Friday, April 17, 2015

#FBF - Seattle Comicard Show 2002

    My ‪#‎FBF‬ story- back in the day we used to go to the Seattle Comicard Show at Seattle Center. There was a particular show that Joe Staton- one of my favorite artists- was going to be at. It was snowing hard on Snoqualmie Pass and I wanted to turn back a few times, but I was darned if I was going to miss meeting Mr. Staton. We got to the show and went inside. Trembling with excitement, I brought over my well loved copies of All Star Comics and Wonder Woman for Mr. Staton to ...sign. I think he didn't know what to think- he asked me if I had bought the books out of a quarter bin. I honestly can't remember what I said exactly, but I was absolutely thrilled and gushed about how much I loved his renderings of Huntress and Power Girl, and he was very gracious about the whole situation. I had him do this sketch of Huntress, and to this day it remains one of the most treasured pieces in my collection. I miss those days of simple comic book shows, and the opportunity for the one-on-one time that it held. In 2002, comic book shows did not look like they do today!!

Rising from the Ashes....

It has been four years since I blogged. That is a long time- like 90 years in dog years.

Life has been crazy. End of story.

The comic book industry changed... a lot.... and I lost my passion for the subject.

Recent events have caused me to want to come back. These events include:

Evolution of comicons
General entitlement issues
Comics being published today

The list can go on and on. Needless to say, there is so much that has changed, and not a lot of us old guard have stuck around to comment on it. Bear with me as I get my sea legs again and get back into the issues today.

I know that there is a good chance that no one will read this, but I am okay with that. :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

So That's Why There Was a Redesign...

When the Wonder Woman comic book series turned 600 and Diana got a new costume, I turned to Jim and told him that it must be because of a movie or television show. He agreed, we both got a giggle, and forgot about it. Yesterday, photos surfaced of actress Adrianne Palicki dressed in the new version with a few twists.

Yet again, the internet goes wild with controversy. LOL.
I am the first to admit that because of my age, I am prone to always think of Lynda Carter as "my" Wonder Woman. That being said, I am going to give the television series a chance. I want to support the character and see where the show goes.
I am not thrilled with how shiny and powder blue colored the pants are, and I am praying her sense of Wonder Gravity keeps her bosom in check. I also want to know where the jacket is. The boots have heels and the top doesn't have the straps that the comic book character has, but otherwise it pretty much looks like Jim Lee's sketch.
Now given validation that my offhand comment about the costume was on the money, I am fascinated to see how much of this series takes cues from the comic book versus using creative license not seen in the printed material.
Much like the rest of the geek world, I will be watching and waiting. :)
(Thanks to for the picture grab.)

Sunday, March 06, 2011

ECCC 2011: Artist Ben Hansen Signing Prints

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ECCC 2011: Batgirl and Robin

So awesome! It is a good day today!

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Friday, March 04, 2011

ECCC 2011: The Boondock Saints

I have officially hit nirvana. LOL

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ECCC 2011: View from the Panel Room

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Follow the Yellow Brick Road...

This year's Emerald City Comicon is this weekend- Friday through Sunday, March 4 to 6. For those of you close enough to attend, make sure and head to Seattle and check it out.

Cool gift idea: pick up a copy of this awesome Transformers collectible print for $10 at the Sequential Treasures Comic Art Sales booth. Drawn as a jam piece by Randy "Rantz" Kintz and Ben Hansen, this piece just blows me away. The gorgeous colors by Eddy Swan give it a gorgeous finish that can't be beat.

As a personal highlight, the stars of the Boondock Saints movies will be at the show and there will be a panel in their honor Friday night at 7 p.m.

Head over to the ECCC site and take a look. Lots of good stuff to be had at the best comic book show in the Northwest!!

Monday, February 28, 2011


I had to get on here to let you know that I am back taking possession of my blog. Many months and thousands of air miles later, I dusted off the blog and took a spin around. I won't be posting daily- God knows that didn't work before- but I wanted to have the occasional say in things and this is the place to do it.

I spend around $20-30 a month on comics so I don't get to read very many titles. I also haven't had a chance to read the news sites, other than finding out that Dwayne McDuffie has passed away and being exremely saddened and dismayed. May he rest in peace.

Since last August I have logged over 40,000 air miles and traveled to several places around the United States. It is interesting how few of those places have comic book shops. My goal is to try and find some shops when I hit the road again in a few weeks.

If I can't afford to spend the money on comics, at least I can talk about trying to find them on the road. LOL.

Now let's see if I can control the spam around here....

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wonder Woman Changes: My Opinion

I haven't blogged regularly for quite some time. I have been working a lot and trying to figure out what to do with my life, so it has been very quiet.

Until today.

Because I have been a fan and longtime Wonder Woman reader, I wanted to give some thoughts. I believe the many dollars I have spent collecting the book from 1974 on and buying back issues that have created a continuous run from 1966 entitle me to this. No internet/comic book lurker am I- you have found the real deal here, Kids.

First off, I am disappointed with the new costume. I am not outraged, because I know it won't last forever. My first impression was that it looked like an old school X-Men costume. My second reaction was that it actually takes away her singular, iconic form and makes her quite ordinary. I am a traditionalist and I won't apologize for it. Her "stars and spangles" costume has always set her apart, and I have never felt that she looks "cheap" or "sexy" in a way that is degrading, other then when past artists have given her the thong look that to me has always been a cop out in general.

J. Michael Straczynski is going to put his stamp on the character as he sees fit in his run. Will it have lasting effects? There is no way to know at this point in time as all we have seen is a preview. I do know that there is a pretty big loophole already in place that will allow the next creative team to bring Diana back to any point in her history. This means that all the outrage that is pouring out right now may be just a moment in time.
Has the new look made her less "revealing"? Not in my mind. She has a bustier and she is wearing lycra/leathery style pants that don't hide anything. All they have done is cover her up with tight clothing and put a jacket on her. It isn't like they put Wonder Woman in a hoop skirt, for Hera's sake. :-)
As a reader, I am not a fan of what I have seen so far. I have already ordered issues 601 and 602 on my DCBS order, so I will have the opportunity to explore further and see if the new creative team can change my mind.
I am not freaking out because I have read comics long enough to know that the only constant in it is change. I am also convinced that DC has done this to make it easier to produce a movie with a more "realistic" edge for non-comic book readers.

Bottom line: I don't like the new look. Taking away the boots and the traditional costume have just made her less extraordinary in my book. I also don't like the fact that she has lost the traditions and rich culture of her upbringing- I always felt it made her unique.
Her new codename should be "Urban Wonder Chick with the X-Men outfit so We can Make a Movie", cuz that is what it all boils down to.
Now I am going to go read my friend's blogs to see what they think. :-)
What is your opinion on the change?