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Review: The Long Con #1

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Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty-mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center — including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going. When proof of their survival surfaces, reporter Victor Lai is sent to investigate — after all, he was covering the con that fateful day and escaped mere minutes before everything went kablooie… abandoning his nerdy pal Dez in the process. So clearly he’s the perfect person for the job, and he won’t get trapped inside like some kinda idiot. Right?

Things get weird in the premiere issue of The Long Con, as past and present collide in numerous ways. The comic teases what happened in the days before a cataclysmic event decimated everything inside a fifty-mile radius of Los Spinoza Convention Center where it just so happens that a major comic convention was being held. The comic uses the location and premise to have fun with it all delivering a first issue that never fully reveals what happened. It also pokes fun at fandom, and Star Trek, but never so in a mean way. You can tell there’s a love of the subject matter and it’s all in a good and harmless way. The characters are varied and while we only have two main ones so far, there’s more than enough to stand them apart.

The art style manages to balance the before and after events of the quarantine well giving a very clear delineation between the time periods. The true surprise, and fun, lies in the present as Victor enters the Los Spinoza Convention Center. The art takes inspiration from geekdom and conventions and uses it all in some entertaining ways. Like the writing, the art is having fun with it all.

There’s a love of the subject matter and this is a solid entry into the growing genre of comic conventions gone wrong. A lot of the fun will be what winks and nods to fandom will be throughout and as a start, this is solid, fun, entertainment.

Story: Ben Coleman, Dylan Meconis Art: E.A. Denich
Color: M. Victoria Robado
Cover: E.A. Denich, M. Victoria Robado
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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