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NYCC 2010: Quick Hits

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We’ll have some longer recaps of some of the DC and Marvel panels, but here’s our general impression and shout outs from the 2010 New York Comic Con.

  • Thank you to both the folks at Top Cow and Archaia, both are top notch operations with great staff.  Glad to see everyone again and check off some more tweeps I’ve wanted to meet.
  • Also to meet some fellow DFH’ers.
  • Jim Lee is a hell of an entertaining break dancer.
  • And speaking of DC, nice to meet some of their great staff.
  • It seems writers and artists do pay attention to our reviews.  Kind of cool to be able to chat with folks in person.
  • Do NY geeks understand hygiene?  There was a lack of nerd odor.
  • Zombies are definitely in.  The stake his been driven through the heart of vampires.
  • I still don’t get anime culture and it’s references.
  • Remember to wear sneakers next time.  Comfort over fashion.
  • Artist Alley had a lot of talent, but not a whole lot really jumped out at me (I’m usually overwhelmed).  But we’ve got a few things.
  • Great to see Len Wallace again (check out Love Buzz!) and Jessica and wish I was able to hang out more with them.
  • Special thanks and props to Charles Soule, a talent to watch out for.  Pick up 27 when it comes out, it’s going to be awesome.
  • Folks seem to dig my graphic novel idea, a great motivator to get it finished.
  • People also liked what I told about the next phase of this blog, news coming soon :)

Baltimore Comic Con 2010 Recap

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We’ll have lots of videos, reviews and in-depth highlights coming over the week, but let me first say Baltimore Comic Con is a fantastic show.  I haven’t been to a comics focused show in a long time, and this was a hell of a show to dive back into the comics convention scene with.  Here’s my thoughts off the top of my head.

  • BCCC is heavily focused on writers, artists and independents with a healthy mix of shops.  It’s great to see this as I geeked out seeing legends some of my favorite current writers and artists in person.
  • The show backed up what I originally saw at Gen Con, vampires are out and zombies are in.
  • The Top Cow folks, especially Ron Marz (more on that later) are as fantastic in person as they are to deal with online/virtually.  It was great meeting them in person and I can’t wait to see them all again in New York in October.
  • It was great to finally meet Len Wallace in person.  We gave his comic Love Buzz our first perfect 10 and named it the best graphic novel of 2009.  Go buy it on Amazon right now!
  • Local shows are where you need to go to find lots of independent comics in one place and the bonus is you get to talk to the creators in person.

Check out all of the great of the great stuff we brought back (we’ll be busy for a while).

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The Virginian Pilot Covers Love Buzz’s Len Wallace

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The Virginian Pilot has a great profile of Virginia Beach’s Len Wallace, the man behind Love Buzz. The article covers Wallace’s inspiration behind the graphic novel and some personal history about him (his name isn’t Len Wallace for instance).

Graphic Policy is quoted as we named Love Buzz the best graphic novel of 2009, giving it our first perfect 10’s ever.

If you haven’t picked up this great read, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Wallace will be signing copies of his graphic novel at Books-A-Million later in the month.

What Len N.  Wallace will sign copies of “Love Buzz”
When 2-5 p.m. July 31
Where Books-A-Million, 3312 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach

Review – Love Buzz

Frank Zappa said romantic movies were some of the biggest dangers as they set up expectations that can’t be met.  How true his words are. Love Buzz is a graphic novel released this week that tells the tale of love, romance and all of the hurt and baggage that comes with it.  As the novel says itself it’s “not a story of true love, but a true love story.”
Love BuzzIn close to 200 pages writer Len N. Wallace and artists Michelle Silva & Dave Tuney bring you a whirlwind tale of love gained, lost, and gained again that seems like it could of been ripped from my life at least.  I don’t know if anyone else’s life was like this but throughout my reading I had flashbacks to high school, college, and beyond.  The story definitely nails the stupid things we do and the pain we go through.

I’ll admit I was skeptical going into reading this graphic novel.  But in a few hours I found myself tearing through it cover to cover and wanting to go back and read it again.

This is one of the best graphic novels of the year, and definitely a sleeper you should not miss.

Oni Press’s official synopsis:

What if the one that got away kept coming back?

Norm Raymer, an aspiring comic artist, has a turbulent relationship with Maggie. With their passionate ups and chaotic downs, is this love, or a youthful lust? For better or worse, Norm and Maggie must discover whether or not they can ever really make it as a normal couple. Can you really be a normal couple when your whole life is just fodder for your comic book? A new romantic comedy graphic novel for young comic nerds in love.

It’s one of those great reads that hits your heart and mind just right.  Now excuse me while I go and call the one that got away….

Story: A story is good when it gets you to start reflecting on your loves lost and the stupid things you’ve done in life.  The characters are multi-layered and are very real in their actions and dialogue.  This is how I remember high school and college, pain and all.  The writer and artists blend the actual story with the main character’s own artistry and his interpretation of his thoughts and events on his own drawn page.  Rating: 10

Art: I loved the art.  A mix of styles between the main story’s anime-esque style with varying styles of the main character’s own doodles.  There’s a fantastic balance of detail and not cluttering the page with too much clutter.  You’re given just enough to look at and focus on the story.  Usage of the panels is fantastic with some great page layouts.  Top notch work. Rating: 10

Overall: This graphic novel is fantastic.  To me, it holds the angst and focuses on real relationships like Kevin Smith’s movie Chasing Amy, but in graphic novel form.  I can’t praise this piece of story telling enough, but I’m a sap for these types of stories, and I’ve loved and lost a decent amount (I’ll admit it, I choked up at the end.  Wanna make something of it!?).  I just think the work speaks for itself and this graphic novel is really the surprise of the year for me.  Stop reading this review and go purchase it now, I can’t recommend it enough.  Why are you still reading?  Go to you’re shop now to purchase it (or you should be checking it out on Amazon). Overall Rating: 10

Recommendation: Buy

168 page Graphic Novel $14.95

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.