see, I was cutting it close to the closing time. This was all within the last 10-15 minutes, prior to close.

Sandra OhSometime in the mid-afternoon, Canadian actress, Sandra Oh dropped by TCAF to pick up some books, and chat with creators. After some hesitation, and some help from Milo, I mustered up the courage to ask if Sandra Oh would pose for a picture with me. Unfortunately, she doesn't do pictures, which was disappointing, but whatever. That was the best picture I got of her.

Sadly, I didn't take too many pictures at the show. Aside from the crowd shot below (from early in the day on Saturday), and the picture of Sandra Oh, I just never broke out the camera. Heck, after the first day, Jamie Coville took more pictures with my camera, than I did. He took three while I was getting my caricature done by Joe Bluhm.

Crowd Shot from early Saturday
Crowd Shot from early Saturday

Joe Bluhm drawing Me
Joe Bluhm drawing Me

Also, after this show, I have decided that I won't be going buck wild on the amount of Zatanna sketches, like I have been doing recently. The theme is not done, and I don't think I'll end it anytime soon, but there just won't be as much. Back to putting some thought into these.

As I stated at the beginning, this was a great show. There was the only one negative thing that I mentioned earlier, about the area off to the side, causing not that much exposure for some of the guests. Aside from that, the show was flawless. Glad I knew about it, because there were guests that I wanted to see in that area.

Thanks again to Chris Butcher, Peter Birkemoe and everyone else involved in putting on a great show! Also, Thanks to Agnes Garbowska, Marcio Takara, Alina Urusov, and Kelly Tindall, for spending their time at the Joe Shuster Awards table, signing and sketching for fans. Thanks to anyone that dropped by the Joe Shuster Awards table. Thanks to those that donated pieces for the Visions of an Icon Wolverine Gallery (I got to see some of them, and they are simply amazing!) Thanks to everyone that worked on a sketch/drawing that is posted above. Thank You!

***UPDATE 6:16PM***

Here is a shot of some of the stuff I picked up at TCAF. There is probably more, but aside from the "Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles" that my little bro left at school, I can't remember what else I picked up.

TCAF 2009 Haul

What a morning...

I got up this morning, in hopes of going off to renew the sticker for my license plate. Woke up... got out of bed, checked my emails, then went back to bed. Screw it, I still have a couple of weeks.

Then I get up, and made my way over to Pizza Nova, in support of the That's Amore: Pizza for Kids special, which has medium pepperoni pizzas on sale for $3.99, and $1 of that going to the Variety Children's Charity.

I actually make my way there early enough, to not be caught in the line of 50+ people. The downside, I'm watching the SNL skit, Bronx Beat, live, just without Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph, and six other ladies... wow, that was quite annoying. The complaining about them not opening the store early for the sale (sign clearly states from 11AM-9PM), to them complaining about the girl going to turn on the "Open" sign, and not opening the door first.

Then in the store, and Pizza Nova knowing it's a busy day, they have a dunce cap working the cash register. Just the sight of the cashier, continues my loss of faith in the education system today. Simple math could not be done; thus, delaying the already long line. Really, $5 minus $4, equals... everybody at once now... $1. Now let's going a little harder, $10 minus $8, equals... $2!

I pay in exact change, and I spend an extra 30 seconds, waiting for the cashier to count up the money. And it's not like I paid in dimes and nickels. For the two pizzas, I pay the $8 with a $5 bill, and three loonies.

Yeah, that was my morning.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - May 6th, 2009

Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time #1 - Not too sure why I bought this. I picked it up to check it out, but I guess I forgot to put it back. Oh well. This was quite a boring start to this mini-series (I still gotta pick up the trade to vol. 2). Not picking up any other issues for this series.

The Boys #30 - Picked up the Jim Lee cover. Realized I haven't picked up an issue of The Boys, since issue #10. I used to love this series, but stopped caring after like issue #8 or something.

Flash: Rebirth #2 - Flipped to the back, to see the ending. Based on the ending, I picked up this issue. This was much better than issue #1. Whether or not I continue this series, is unknown right now. I'll definitely get it in collected form.

G.I. Joe Movie Prequel #3 - Baroness! Sienna Miller! This was pretty good. Haven't checked out any of the other prequel issues. May pick up the Snake-Eyes one.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Annual #1 - This was a pretty good issue. Quite brutal, but pretty good.

Irredeemable #2 - Got bored of this series pretty quickly. Sad to say, I'm done with it.

Power Girl #1 - Enjoyed this issue quite a bit. Beautiful artwork by Amanda Conner. Fun story by the great duo of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti.


It's been officially announced, so I guess I'm good to mention it here too.

The Joe Shuster Awards will now take place on the weekend of September 26th-27th, 2009. It was previously scheduled for June 27th, 2009.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Jim Lee draws Gambit in eight and a half minutes...

... condensed to just over 2 minutes. I came close to winning this one. Missed out by second! Argh! Oh well, Congrats to the winner!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Free Comic Book Day 2009 Report

Free Comic Book Day 2009May 2nd, 2009 - Free Comic Book Day - It's been a pretty long day, and I'm so not done my clean up. But the clean up is really nothing to me, because I had a blast today!

The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day! I've been going since 2005, and this has become a fun yearly event.

Once again, the day started at One Million Comix. The reasoning for this, is because it's a place right next to a parking lot, and this allows for purchasing comic supplies at the shop, as well as picking up supplies at Curry's (sketchpads, portfolios, etc). Also, for the selection of new and recent releases that my shop doesn't order.

After One Million Comix, the next stop was The Labyrinth. They did have a pretty good sale, which did cause the store to get extremely busy. Lots of people were buying, and I totally would have too, except that it was tough for me to look for items, as it was busy in the store. If I'm not mistaken, I believe the artbooks were not on sale. As much as I was hoping for them to be on sale, I figured they weren't going to be. Oh well.

Zatanna by Chip Zdarsky (2009)The next stop was The Beguiling. I wasn't able to make it out last year, but was determined to make it this year... especially with the release of Comics Festival! 2009.

The Beguiling had a great guest list this year's Free Comic Book Day signing. Unfortunately for me, with planning for the next stop, that didn't allow me much time to spend with the guests here. At least there's TCAF next weekend.

I was hoping to catch Chip Zdarsky this year, and luckily for me, he was there! I just had to get a Chip Zdarsky Zatanna for my collection, and I'm grateful that he did one!

Zatanna by Alex Milne (2009)The final stop of the day was Stadium Comics, for their Free Comic Book Festival.

The guests looked busy, the store was busy, so it looked like it was definitely a successful event. I made my way into the store, to search for potential items for me to purchase, before heading back into the mall, to see the guests.

I felt this was a perfect opportunity to get a sketch from Alex Milne. Everytime at the cons, it's either I'm already headed to see someone else (when Alex looks available for a sketch), or he's working on something (in which I don't want to interrupt). Quite happy to have another Zatanna added to my collection, this one by Alex Milne.

Black Cat by Vince Sunico (2009)After getting my first sketch from Vince Sunico, I wanted to get another one. Decided on another female character that I'm collecting, and Vince drew her sexy!

If you haven't gone to see him at the conventions, you're missing out on a great artist. Vince, and fellow studio mate, Arnold Trinidad were cranking out the sketches for all the kids that came up. Those were some great stuff. Hopefully these kids appreciate it.

Power Girl by Agnes Garbowska (2009) Wolverine by Francis Manapul (2009)Some more great artists that were cranking out sketches for anyone that came out, Francis Manapul, Agnes Garbowska, and Marcio Takara. Due to it getting busy again, and having to leave, I missed out on a Marcio Takara sketch here. No worries, as I'll most likely see him at TCAF, at one of the Joe Shuster Awards Booth Signings.

I did get great sketches from Francis Manapul and Agnes Garbowska. I also picked up a bunch of new keychains from Agnes. Lots of great new items, and I snatched up some. Had to have that Zatanna keychain, as well as the rest that I picked up.

Don't forget to keep yourself updated with Agnes' new project, You, Me and Zombie.

Also, check out the preview to Adventure Comics, that Francis' is illustrating. SPOILER ALERT!!! If you haven't read Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #4, don't click that link.

When it was all done, this was a great event. Stadium Comics may be the new hot spot for upcoming years.

Thanks to all the stores that participated in the Free Comic Book Day promotion! And Thanks to all the artists that sketched me something amazing!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Joe Shuster Awards Booth Signing at TCAF!

It was announced on the Joe Shuster Awards Website, so I'll post it here.


SATURDAY & SUNDAY MAY 9th-10th, 2009

11am-1pm Agnes Garbowska (2009 Joe Shuster Awards Poster Artist)
1pm-3pm Marcio Takara (Incredibles: Family Matters artist)
1pm-5pm Alina Urusov (Marvel Comics cover artist)
3pm-5pm Kelly Tindall (Proof artist)