Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.
But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.
Since Wolverine and the X-Men first launched back in 2011, it's been one of the most consistently entertaining books on the stands, and easily one of my picks for a high point in the entire history of the franchise. The idea of Wolverine taking over the school and teaching a gaggle of misfit kids might seem like it's ripped from a sitcom, but the character driven action of this book has been second to none. Now, after 43 issues (and several years writing Wolverine in one form or another), writer Jason Aaron has brought his run alongside artists Nick Bradshaw, Ramon Perez, Pepe Larraz and Chris Bachalo to an end.
To mark the occasion, I spoke to Aaron about the foundation of his take on Wolverine, how he wanted to develop the character over the years, and how his ideas changed to reflect the changes in his own life -- which, sadly, did not involve adamantium claws.
Promotional items always add a little something extra to the experience when you head over to the comic book store on Wednesdays. They're just fun, whether it's as simple as a bookmark or something on the level of those Green Lantern rings that DC gave out a few years ago. Or, you know, the Watcher's eyeball, ripped out of his head and missing since his bloody murder. That's pretty fun, too.
And that's exactly what Marvel's giving out to promote May's Original Sinevent by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato Jr., in the form of rubber high-bouncing balls designed to look like the eyes of Uatu -- Eyes that have seen so many crucial moments of the Marvel Universe before winding up in the hands of Senior Vice President Tom Brevoort, as seen above.
If the covers of issues 1 and 2 of Marvel's newest event series Original Sin are any indication, the series isn't just going to be a single whodunnit -- it's going present a whole bunch of them. It's just what happens when a murder victim was already a mystery to begin with.
The first issue's cover asks the question that's been the stated premise of the series since the Jason Aaron-written, Mike Deodato Jr.-drawn series was announced last month: "Who shot The Watcher?" The second issue raises a whole different mystery: "Who holds the eye?" If that convention holds up through all eight issues of the series, readers are about to have a whole lot of intrigue on their hands. Check out those covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, along with variants by Gabrielle Dell'otto after the jump.
It's become customary in comics for the major publishers to announce their "summer blockbuster" miniseries each year, with big event stories from high profile artists and writers. Today, Marvel has revealed plans for its annual event series, and this time it's a murder mystery on a grand scale. Starting this spring, Jason AaronandMike Deodato Jr.are teaming up for Original Sin, an eight part story that starts off on the moon, where the dead body of The Watcher is discovered. Simply put, when a seemingly omnipotent being who knows everyone's secrets is suddenly found murdered outside of his home, and all his stuff is gone, it's a problem.
The X-Men have had their share of epic tales over the past fifty years, including the Dark Phoenix Saga, Inferno, Age of Apocalypse and Avengers vs X-Men. So how did the Battle of the Atom stack up against the franchise's history, and where does it leave the characters as they head into the next fifty years? ComicsAlliance splits the atom. Spoilers follow.
While Scott Snyder's work on Batman has made him immensely popular among readers, the title that he first made his name on, and possibly the one most important to him, is American Vampire, his creator-owned series for Vertigo. Written by Snyder and illustrated by co-creator Rafael Albuquerque, American Vampire is the tale of Pearl, an aspiring actress turned into an ageless vampire in the 1920s. Through the lens of Pearl and her life, Snyder and Albuquerque explore the rise of America, from the 1920s up to, eventually, the present day.
The Eisner Award-winning series has been on hiatus since issue #34 in January, but to help fill the void for readers, Vertigo is releasing anAmerican Vampire anthology, with nine short stories from an impressive line up of creators: Greg Rucka, Becky Cloonan, Jason Aaron, John Paul Leon, Francesco Francavilla, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Declan Shalvey and more. You can check out the full lineup, plus preview art from the issue, below.
Nightcrawler is coming back! As announced at Sunday's X-Men panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the return of the X-Men's swashbuckling blue elf is the centerpiece of the first arc of Jason Aaron and Ed Brubaker's new X-Men ongoing series, Amazing X-Men.
With a hand-picked team featuring Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and first-timer Firestar, Amazing X-Men sends its heroes off into the afterlife to bring their team-mate back to life. Comics Alliance spoke to Jason Aaron to find out more.
Writer Jason Aaron has carved out his own super-opera on Marvel's Wolverine And The X-Men title, somehow enduring the vicissitudes of crossovers and events and even a line-wide relaunch (that paradoxically left the nineteen-month-old, thirty-one-issue book one of Marvel's longest running titles, and Aaron himself with the distinction of having produced one of the publisher's longest uninterrupted runs by a single writer). And he seems to be having a lot of fun.
Last year Marvel launched Infinite Comics, a digital comics initiative designed specifically for mobile devices, for the purpose of creating content meant to take advantage of the creative and technological opportunities those devices provide. The idea behind
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