3 posts tagged emerald city comic con
I’m not sure there’s a better mainstream superhero book on the stands than Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Osborn:
It’s the brilliant super-villain-in-prison story I always wanted to tell but couldn’t have done half as good a job telling it. She gets deeper into the psyche of an the oft-used Spider-Man and Dark Reign villain than any writer has before. And she does what all of us working in the mainstream should do - create compelling new characters.
The book is deftly illustrated by Emma Rios, another Matt Gagnon discovery from Argentina.
Kelly Sue is also cool as hell. I once drunkenly confessed to writing to Neil Jordan in high school for Antonio Banderas’ role in Interview with A Vampire. The fact that she hasn’t ridiculed me regularly after that makes her a far more forgiving human being than I.
Convention duty can be exhausting, but Kelly was doing it with two kids in tow. When I saw her on the final day of Emerald City Comic-Con, she had nice things to say about my tweets. I’ll take the compliments I can get.
I’m not sure there’s a book on the stands I like period than her husband, admire Matt Fraction’s book, Cassanova.
To be honest, Casanova is a book that I was put off by when I first read it. I thought it was everything wrong with comics - overly complicated, inaccessible to new readers and filled with inside baseball back matter. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Casanova is everything that’s right about comics. It’s dense, complicated and holds up to - even demands - multiple readings. Deep down, I hope my next spy/sci-fi book, DECOY (coming from Kickstart, more on that soon), is, pardon the pun, a fraction as good.
Even if you read the Image issues, the Icon ones are worth reading for new colors by Cris Peter (yet ANOTHER Matt Gagnon find), who enhances what was already great art by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Moon. There’s new backmatter, and by sharing his influences Matt has turned me on to a number of great books and films, from Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg to Roman Coppola’s CQ.
Fraction is also doing what I think are the best runs of Iron Man and Uncanny X-Men this century, so to say I admire his work is an understatement.
But it’s dangerous to meet your heroes. A quick story - years ago I met Brian K. Vaughan. When I mentioned I was a comics creator, he told me that just the night before, Joss Whedon had told him how much he enjoyed GROUNDED. That made my day, and I should have left it there. But some time later, at a party for the last issue of Y: The Last Man, I got to meet Joss. Somewhere in the middle of the conversation I tried to engage him about GROUNDED, and he seemed to have no idea what I was talking about.
I know Matt better than I do BKV or Joss, but still, around other creators I rarely bring up my own work anymore to avoid moments just like that. Which made it all the nicer when Matt gave me an unsolicited compliment by telling me how much he liked UNTHINKABLE.
When I give another creator a compliment, I mean it, if for no other reason than I’m a terrible liar. Still, I was suspicious if Matt had really even read it until he suggested I track down a UK spy series called DEPARTMENT S.
Department S was a precursor to the X-Files, and featured a protagonist named Jason King. Much like Alan Ripley in UNTHINKABLE, he was an author forced into the role of an action hero. So maybe Matt wasn’t lying after all.
A final aside: there was also a character named Peter Wyngarde:
He served Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s the inspiration for Jason Wyngard, aka Mastermind, of the Brother Hood of Evil Mutants/Hellfire Club/Dark Phoenix saga fame.
Last but not least is a pair of creators new to the game, Brea and Zane Grant, writer/creators of IDW’s WE WILL BURY YOU. Brea starred on NBC’s Friday Night Lights and Heroes (which I did a series of webcomics for. Linkage to FREE, downloadable PDFs here, here, here and here.)
That’s Brea and I at C.B. Cebulski’s party, with Paul Azaceta and Taki Soma in the background. She’s a creator to watch and remarkably genuine, especially for someone of the Hollywood acting persuasion.
Have to balance out the picture of the pretty girl, and close out the con report with this:
I’m not actually sure she’s a zombie, that could just be what happens when parents leave a kid at a convention to hear Jonathan Frakes speak and forget about her for a day.
But I can assure you of two things. One, in GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, my zombies-in-Afghanistan creator-owned Image book out from Paul Azaceta this June, that any female zombies will be wearing burkhas. And two, that the long, national nightmare that was this belated con report is finally over.