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Review: The Long Con Vol. 1 TPB

The Long Con Vol. 1

The world is over, but the con has just begun.

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center — right in the middle of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) pop culture convention. Underdog reporter Victor Lai barely escaped with his life, but his nerdy friend Dez Delaney — publicist for an indie darling comics publisher — wasn’t so lucky.

Now, Victor finds himself with the story of a lifetime — that the con-goers not only survived inside the center’s cavernous Cold War-era halls… they kept the convention going.

It doesn’t take long for Victor to get trapped inside, find Dez, and run afoul of a totalitarian sci-fi fandom ruled by a mysterious figure known as “the Special Guest.” Breaking out is impossible, and resistance is futile — but maybe, just maybe, Dez and Victor can recruit some unexpected allies from the warring factions of fans, pros, and D-list celebrities that still roam the show floor…

Things get strange in the first volume of The Long Con as Victor returns to the Los Spinoza Convention Center where he ran from five years ago. Victor, as well as the readers, find out what was believed to be a dead zone inside a no-mans land is teaming with life. The life being former con attendees living in a make-shift geek inspired post-apocalyptic endless comic con. The series showcases both past and present as Victor chases a story, that he may not live to publish as we learn more about Victor and what happened.

The series, written by Ben Coleman and Dylan Meconis, does a great job of using geek culture for the basis of the adventure and laughs but at no point really making fun of the topic. There’s a send-up quality about it all that never crosses the line into mean-spirited.

The art by E.A. Denich manages to balance the past and the present, as Victor returns to the convention center. The art pokes enjoyable fun at the more obsessive side of geek culture and uses the details to tell as much of the story as anything else.

This first volume is a send-up of the chaos that is a convention and uses it for an interesting twist, loving fandom for what it is and never crossing the line from respect into meanness.

Story: Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman Art: E.A. Denich
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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