Hey everybody! Long time no write! Let’s see, what’s new…OH! I damn near moved away!
BUT THEN GUESS WHAT? I DIDN’T! Nuv got all teary-eyed and you know I can’t stand to see a grown man weep, so I decided to stay. Also, the town I almost moved to has NO COMIC BOOK STORE. I mean, how frontier is that? Do I have to hunt animals and grow beets and try not to freeze to death in the winter too? I even went so far as to find a Canadian mail order comic book company (for the record, I was gonna go with this one) but then I was all “Oh screw this! My relatives didn’t die face-down in the mud so I could live in a place where I can’t get my Daredevil on!”
The R2AK Crew invaded Vancouver’s first ever Fan Expo and it was BANANAS! How bananas? So bananas we almost didn’t get in at all. You can’t hate on the good folks who brought the show to town though; for all anyone knew it was going to be a HUGE DISASTER. As it turns out it was rad! The highlight for me was getting to meet Kathryn and Stuart Immonen and have them sign some books for me. One thing is for sure though, I’ll be purchasing my ticket (and getting in line) super early next year. Here’s a small photo gallery because my camera sucks!
Fan Expo mayhem!
Jon Snow! Game of Thrones!
Daenerys Targaryen! Game of Throoooones!
Some idiot and the Batmobile!
The Turcinovic Twins, now with 100% more Ghostbusting!
Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing)!
Life-sized remote-controlled R2-D2!
Also, Dear guy who put on a deer head, loin cloth, boxing gloves, and danced around like a male stripper having a total mental breakdown at the con…
What the flying fuck, man?!
We’re on the eve of Before Watchmen! Maybe you’ve heard the controversy? Well, a lot of people would rather sulk about creator-rights with a nutcase Limey than read what will surely be some of the best comics of the year. More power to ‘em I say, but that’s not going to stop me from buying The Minutemen (written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke) and Silk Spectre (written by Cooke and drawn by Amanda Conner.) Maybe Dr. Manhattan written by JMS and drawn by Adam Hughes too. Who can say? Either way, JUNE IS GONNA RULE!
Also right around the corner is Brian Wood’s The Massive and his sure-to-be-epic run on X-Men (both on June 13th!) I know in the past I’ve sung the praises of Brian Wood ad nauseum…and you can expect a whole lot more of that gushery starting in June! And are you reading Conan: Queen of the Black Coast yet? It’s basically the best book Dark Horse has put out in years and it’s all thanks to Wood and Becky Cloonan. Hooray!
Well, Marvel’s big summer event Avengers vs. X-Men has kicked off in grand fashion and so far it’s a fun ride despite the atrocious art of the first four issues. But never fear! Romita Jr.’s reign of terrible has ended and it’s smooth sailing from now on. And if you’re liking the main book, consider picking up the Wolverine and the X-Men AvX issues. I like them even better than the main story so far!
Guess what! Scott Snyder and Dustin Nguyen are all geared up for American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares and so am I! I love the character Felicia Book, and if LoN is even half as great as Survival of the Fittest was, we’re in for good times indeed! ALSO HOLY CRAP! THIS BOOK COMES OUT ON JUNE 13TH TOO! What are you doing to me, comic book industry?! June 13th just might be the best day of my life (stay tuned for an update.)
Scalped is ending in two issues! And while I never really felt comfortable with R.M. Guera’s gritty style, Jason Aaron absolutely killed the story from start to finish. Almost sixty issues ago, he pitched the idea to Vertigo of a Sopranos-style story set on a reservation, and boy did he deliver. Since I started collecting the book five years ago the shit has hit the fan on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in every way imaginable. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Aaron wraps up his epic run, and whether or not Dash Bad Horse and Chief Red Crow survive it all.
Anyway, that’s enough of my jibber jabber for now! Put one in the air or I’ll move to a place that still makes huts out of stone and twigs and shit!