Archive for April 19, 2010

Damn it all. Why do so many books have to come out this week? C2E2 almost broke me last weekend and now I have to deal with this!? Sigh…oh well, at least everyone of these books are top shelf in my opinion. Well, most of them are anyway. So, yatta yatta yatta here’s what I’m buying this week:

American Vampire #2
Avengers vs Atlas #4 (Jeff Parker)
Brave and the Bold #33
Doomwar #3 (Best Marvel book this year)
Green Lantern #53
Joe The Barbarian #4
Power Girl #11
REBELS #15
X-Factor #204 (Peter David, this issue better kick ass because the last one sure didn’t)

Looking forward quite a bit to American Vampire and Doomwar. Hopefully the high level of quality will continue in those books.

What is everyone else getting this week?

J.

DC
Azrael #7
Batman Streets of Gotham #11
Blackest Night Directors Cut
Brave and the Bold #33
Green Lantern #53 (Brightest Day)
Human Target #1 (New Edtion) $1.00
Justice League of America #44
Power Girl #11
Rebels #15
Spirit #1 (First Wave)
Supergirl #52
Superman Batman #71

VERTIGO
Air #20
American Vampire #2
Hellblazer #266
Joe The Barbarian #4

WILDSTORM
DV8 Gods & monsters #1
Supernatural Beginnings End #4

MARVEL
Amazing Spider-Man #628
Avengers Vs Atlas #4
Captain America Who Won’t Wield the Shield #1
Dark Tower Battle of Jericho Hill #5
Dark Wolverine #85
Deadpool Merc With a Mouth #10
Deathlok #6
Doomwar #3
Fall of the Hulks Savage She-Hulks #2
Firestar #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #25
Hercules Fall of an Avenger #2
Iron Manual Mark 3 #1
Marvel Her-oes #1
Marvelous Land of Oz #5
New Avengers #1 (MGC) $1.00
Nova #36
Siege Spider-Man #1
Sif #1
Torch #7
Ultimate Comics Avengers #6
Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #1 (2nd Printing)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9
X-Factor #204
X-Men Forever Annual #1
X-Men Legacy #235
X-Men Pixie Strikes Back #3

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS
A-Team Shotgun Wedding #4
Anchor #7
Angel Hole In The World #5
Crossed Family Values #1
Devil #3
Die Hard Year One #8 
Do Anything Vol 1
Elephantmen #25
Fade To Black #2
Farscape Ongoing #6 
Garth Ennis Battlefields #5
GI Joe #17
Gravel #18
Image Firsts Age of Bronze #1 ($1.00)
Image Firsts Savage Dragon #1 ($1.00)
Kato Origins Way of the Ninja #1
Littlest Zombie #1
Magdalena #1
Merc #2
Okko Cycle Of Air #1
Phantom Ghost Who Walks #9
Queen Sonja #6
Salems Daughter #4
Shebucaneer Origins #1
Soulfire Volume Two #4
Street Fighter Legends Ibuki #2
Tick New Series #3
Transformers Last Stand of the Wreckers #4
Transformers Spotlight Prowl
WWE Heroes #2

ALL-AGES
Archie #608
Betty and Veronica Double Digest #180
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #15
Jughead & Friends Digest #37
Simpsons Comics #165
Tiny Titans #27
Toy Story #3
Uncle Scrooge #390

GRAPHIC NOVELS
100% (New Edition)
Absolute Green Lantern Rebirth HC
Beats Graphic History
Bloom County Complete Library Vol 2
Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol 5
Edgar Rice Burroughs Land That Time Forgot
Edgar Rice Burroughs People That Time Forgot
Girasol Pulp Doubles The Spider Vol 15
Green Lantern Rebirth (New Printing)
Hound of the Baskervilles
Invincible Ultimate Collection Vol 5 HC
Iron Man Vs Whiplash
Lockjaw And The Pet Avengers
Punisher Dead End
Rasl Vol 2 Fire Of St George
Runnaways Vol 10 Rock Zombies Digest
Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol 8
Showcase Presents Dial H for Hero
Superman Codenmame Patriot HC
Superman the Coming of Atlas
Thunderbolts Widowmaker
What If? Secret Invasion
X-Factor Vol 8 Overtime
Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition Vol 3 HC
Zombie Combat Manual Guide to Fighting the Living Dead

I really do hate conventions. Ok, maybe “hate” is too strong of a word. Hmmm…how about “don’t really care for”? Ya, that sounds a bit better. I don’t really care for conventions. There was a time where I used to count down the days but not so much anymore. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact the ever since Wizard bought the Chicago Comic-Con it has been shit. For almost a decade now that convention has indeed been shit and has gotten worse and worse every year. Last year was the first time in over 20 years that I didn’t go to the Chicago Comic-Con as a fan or a retailer. Wizard has killed any excitement that I once had for comic conventions. After attending the C2E2 con last weekend I can now change “has killed any excitement” to “had killed any excitement”. Why? Because C2E2 has brought back those feelings of excitement I once had for comic conventions.

I have to stress that this was a COMIC convention. Not one of those multimedia affairs that Wizard cons have turned into. Ya, there were some movie people there (from Carrie Fisher to the cast of Kick Ass) but the amount of industry professionals that were at the show was astounding. I couldn’t walk 10 feet in Artist Alley without seeing an artist whose work I have not enjoyed. Artists like Tony Harris, Michael Golden, Adam Hughes, Eric Canete, Jimmy Cheung, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Ron Garney, Jonathan Hickman, Mike Mignola, Art Baltazar, Geof Darrow, Jill Thompson, Gail Simone, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason, Stephane Roux and too many more too name. Serouisly, I don’t remember the last time I saw these many great artists at a Chicago convention.

The convention hall itself was quite nice. The entire floor was covered in nice, plush carpet. There were also windows going all the was a round the top of the room letting in sunlight as well as showing off the great Chicago city skyline. This is is stark contrast to where Wizard holds it’s conventions here. The exhibit hall at Wizorld World has no natural light coming in what so ever and it feels and smells like your in somebody’s basement. One other noticeable difference the C2E2 exhibit hall had was the the aisles were nice and wide. I can not tell you how fucking nice it was not to be literally bumping into people every 2 seconds like at Wizard World.

There were not as many dealers there as previous conventions I’ve been too but I rarely buy anything at cons anymore so that didn’t bother me. I do wish there had been some more import (Japanese toys mainly) dealers there but that’s just me. As for the comic company booths I took some pictures which you can find down below. Most of you who get out to conventions will find the pics a little boring but I did want to give our readers who don’t get to cons often a sense of what they can expect to find there.

On a personal note I would like to thank all the people who came up to me to tell me they enjoy CCW TV. I truly wasn’t expecting to get recognized but it really was nice talking to you guys. The highlight of the convention for me was when I went over to the Image booth to meet Ryan Ottley and found out that he watches our little show and he had some nice things to say about it. If you guys ever get a chance to pick up Ottley’s sketchbook at a con I recommend you do so. It is quite amazing.

So, ya, overall I would have to say that C2E2 was a very, very pleasant experience and really can’t wait for to come back next year.

J.