Category Archives: Conventions

Geekonomicon to Host a Dieselpunk Pinup Contest for 2015

dieselpunk pinupGeekonomicon, the premier pop culture and sci-fi con on the Gulf Coast, in partnership with Big Daddy Cool & The Swing Kittens is proud to present a Dieselpunk pin-up contest as a part of the Friday night Magic Cabaret on Dec 11 at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Convention Center 2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531 Biloxi, MS.

Dieselpunk is a celebration of the retro futurism of the 1920s – 1940s. The genre asks “what if” and presents the future of tomorrow through yesterday’s eyes. The visual aesthetics incorporate elements of art deco, noir, prohibition, flappers, gangsters, and the Great Wars combined with sci-fi, fantasy, magic, alt history, and future technology to create a unique and distinct genre.

Pinup is a style of modeling made popular in the Diesel era and is widely recognized by the paintings that adorned the noses of WWII fighter planes. Pinup art is a very popular part of the Dieselpunk community, and as a part of their Friday night Magic Cabaret performance, Big Daddy Cool & The Bombshell Kittens will host the Pinup contest to crown the first ever Miss Geekonomicon Pinup 2015! Contestants will also be featured on the Face Book page for Big Daddy Cool & The Bombshell Kittens, and the winner will win a full pinup photoshoot with Chris Auditore Photography in Nashville, TN.

All ages, sizes and ethnicities are encouraged  to participate and no one will be turned away. Because the Magic Cabaret is a late night adult only show, there are no costuming reservations, but models should wear outfits that express their personality and love of classic pinup. Models who want to participate will register for the contest when they check in at registration. No pre-screening is required, and judging will be adjudicated by The Bombshell Kittens.

Geekonomicon 2015 will be held Dec 11th– 13th at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Convention Center 2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531 Biloxi, MS.

This Weekend’s New Jersey Comic Expo’s Full Lineup

New Jersey Comic ExpoThe area has been buzzing about the first-ever New Jersey Comic Expo, and the time has finally arrived as the family-friendly event debuts at the NJ Expo Center in Edison, at the crossroads of Jersey, this Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22!

The New Jersey Comic Expo (NJCE) has lined up an exciting weekend of celebrity guests, legendary and top creators in the comic book industry, replica cars from classic movies and television shows, interactive exhibits and hours of seminars and panels.

Fans of all ages attending the New Jersey Comic Expo can prepare for two full days of exclusive programming. Over 60 hours of programs in five areas will be presenting Q&A’s with the industry’s top creators, real-world insight on finding success in today’s challenging comics marketplace, cosplay instruction from top artists, celebrity speakers, classics on creating your own comics, and much more. There are also real world topics such as ending bullying,

Some of the top creators — the artists and writers from the comic book world — will also be in attendance. DC Superstar Artist/Publisher Jim Lee; Preacher creator Garth Ennis, Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley in his only NJ appearance; legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont; Marvel Star Wars artist John Cassaday, and Life of Agony founding member and creator of IDW’s Killogy, Alan Robert. Also scheduled to appear are Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson, Greg Land, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Fabian Nicieza, Frank Tieri, Peter J. Tomasi, and many others. All in all, over 130 creators will be on hand at NJCE.

The celebrity roster scheduled to appear at NJCE includes Drea de Matteo of HBO’s hit series, The Sopranos and FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Amy Acker of Joss Whedon’s cult favorite Angel series, Chase Masterson from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Flash, Tommy Walker and Peter Shinkoda of the Netflix original series, Daredevil, wrestling legend Tito Santana, former WWE Diva and Survivor: China and Smallville star Ashley Massaro, Rob Bruce of AMC’s Comic Book Men, Samantha Newark (the voice of Jem from Jem and the Holograms), and more.

Cosplay Corner on the NJCE show floor is an area dedicated to not only cosplayers, but fans of cosplay as well. NJCE is the only con that offers this groundbreaking and entertaining feature. Fans can meet the cosplay guests, get pictures with them and also buy photos and prints. Fan groups like the NJ Ghostbusters, the Star Wars 501st and the NJ Mandalorian Mercs will be in attendance and there’s also a photo booth to snap commemorative pictures. There is also a huge cosplay contest on Saturday with lots of prizes in a variety of categories for those looking to cash in on their love of cosplay.

NJCE also has replicas of some of the most iconic vehicles from movies and television, including the 1966 Batmobile, the Bat Tumbler from the Dark Knight movies, the ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, the Back to the Future DeLorean, Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine, The Flintstones car, the Jurassic Park Jeep, Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T., and more.

There are also over 150 vendors on the show floor displaying and selling new and collectible items, there will be charity auctions, and there’s plenty of fun just for kids, too! NJCE special area called “Kids Love Comics!” will be set up with the event’s youngest guests in mind.

“We set out to create an area our own kids would enjoy and along the way, we were fortunate enough to find partners who took it to another level,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director and Founder of the New Jersey Comic Expo.

Many publishers will also be exhibiting at NJCE, including Dynamite Entertainment, Valiant Entertainment, and Action Lab, among others. Fans on the expo floor will also be treated to an exclusive, never-before-seen exhibit of Marvel’s CEO Joe Quesada’s Daredevil original art from the acclaimed and best-selling Guardian Devil arc by writer, Kevin Smith. A private collector and sole owner of these rare works will be making select pieces available for public display for the first time since purchasing them from Quesada himself and pages from the Daredevil: Father story have never been seen publicly before now.

Adding to the exclusives on the NJCE floor are Jersey-based exhibitors, National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA). NECA will be exhibiting, as well as presenting a panel, and giving attendees an exclusive look into what makes them leaders in the marketplace. Fans can get their hands on some rare warehouse finds, as well as out of print/production items and some highly sought after former SDCC exclusives, such as figures from their leading lines of Predator, Pacific Rim, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. Many of NECA’s holiday and end of the year releases will be on display in custom built dioramas that really bring them to life. Fans can get an exclusive glimpse into upcoming releases from their lines ranging from movies, television, pop culture, classic horror and video games. Attendees will also get an exclusive sneak peak into what’s on tap at NECA for 2016, along with a few teases and one big announcement about a whole new product line they are launching that has been nearly two years in the making.

The best way to experience the New Jersey Comic Expo is with an advance Weekend Pass. Advance Weekend Pass ticket holders Advance Weekend Passes holders get early admission each day to the show, over $70 in free comics including the rare limited edition of Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Variant Cover by Olivier Coipel, and free admission to the official New Jersey Comic Con after-party in the ballroom at the Sheraton Edison Raritan Center with Jersey’s favorite ’90s tribute band, Nine Deeez Nite with trivia contests and classic video games. The event is free to all weekend pass holders (21 and over, please), and tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Purchase your tickets now for the New Jersey Comic Expo at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, NJ on November 21 and 22! All ages are invited and kids 10 and under are FREE ALL WEEKEND!

John Cassaday Heads to New Jersey Comic Expo

New Jersey Comic ExpoThe first-ever New Jersey Comic Expo (NJCE) makes its debut THIS WEEKEND, and big news continues to roll out with today’s announcement that John Cassaday will attend the show on both Saturday and Sunday!

Best-selling and fan favorite comic book artist John Cassaday will be making a rare appearance at NJCE on Saturday and Sunday! John’s appearance at NJCE is a rare appearance outside of Comic-Con International and New York Comic Con!

Star_Wars_1_CoverJohn Cassaday’s star continues to shine brighter than ever as the artist on Marvel’s blockbuster Star Wars series launching at a record breaking One Million copies of the 1st print alone placing it as the #1 comic of the year – and in addition with multiple printings having followed! John’s career took off with his work on the critically acclaimed Planetary with writer Warren Ellis, Astonishing X-Men with Joss Whedon and Captain America with John Ney Rieber. John has done work for virtually every top comics publisher in his 20-year career, including covers for both Dynamite Entertainment’s Shadow, Lone Ranger and other great series as well as Dark Horse’s Serenity series, created by Joss Whedon.

With less than 30 days before Star Wars Episode VII, fans can bring copies of Star Wars to be signed by Cassaday. Attendees will have the chance to line up for a special TWO HOUR signing on BOTH DAYS of the show with a 10 item limit! The signings will begin at TBA each day at the Dynamite Entertainment booth and will be first come, first served. Please check the MAD Event website for signing times.

In addition, they are offering a small number of special VIP access packages for an exclusive meet and greet opportunity! Fans will meet John in a more personal setting, with photo opportunities, and the ability to have additional comics signed – up to 50 copies, and a surprise selection of pre-signed rare limited edition books from Marvel by Dynamic Forces, Inc., valued at $449.95! These special VIP Meet and Greet access passes will be available for purchase at an additional $100.00 per person.

John Cassaday joins an extensive and stellar list of some of the top creators in the industry, including superstar artist Jim Lee, Adam Kubert, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Ivan Reis, Greg Land, Garth Ennis, Peter Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver, Cary Nord, Erica Schultz, Fabian Nicieza, Jeff King and over 130 guests scheduled to appear at NJCE. They will be joining dozens of celebrity guests, including Drea de Matteo (Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest), Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Tommy Walker (Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix), along with over 150 exhibitors.

Rhode Island Comic Con 2015: Interview with Will Friedle


What’s better than meeting one Batman? How about two? At Rhode Island Comic Con I did just that when I met the voice of Terry McGinnis from Batman Beyond himself: Will Friedle. Will was kind enough to take the time and answer a few brief questions on what the Batman mythos means to him.

Graphic Policy: Hi Will, thank you for your time and I just wanted to get your thoughts on a few quick questions.

Will Friedle: Hey no problem, absolutely.

Graphic Policy: So what does the Batman legacy mean to you?

Will Friedle: The Batman legacy means a ton to me, first and foremost because it was the first animated show I ever did. So it means a lot to me just from the voice over realm, but also Batman’s always been my favorite superhero because I love how he doesn’t have any superpowers. He’s just a man and his will. That’s what I love.

Graphic Policy: Same here. Were you and Kevin (Conroy) ever in the booth together when recording?

Will Friedle: Kevin and I recorded almost every single, if not every single episode together and the movie together. Yes, always together.

Graphic Policy: You told me your favorite episode earlier, but do you have a favorite voice over performance, Batman Beyond or otherwise?

Will Friedle: No, you know I think Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is definitely up there as my favorite performance I’ve ever done.

Graphic Policy: It was definitely a most memorable one for me to be sure. Stellar job by everyone.

Will Friedle: Couldn’t agree more.

Graphic Policy: So last question. How did you make the transition from Boy Meets World to voice over acting?

Will Friedle: Well you know, I got very lucky. Bruce Timm who created Batman Beyond, his wife was a big Boy Meets World fan. So she said oh you’re doing this new young Batman, so you should call Will in. They did and the rest is history.

Graphic Policy: Awesome stuff, thank you for your time.

Will Friedle: Well thank you.


*I just wanted to take the time to point out that the reason the interview is so brief, Will is a super cool guy and he had insane lines all weekend long. He took the time to make each and every single person’s experience with him as memorable as possible. Very nice person. 


Most Dieselpunks in One Room World Record Attempt at Geekonomicon

12049739_1045603532119509_1162236270333782815_nGeekonomicon, the premier pop culture and sci-fi con on the Gulf Coast, in partnership with John Pyka Productions and The Diesel Powered Podcast will attempt to set the World Record for the “Most Dieselpunks in One Room” on the morning of Saturday Dec 12 at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Convention Center 2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531 Biloxi, MS.

Dieselpunk is a celebration of the retro futurism of the 1920s – 1940s. The genre asks “what if” and presents the future of tomorrow through yesterday’s eyes. The visual aesthetics incorporate elements of art deco, noir, prohibition, flappers, gangsters, and the Great Wars combined with sci-fi, fantasy, magic, alt history, and future technology to create a unique and distinct genre.

The World Record attempt will be hosted by The Diesel Powered Podcast, the Voice of Diesel punk on iTunes and Stitcher, and the world record attempt will be submitted to for validation and certification.

Geekonomicon 2015 will be held Dec 11th– 13th at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Convention Center 2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531 Biloxi, MS. For more information about costuming guidelines and official time and room location check out their website.

Captain America Stars, Doctor Who Standouts Among Celebrities At Wizard World New Orleans

Chris EvansWizard World, Inc. opens its 2016 schedule with its sixth trip to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center — and biggest lineup ever —  at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 8-10. Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Hayley Atwell highlight six from the Captain America franchise, while Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman represent Doctor Who. The Walking Dead standouts Chandler Riggs and Steven Yeun, Ben McKenzie, William Shatner and Jason Isaacs also headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Coleman, Gillan, McKenzie, Riggs, Yeun, Isaacs, Captain America star Frank Grillo and directors Anthony and Joe Russo are scheduled to attend on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9-10; Shatner will attend Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9; Smith, Evans and Renner will appear on Saturday only.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans guests include WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair and Diva Charlotte, Edward James Olmos, additional The Walking Dead stars Emily Kinney and Scott Wilson, Barry Bostwick and Chris 51.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Comic Con New Orleans will feature Peter Kuper, Gene Ha, Christos Gage, Billy Martin, Rafa Sandoval, Tom Cook, Sara Richard, Michael Golden, Rob Guillory, Phil Ortiz, Danny Fingeroth and many others.

New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 8, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2015: Interview with Kevin Conroy


Last weekend at Rhode Island Comic Con I got to live a personal dream and meet the man who shaped mine and many people’s childhoods. The voice of the Dark Knight himself: Kevin Conroy!

Graphic Policy: Thank you so much for taking this time, I know you’re very busy. it’s an honor.

Kevin Conroy: Sure. It’s my pleasure.

Graphic Policy: Lets dive right into it. What does the Batman legacy mean to you?

Kevin Conroy: Being part of the Batman legacy has been an incredible privilege. He’s such an iconic character and he’s such a cultural icon for just about everybody and to be associated with that is a real honor. More than that, he’s such a noble character and he embodies such goodness for so many people. You know when I come to these Comic Cons it’s interesting, I meet a lot of autistic kids and a lot of kids who had trouble growing up, and they so relate to Batman. He seems to reach something in them that other characters don’t. So to be associated with that is such an honor.

Graphic Policy: I couldn’t agree more. By far and away Batman is my favorite character.

Kevin Conroy: He reaches so many people. It’s amazing.

Graphic Policy: Well this is my first time meeting you and from what I’ve seen, you take the time and give so much back to each fan, what does Comic Con mean to you?

Kevin Conroy: Well I view comics as sort of our cultures mythology. Like the ancient cultures had Achilles and Agamemnon, we have Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. They’re our iconic myths. They are how we teach young people the difference between good and evil, and justice and injustice. It’s just how our culture does it, and I think they become that important, especially to young people. Batman in particular, since I’ve been involved for 23 years, I meet the children of the kids who grew up with me who are now in their thirties and forties.


Graphic Policy: That’s me!

Kevin Conroy: (laughing) Which is amazing! So there’s this sort of cross generational thing going on. I love coming to these Cons because there is such a cultural resonance. You meet people from all sections of society here. You meet the incredible wealthy hedgefunder who just comes loaded with stuff for his kids, and then you meet someone who can barely afford the entrance fee, just because they want to shake your hand. So it’s amazing and cross cultural. These are real interesting places these Comic Cons.

Graphic Policy: They sure are. Just a few questions left. One, do you have a favorite voice over performance or episode?

Kevin Conroy: I really liked Perchance to Dream. That one they got into the real psychology of the Batman character, which is what I think makes him so interesting. Plus it’s what makes fans love him so much. He’s such a complicated character and his mind is complicated and people relate to that. So it’s fun as an actor especially to have those different colors to play with. He’s not just a stock superhero with a square jaw, those characters are dull. He’s a really complicated guy with as he says, a lot of issues. (laughs)

Graphic Policy: Haha yeah, I think that’s putting it fairly. You know though, I always watch that episode (Perchance to Dream) and wonder about that bit where they say reading comes from the right side of the brain while dreams come from the left, so it’s impossible to read something in a dream. I always wonder, is that a fact or is are you guys just messing with us?

Kevin Conroy: (slyly) Possibly.

Graphic Policy: Last thing and I thank you for your time so much..

Kevin Conroy: Sure.

Graphic Policy: What can we expect from you going forward. I know the “Arkham” games have wrapped, is there anything else.

Kevin Conroy: Yes. There’s a lot actually, that’s coming out by the end I think of 2016. I can’t say anything because of the non disclosure agreements that I’ve signed and they haven’t been announced yet but I’m leaving on Wednesday to go back to Warner Bros. There’s a lot going on.

Graphic Policy: That’s awesome to hear. Before I go can you say “I am Batman”.

Kevin Conroy: (Batman voice) I.. am.. Batman.

Graphic Policy: Wow. Amazing. This was terrific.

Kevin Conroy: Great. It was great meeting you.


*Sidenote: To hear him do the Batman voice in person was incredible. I will never delete that audio from my phone. List of childhood dreams, you are now not as long. What a great guy and class act. I hope all of you get a chance to meet him yourselves someday.



Rhode Island Comic Con 2015: Interview with Enrique Savory Jr.


While covering the 2015 Rhode Island Comic Con I was privileged to meet some very talented people. I am pleased to say that one of these people was Mr. Enrique Savory Jr. an independant comic book artist who was kind enough to let me take a few minutes of his time to pick his brain on his work and just the genre of comic books in general.

Graphic Policy: So how long have you been drawing professionally?

Enrique Savory Jr: As far as comic books go, my first published work was back in 2007.

Graphic Policy: What press or imprint was that with?

Enrique Savory Jr: I was working for Big City Comics at the time and I did some penciling and inking for a title called Totem.

Graphic Policy: Ok, is the title still being published today?

Enrique Savory Jr: Um, well it’s still going on in trade format but if they decide to use the character it’s totally up to them. I’m really not sure if they are still using the character.

Graphic Policy: I see. Well I love your work from what I’ve seen personally and it pops out at me a lot. Especially these rendition pieces, what gives you the inspiration for them?

Enrique Savory Jr: Actually for me it’s about turning a negative into a positive. As a kid I didn’t have that kind of a talent to conjure the official image out of my head, so I decided that I would just start making stuff up and it kind of caught on a little bit. The more I did it the more I got sucked in. So I keep using it and it’s worked out pretty good so far.

Graphic Policy: Now what do you currently have published? Any ongoing titles?

Enrique Savory Jr: Not quite yet. I am currently working on something that is co-written, inked, penciled and colored by me. It’s going to take some time to do, because I’m pretty much doing it all by myself. I’m hoping the first issue will be out either the middle or late next year.


Graphic Policy: Well I will definitely have to look and keep an eye out for that. Now, how long does it take you to do a normal 22 page book and for the people out there how detailed a process is this?

Enrique Savory Jr: Well because of the detailed nature of the book it doesn’t take 22 or 23 days for 22 pages it takes quite a bit of time, it can range for penciling and inking anywhere from 30 days to 40 days to really nail down a finished product. It all depends on how the piece itself is constructed from cover to cover. So that takes some time. Doing it yourself rather than being assisted can take say three to four months. Once I nail down my process and get into my groove. I hope to put out about 3 issues a year. It’s all about efficiency.

Graphic Policy: Wow that’s quite involved. Switching gears who is your favorite comic book character?

Enrique Savory Jr: For me, it’s Batman for DC Comics and Spider-Man for Marvel. Grendel is my favorite Independent character.

Graphic Policy: Grendel by Matt Wagner, nice.

Enrique Savory Jr: Yes.

Graphic Policy: What comic books do you currently follow today, and do you have a favorite artist?

Enrique Savory Jr: Well if I follow a certain book it is only because of a certain artist. Like if I’m going to follow Batman, at this point I’m getting the title because Greg Capullo is on it. I truly admire his work. For me I jump on when the artist jumps on, so I don’t necessarily follow the title as much as I follow the artist. So I will flip-flop back and forth and hunt their titles down at times. Chris Bachalo, he did a long run on X-Men that I enjoyed, and Dale Keown if he does anything I’m aboard. I will get him on anything.

Graphic Policy: He was great, I loved him on the Hulk and Pitt.

Enrique Savory Jr: Yes indeed. It’s like pick a run and I will get it. As far as he goes. I will hunt him down and collect it. His artwork is superb.

Graphic Policy: Sure.

Enrique Savory Jr: Of course you can’t go wrong with Jim Lee and Mark Silvestri either. I also keep an eye on people who I was fans of when I was younger to see if there styles have changed or evolved and if it was for the better or the worse. It if it’s for the worse I’ll leave it alone if it’s for the better I’ll pick it up.

Graphic Policy: Absolutely. So for anyone who’s looking to get in to this trade, as someone with experience, what advice do you have?

Enrique Savory Jr: Don’t think its as complicated as you think. It has it’s stresses, but the you decide to start, is the day you become a comic book artist. Not the day you have the idea, but the day you decide to start because getting hired is harder. Not getting published. So if you have material and a means to do it, there are outlets that will allow you to do that, day one. You have on demand printing now. You have digital comics, hard copy etc. The outlets are there you just have to find them.


Graphic Policy: To that point, how do you think that websites like Comixology or those digital imprints effect you the artist personally, or does it?

Enrique Savory Jr: It hasn’t effected me, because I haven’t really put anything out in the digital format. So only time will tell, right now I can’t really answer that particular question.

Graphic Policy: Do you ever go a day without drawing?

Enrique Savory Jr: I try not to. I like to stay loose. I get quite cranky if I don’t. If I go a day without drawing or two, by day three I get very hard to deal with. That’s the honest truth.

Graphic Policy: By the flip side of that, don’t you get burned out?

Enrique Savory Jr: Oh yeah. You get burned out but that’s usually when the work you’re doing isn’t really cooperating. It can get quite frustrating. Another way you can get burned out is when you are doing the work for someone and not for yourself because of the demands. It’s harder to get burned out when you are doing your own work, rather than for someone else. Once you put an issue out, the process starts all over again with no down time at all. So working for someone you can burn out pretty quick.

Graphic Policy: Understood. Last question.

Enrique Savory Jr: Shoot.

Graphic Policy: Besides comic books, what’s the one thing you are passionate about?

Enrique Savory Jr: Easy. Football. For me, football is my life. I’ve liked football since I was four years old. I am a big, big Dallas Cowboys fan. However I am a homer, because I’m from New England I have a little bit of a homer streak in me. So I am a fan of my local teams but when I was four years old, I said that is my team and I haven’t looked back since. Good or bad.

Graphic Policy: Well this was fantastic and I hope you get the exposure you deserve. I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

Enrique Savory Jr: Thank you.

Graphic Policy: Here’s to hoping my Pats can still meet your Cowboys in the Superbowl.

Enrique Savory Jr: Haha thanks.






Rhode Island Comic Con 2015 : Interview with Ethan Van Sciver


Having attended the Rhode Island Comic Con this past weekend on November 6th-8th held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with some high-profile guests. (Power of the Press prevails) I was very lucky to get a few minutes with the most prolific Green Lantern artist and good guy: Mr. Ethan Van Sciver.

Graphic Policy: Well it’s very nice to meet you, I appreciate it and I just had a few questions for you that I’m sure would interest your fans.

Ethan Van Sciver: Sure, go ahead.

Graphic Policy: Have you ever been asked to do a commission piece that you’ve flat out refused and if so why?

Ethan Van Sciver: Well, I’m sure that I have, but not because it was dirty or anything. It would have been because I just didn’t want to draw it. People will ask me and come by to draw Star Trek things and that’s not something I really want to do. So I will go, well you know. No thank you.

Graphic Policy: So do you basically try to stick within the vein of comic book books. DC and Marvel characters, because I know you do a lot of cool original pieces like Luke Skywalker Lantern and so forth..

Ethan Van Sciver: I will do Star Wars every now and then, but I prefer to stick to just superheroes. I love drawing superheroes.

Graphic Policy: Absolutely you are fantastic at it.

Ethan Van Sciver: Thank you.

Graphic Policy: Do you have a favorite run?

Ethan Van Sciver: Of somebody elses? Or my own?

Graphic Policy: Yours.

Ethan Van Sciver: Of my own, yeah I really liked everything from Green Lantern Rebirth to Sinestro Corps. I thought that was a really good moment.

Graphic Policy: I think that was your best run ever. I have a personal favorite issue. Green Lantern: Rebirth #6.

Ethan Van Sciver: That issue was really a lot of fun.


Graphic Policy: I loved when Bruce (Batman) punches Hal back because the series opened with Hal punching Bruce so it was cool to see it come back around in the end *

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah that was cool.

Graphic Policy: My good buddy, you’re one of his favorite artists of all time.

Ethan Van Sciver: Oh wow.

Graphic Policy: Do you have a favorite comic book character and is it Green Lantern?

Ethan Van Sciver: My favorite comic character is Plastic Man.

Graphic Policy: Really?

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah I love Plastic Man, I’m still waiting for a chance to draw him. I know in the past sales have not been particularly good for that character so they are very hesitant to do it again. I would do it as a gangster book and make it a little more irish mafia and little bit more like Black Mass, you know with just a little bit of superhero in it.

Graphic Policy: That would be really cool. Speaking of, you saw that movie Black Mass?

Ethan Van Sciver: Loved it, and that is my Eel O’ Brien story. Is he using his superhero identity to rise himself in the mob, or is he using the mob to make him a better asset to the FBI? So like, who is this guy for real? It was amazing, you know and the Whitey Bulger story was a lot like that. It was very interesting.

Graphic Policy: It was, and well definitely me being from the Boston area, you can’t help but grow up with stories from that.

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah.

Graphic Policy: So what advice to you have for anyone looking to be a comic book artist today?

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah, just do it. Don’t let anyone stop you, just start drawing your own comic book and let it happen. Let it be a gradual process. Breaking in, is a misnomer, there’s no such thing as breaking in. You just do it and advance in the industry.

Graphic Policy: Perfect, and what can we expect from you next? What’s your next project.

Ethan Van Sciver: Next project is called Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion and it’s a six issue mini series with Tom Taylor writing it and me doing all the art. Basically it’s the story that bridges the gap between Lost Army. The Green Lantern Corps are lost in a universe that’s dying, are are trying to get back to our reality. Our universe. So everyone is in it, except for Hal Jordan.

Graphic Policy: Haha. The main Green Lantern.

Ethan Van Sciver: You know that’s cool. I get to draw all the Lanterns. Guy Gardener. Simon Baz and John Stewart..

Graphic Policy: Larfleeze?

Ethan Van Sciver: Well Larfleeze is not a Green Lantern. It would be cool if he was in it though.

Graphic Policy: Yeah I know, it’s just so great when you draw him.

Ethan Van Sciver: Thank you.

Graphic Policy: Well I appreciate your time for the interview and hope you catch your flight.

Ethan Van Sciver: Thank you and sure thing.

*I also want to point out that Ethan was kind enough not to call me out on my mistake saying Batman punches Hal in Green Lantern: Rebirth #6 when really it occurred in Green Lantern #9. (Have to do my nerd diligence)

Wizard World Reno Attendees to Receive The Walking Dead #1 Cover By Jonboy Meyer

The Walking Dead Jonboy MeyersWizard World, Inc. and Skybound have announced that ‘Spawn’ artist Jonboy Meyers has drawn the 23th and final in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Reno, November 20-22.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Jonboy Meyers is an illustrator and concept designer working in the animation, video games and comic books. Meyers is currently the artist on Image Comic’s SPAWN with Todd McFarlane.

Some of Meyers’ past credits include: Black Dynamite, Thor , Generator Rex (animation), Supergirl , Huntress, She Hulk , Hulk, Spider-Man , Danger Girl, Justice League of America , X-Men (comic books), League of Legends , MotorStorm Apocalypse (video games), World of Warcraft TCG (illustration).

“The Walking Dead” star on the Wizard World Comic Con Reno celebrity roster is Tovah Feldshuh. Other top guests include Kevin Smith (photo ops and VIP panel only), the Dynamic Duo of Adam West and Burt Ward, Mena Suvari, Jodie Sweetin, Mark Pellegrino, Erik Estrada, Adrian Paul, Brent Spiner and Barry Bostwick.

In addition to Meyers, Artist Alley in Reno will feature Neal Adams, Greg Horn, Tom Cook, John Beatty, Michael Golden, Jim Shooter, Phil Ortiz, Mike Zeck and more.

Wizard World Reno show hours are Friday, November 6, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, November 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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