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This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Single Day Conventions.
If you’re reading this then I have no doubt that you’ve heard of the cons that run across multiple days, but on the off chance I’m wrong take a few minutes to google San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con or C2E2 as an example of those multiday conventions. Now the three that I’ve mentioned are also well known for having a ton of industry reveals emerging from the various panels, as well as an imperial fuckton of guests and exhibitors all competing for your attention and money.
These major conventions are usually full of a great expansive mass of humanity pouring over comics and, let’s be frank, pop culture in all its lovely various forms that can be both exhilarating and incredibly overwhelming. They are a place for thousands of fans to gather and share a love of all things geek, but can often be tough to navigate, expensive and very crowded – and sometimes they may not be the best place for a person to experience their first con – which is where the smaller single day conventions can often be the unsung gems of the comics world (at least on paper) by allowing fans to get a feeling of what a con is like, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Although I don’t make a point to travel to every con I can get to regardless of size, the smaller ones do have some advantages the larger ones don’t.
- Firstly it’s highly unlikely you’ll be overwhelmed at the size of the convention. By their very nature these events aren’t geared toward an army of fans which means that you’ll be able to swing a cat if you so choose [editor’s note: Don’t swing a cat].
- The admission is usually pretty cheap.
- Because the cons are smaller, and usually in small to medium sized cities and towns, more often than not it is easier to find parking spaces near the venue itself.
- You can see everything on offer (if you have the time). Although there is always the chance that what’s on offer for you to buy isn’t great, even then you’ll never leave thinking that you missed the best buy of the con because you didn’t go down every aisle.
- They can often have the feel of a craft fair about them as exhibitors who can’t afford to travel to larger events can show their products. I picked up an interesting modge podge display piece that had pages from an old comics pasted over a block of wood for a friend at a con last year (that I never took a photo of).
- They’re often put together out of love and not always for a profit.
I’m aware that the smaller cons have a drastically different flavour than the larger cons and while that flavour may or may not be to your liking, I’ve noticed that there really aren’t as many folks talking about the smaller cons in general verses the industry giant ones (granted for obvious reasons), and I wanted to express some love for the single day conventions that we don’t always talk about after we attend – myself included.
That’s all for this week folks. Join us next week when we talk about something else that falls under the Underrated banner in the comic book world.
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
The Beat – SDCC organizers hire Adam Smith to run their comcis center – Should be interesting to see where this all goes.
ICv2 – Marvel CCO Asks for Help Retrieving Stolen Art – If you can help, please do!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Comic Attack – Catalyst Prime: Astonisher #1
The Beat – The Once and Future Queen Vol. 1
Newsarama – Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil #1
Welcome to Anorev, a land where time has no meaning. Robots work and children play, but the play is no fun and the work is no use. A curious boy named Ayden and his robot friend Zoe know that something’s missing, but they can’t imagine what it might be… until 314 identical men in green bowler hats fall from the sky. At last, our heroes have a chance to discover what happened to their world, what might start the clocks back up again, and what tomorrow really means.
Blending clockwork whimsy with majestic art-nouveau visuals, Jim McCann and Janet Lee present a hand-crafted fairy tale in Return of the Dapper Men that feels both familiar and entirely new in a new prestige reprinting!
At San Diego Comic-Con we talked to Jim McCann and Janet Lee about their award winning series as well as what’s to come in its sequels!
Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston have captivated readers with their brilliant creator owned superhero saga Black Hammer. This fall, Dark Horse Comics will expand the universe of the Black Hammer with Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín, for the first of several high profile mini-series featuring different artists.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017 I got a chance to talk to Lemire about his new spin-offs, being such a prolific writer, the difference between Marvel, DC, and Valiant, and Canada’s First Nations.
Wade Winston Wilson, known to the world as Deadpool, is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess. He is presented here in his blue and yellow X-Men outfit. If you think it’s strange to see Wade Wilson in a X-Men outfit, then you are not alone because Deadpool thinks so too! Deadpool tried on X-Men attire as a bet with Wolverine and Beast in the Cable and Deadpool comic series. Deadpool, decked out in his blue and yellow X-Men attire, joins the One:12 Collective.
Mezco Toyz has released a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Deadpool figure featuring over 30 points of articulation and lots of accessories.
We open up the box to show off what’s inside.
You can order yours from the Mezco website!
Based on the DC Collectibles line of the same name, Gotham City Garage is the new digital first series that follows a diverse group of rebels with one cause: freedom for all.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, I got a chance to talk to the writing team of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly where we talk its influences and its anti-fascist anthem.
Gotham City Garage debuts August 16th with a new chapter released biweekly through October 2017 and weekly thereafter, with print issues available in October. The series will have rotating artists, beginning with Brian Ching and followed by Lynne Yoshii of the DC Talent Development Workshop.
Although many associate the name Peter Parker with Spider-Man, the hero’s mantle was taken up by Miles Morales in Ultimate Fallout #44. Following the death of Peter Parker, the teen Morales became Spider-Man after gaining powers similar to those of the original Spider-Man, which were derived from the bite of a spider genetically engineered by Spider-Man’s nemesis Norman Osborn in an attempt to duplicate those abilities.
Mezco Toyz has released a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Miles Morales figure featuring over 30 points of articulation and lots of accessories.
We open up the box to show off what’s inside.
You can order yours from the Mezco website.
It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot coming up including the start of some of our San Diego Comic-Con interviews! While you wait for all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
San Diego Reader – Comic-Con’s black market – An interesting side to the convention.
Charleston Post Courier – Sheriff’s Office puts hundreds of seized comic books up for auction – Anything good?
Newsarama – Gwar: Orgasmageddon Replaces Artists To Finish Out Title – Neely rules!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Talking Comics – B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #1
The hosts of Gotham Weekly return with a new name and a new episode count as they move aware from being a Batman centric podcast into the wider world of nerd and geekdom. Think of it as our very own Rebirth!
But don’t worry, Bat-fans, once again despite the new name there’s still a lot of Batman talk this week as Alex and Joe sit down to talk about some of the things from SDCC that caught their eye, Superman #27, Batman #27,
This week’s Comic Club (the feature we don’t name in the actual podcast), in which our hosts assign a comic to the other in order to discuss it on the episode should have been Kill or Be Killed #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1, but if you’re wondering where it is, the segment never made to the episode due to time constraints.
As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you have suggestions for a future Comic Club comic for them to check out.