Monday, April 30, 2007

New Comics for May 2

Wow, did I just write May 2?? Where has the time gone? That means Mother's Day and Memorial Day are just around the corner. It also means that better weather is on it's way. Yay!

I have a pretty good list of books again this week. I am really looking forward to reading them. They are as follows:

100 Bullets #83
52 Week 52
American Virgin #14
Checkmate #13
Detective Comics #832
Teen Titans #46
Welcome to Tranquility #6
Witchblade #105
Astonishing X-Men #21
Ms. Marvel #15
Punisher #47
Dark Xena #1- Aaron Lopresti cover shown here
Strangers in Paradise #89

That is the list. Have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Quick Take Reviews for April 29

Powers #24: an unsatisfying ending to a storyline that seemed to drag on forever. This one really went out on a limb. What I am hoping is that the next issue ties it all together because we as fans have been very patient. In the letters page Bendis has said there is going to be a big payoff. Bring it on. Grade: C.

Justice Society of America #5: I am finding myself very drawn into this current storyline which pairs the JSA with the latest incarnation of the Justice League. The “seven soldiers” concept has been recreated for modern times and it really reminds me of the original telling. As an old broad, I remember reading the original storyline back in the first series of Justice League of America and thinking it can never be topped. It looks like Johns and Meltzer are trying to prove us wrong. I did miss Dale Eaglesham’s art though. Grade: A.

Fantastic Four #545: I love Duane McDuffie’s scripting. I am also happy to see Paul Pelletier on this title. I have been a fan of his art for quite some time. After really actively disliking the last run on this title, it is a relief to see a fresh start. Hopefully this “Reconstruction” story arc will bring the team back to its roots and get Sue and Reed a balance in their marriage. At this point I am very hopeful. Grade: B+.

Outsiders Annual #1: Where the hell was this book six months ago? I dropped the book because it was so confusing and after reading this I am pretty sure this would have kept me picking it up instead of being so angry. The annual fills in all the gaps that made the book impossible to follow. With capable art by Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens, this book flowed as well as any Outsiders issue I have seen in the last two years. After reading this, I am pissed. It should have been out a LONG time ago. For the book: Grade: B. For the timing: D-.

Silent War #4 (of 6): Wow. David Hine and Frazer Irving are really shaking up the Inhuman’s world. Blackbolt finally shows a little emotion and its consequences are brutal. The fragile inner structure of the royal family comes undone with ferocity. I have got to see how this ends! Grade: B.

Devi #10: My first question upon reading this issue was to wonder where the original art team had gone. The pencils here were rough and looked unfinished. I also felt disappointed with the flow of the series as a whole. It seems that ever since the Devi has awakened, the book has diverged into so many directions that it has lost its focus. As much as I love the concept and want to see where this book is going, this last issue left me less then optimistic. Grade: C-.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

Tonight I am sitting here feeling very lucky to have such fantastic people come to my blog. You are good folks, and I am honored by your comments. Thank you!

I am still on the fence a bit about the Amazons Attack storyline. My initial thoughts are posted below, and I am really looking forward to future issues. Hopefully it will excede my expectations!

The always well spoken Lisa at Sequentially Speaking has several great thoughts, including her dismay at how the media has not supported her upcoming visit from Scott McCloud. Lisa, I am really thrilled for you that Scott is coming there and wish you great success.

I really miss my friend Loren of one diverse comic book nation. I am crossing my fingers that he comes back soon!

Check out Shelly's thoughts on Wonder Woman and Amazons Attack. Shelly's Comic Book Shelf is one of my daily stops.

Redhead Fangirl ran a 5K! I'm not worthy!

It's time for Friday Night Fights! Always Bet on Bahlactus has the goods.

I both laughed and cried when I saw Mark Engblom's wonderful bit about comic book prices. You have got to head to Comic Coverage and check it out!

Ragtime has a brilliant post about the Amazons. I love her blog Comic Book Thoughts.

John Layman's cat just can't seem to behave!

I have to agree with my friend Melchior on his JSA post. He is always spot-on. Head over to Mortlake on the Schuykill to take a look.

That's it for tonight. I am going to go crash on my couch and try and continue my recovery from bronchitis. I have worked out the last three nights and now I am questioning if that was really the smartest thing ever!

Take care and Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Is This Gratuitous: 100 Bullets #76

100 Bullets #76
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.

Talk about your symbolism here. Dizzy, one of the lead characters of the book is laying naked on the handle of a gun. Since she is a minuteman does this mean she is dangerous without her clothes on? Or is it just a tip of the hat to the guys in the comic reading audience that will entice readers to pick up this issue?

It is hard for me to pick on 100 Bullets as it is one of my favorite titles today. It is a Vertigo book with strong adult themes, so it isn't surprising that the cover is provocative. It also definitely evokes a kind of retro look. I admire artist Dave Johnson's clever cover work as a whole, but next time I want to see Cole or Victor naked on that gun. That would give the ladies some equal time, and God knows that I wouldn't mind seeing bad boy Cole doing a bit of a tease.

So here it is for this week- tell me, is this gratuitous?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

First Thoughts: Wonder Woman and Amazons Attack

Wonder Woman 8
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I have been really looking forward to the "Amazons Attack" storyline, so when the issues of Amazons Attack #1 and Wonder Woman #8 hit the stands today, I was there like a shot. They were also the first books I read other then 52.

My first reaction: Holy Crap, these Amazons are a lot meaner then I remember. Hardcore.

My second thought: I wonder what the character leading the war is going to do and if that character will remain in Diana's life.

My third thought: Circe has a twisted sense of humor.

I didn't expect the Amazons to be so ruthless, and was a bit disapointed that Artemis and Philipus didn't get any solo time. I am hoping that will change in upcoming issues. I am also glad that Lisa left me a comment letting me know to read Wonder Woman first, otherwise it might have messed up my perception of this opening salvo. Thank you so much, Lisa!

I have read quite a bit around the blogosphere about a strong dislike for Jodi Picoult's run on Wonder Woman and that surprised me. I appreciate the fact that the book is back coming out in a timely fashion, and I am fascinated with Picoult's portrayal of Diana. She has obviously really thought it through. I would never have considered that Diana has never pumped gas and used a credit card, but this character has probably not had that opportunity. It didn't seem out of place to me at all.

At any rate, I liked the concept of "Amazons Attack" and am looking forward to seeing more of the surprise character and the interaction they will have with Diana.

Worst bit: the last page of Amazons Attack #1- Diana would never have called the person that derivative of their name. I was a bit disapointed in that.

I am hoping to reread both comics tonight or tomorrow and see if my initial reaction changes. For now, I am cautiously optimistic.

Monday, April 23, 2007

New Comics for April 25

Yay! Wonder Woman and Amazons Attack are both coming out this week! It is like Christmas early here at Comics Fairplay. Not only am I feeling better after my nasty bout of bronchitis, but I get two books about Amazons this week. Amen.

Here is my lovely list:

52 Week 51
Amazons Attack #1 (of 6)
Blue Beetle #14
Catwoman #66
Connor Hawke Dragon's Blood #6 (of 6) - pictured!
Firestorm the Nuclear Man #35
JSA Classified #25
Justice #11 (of 12)
Justice Society of America #5
Outsiders Annual #1
Wonder Woman #8
Daredevil #96
Fantastic Four #545
Powers #24
Punisher Presents Barracuda Max #3 (of 5)
Silent War #4 (of 6)
Wisdom #5 (of 6)
Wolverine #53
Devi #10
Sadhu #7
Snakewoman #10

It looks like a great week for comics again. I haven't made any drops for awhile, but I should have some taking effect next week as the new Previews I filled out starts shipping.

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Quick Take Reviews for April 22

Nightwing Annual #2
Originally uploaded by
Heidi Meeley.
World War III: Books 1 to 4: This four issue tie-in to 52 was not at all what I expected. In my mind I had envisioned a kick-ass battle with a more intimate look at some of the “unexplained” storylines from this past year. What I got was the Martian Manhunter narrating while his odd change in behavior is explored. While I appreciated the little things, I was very disappointed that we didn’t get more details on Liberty Belle and Hourman getting married as well as Donna Troy’s decision to become Wonder Woman. I was also wondering where the details about the space survivors was. While I appreciated the art and the premise, I feel deceived when it comes right down to it. Grade: C+.

Manhunter #30: I LOVE the first page of this book. The expression on Ramsey’s face is priceless. Thanks to Javier Pina and Robin Riggs for that. If I didn’t know that Gail Simone was taking over Wonder Woman, I would push for Marc Andreyko and these artists to take over her title. It is all good and well though, for Manhunter will be back and hopefully with the same creative team, but knowing that the book is gone for awhile makes me sad. This has consistently been one of the best titles out there. Grade: A.

Nightwing Annual #2: I loved everything about this book. It is my gold star for the past couple of months. Marc Andreyko solidifies his place in my top writer’s list while penciller Joe Bennett and inker Jack Jadson blow me away with A-list art. The double page spread portraying the last moments of Infinite Crisis is unreal. I can only sit and gush about this fantastic piece of work that was a value at $3.99. Grade: A+++.

Justice League of America #8: This storyline is ten levels of improvement over the first one in my mind. Like writer Brad Meltzer, I am a huge fan of the classic JLA/JSA crossovers, so to see him add classic elements featuring the current team was a blast. My biggest question here is who is Shane Davis and how have I missed his art in the past? I really loved his art here and actually preferred his style to regular artist Ed Benes. I am cautiously optimistic that this story arc is going to kick major butt. Grade: B.

Birds of Prey #105: Another book I am really enjoying. I love the Secret Six and really appreciate that there is a crossover here. I also have to say that I am a big fan of Nicola Scott’s work. Scott and inker Doug Hazlewood mesh well, and I adored her rendition of Catman. Dead sexy. I am mourning Gail Simone leaving the book but am also enjoying the ride of this story. Grade: A-.

X-Factor #18: This title is my favorite X-book hands down. Peter David has infused the book with warmth and character, making it a book that I anticipate with great joy every month. The X-Cell storyline is a unique, and I like the fact that I have no idea where it is going. If you haven’t tried this book, you are missing something special. Grade: A.

Mighty Avengers #2: I kept reading the dialogue of this book and thinking to myself “Frank Cho had to have written this”. His fingerprints were all over the naughty, fast-paced dialogue, leaving me to wonder where Bendis was. Maybe they have melded like Iron Man’s armor and Ultron? I continue to be on the fence about this book, because I love the guys doing the creating, but it is hard for me to get past the nearly naked Ultron. How come they never make the dudes that naked? Come on, Frank- equal time for the ladies. Grade: C-.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Bronchitis Sucks

After a LONG week in Idaho I am back home and suffering from bronchitis. We worked 13 hour days and it kinda bit me in the butt. I should note that it was a productive, good week, so as to not make it sound too awful. I am glad I made the trip, just a bit downtrodden about the end result. My family thinks I was more susceptible to illness from making so many trips the last three weeks and from working out so hard at the end of the contest, so it is probably a bit my fault.

I really appreciate all your great comments while I was gone. I promise to respond to them tomorrow! I also want to thank my husband for his help while I was gone. Thank you, Dear!

It was a strange week in that I didn't listen to any of my "metal" this week. There was either no music playing or there was country music, so I was really going through withdrawals. I have been listening to my tunes since the minute I have gotten home. I had my iPod with me, but there wasn't much opportunity to listen to it. When we rode down to Jerome, it was three of us and we discussed business. Then we worked 13 hour days and then I got sick. It all added up to no music and not much television.

At any rate, I am sick as a dog and I am now going to go collapse on my couch. Thank God for the wonderful doctor who prescribed me several excellent drugs! I feel better today then I did yesterday and for that I am very thankful. Sleeping in my own bed tonight should be the icing on the cake.

Have a great night! I am very happy to be back and I missed you all!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Cover to Worldstorm #2

Worldstorm #2
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
It is time for another cover as we prepare to play this week's version of "Is this Gratuitous?".

Featured this week is the cover of Worldstorm #2 by J. Scott Campbell. What makes this gratuitous for me to start with is the lack of a bra on any of these characters. The other reason is the suspicious lack of underwear on Voodoo, the middle character.

Some people might just pin it on Campbell doing the art. That could be right. Others may think it is pretty tame. It depends on your perspective.

So let me know, Is this Gratuitous?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

More Reasons to Spend Money: Wonder Woman Action Figures

Once again the DC July 2007 solicitations on Comic Book Resources have turned my head. There is a set of gorgeous Wonder Woman action figures coming out based on Terry Dodson's designs. Here is the skinny:

Designed by Terry Dodson
Based on the best-selling WONDER WOMAN series!
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a display base.

Circe 6.625"
Agent Diana Prince 6.625"
Wonder Woman 6.625"
Donna Troy as Wonder Woman 6.625"

Advance-solicited; on sale December 5, 2007 o Action Figures o PI"

Lucky for me these won't be out until December, so maybe I can save my money. Man, these are gorgeous!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

It's About Time: DC Solicits New Wonder Woman collections!

I just got done looking at DC's July 2007 solicitations over at Comic Book Resources, and I could not be more thrilled! There are two new Wonder Woman collections coming out. Volume 5 of the archives will hit stores as will the first Showcase volume. It is about damn time.

Here is the details:

Written by Robert Kanigher
Art and cover by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito
Don't miss more than 500 pages of Amazonian action in this black-and-white volume collecting WONDER WOMAN #98-117!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 22 o 528 pg, B&W, $16.99 US"

Affordable and awesome!

Written by William Moulton Marston
Art and cover by Harry G. Peter
The next volume of classic Wonder Woman stories is here, collecting SENSATION COMICS #33-40 and WONDER WOMAN #10-12!
Advance-solicited; on sale September 26 o 240 pg, FC, $49.99 US"

A gorgeous hard cover.

A Wonder Woman fan can't lose here. Go to your local retailer and order your copies today!

Monday, April 16, 2007

2007 Get In Shape Results!

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I am sitting here thinking I am a bit crazy for posting my picture since I am not done losing weight, but I figured: what the hell. It shows how far I have come on my journey so far.

Tonight they announced the results of my "Get in Shape" contest. It was a great night for my team as we took second place out of 17 teams competing. I was also blessed to win second place in my category, while my teammate Kerry won some serious cash by winning his category. We walked out of the gym happy campers.

The stats were like this: I lost 28 pounds and 7% body fat. I lost five and a half inches off my waist and five inches off my hips. I also lost an inch and a half off my thighs. I am really happy about this!

The bad part is the seriously cheesy grin on my face in the after picture, but we all have our crosses to bear. Hahaha! I am hoping to lose 20 to 30 more pounds by the end of July. Next Monday my teammate and I are going to start the second cycle of our contest, which is called "Stay In Shape". We are going to take advantage of our momentum and keep weight lifting together. I am really thrilled about this!

It feels good to see results and know that I am doing the right thing by spending so much time in the gym. It also makes me feel better about eating so judiciously. Special thanks to Laura for her inspiration!

New Comics for April 18

Ultimate Spider-Man #108
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Hey there! There is good news here at Comics Fairplay. My hubby said that if I did some entries early, he would post them for me. Mind you, not write them, but post them. This means that hopefully I won't feel like I am out of touch for so long!

There are so many new comics this week that I am slightly shell-shocked. I guess I will blame DC's World War III for this, and move along smoothly in complete denial!

My list for the week is as follows:

52 Week 50
Birds of Prey #105
Brave & the Bold #3
Ex Machina #27
Flash the Fastest Man Alive #11
Justice League of America #8
Manhunter #30
Nightwing Annual #2- FINALLY we get to find out what broke up Dick and Babs!
Shadowpact #12
World War III Part One: A Call to Arms
World War III Part Two: The Valiant
World War III Part Three: Hell is for Heroes
World War III Part Four: United We Stand
Girls #24
Invincible #40
Anita Blake Guilty Pleasures #6 (of 12)
Mighty Avengers #2
Ultimate Spider-Man #108 (pictured)
Ultimate X-Men #81
X-23 Target #5 (of 6)
X-Factor #18
X-Men #198
Fallen Angel #15
Red Sonja #21

This big, long list is going to be so nice to come home to. While I am gone, I can relax knowing that Jim is here to handle comics and my blog. It makes the knowledge that I don't know how long I will be gone easier to take.

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Quiet Sunday

After not missing a daily post for awhile, life outside of blogging took first priority. My dad and I went to a family funeral yesterday in Ephrata, Washington and ended up spending the evening with family. It was a sad reason to get together, but it was nice to see my relatives and catch up. We had a great visit and my cousin Brian barbequed. We didn't get back to my house until almost midnite, so it made for a long day.

Because of unexpected things that have happened at work, and because of family situations, I haven't read any of my comic books or any of the stuff I got at the convention. Unfortunately, the situation isn't going to improve for awhile. I need to make a business trip Tuesday and it is an open ended one, so I don't know when I will be back. Blogging will be sporadic for the next week and then I should be back on a regular schedule.

Tomorrow night I will be back with my "new comics" post, and then possibly won't post again until Friday. I am really bummed out about this, as my daily posts and interaction are a positive force in my life that I enjoy very much.

Thank you for your kindness in this matter.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

Hey there! I hope you all had a nice week and are enjoying a relaxing Friday evening! Here at Comics Fairplay, I am toast. Done, crispy, ready to be put on a plate. It has been a long week and I am pleased to see I made it through in one piece!

It's been awhile since I have sent link love to my fellow bloggers, so I would like to share some of that tonight. BUT first... the worst kept secret in Comics universe is confirmed. Gail Simone is writing Wonder Woman. Newsarama had the skinny.

Continuing at Newsarama, Tony Bedard talks about an upcoming Black Canary mini-series. It is about damn time.

Lisa of Sequentially Speaking has a new column up at that gives the skinny on doing an in-store comic related event. It is very insightful and a great read.

Over at Always Bet On Bahlactus, there is a great insight on the old school Black Lightning series and a shout out of sorts to writer Tony Isabella. That was some excellent stuff.

Mark at Comic Coverage makes me smile yet again with his post on the letters page that occurred a few issues after Supergirl's debut. It is a nod to simpler times, before the internet made our thoughts and feelings instantaneous. Mark, I really appreciate this.

At Polite Dissent, Scott takes a medical look at Amazing Spider-Man #539. It is an eye-opener and a reminder to me why I love Scott's site.

That is it for tonight. I was a bit brief, but sweet. Hee hee. Take care all!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Cover to Army @ Love #2

Army @ Love #2
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Since Army @ Love is a Vertigo adult-type title, I was a bit hesitant to use it's cover. Then I couldn't stop looking at the damn dog.

Good Lord.

If nothing else on this cover is gratuitous, that dog is. Pink poodles have never really been my style. Plus that is one heck of a styling job on that poor dog. It is more groomed then most Hollywood starlets.

Oh yeah, then there's the chick with the major cleavage spilling out of her shirt. Hmmmm.... I didn't know the army made their shirts fit (or not fit) like that.

So my friends, I have to ask: Is This Gratuitous?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

My New Pet Peeve: Cell Phone Abuse at Cons

At the Emerald City Comicon a couple of weekends ago, I noticed a disturbing trend. I couldn’t believe how many people were talking on their cell phones or text messaging rather then living in the moment of the show. It wasn’t that cell phones were being used that bothered me- it was the context of the conversations and the fact that the people using them were walking through crowded aisles not paying attention to where they were going. It also annoyed me when people getting books signed were talking on their phones rather then talking to the creator, or vice versa. There is a time and a place for cell phones, and I think they are used frequently for the wrong reasons. Attending the convention just solidified my opinion. Let me explain.

I am old enough to have lived in a time when cell phones were not an everyday item. Scary, I know. Growing up on a farm, my dad would take us out to a field, put us on a tractor, and head out to the next field over to cut some hay. He had faith in God that things would be alright, and mostly it was fine. The downside was when equipment would break down and he wouldn’t find out for hours, while I sat and used my imagination to dream up tales of super heroes to while away the time. But I digress.

I appreciate the cell phone as a very good communication tool. It is convenient and it makes me feel secure when I am traveling long distances alone. If I breakdown, I can contact someone. If I am running late, I can tell the person I am meeting so they don’t worry. It is also an excellent tool for business. My sales people can call in their orders from several hundred miles away and we get them shipped that day.


Let’s face it. Cell phones are used in place of real face time so often nowadays that it is unreal. Let me give some examples I saw at the convention of extreme cases.

1. I saw a girl text messaging her friend who was two chairs away rather then talking. What the hell is that about? They were writing each other on their phones and giggling hysterically. There was no one between them. Is this a new secret code I don’t understand?

2. I went to get some books signed and a “nameless” creator was so busy working on his Blackberry that he didn’t look up and acknowledge me at all. What a bunch of crap. I wish I would have ripped his books up. I still might out of spite.

3. I heard a guy telling a friend on the phone how much the show sucked and how bored he was in one breath while changing gears and saying he was “psyched” to meet Bendis in the next one. Why not wait until after the show to make these calls?

4. I almost got ran into or pushed on at least FIVE separate occasions by people not paying attention to where they were going while walking and talking on their cell phones. That was the kicker that really pissed me off.

Now understand, I think that cell phones are a good tool for a convention in certain instances. I used my phone to call my husband on the show floor to come spell me in the booth so I could take a bathroom break. In another instance, my husband called me and told me to come to the booth so I could meet a friend. Our calls were brief and to the point. Cell phones really helped us in this instance.
What I don’t agree with is using phones to take the place of face-to-face communication in today’s society. I prefer to talk to a person so I can see their facial expressions and body language. If I can’t see the person, I will talk on the phone. Only as a last resort will I ever text message someone. To me it is very impersonal and a cop-out.

It also bothered me to see so many people who had booths or tables at the show using their phones, whether it be using their Blackberry, texting, or just chatting. In my mind, if you are at the show to conduct business, a cell phone is a distraction. Meeting people and promoting your product should be the focus.

So do an old lady a favor- try not to use the cell phone in place of real life experience. If you are at the show, be at the show in every aspect. Call your friends later and tell them about the things you did. Don’t do it when you could be enjoying the present. The convention will be over but the memories are what last.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I just had to have a post con moment here, so bear with me. Pictured is my sketch of Wee Hughie of "The Boys" by Darick Robertson. I really love the soulful, troubled look in Hughie's eyes. It added that something extra that makes this a "must have" sketch in my collection.

Just a few thoughts tonight, as I spent more time at the gym then I had intended. This weekend I was sick with the kind of crappy sinus infection that isn't so bad that you are bedridden, but is painful enough to make you wish the world would just go away. Consequently, I didn't read ANY of the swag I got at the show. I just couldn't focus to read.

My goal for this weekend is to read the GN's and comics I got at the show. There were some very generous people that gave me stuff to look at. I promise I haven't forgotten. You will see an opinion of sorts soon. Thank you for your kindness.

My other goal is to take Jim to see Grindhouse. We had intended to go see it last weekend, but I couldn't stand the thought of being in a theatre for over three hours feeling like I would be blowing my nose the entire time. It would have been distracting for the audience and for me!

Next Monday my team finds out how we did in the "Get In Shape" contest. I am interested to see how we stack up. I lost 28 pounds and 7% body fat so I am really happy about that. My team as a whole (there were four of us) lost 121 pounds, which is outstanding. We all feel and look better. In fact, tonight we got carried away enjoying our weight workout and ended up spending an extra hour. Believe it- I really enjoyed it. (No, I am not certifiable).

On that note, I am off to get some dinner and do some laundry. I am planning to either have news or a new "Is This Gratuitous" post tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Take care!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Wonder Woman Writer News

I just got done reading the lovely Rich Johnston column Lying in the Gutters and he has interesting "yellow light" news. This means it could be true but it isn't substantiated yet. Take it for what you will.

"The next Wonder Woman writer, after Jodi Picoult and Allan Heinberg, is... Kurt Busiek?


For two issues. Tying into "Superman" #661. Maybe.

After that, who knows? Well, probably Gail, but let's try and preserve the illusion of suspense!"

Hmmm... makes sense. The only bad part of this is that I just dropped the freaking Superman titles. Crap.


"UPDATE: Kurt writes on Comic Bloc:

This isn't true, D.F.

Or rather, the pieces of it are, but you've built assumptions on them that aren't true.

The creative team that did SUPERMAN #661 are doing a follow-up to that story, yes. It is not true, however, that it'll appear after Jodi Picoult's issues and before the next writer's run begins. It's a two-parter being done for the drawer, for such time as it's needed.

As such, the next writer after Picoult will almost certainly be the next regular writer, and Richard's, Eduardo's and my story will come along sometime after that.

My DC source indicated that the story might be needed sooner than this... but the best laid plans, etc. etc... "

Thank you to Ragtime for the heads-up!

New Comics for April 11

Trials Of Shazam #6
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Last week went so quickly after coming back from the Emerald City Show and working out so much, that it just doesn't feel like a Monday. Yeah, I know I worked 9 1/2 hours, but it doesn't feel like it. Call it a con hangover, I guess!

I have a horrendous list of new comics this week, so bear with me!

52 Week 49
All Star Superman #7
Fables #60
Green Arrow #73
Loveless #17
Stormwatch PHD #6
Tales of the Unexpected #7 (of 8)
Teen Titans #45
Trials of Shazam #6 (of 12) -pictured!
Wonder Woman #7
Bomb Queen III #2 (of 4)
Dynamo 5 #2
New X-Men #37
She-Hulk 2 #17
Thunderbolts #113
Uncanny X-Men #485
Wolverine Origins #13

Yikes. What a week. What is worse is that next week seems to have even more books. I dont' know whether to be giddy or pull my hair out of my head. Time will tell.

Have a wonderful week, okay?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Emerald City Comicon 2007: The links!

Pictured is the sketch of Lady Blackhawk by Terry Moore that my husband got me. It is so beautiful that it is unbelievable. Jim is working on getting me sketches of different female heroes from both the DC and Marvel universe and he was convinced that Moore would do the ultimate Lady Blackhawk. He was right.

There have been many great posts about the Emerald City Comicon, so I wanted to provide links to them. Here is the round up.

Laura from Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog did a wonderful job in her reports. Here are links to them.

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Links.

Howard Tayler from Schlock Mercenary had some fantastic posts.

Day One, Vader Sketch, Day Two.

Brad Guigar, who does Evil Inc. also had a report. His run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

My brother from another mother Kirk Jarvinen did an entry as well. Take a gander!

All The Rage over at Silver Bullets did a great post.

Pat Loika has an excellent thread running over at the Bendis Boards. I found it via the Oeming arm wrestling debacle. Take a look.

I can't forget Laura's Travels with the Troll. It is absolutely incredible!

UPDATE: My blog entries were as follows:

ECCC 2007: A Powerful Time, ECCC 2007: Getting Sketched, ECCC 2007: The Set up, ECCC 2007: Getting it Going, ECCC 2007: Day One Continues, ECCC 2007: Day Two Dawns, ECCC 2007: Arm Wrestling Oeming, and ECCC 2007: The Big Wrap up. Thank you to Elayne for the great suggestion!

UPDATE APRIL 10: A HUGEThank you to Elayne Riggs for her posts at ComicMix, which has led me to more links!!

Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter has a great link post called "Collective Memory: ECCC". It is a must read for links!

Jim Demonakas, one of the show coordinators/founders has his first post-show post.

If I have missed any links, let me know. I would like to link them!

Emerald City Comicon 2007 was a fantastic show. I can hardly wait until next year!

Emerald City Comicon 2007: The Big Wrap up!

Power Girl with Jim!
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I just love this picture of Power Girl with my hubby, so I couldn't resist using it on our big send-off of this year's ECCC. I smile everytime I see it.

After losing arm wrestling to Oeming, I was full of mixed feelings, so I went wandering. I found my friend Pamela and told her about the whole thing and she was very supportive. Kirk had just finished Laura's Doctor Who sketch, and it was excellent.

Jim went off in search of sketches, and I wandered back towards our booth. I stopped by the Illusive Arts booth, where I received comfort and had a good laugh with Laura and all the guys there. They told me not to feel too bad and told me I had given Oeming a run for his money, so they made my day!

I picked up the rest of the candy I had and took it over to Matt Haley, who was finishing a Rogue sketch over in the booth he was sharing with Feedback. We had a nice conversation while he ate the candy, concerned a bit about their contents. Too funny.

Jim and I also FINALLY found our way to the Randy's Readers booth. It is our favorite comic book retailer at the con and we hadn't bought ANY comics yet. While there, I finally say Greg from Comics Should Be Good. It was wonderful to see him, and I felt terrible I hadn't found him earlier. It definitely sounded like he was as busy as we were, so it was like two ships passing in the night. I am glad we were able to chat even if it was brief. Greg does excellent work with his students, who are a great bunch of kids. There is an insane amount of talent there.

The show was coming to an end. I got one last quick conversation with Jonnie Allan, and before you know it the lights were dimmed and the announcement was made. The show was over.

We went to dinner at the Pyramid Alehouse with Kirk, Pamela, Joe, Shon, and Quenton. It was so much fun I really didn't want it to end. Jim Demonakas came over and told us that the crowds this year numbered in the 7,000 range, so that was good news.

After a bit too much wine, and an evening that went too quickly, Jim and I got up the next morning and had lunch with Brian before heading home. With smiles on our faces, and a lot of wonderful memories in our hearts, we knew this was a show we would never forget.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Emerald City Comicon 2007: Arm Wrestling Oeming

Arm wrestling Oeming
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
This is the entry I have been dreading.

When Jim and I read on the ECCC website that Mike Oeming was arm wrestling for HERO Initiative, we both thought it would be fun to have me try. I have been weight training and working out so I might have a crack at it.

Something kept tickling the back of my brain though. There has to be a catch. The guy has got to be a prolfic arm wrestler to take on all comers like he does. Do I even bother?

The answer was yes. What the hell- I didn't have anything to lose, other then my dignity, and that old girl was long gone around here anyway.

Sunday at 4 p.m. we were running back to the convention. We were a bit late. We could hear lots of noise and actiivity around Oeming's area. Sure enough he was beating pretty much everyone that challenged him. I almost backed out, but Jim wouldn't let me.

I went right after an older gentleman. He had surprised Oeming, so I was hoping to do the same. I sat down, paid my $10 entry fee and got Oeming to use his left arm.

We got ready, and Jim McLauchlin said "go". Oeming looked at me a bit surprised. I was holding my own. We both pressed a bit harder, hitting an impasse. It wasn't going to go further. A vein popped out in Oeming's forehead. I know one must have in mine.

Then I made the fatal error. I moved my elbow to get better leverage and he had me. I went down.

Oeming had won another battle, but not without effort.

Kindly, he gave me a page of Powers art and I was on my way. I was defeated but unbroken. It was all about 30 seconds to a minute of fun, and it made money for HERO Initiative.

It also gave me incentive to step up my workouts in preparation for next year. Look out Oeming, I am training, and then I am coming for you next year.

Emerald City Comicon 2007: Day Two Dawns

Sunday morning we once again woke up early and ran over to breakfast. We were pleasantly surprised to see Eric, one of Jim's friends from Comic Art Fans, and several of his buddies. We had an enjoyable breakfast, dishing on past con experiences. I also had a long talk about Family Guy that got cut short by other louder discussions.

We were able to say "good morning" to Chris, Elizabeth, and Oscar again. One more Oscar stole my heart with his sweet nature and beautiful eyes. What nice people!

We rounded up our friend Brian and went down to the Event Center. As is normal on a "post-Saturday night" convention morning, it was pretty sparse. Considering the quantity of parties being held the night before, it was not surprising. Some of our friends looked a bit worse for the wear, but I won't talk out of school!

Jim went on a sketch adventure while I stayed at the booth, alternating between selling raffle tickets, vegging, and having conversations with the folks that stopped by. Laura and her husband Eric came over and said "good morning". I was very happy to see them. I told them about wanting to arm wrestle Mike Oeming and they were very supportive. It was really fun knowing that I would see Eric and Laura throughout the day.

I also checked in with Kirk and Pamela, who were doing very well. Kirk was working on a Doctor Who sketch for Laura, and he was trying to keep it hidden from her! Pamela was his partner in crime and they did a good job of it.

Brian was working over at the HERO Initiative booth, so I was able to finally meet Jim McLauchlin, who has taken a full time position with that organization. After telling him that he had gotten Top Cow back on track and letting him know I missed his presence there, the perpetual motion machine was back to selling. Is it wrong that McLauchlin reminded me a bit of Steve Buscemi?

Jim spotted me in the booth on and off so I was able to wander a bit. I bought a set of comics from Chris, and got a few Alter Ego's at the Twomorrows Publishing booth. I also walked around a bit with Pamela taking pictures. She and I ran into Matt Haley, who I teased a bit about his "Who Wants to be a Super Hero" fame. He gave me crap right back, which I fully expected. Sharp wit on that guy. A definite highlight was that Pamela remembered that Matt was a total metalhead so we were able to introduce him to Kirk. It was a complete metal moment that I was thrilled to be a part of.

Back at the booth, we decided to hold our drawing at 3 p.m. since I wanted to arm wrestle Oeming at 4 and the show ended at 5. It worked well, as two winners were present. Sean Marshall, pictured here was thrilled to win the "All Star Comics' hardcover. I wish I could remember his name,(UPDATE: Thank you Sean for letting me know) as he was really sweet about the whole thing. We drew for all prizes and were really thrilled to have raised some money for good causes. We gave half the money to HERO Initiative and the other half to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. It was nice to present the money at the show, knowing it was getting into the right hands.

Being party poopers, we took the prizes that weren't claimed back to our hotel room so that nothing happened to them. This left the booth quite bare, but we figured we wouldn't get into too much doo-doo.

Before I forget, prior to our raffle, Howard Tayler came over and gave me my sketch. I am still in heaven over that one. Thank you, Howard.

After running over to our room, we were a bit late for the arm wrestling event which was now in progress.... More on that next post!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Ms. Marvel #13

Ms. Marvel #13
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Here is this week's installment of "Is This Gratuitous". The contestant is Ms. Marvel #13.

Jim and I have been eyeing this cover trying to make up our minds. On one hand, it is kinda patriotic with the whole Uncle Sam shout out, but the way the AIM guys are positioned, they have a pretty good view of her butt.

Also, the way she is holding the Iron Man helmet does seem a bit suggestive. Hmmm...

I can't decide. One one hand, it is patriotic. On the other, it is a bit naughty. It isn't my most gratuitous cover ever, but it really has me torn.

Help! Is this gratuitous?

Emerald City Comicon 2007: Day One Continues!

Pictured is the Blank Label Comics booth that was directly across from us being visited by Darth Vadar. Evidently he is a big fan of Schlock Mercenary and wanted a sketch! Too cool.

It was incredible to see my fellow bloggers, and I loved seeing Laura and her sister Lisa throughout the day. They were having so much fun it was infectious! Jim also ran in and out of the booth showing me what sketches he was getting and sharing information.

I do have to admit something though.

I got cabin fever after awhile and really wanted to get out of the booth! As much as I loved having it and I enjoyed the interaction, I just couldn't shake the feeling that I was missing something. I talked Jim into spotting me so I could take short jaunts. I ran over to see Kirk and Pamela Jarvinen, two people I adore. Kirk had a table over at Artist's Alley and I had really missed them! We hadn't seen each other since last year's con, so I wanted to at least say "hi".

Knowing that Jim would be getting his own cabin fever, I ran back over to the table and ended up having great conversations with several con-goers. I should have asked ALL your names. I met Sheryl Schopfer who does the great webcomic Deer Me. She has also contributed excellent pieces to girl-wonder, so I pretty much talked her ear off! Thank you again, Sheryl!

I can't talk about the show without giving a shout out to Quenton Shaw and the gang from QEW Publishing. Quenton is a class act, and I didn't get to speak with him nearly as much as I had hoped to because we were both so busy manning our booths. Soon, Quenton- I have an e-mail to answer! I also talked to Ben Hansen and his lovely fiance Jolene. Ben is a hot up and coming artist that I have had the privilege to interview and speak with. He and Jolene are as down-to-earth as it comes, and I love to see them.

Jim surprised me with a fantastic sketch of Lady Blackhawk by Terry Moore. I just about cried with joy because it was so gorgeous. I will post it in the upcoming days. He snuck over to the HERO Initiative booth while Terry was sketching there.

I got some wandering time a bit later and ran over and got my Private Wars novel signed by Greg Rucka. I asked him when we could see more Queen & Country books, and he said not in the near future, but that he had one done. He also said that the next issue of the comic would come out in September, which made me very happy. Queen & Country is one of my favorite series.

I had also heard that Mike Oeming was going to arm wrestle for HERO Initiative on Sunday, so I went over to have my Ares TP signed and ask him about arm wrestling chicks. He said he would, so I was pretty pleased, but nervous at the same time. I figured there had to be a catch- the man was obviously gifted at arm wrestling and would probably beat me easily, but I was considering it. More on that in the next report!

The great thing about having a booth is that you get the coolest neighbors. Phil and Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius booth was right next to us, and Jonnie Allan and Stykman were across the aisle. Blank Label Comics was facing us, so I watched them intently. They looked like they were having so much fun! I was happy when I got to meet Howard Tayler the next day, and check out their wares. If I would have had the bank, I would have spent a mint!

The other fun of the day from my perspective in the booth was watching the people in costumes walk around. Jim and I both got our picture taken with Power Girl and she and I had a nice conversation about how she made her costume. Power Girl was at the show both days having a wonderful time. For some reason, several men seemed to be pretty focused on her! Heh.

There was also a dude dressed as Catwoman with fishnets on. He was a bit eccentric, but he appeared to be having more fun then anyone else, so I asked if I could take a picture. He let me and I will put it up here soon. What I loved about his outfit freaked out a few of the more conservative types!

Our friends Joe St. Pierre and Shon C. Bury were sharing a booth again this year. We had enjoyed being their booth neighbors and hanging out with them a great deal last year, so I made sure to go say "hello". They are both very nice and are a hoot to go out with.

Later in the day I headed over to the HERO Initiative booth and got a sketch of Wee Hughie of The Boys from Darick Robertson. It is another fabulous sketch, and having it done by Hughie's "Dad" really sealed the deal. Robertson had some interesting news about The Boys, and I am anxious to see if it pans out.

The big rumor at the show was that Gail Simone was going to take over Wonder Woman. I can't substantiate the rumor, but I do know it made the rounds. With news of her leaving Birds of Prey, it wouldn't surprise me, and I would welcome her on the title with great joy.

One bummer of the day was that I didn't get to go to any panels. I wish I could have, but Jim's pursuit of sketches and my booth made it impossible. Our friend Brian spotted us as much as he could, but he was also working at HERO Initiative, so I didn't want to abuse his time too much.

After meeting and hanging out with Frank Cho at a Seattle Con four or five years ago, we got to see him again. I love Frank. He has a quick wit and a great sense of humor. He was very busy so I didn't want to monopolize too much of his time, but he was very sweet and gave me a copy of his sketch book. Thank you Frank!

Another highlight was meeting Angela Bullock. She is an intelligent, nice lady and I got to have a brief conversation with her. I wish we would have had more time, but she and Mike were leaving early the next morning. It was a pleasure to meet you, Angela! Come back to Seattle soon!

This might sound strange but the day was so busy (but fun) that I am really fearful I am forgetting something important. I am a bit mad at myself for not being able to post about the show in a more complete fashion until now. It was surreal to want to blog but be at the gym knowing that I had a contest to finish! I don't regret it, but I fear it has clouded my memory a bit! Well, that and a bit of a cocktail here and there... but I digress.

The show ended at 6 p.m. and we headed over to the Elysian Fields with Kirk, Pamela, Joe, Shon, and Brian. It was a perfect evening. I haven't laughed that much and that hard for a long time. Kirk and I talked metal while our spouses lovingly and kindly allowed it. Thank you Jim and Pamela! We also all tried "dirty girl scouts" but that is a story that I will keep to myself for the time being.

Needless to say, I had a wonderful day and a magical night. I didn't want it to end. How was I to know that Sunday was going to be as action packed and fun? Incredible. I am a lucky girl.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Emerald City Comicon 2007: Getting it Going on Day One

Day one dawned with a drizzle, but we were so excited we didn't notice. Jim and I woke up at 7:30 and ran over to breakfast only to meet Chris Wisnia, his wonderful wife Elizabeth, and their incredibly charismatic son Oscar. They are incredibly nice people and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to them. I would hasten to say that Oscar is quite the scene stealer, with amazing eyes and the best personality I have seen in a baby in a long time.

We met up with our friend Brian and headed over to the Event Center. The line waiting to get in was HUGE and I was thankful to not have to wait in the breezy weather. We got inside to the flurry of much activity. Brian went over to the HERO Initiative booth, which he worked in part of the time, and we got ready. We had made a plan to hand out free comics to anyone that picked up our flier at the goodies table but decided to give free comics with our insert in it to anyone who came over to the table. Special thanks to Brian, who donated well over 200 comics.

While we were waiting for the doors to open we got our first look at Feedback from Who Wants to be a Super Hero. We also saw Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) from a distance, so we were a bit star struck. We also were able to say "hello" to Jonnie Allan, creator of Stykman, whose booth was directly across from ours. There is not a nicer man around!

The the crowds came pouring in.

It was sure to be a great day!

Jim left the booth to go get sketches while I stayed and handed out comics and tried to get people to buy raffle tickets. When Laura (of Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog) and her sister Lisa came in, I didn't even recognize them! They both had lost weight and looked fantastic! I was thrilled to see them both.

I was also privileged to meet Swinebread from Atomic Romance. He was genuinely nice and intelligent, and it was great to see him in person. It sounds like he and his SO had a wonderful day, so I am happy about that.

I hate to cut this short, but I will finish day one tomorrow. The couch and bed beckon. Results for my "Get In Shape" contest tomorrow as well!

Before I forget, pictured is the incomparable Randy Emberlin busily working away at his booth. He and his wife are class acts.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Emerald City Comicon 2007: The Set Up

With the Emerald City Comicon being a two day event, Jim and I decided to make an event out of it. I took Friday off work and got my workout done before leaving to head to the Qwest Field Event Center to set up. We took our time, stopping to eat before heading into Seattle.

We reached the Event Center at 2:30 p.m. and immediately ran into Randy and Joan Emberlin. They had been in town since the day before and were setting up at the same time we were. It was a great way to start the show to be sure. While Jim stayed at the Event Center to set up, I headed across the street to check into the Silver Cloud Hotel.

We were lucky enough to get a room on the top floor with a clear view of Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. It was fantastic. I was thrilled because we were also on the same floor they served breakfast on!

It didn't take long at all to set up so we tried to memorize the show floor and took a spin around. All around us, people scurried to get their booths ready. It was nice to see old friends and make some new acquaintances.

Our friend Brian showed up after 5 p.m. with lots of cocktail fixings so we went to the room and tried his infamous "Black Opal" cocktail. Mmmm tasty. After that we headed to the Elysian Fields Restaurant for great food and excellent beer.

Because we knew that the next day was going to be a long one, we called it an early night. I am glad now that we did because it was a busy but thrilling day!

Tomorrow: Day One: Seeing old friends and working hard at the booth!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Emerald City Comicon 2007: Getting Sketched!

Comics Fairplay Lass
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.

Never in a million years did I think I would ever be the subject of a sketch. It was so far beyond my hopes that it never entered my mind.

Guess what happened at this year's Emerald City Comicon?

I got two sketches featuring myself.

I am in awe.

The first one I want to share with you is by Howard Tayler. He is the very talented creator behind the fantastic webcomic Schlock Mercenary. We were across from his booth with Blank Label Comics, and it was amazing to watch him group interact with the public. Their work is great and it was wonderful to find out about it.

Howard came over and introduced himself to me and asked me about Comics Fairplay. We had a brief discussion, and I thought he was very nice. A couple of hours later, he came over and handed me this sketch.

My jaw dropped. I was so thrilled that I was almost speechless. Howard had done something so sweet and so heart warming that I couldnt' believe it.

He had made me into a super hero.


Special thanks to Howard for this incredible sketch. I am still so giddy I can hardly stand it. Go check out his awesome work- it is really fun and original!

Thank you, Howard, for making my day.

New Comics for April 4

Punisher 46
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I just got home after a three hour workout and I am tired! It was a good one, and I had a personal best bench press of 100 pounds for 8 reps, so I am pretty happy. That might seem kinda wimpy to all you hardcore types out there, but it made me really thrilled. Only one more long night of workouts and I weigh out. Part of me wishes I had one more week to lose 5 more pounds; the other part can't wait to be done.

I am running a day late, but here is my list of books for the week.

52 Week 48
American Virgin 13
Detective Comics #831
Justice League of America #7
Nightwing #131
Supergirl #16
Welcome to Tranquility #5
Immortal Iron Fist #4
Ms. Marvel #14
Punisher #46

That is it! My brain isn't working well enough to talk about dropped books tonight, so I will save that for next week.

Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Emerald City Comicon 2007: A Powerful Time

Power Girl and Me
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
The Emerald City Comicon is over and done, but it will not soon be forgotten here at Comics Fairplay. I had the time of my life. I saw cherished old friends, met many new ones, and even got to have my picture taken with Power Girl! From the days at the show to the nights of metal mania with great friends, it all went way too quickly.

I have so much to tell, and I will do so in posts throughout the week, but tonight is about summing it up: ECCC was the most fun I have had in a long time. To all of you that helped make it that way, you have my most humble gratitude. Jim and I will not soon forget it.

In a quick note, my Get In Shape Contest ends Thursday, so if I am a bit sporadic until then, bear with me. I have many tales to tell, and will do so for sure. In the meantime, have a fantastic evening, and enjoy the picture of Power Girl and I comparing arms. Pretty deadly, huh?