One of the best parts of any comic convention is going through bins and art folders, looking for that back issue you've been missing for years, or a piece of art to add to your collection. Even if you're only "window shopping," it's usually a good time.
But that wasn't the case for Al Plastino at this year's New York Comic Con. The renowned Silver Age artist, writer and editor, best known for his contributions to Superman in the 1950s, discovered that his art from the commemorative edition of Superman's Mission For President Kennedy -- printed soon after the president's assassination -- was in the possession of an exhibitor at the show, and was about to be auctioned off. The only problem? For the last 50 years, Plastino believed the art to be in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, where he was told it had been donated.
If you've been following ComicsAlliance for the last few months, you'll know that we are somewhat fascinated by the '90s X-Men cartoon. It was an important moment for Marvel, as the show introduced many kids to both the X-Men and the Marvel universe. In the process the show helped create a new generation of fans, including Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam. On hand at New York Comic Con to promote The Illegitimates, the comic he created with writer Marc Andreyko, Killam made a guest appearance at the Marvel booth, where he recreated the pilot episode of the show while playing every character. His Gambit is appropriately creepy, his Cyclops is appropriately dickish, and his Jubilee recreates the weirdest rhetorical question we have ever heard anyone ask. It's pretty great.
Anyway you look at it, Whoopi Goldberg has had an incredibly successful and varied career in entertainment (homegirl EGOTed, ya'll). But for some folks, her most recognizable role will forever be as Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation, so it seemed perfectly natural that she'd attend last weekend's New York Comic Con. But Goldberg wasn't there to bask in Next Gen fan love. Rather, the award winning actress, and co-host on The View, was on the con floor pitching her idea for a comic.
She got advice from a few celebrities in attendance -- Ronald D. Moore, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Kevin Smith, and Kristin Baur van Straten, among others -- and made her pitch to DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and Marvel Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada.
No matter how you feel about the recently launched Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series (so far we've been disappointed, but still hold out hope), I think we can all agree on one thing: The best written, most entertaining and most well-defined character, by a pretty wide margin, is Lola. There are no vague, uninteresting mysteries associated with Lola. You know her motivations, and you know exactly why she's with SHIELD. And really, can you say that about any other member of Agent Coulson's team so far (okay, maybe Skye)?
With last week's release of Coffin Hill #1 from Vertigo, writer Caitlin Kittredge has made the leap from novels to comics, teaming up with artist Inaki Miranda to tell the story of a young woman with a whole lot of deadly mistakes in her past finally coming back to haunt her -- maybe even literally. It's a stylish, compelling and thoroughly blood-soaked first issue, and what's more, it's the story Kittredge has wanted to tell for years.
During New York Comic-Con, I spoke to Kittredge about why she came to comics, what the adjustment has been like to move from prose, and where she's going to go next.
As you know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at New York Comic Con, and you’d better believe we’re on hand to document as much as we can. Click after the cut for some exceptional examples of superheroic cosplaying talent that we spotted on the first day of NYCC 2013.
Pendleton Ward's Bravest Warriors have been known to flex some muscle in their Cartoon Hangover animated adventures and comic books from Boom! Studios, but fans will soon be able to take over for the futuristic (and emotional) teens with a line of bendies from Pop Culture Shock Toys. Rubber and wire-based versions of Chris, Beth, Wallow and Danny were all on display at booth #1454 this weekend at New York City Comic Con 2013with an estimated release in the first quarter of 2014 at $9.99 a piece. Sadly, there's no Catbug or Impossibear Bendie... yet, but there are some plush and bobblehead options for both characters on the way from Pop Culture Shock coming next year.
For all the flaws it might have, New York Comic-Con has one very, very important thing going for it: A gigantic, well-organized Artists Alley that takes up an entire convention hall all by itself, full of amazing creators showing off their newest comics. There's enough there that you can spend the entire con checking out great stuff and never have a chance to set foot on the floor, and come away perfectly happy.
I haven't read everything I picked up yet, but there were three things that looked so good that I couldn't even wait to get home to dive right in. They're the ones to watch out for, fresh from the Javits Center!
Marvel's final panel at New York Comic-Con this year was billed as “Superior Spider-Man & Friends," which does not mean Iceman and Firestar, but rather all the books coming out of the Spider-office led by line editor Steve Wacker – which include the last new "teased" titles to be unveiled at the show.
Wacker was on hand to lead the panel, joined by writers Dan Slott, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Nick Spencer, editors Sana Amanat, Ellie Pyle, Jake Thomas and Tom Brennan, and artist Humberto Ramos.
Though Darwyn Cooke's Eisner Award winning graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark's classic Parker novels are nearing their conclusion, the acclaimed cartoonist isn't quite done with the series yet. Encouraged by Cooke, IDW will publish new deluxe hardcover versions of the novels, featuring new cover designs and illustrations by Cooke.
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