Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Walking Dead Volume 19: March to War

Title: The Walking Dead Volume 19: March to War

ISBN: 9781607068181
Price: $14.99
Publisher/Year: Image, 2013
Artist: Charlie Adlard
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Collects: The Walking Dead #109-114

Rating: 3.5/5

The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living. Rick. Ezekiel. Gregory. Negan. Each man holds the fate of their community in their hands... and WAR is on the horizon!

Rick and his crew are mourning the death of Glenn. Especially Maggie who has decided to stay on the Hilltop. Rick being Rick refuses to take it laying down and has joined forces with Jesus from the Hilltop and Ezekiel with the tiger. Yes the tiger.

This installment was overall really good. I enjoyed the interaction between Michonne and Ezekiel. It is nice to see that Michonne has a softer side. She is human and sometimes Rick forgets that as he forces her to pick up her sword once again to kill for him.

I respect Carl more and more after every single volume. He continues to prove how important he is to the crew. He may have pissed of Neegan but he basically showed everyone that Neegan can be easily affected. Carl is such a pivotal character and I am mad that they water him down so much on the show. But I digress, the novel was beautifully illustrated as usual. Seeing the death of so many characters and Andrea come so close to dying really brings Rick to the point that it is truly time to destroy Neegan.

The story ends on a cliff hanger as they are finally going to go to war. I really thought this novel would have the actual war but sadly we will not see the true war until the next volume, Vol. 20 All Out War Pt 1. The fact that it is a part one makes me concerned with how many people will walk away from this one. The original group only contains Rick, Carl, Maggie, and Michonne.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Worlds' Finest Volume 2: Hunt and Be Hunted

Title: Worlds' Finest Volume 2: Hunt and Be Hunted

ISBN: 9781401242763
Price: $14.99
Publisher/Year: DC, 2013
Artist: Kevin Maguire, George Pérez
Writer: Paul Levitz
Collects: Worlds' Finest #6-12

Rating: 2.5/5

The book's first two chapters are essentially an excuse to put Huntress and Robin Damian Wayne on the same page, and they're likely the best of the book. Levitz could have gone the route of many writers when Damian guest-stars, positing Robin as a foul-mouthed kid who shows up or is shown up by the title character. Instead, Levitz digs deeper into this idea of Earth 2 as a parallel earth, to the point where Damian is nearly able to discern Huntress's origins solely by the similarities between their fighting styles during their initial tiff. The sequence is subtle and organic, and ought prove a good model for how other DC heroes might react when they finally meet their Earth 2 counterparts.

Supergirl/Power Girl team-ups have a reputation for the gratuitous (see Supergirl: Candor, for instance), but when Levitz parallel's Huntress's "not-brother" relationship with Damian against Power Girl's reluctance to reach out to her counterpart, it seems a potentially interesting meeting, indeed (it's coming, but I think in the Supergirl title and not under Levitz's pen). As I've said, I think Levitz "gets" this Power Girl and Huntress pretty well; Power Girl's statement late in the book is interesting that, while Huntress Helena Wayne had a debutante ball, Superman kept his Power Girl nee Supergirl hidden as a "secret" weapon, and that some of Power Girl's outlandishness now is a reaction to that. I'd be curious to see how much of this dissonance with her past factors into Power Girl's mixed feelings about "our" Supergirl now.

Hunt or Be Hunted gets a little wonky, however, around the point that Huntress and Damian track down Apokoliptian werewolves that happen to be regularly stealing money from Bruce Wayne -- why, we never find out, and ditto how this couldn't possibly have come to the attention of the Dark Knight himself. Each of the next four issues mainly involve a long fight scene -- Power Girl battles a dictator's forces before she captures the dictator; Huntress brawls with armored troops before she discovers they're supposedly working for Michael "Mister Terrific" Holt; Huntress breaks into Holt's offices twice and fends off his security both times, only to find that Holt is seemingly alive (while readers know he's actually marooned on Earth 2), something that's apparently public knowledge since "Holt" is participating a tech convention. The action, as in the first volume, isn't an end to itself that forwards the plot; instead it simply fills pages from revelation to revelation in the book.

The scene in which Huntress mourns Damian's death-between-the-pages in Batman, Inc. is moving enough, and Levitz uses well the fact that Damian is essentially Huntress's first "Earth 1 friend." The book does ramp up at the first mention of Holt, since again readers know Holt is on Earth 2 and so a storyline about him will likely have larger implications than just for the Worlds' Finest title (though Levitz shoehorning everything from the first volume's villain Hakkou to the werewolves to the gun-smugglers, etc. all to "Holt" stretches the bounds of sense more than a little). When Levitz finally reveals the faux-Holt as New God Desaad, Worlds' Finest only with its twelfth issue finally seems to be getting to its point. Learning more about the New 52 Desaad is enough to entice me to pick up the next volume, but I feel sure Levitz could have reached the same place in considerably less time or at least with more intrigue.

Artist Kevin Maguire, of Justice League International fame, presents himself well as always, especially on those aforementioned initial Damian issues; modern coloring helps to enhance the nice roundness of Maguire's lines. Equally legendary artist George Perez doesn't fare as well in the book, inked first by Maguire such that Perez's lines seem too dark, and later also by Phil Jimenez (no slouch either), whose style would seem to go well with Perez's but also emerges too dark. Toward the end the book takes on a bevy of fill-in artists, both well-known and not, and while no style is grossly different than another, it contributes to the sense of the book not hitting its marks when the art seems to be coming together piecemeal.

I recalled my ambivalence about the first volume of this title when I started reading Worlds' Finest Vol. 2: Hunt and Be Hunted, and I hoped that the second volume might impress me more when the first one didn't. Unfortunately, the second volume is more of the same -- good characters but a plot that mostly spins its wheels with only the occasional movement. The rub is that the cliffhanger in this one is enticing enough to keep going, but I'll probably be slower to grab the next volume of Worlds' Finest than I was this one.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Comic Book Covers 4 Cancer October Auctions

The October series of auctions are finally up on eBay and you can find them all here. http://www.ebay.com/usr/cbc4c

BATMAN (2011) #29 DC COVER BY STORM WAVE #CBC4C (351194056787)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (2013) #11 DC COVER BY STORM WAVE #CBC4C (351194144170)
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 DC COVER BY STORM WAVE #CBC4C (351194145122)
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1 DC COVER BY STORM WAVE #CBC4C (351194145227)

HARLEY QUINN #0 DC COVER BY JESUS CORREA #CBC4C (351194063261)
BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE (2013) #1 DC COVER BY JESUS CORREA #CBC4C (351194142439)

STAR TREK: KHAN #2 IDW COVER BY MEL SMITH #CBC4C (351194067022)
G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #196 IDW COVER BY MEL SMITH #CBC4C (351194143443)

ACTION COMICS (2011) #18 DC COVER BY JOHNNIE JOHNSON #CBC4C (351194141959)
MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE (1992) #12 MARVEL COVER BY JOHNNIE JOHNSON #CBC4C (351194144262)
CHRONICLES OF RACHEL STRAND: VOODOO EQUINOX COVER BY JOHNNIE JOHNSON #CBC4C (351194142872)
EQUINOX #1 COVER BY JOHNNIE JOHNSON #CBC4C (351194143312)
EQUINOX #2 COVER BY JOHNNIE JOHNSON #CBC4C (351194143383)

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 MARVEL COVER BY DESI BUTLER #CBC4C (351194142069)
TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER (2014) #1 DYNAMITE COVER BY DESI BUTLER #CBC4C (351194145424)

AGE OF ULTRON #1 MARVEL COVER BY RACHEL IVANOFF #CBC4C (351194142169)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #1 MARVEL COVER BY KYLE WILLIS #CBC4C (351194142246)
JUPITER'S LEGACY #1 IMAGE COVER BY KYLE WILLIS #CBC4C (351194144020)

BATMAN (2011) #0 DC COVER BY JOSEPH ROBERTS #CBC4C (351194142329)
SUPERMAN DOOMED #1 DC COVER BY JOSEPH ROBERTS #CBC4C (351194145028)

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE (2013) #1 DC COVER BY RUSTY GILLIGAN #CBC4C (351194142552)

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 DC COVER BY TONY KEATON #CBC4C (351194142661)
SUPERMAN (2010) #32 DC COVER BY TONY KEATON #CBC4C (351194144930)
THE WALKING DEAD #115 IMAGE COVER BY TONY KEATON #CBC4C (351194145325)

BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM #4 DC COVER BY MIKE DOHERTY #CBC4C (351194142769)
DETECTIVE COMICS (2011) #20 DC COVER BY MIKE DOHERTY #CBC4C (351194143007)
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1 MARVEL COVER BY MIKE DOHERTY #CBC4C (351194144834)
WONDER WOMAN (2011) #19 DC COVER BY MIKE DOHERTY #CBC4C (351194145586)

DOCTOR WHO (2012) #15 IDW COVER BY DESI BUTLER #CBC4C (351194143142)

DOCTOR WHO (2012) #15 IDW COVER BY JONATHAN MYERS #CBC4C (351194143241)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #1 MARVEL COVER BY JONATHAN MYERS #CBC4C (351194143689)

GHOSTBUSTERS (2013) #10 IDW COVER BY ANTHONY HARRIS JR. #CBC4C (351194143545)
MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE (2013) #1 MARVEL COVER BY ANTHONY HARRIS JR. #CBC4C (351194144351)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #1 MARVEL COVER BY THOMAS BARNETT #CBC4C (351194143790)

HARLEY QUINN #0 DC COVER BY MARTIN SABALA JR. #CBC4C (351194143890)

MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE (2013) #1 MARVEL COVER BY GEOFFREY GWIN #CBC4C (351194144465)

MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE (2013) #1 MARVEL COVER BY PAUL ROWDEN #CBC4C (351194144564)

ROCKET RACCOON (2014) #1 MARVEL COVER BY ORLANDO BAEZ #CBC4C (351194144656)
SANDMAN OVERTURE #1 VERTIGO COVER BY ORLANDO BAEZ #CBC4C (351194144736)
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #1 MARVEL COVER BY ORLANDO BAEZ #CBC4C (351194145517)

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Fables: Snow White

Title: Fables: Snow White

ISBN: 9781401242480
Price: $16.99
Publisher/Year: Vertigo, 2013
Artist: Mark Buckingham, Shawn McManus
Writer: Bill Willingham
Collects: Fables #114-129

Rating: 4/5

Bill Willingham gives us another installment of his nigh-legendary series in Fables, Vol. 19. Before this trade paperback continues the story of the exiled “Fables” in Fabletown, NY, the first third of this edition features the collected back-up stories of Bufkin, the flying monkey with no wings and Lily, his miniature-sized girlfriend.

The collected back-up stories are illustrated by Shawn McManus. His slightly-cartoonish style works well for Bufkin’s revolution in Oz. Couple that with Willingham’s writing, and this self-contained story masterfully transitions from a revolutionary war against a tyrant, into an adventurous love story that follows the odd-couple of Bufkin and Lily until their beautiful end.

I found myself wanting to read more about the duo as their story came to a fitting conclusion. If this edition of Fables only contained this story, I would have been satisfied!

The second two-thirds returns us to the ongoing story of Fabletown. The “Snow White” story-arc finds Bigby (Big Bad Wolf) leaving town in a mystic car to try and find his and Snow White’s lost cubs. Snow White is not able to grieve for long, however, because a mysterious intruder in Castle Dark threatens to destroy her marriage to Bigby.

This story takes quite a bit of time to take off. After the emotional story of Bufkin and Lily, I found myself not caring too much about the lost children and mysterious interloper in Castle Dark.

But (and that’s a huge “but”), as series artist Mark Buckingham’s very grounded art style melds with Willingham’s tale, I found myself gripped with the struggle that was unfolding. I was sucked into the lives of the characters and I’m not sure when that happened. (I went back and looked too!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Saga Volume 3

Title: Saga Volume 3

ISBN: 9781607069317
Price: $14.99
Publisher/Year: Image, 2014
Artist: Fiona Staples
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Collects: Saga #13-18

Rating: 4/5

What else is there to say about scribe Brian K. Vaughan’s and artist Fiona Staples’ Saga that hasn’t been said before? It’s great and you should be reading it. Period. At this point, the only major dispute regarding its quality comes when people argue whether or not an issue is great or merely really good.

But in all seriousness, few ongoing comics thoroughly hold readers in such rapt attention, dying to get their hands on the next installment. With the release of the series’ third volume, Vaughan and Staples show no signs of a slump and, what’s more, this collection finds them augmenting the world with dangerous new locales and intriguing characters.

The bulk of this latest storyline takes place primarily on planet Quietus, where fugitive family Alana, Marko and baby Hazel arrive to seek out D. Oswald Heist, author of the trashy novel/subversive manifesto that inspired the pair’s coupling and subsequent run from the law. Along with Marko’s recently widowed mother Klara and ghost babysitter Izabel, the group takes some time to debrief after the pandemonium of the previous arc.

Saga Volume 3 is less frantic than Volume 2, which frequently darted back and forth in time to provide various slivers of background information. If the third volume contains any kind of ongoing throughline, it comes with the introduction of Upsher and Doff, a pair of journalists investigating the “kidnapping” of Alana. The more the two interview those associated with Alana, however, the more it becomes obvious that the former soldier/renegade mother left of her own accord, despite what the government says. It’s a nice sci-fi take on an All the President’s Men type storyline, albeit if Woodward and Bernstein were also gay alien lovers.

Meanwhile, a secondary storyline follows hitman The Will as he travels alongside Marko’s ex-fiancée, Gwendolyn, and a newly-freed child sex slave who the two rescued from a sex tourism planet. The trio arrives on a new world where The Will is visited, Gaius Baltar/Number Six-style, by a vision of his deceased arachnoid lover, The Stalk. All the while, he, Gwendolyn and the slave girl (dubbed Sophie) inevitably become an awkward surrogate family. It’s only here that the story somewhat stumbles. Toward the end of the trade, Gwendolyn mentions how The Will is “the man I love,” yet ultimately their relationship never feels developed enough to justify a romance, nor the delivery of such a strong statement.

This nitpick aside, it’s truly incredible how, in less than 20 issues, Vaughan and Staples have thoroughly crafted a massive alternate world that’s, at once, unquestionably and bizarrely alien yet still hilariously parallels our own. It’s the type of universe where people can have horns, wings or a single eye, but items such as laundry machines and board games are still widely used. In one of the volume’s funnier moments, Upsher and Doff come face-to-face with an assassin who poisons them. When they ask why she (and her badass dog) didn’t merely slit their throats, the assassin responds, “The only journalists that deserve killing are sports writers.”

Saga’s predilection toward wanderlust and fun is matched only by its moments of heartbreaking drama. The previous volume saw the introduction and development of Barr, Marko’s kindly father, only to witness him pass away in one of the series’ most devastating climaxes to date. This volume sees both the abrupt death of one beloved character and the severe crippling of another. It’s Vaughan’s own way of saying that, despite the occasional flippant tone that the characters take, this is still a dangerous world, and no one — not even our central couple — is safe.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spawn Origins Collection Volume 1

Title: Spawn Origins Collection Volume 1

ISBN: 9781607060710
Price: $14.99
Publisher/Year: Image, 2011
Artist: Todd McFarlane
Writer: Todd McFarlane
Collects: Spawn #1-6

Rating: 2.5/5

Taking us back to the earliest days of one of the most important superheroes in recent memory, Spawn Origins Collection Volume 1 shows us a comic very much in its developing stage, trying to figure out what it wants to do and how to go about doing it. The six issues presented here widely vary in quality, from the fantastic Justice to the wretched Payback, but serve as an excellent time machine if nothing else. For all its flaws, Volume 1 is a great trip back through time showcasing enough of Spawn's potential to be an enjoyable, if not overwhelmingly great read.

Spawn is shown to be a sympathetic man trapped in an undesirable situation due to his love for his wife and a bad deal with (literally) the devil. We spend this comic getting to know him, and this, along with his frequent interactions with the Violator, a shapeshifting fiend capable of ripping the hearts out of his victims, form the core developments for the first arc of this book, a four part storyline entitled Questions. We are also introduced to Sam and Twitch, two unorthodox police detectives who will likely end up serving as Spawn's version of Commissioner Jim Gordon sometime in the next few issues. They are working on many of the same things as Spawn in this comic, but the two entities have only brief contact. They also provide some of the only enjoyable banter in the entire book. Unfortunately, for as intriguing as Spawn is and as solid as the Sam and Twitch duo are, they can't salvage a mediocre opening arc that can't quite figure out where it wants to take the character and what kind of tone to set.

In the Questions arc, we see many of the problems that lead to this identity crisis in the early Spawn comics. This gruesome and dark story is undercut by villains who talk in ridiculous rhymes, cheesy and totally unoriginal catchphrases being shouted at one another during any kind of combat, and a mildly unsatisfying story that sees Spawn lamenting the fact that he is only able to take human form as a white male, among other things. Spawn, formerly an African American named Al Simmons, travels to the house of his widowed wife to see what she has been up to for the last six years. The whole incident of Spawn in "whiteface" is totally laughable (more for the writing than the concept-Spawn makes plenty of coy comments about his true identity when interacting with his former family that felt totally out of place) when it should have been the perfect opportunity to really give this character a tragic back story. He is still a very tragic figure, but this scene represented an enormous opportunity lost in making the character even better.

That doesn't mean that everything is bad though. The Violator has his moments of awe inspiring power, the problem is that he should just shut up and demonstrate them. Additionally, Spawn has plenty of mysterious elements to his origin and former life at this stage that will serve as good fodder for future episodes and help to give him some depth that the angst ridden script otherwise fails to provide. The addition of the power clock quandary, the use of Spawn's powers brings him that much closer to a second death, also leads to a very interesting moral dilemma, though he will likely find a permanent solution to it sooner rather than later. Other than that though, this is a comic that can't figure out if it wasn't to be a gritty, quasi-Biblical series not dissimilar to Batman or a more light hearted and fun comic with lots of catchphrases and a hero that is more style than substance, and the overall quality matches this.

Rounding out the collection are two less crucial stories that give us a feel for Spawn's ongoing struggle to cope with his powers and new life. First up is the highlight of the collection, "Justice," that deals with Billy Kincaid, a child murderer newly released from prison. Kincaid is an incredibly simplistic, possibly mentally disabled character, but the questions that he stirs in both Spawn and Sam and Twitch make this comic an excellent example of what this series could be. His release causes many people to question what justice and the law really mean, and Spawn of course has a personal connection to the case with his wife's daughter at potential risk for being dismembered and glued to a wall. Kincaid isn't a terribly difficult character to hate, but a particularly disgusting scene where he murders a young girl then severs her fingers manages to do the job quite nicely. This is quite a shocking scene that definitely pushes the comic more towards the mature and gritty, so in that regard this issue works wonderfully to start to set the tone for the series to come. After some deliberation and careful hunting, Spawn finally gives the killer his comeuppance in a thoroughly satisfying way, and this issue marks the first time that Spawn truly feels like a comic with potential.

The follow up, part one of an arc known as Payback, is an abysmal story that definitely shows its age. In this book, the mob in New York suspects Spawn of being the murderer responsible for ripping out the hearts of many of their crime bosses. To this end, they hire a Sicilian cyborg named Overt-Kill to track down Spawn and kill him. Overt-Kill has a cringe worthy design straight out of the worst comics of the 90s. Lots of shiny, sharp angles to his suit, a cheesy cybernetic eye, and enormous guns make this character feel like something out of an X-men comic or something....he just does not fit into what the Spawn series has been doing thus far and with the way this comic ends, with Spawn stocking up on huge weapons of his own, I'm sure we will see more terrible shootouts between these two in the next volume.
This is the villain in the Payback arc.

The artwork, much like the rest of the story, suffers mightily from an identity crisis. While the story calls for copious amounts of blood, horrifying underworld figures, and a hideously scarred protagonist in a beaten down city, the coloring couldn't tell a more different story. Though most of the cityscape shots are darker and definitely akin to something straight out of Gotham City, particularly in the Payback arc, most other things aren't. Many of the interiors are incredibly bright, and characters are colored with an often unyielding degree of brightness (Spawn being the exception to this rule, of course.) Satan is colored in a near blinding white-yellow color with lots of similarly colored flames surrounding him, a design far too bright for the usual imagery associated with hell, and too light for a character supposed to be the supreme bad guy of this book. Spawn looks pretty good in most panels, with his iconic costume being colored quite vibrantly, but other than that and some decent coloring on the gory stuff, this book is quite sub-par where colors are concerned.

On the other hand, the pencils are quite nice. There is a fantastic amount of detail packed in to this book, and though it isn't the most intricate comic ever conceived, it certainly gets the job done in this crucial department. Every page is packed with detail and although this does occasional lead to pages that are a bit disorganized and poorly planned, this book is a fine example of Todd McFarlane's prowess with the pen. There are a few uneven moments here too: characters are sometimes given comically exaggerated expressions, and the battle scenes are more often than not a complete mess, but Spawn's iconic design is almost worth the price of admission alone.

One last note on the art though is the often overlooked but quite important feature that is typically pointed out only when it is done wrong: the lettering. This book is no exception, as for some reason the letters are all over the place in terms of style. Underlined letters, blue font, red font, bloody lettering,  this book is a mish mash of various font styles and worst of all, it is near impossible to figure out what most of them are supposed to represent. What does blue font even signify? How is an underlined word any different from a bold or all caps one? The lettering was just a bit too gaudy for my tastes and felt like someone experimenting with fonts for the very first time.

Even though this is a very mixed comic, this is something that pretty much every comic book fan should at least thumb through or be aware of. Spawn is a crucial series in the history of comic books, being one of the first indie titles to make it big, reinventing the action figure/sculpture game, and becoming the epitome of cool during the mid to late '90s. Additionally, the presentation in the Origins collection is top notch with a few insightful forewords, a cover gallery, and a few preliminary sketches all printed on high quality paper.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rose City Comic Con 2014 Recap


This year was a bit difficult for me, and I almost didn't go to RCCC... but I'm glad I did.

I didn't have any money for prints or new trades to add to my collection. My full attention was to acquire autographs to add to my collection, and I did just that with the help of a couple of friends who I helped to introduce to RCCC last year. I'm very grateful for their help.

Gail Simone-

When I first arrived, I had a "plan of attack". When I saw Gail at the Dark Horse booth, all that went out the door. I had a bit of a fanboy moment because I have been waiting a long time to get Gail's autograph on my Batgirl action figure. I had also been pushing for months to get her signed to the event via Twitter. I'm very thankful that Dark Horse was able to bring her in on the day I was there.

I did ask how she felt with who is taking the reigns for Batgirl and she commented that she feels like it will be in good hands. I look forward to continuing to follow her work.
 

 


Joe Keatinge-

Since this years Emerald City Comicon, I have been trying to track down a copy of Joe Keatinge's Morbius trade. Via Twitter, he graciously offered to bring a copy he had available for me to RCCC. As I mentioned before, I didn't have money for this con, but I managed to make sure I had enough to get this from Joe. Now, everything I own that he's written have his signature on them. Such a good writer.

Other than Glory, I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Joe's work for Image... but I'll be taking a look when I have fewer trades on my "To Read" stack.


Kurt Busiek-

Several years ago, I had the full collection of Kurt's Marvel storyline but they have since been sold off in a time of my life where autographs didn't mean as much to me as they do now. Thankfully, I was able to procure the set again and Kurt was kind enough to sign them.









Tony Moore-

When I first heard that Tony Moore was going to be attending Rose City Comic Con, I picked-up the 10th anniversary Walking Dead #1 and made sure I had a few copies of the exclusive from Emerald City as well. I was well stocked with Walking Dead for him to sign for my collection, but when I arrived at his booth, he was charging $5 per signature. Since I didn't have much money budgeted for this con, I was only able to get 3 of the books I brought signed. I'm a little disappointed, but I'll get over it. The only other artist I have run into that has charged for his signature was Brian Pulido last year at RCCC... but I was able to get about 15 books signed for $20. Oh well.







Ron Randall-

Last year at Stumptown Comic Fest, I was introduced to Ron Randall's Trekker and I've been a fan ever since. I've been picking-up the original Dark Horse Presents issues where Trekker was originally published. I already have the omnibus and The Train to Avalon Bay. From what Ron told me, it looks like Dark Horse is working to publish more Trekker and hopefully there will be a new trade soon. Ron was also kind enough to grade my copy of Avalon Bay with a sketch.


Skottie Young-

Ever since I first saw Skottie Young's baby variant covers, I have been drawn to his art. I'm not sure exactly what it is that makes me like it, but I know I do. I'm thankful that he was willing to sign the stack of books I brought. I hope that I might be able to convince him to help out with Comic Book Covers 4 Cancer.




I had brought books for Kelly Sue DeConnick to sign, but not only did I not see her, I misplaced them while I was transitioning books from one bag to the next. I was really looking forward to getting her autograph on the 2 remaining Ghost books that she hasn't signed for me yet to complete her run on the series. It's a good thing she's local. Hopefully I'll be able to catch-up with her at a later con or a signing event at Things From Another World.

We'll see how 2015 goes.