Looking back, my 10 faved comic series of the 2010s

The 2010s decade has been a pivitol time for comic publishers, as a direction for changes were needed in this time of digital transference and increased competition with other mediums.

In a nutshell, lots of reboots, retcons, crossovers influence from successful movies have noth helped and hurt the mainstream stuff, depending on fan tolerance. The average price of comics climbed from around $2.99 to $4.99, which has influenced my buying decisions and willingness to delve into new titles for sure. Digital comics sales have now risen to over half a billion dollars in comics, much thanks to the Comixology online service.

Still, the right series with great writing and matching excellent sequential art can transcend prices, format, and popularity towards its marketability and sustainability as a longtime treasure. The 2010s, I felt presented an opportunity for a creative team to truly stand our and shine, be noticed for their great work in this new age, where the advancements in streaming technology and interactive games are capturing far more attention per human. Image Comics, Dark Horse, IDW, Boom!, Aftershock publishers have stepped up there game for creative powered fresh universes, with much appreciation returned from dedicated comic readers.

So below, are 10 best comic book series that I felt not only stood to my eyes, but helped define the best of the 2010s, as an era of creative thinking, original art direction, and reinvention of what I enjoy about comics, in an age where the industry is still fighting to redefine itself for the years ahead…

Saga

by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

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Hands down, the best series that feeds the epic space opera feel, with an interesting, very unique supporting cast revolving around the life of a growing child and her loving parents. There is a feeling of less restraint by the creative team to present a unique and fresh science fantasy vibe that turns pretty far out at times, and can push the envelope of violence and sex when the narrative fits. There are amazing twists, and emotional moments, furthering an ongoing epic worth enjoying and seeing through the next decade.

Batman vol 2 (new 52)

by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)

Batman is still my favorite mainstream superhero, in terms of the costumed person focused on ideals of justice and the greater good through unconventional means and extraordinary talents. Scott Snyder took the reins of the world of Batman, and turned him upside down, shaking a new expanded mythos that reaches far the Gotham City into the very darkest depths of the DCU. The Court of the Owls, a very different Joker, a more complex Riddler, Bloom, all add to more complex and compelling picture that remains interesting and challenging to our ages old, generational spanning hero. Greg Capullo’s art gives a unique, fresh feel to the world of our Caped Crusader, adding expression and cinematic quality to each issue. I loved the hell out it all.

Locke and Key

by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

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A surprise hit, that grew from praise and a Free Comic Day preview that captured my attention. This series builds its own story around the troubles of a small family moving to a big fancy mansion, slowly expanding to a strange supernatural world of strange keys connected to otherworldly terrors. The building and pacing is awesome, adding mystery and tension to continuous developments affecting an expanding cast and revealing a deep history. As a reader, I felt more attached, connected to various characters, and excited for each new issue. All this, with some great art and original designs. I enjoyed it all to the very end, which I felt wrapped up nicely.

Animosity

by Marguerite Bennett, Mike Marts, Rafael de Lator (Aftershock)

This is a very underrated series, that I feel will only get noticed if it gets adapted into a TV show or movie…which I think is sad for this era of comics. Animosity is a strange, twisted concept where the sudden intelligence of animals changes the world, opens a post apocalypse and twists the relationships of how humans treat animals into an interesting story and that can go pretty much anywhere. But with Animosity, I feel there is a logical believable path, that The Walking Dead did well (as a comic, more than the TV). It’s wonderfully written, with a mix of emotions and tensity resulting from an otherwise silly situation. I love the mix of dark humor, drama, tension, and sudden violence, with a surprise amount of great world building and great writing for an otherwise ludicrous concept.

Hawkeye

by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)

Hawkeye is one of my least favorite Marvel Comics superheroes over my many years of reading Marvel Comics. He’s just boring to me, with an ineffective talent to me in a world of iron machines and concrete breaking super powers. Yet here with this series, changed all of that to use that for a compelling and deep narrative, of an every-man using his archery talent to find his place in the complex Marvel universe. The awesome covers, great sequential art use, and stellar writing with a mix of humor kept me aboard, identifying more with the imperfect character and all his flaws as a true hero and worth knowing.

Chew

by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image Comics)

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Chew is a strange, most over-the-top, brilliantly throughout comic serial that captivate me from the start to very end. It’s story involves humans with food-related powers, strange animals, aliens, cults, conspiracies, and original concepts. It’s comedic writing enhances the art of the twist, character development, unpredictable twists, and ridiculous world-building. The art is immense, detailed, and uniquely expressionistic with a cartoon flavor that brings smile, yet conveys emotion. Chew is awesome, and memorable.

Vision

by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

This series is a work of brilliance, that put writer Tom King to the forefront of the most prolific writers of the decade. Like Hawkeye, Vision is another underappreciated, underwritten Marvel character, with great potential. Here, he puts forth his pursuit of humanity, and creates a robot family. What follows are awesome twists and turns, combined with social topics and parallels to our real world, building drama and tension towards an emotional and thought-provoking climax. The art and coloring do well to enhance the writing, making this maxi-series a worthwhile addition to anyone’s reading list for their comic shelf.

Zero

by Aleš Kot and various artists (Image Comics)

Here’s a very underappreciated hit of the 2010’s, revolving around the personal struggles of a big-time international spy. Consequences, developments, and heavy does of reality follow in what becomes brilliant storytelling mixed with some often inventive (and changing) sequential art. There’s action, violence, heavy emotions, in-depth details all wrapped inside 18 issues.

The Flintstones

by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (DC)

Flinstones

If you told me in 2009 that The Flintstones, would be a top pic for the decade, I would say get the hell out of Bedrock….really. Yet, here we are and holy wow, Mark Russell’s take on America’s first cartoon family took me for a whirl for its 12-issue run. It’s a huge mix of dark comedy, very in-depth character building on Fred and those around them as they struggle in a changing stone-age world where its strange workings make sense, but practical and present familiar challenges. Topics of war, faith, social status, economy, education, servitude are brilliantly explored. Overall, a brilliant must read for any Age.

Alex + Ada

by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vauhgn (Image)

Another under-appreciated comics story of this decade, a sci-fi romance drama focused on a relationships between man and machine. Alex bonds with a new model of a female android, whose complexity can mimic emotions, therefore eventually feel. There are conflicts within and around in troubled less-tolerant society. It’s very conversational, and presents prospects on where real life-AI could go, with far more intellectual depth than my other favorite android tale on this list, Vision. The writing and art for all 15 issues are wonderfully different, atmospheric, and very expressive.

2019’s Con Season Begins at Wondercon

Last weekend, comic book fans and cosplayers took over Anaheim, California to celebrate Wondercon, now in its 32nd year.  The sold-out show brought an estimated 66,000 attendees, making it now half the size of San Diego Comic Con.  Con season has officially begun, and here are some of our favorite moments….

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Wondercon made a return to Anaheim this year. A giant Bumblebee guarded the entrance by Harbor.

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The vendor hall was bustling on Saturday, but fairly empty Friday. DC’s booth featured Shazam costumes and Batman cowls throughout the year.

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Greg Capullo greets fans at the DC booth.

Exploding Kittens was a popular booth this year, with a puppet-based interactive game where you could buy random objects for a dollar. I watched someone walk away with an eggplant.

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Wondercon always attracts fun cosplayers and pushes the envelope for creativity.

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Just your local robots out for an evening stroll after spa day at the hotel.

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Hey look, we found her!

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Venom gets a classy tux treatment in this handcrafted creation.

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We wrapped our day at the Unnecessary Debates panel, moderated by Grand Geek Gathering’s Tyler McPhail. Our favorite part was Olivia singing as Groot.

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Jenny Jaffe (writer, Big Hero Six TV series), Tyler McPhail (host of The Grand Geek Gathering), Genevieve Cosplay, Abed Gheith (writer, Rick and Morty), and Olivia Olson (Marceline from Adventure Time)

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Wondercon is always a favorite because it has that oldschool SDCC feel to us. There’s a good balance of comics, games, sci-fi, and cosplay, and many of our favorite guests and creators. The panels are creative and thoughtful, but also full of exciting announcements. We can’t wait to go back – Wondercon 2020 will be held Easter weekend, April 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

San Diego Comic Con 2018 Notes and Commentary, Part 3/5 – Cosplay Everywhere

(Continued from my last entry, San Diego Comic Con 2018 Notes and Commentary, Part 1)

At times, the cosplay at the San Diego Comic Con is the best part of the whole show.

The display of costumed participation has been a cornerstone of con participation among attendees. The prominent among them craft their costumes from scratch, with hard work and dedication. The results bring to life, something awesomely different and familiar. Over the years, I see more body/face paint used, practically effects, LED light use, and clever additions.

Often the choice of cosplay defines the popularity by its growing fandom. This year we got more Steven Universe, Teen Titans, and recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films take the lead. And, more Deadpools, Batmans, Harley Quinns, and Boba Fetts can be spotted from every corner.

So here below, are choice costumes catching my eye. All awesome, and well represented here at the SDCC 2018. Take a look:

That’s enough for now for the cosplay. There’s more from the San Diego Comic Con 2018, coming soon.

San Diego Comic Con 2018 Notes and Commentary, Part 2/5 – Interesting Persons

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(Continued from my last entry, San Diego Comic Con 2018 Notes and Commentary, Part 1)

And now, my continued chronicles of the greatest comics show on Earth, the 49th Annual San Diego Comic Con, 2018.

My next set of pics and notes are dedicated to a very important part of any con; the guests, promoters, and creative people who are the prime reasons are fandom passions develop. At the show, attendees can meet, observe, sample work from, and learn of the talented people who put a lot of passion into their work. Such interaction is on the grandest scale for concentrated fandom at the San Diego Comic Con. And 2018, was especially specially and further wondrous.

So, here are my pictures and notes within, featuring my notable people seen for this 2018 run…

Tom King, award-winning author, comic book writer, and ex-CIA officer. Recent notable work includes the ongoing Batman run, and the Mister Miracle series. My favorite work of his, and a must read is the Vision 2016 mini-series from Marvel Comics.

Longtime artist Randy Martinez, working on new work in the Artist Alley area of the Exhibit floor. We had an awesome chat about artistic drives, following through on work, and having fun along the way. Much of this I have recorded, and plan to share in the near future.

Classic Disney duck artist Patrick Block, chilled out in the artist alley.  We had a fun talk, and an interesting surprise among his original art pages for sale (best to visit him at a show and see for yourself).

Harry Potter book Illustrators Kazu Kibuishi (15th anniversary edition cover artist), Jim Kay, and David Saylor.

Elliot S. Maggin, an American writer of comic books, film, television, and novels. He was a main writer for DC Comics during the Bronze and early Modern ages of comics in the 1970s and 1980s. Kingdom Come (with artist Alex Ross) is his best work, in my opinion.

Yoshitaka Amano, famed Japanese artist, character designer, illustrator and a theatre and film scenic designer and costume designer. His work includes the original concept art for the most iconic Final Fantasy characters and games, the Vampire Hunter D book series, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Dream Hunters series, and so much more. Here, Amano does live work at his SDCC panel.

Yoshitaka Amano, later signing and greeting fans with his finished work from earlier. I got a big Final Fantasy retrospect book signed with a little sketch by him on the inside.

David W. Miller, longtime comics ant fantasy artist. Very passionate about this work, and doesn’t mind chatting about it.

Away from SDCC floor, at the Nerdeis House special event. Here, with voice actors Gary Paulsen and Maurice LaMarshe (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, many more) as they meet and greet fans.

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Adam Savage, from Mythbusters greeted lucky lottery ticket winners to meet and sign pictures. He said I had a kickass name!

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Three actors from the Amazon Prime show, Man in the High Castle. I honestly have not watched yet. I was here with a friend, a big fan of the show. There were other cast members out of frame here.

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Fabian Rangel Jr. proudly presents his trade paperback volume of ‘Namwolf, a highly recommended comics story about a werewolf stuck in the Vietnam War.

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Famed cover artist Artgerm Lau. He hosted a great a panel earlier, sharing much about himself, and the lifestyle of doing art for a living.

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Afro-Futurism panel with Reggie Hudlin (Milestone Media, Black Panther), Denys Cowan (Milestone Media, The Boondocks), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek, Heroes), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Spaceballs), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, I, Frankenstein), Professor Adilifu Nama (San Diego State University, Superheroes Decoded), Professor Ajani Brown (San Diego State University), and La Quia Howard (Kemet, I Choose 2 Be Me). Moderated by Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space 9).

Nichelle Nichols gives a quick Vulcan salute to room attendees (just missed with my camera).

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The Writer’s Journey: Maximizing Your Potential in the New Marketplace: an awesome panel for writers hosted by Brandon Easton (Vampire Hunter D: The Series, Marvel’s Agent Carter), and others sharing advice and answering questions.

Marv Wolfman, long-time comics and TV writer, creator of the Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, Nightwing, Tim Drake, Blade, and many more comic heroes and villians. At times, he could be found in the Artist Alley area, or at one his multiple panels giving great advice on writing.

Doctor Who panel in Hall H, featuring the latest person to portray the time-traveler from Gallifrey; Jodie Whitaker, in her first convention appearance with

The Predator panel in Hall H, promoting the new movie, with Shane Black, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Augusta Aguilera, and Jake Busey.

Predator panel – Olivia Munn on the left, and Thomas Jane on the right. Both whom I have seen at many con panels over the years.

Suddenly another aisle jammed and blocked by the WB booth, as the cast of Supernatural greets lucky fans (obtained through an online lottery system).

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That’s enough for now. More SDCC show coverage is coming in part 3. Stay tuned to the SW, and look forward!

San Diego Comic Con 2018 Notes and Commentary, Part 1/5 – Exhibit Hall Madness

This 49th Annual San Diego Comic Con for the 2018 year ended a week ago, but the memories will last.

Those among us, being the 135,000 in attendance and at least double that for the outside events, would find plenty to muse over the endless ridiculousness of corporate promotions, self-promoting indie projects, gatherings of fandoms and geekery of all mediums and platforms. The San Diego city location remains a perfect place for such things, with its spacious convention center, Gaslamp district, surrounding hotels, and gorgeous waterfronts for its annual mecca of devoted attendees.

My time spent among them, of my 24th year in attendance was the best I had for delving into the overall creative, fandom drenched, collectible hunting, and so much more. But it was also the busiest for me, with more networking, panel attending, interviews, and greeting of friends old and new. Little time was left for resting, organizing, ruminations.

Meanwhile, I did take many pictures and notes within, for which I will share now. The following is my series of results, starting with the grand Exhibit Hall of the SDCC…

The Exhibit Hall area is 460,000 square feet, and your feet will hate you if you explore every inch of it.

The Image Booth gives a beastly view this year, casting aside the usual Walking Dead/Saga and presenting something fresh and new…something always welcome for this comic book reader.

The DC Comics booth this year has given Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman a break this year for its center of attention. Now, it’s the 2nd tier heroes time to shine with promotions of the upcoming Shazam and Aquaman movies, with the Teen Titan cartoon movie and live action TV series to come.

The best way to booth market, is to become the product..as best presented by this talking frog ambassador to the CFX booth for Silicone masks.

Yep, the Funko Toys booth is still the biggest catch for dedicated collectors of weird vinyl Funko Pop figures…still a thing with at least 50 exclusives again this year. But this time, an online lottery system has brought the line-waiting to sane levels for the lucky ones who obtained an early ticket for each day.

Do you like spending a lot of money on expensive dolls/statues? Well, SDCC has you covered. I’m not sure what stand this is. The rooted Khan is a sexy thing.

Favorite things I enjoy looking at for the Ex-Hall, are the many original art that I could only dream of buying for now.

Among them, I enjoy the more underappreciated pieces of forgotten comics history.

meanwhile, a plush Purrmaid demands your attention!

Because Deadpool doesn’t get enough fan attention, here’s a animated puppet show to promote the second movie for home release!

It’s Bumbleebee’s time to shine at the Hasbro booth, coming to a theater near you (I hope it’s good).

Line up and spin the wheel for maybe something you might want from the USApoly booth.

What’s that? Comic books at a Comic Con? There’s plenty of those here too. Though cheap thrills are hard to find, but look well, and you will find some great printed treasure…

My guilty pleasure is visible in the dealer table areas..action figures!!

Sure, let’s take our nostalgia of childish joys and so weird things to them. This I think is from one of the Mattel booth displays.

It’s a Puglie Pug, ready for pick up!

The Cinema Makeup School continues to impress and freakout with it’s astounding practical effects, carefully applied to the human body.

And, there are plenty of artists here to sketch on whatever paper you may have for them. A purchase is encouraged.

The DKE Booth, a favorite for the strangest artist renditions of figurine pop culture..

The Lego Booth, has never disappointing me with its awesome life-sized blocky renditions of relevant pop-culture licensed icons.

The Cartoon Network booth reminds me I should eventually watch Steven Universe.

That’s enough for now, covering a tiny fraction of the overall finest smorgasbord of creative arts that is the San Diego Comic Con.

To be continued…

SDCC 2017 Recap, Part 5 – More Cosplay

The 2017 San Diego Comic Con held much action involving the interaction of fandoms.

A large part of fan participation includes the cosplay, shown in Part 2 of our SDCC Recaps. In that posting, we showed many pics but not all. The rest are below, check them out!

But, our restricted and could not capture more. Much was observed in this trip, including trends. Stronger in the fan costuming for this year were the representations of Wonder Woman (movie and comics), Doctor Strange, Thor, Spider-man, Deadpool, Harley Quinn…much on the superheroes gaining popular movie attention. Not so much, I think are the Star Wars variety. Doctor Who and Game of Thrones are still out there, along with the various anime and video games (Overwatch a growing presence). Next year, I hope to see some great Black Panthers, Thanos, and Star Wars: Last Jedi representations.

Overall, there was not as much cosplay as the more focused conventions of genres and particular fandoms I have attended such as Anime Expo, Blizzcon, Sakura Con, Emerald City Con. I think the frequency was down this year, compared to earlier years. I didn’t see as much. Reasons for this, I think included the increased amount of activity in events and purchases on the lists of attendees, and the further apart of walking and traveling to be done for attendees. The con feels busier, with less time for casual socialization and constant photo-snapping. I heard the Masquerade event was great, of which I sadly missed.

So, here are the rest of the cosplayers in our views at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Click on each pic for more detail and character info…

 

That’s all for now. I have one more Recap to share soon, concluding this year’s coverage. For that, will contain personal insight and opinions of the show and happenings within, with thoughts on the SDCC’s future. Look forward!

SDCC 2017 Recap, Part 4 – More Exhibit Hall Fun

Here are more sights from the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, showing some interesting finds at the Exhibit Hall.

The Exhibit Hall is my favorite area in all of this Comic Con. Most of my time at this SDCC was well spent among the many here. The gigantic area holds over 460,000 square feet of open space for the attendees and booth merchants and exhibitors. Some recent observations are covered in Part 1 and Part 3 of our SDCC recaps. Here and below, I have more pics and notes focusing on the items observed during this wonderful show. Enjoy!

A glimpse of the Exhibition Floor. Up close is the small press area, and further away are the big Exhibit booths (Sideshow, DC Comics in view).

Original page art for sale. At the SDCC, I find more original page art (and very high end) pieces for sale than any other convention.

One of my favorite booths of recent SDCCs, DKE Toys. Strange, wonderful designer toys made in extremely limited quantities.

A life-sized model of a Gremlin, at the Elite Creatures booth.

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The Gentle Giant Booth, showing off its collection of large scale replicas of vintage Star Wars figures.

The NECA Toys Booth, showing yet released baby Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures.

More upcoming TMNT turtles figures at the NECA Booth.

The NECA booth again, with previews of new Aliens figures based on the classic Aliens vs. Predator arcade game.

NECA Booth again, checking out the upcoming Blade Runner figures.

Back in the merchant area, some very rare and pricy vintage Star Wars figures mint on card.

I think this is from the Bluefin booth, exhibiting an awesome Wonder Woman movie statue.

Another merchant table, with many purchase choices.

The Square Enix booth hasn’t changed its appearance in years. Here, are prototypes for figures based on the game, Nier: Automata.

Strange Nicolas Cage art, because there is something for everyone here…

A close up of a prop of the recent Ghost in the Shell movie, at the Weta booth.

A center display at the Debbie Reynolds, Carry Fisher Personal Collection booth

Some interesting items on display and up for auction in December, at the Debbie Reynolds, Carry Fisher Personal Collection booth

At the DC booth, a preview of future items for sale via DC Direct. These being Artist Alley PVC figures.

More Artist Alley PVC figures..

And more DC Artist Alley PVC figures.

New Lord of the Rings designer figures, or “Mini-Epics.” At the Weta Booth

Another merchant showing off some custom made figures…

The DC booth, with a large wall of some coming comic happenings.

Cyborg original costume prop for the upcoming Justice League movie, at the DC booth

Batman, Flash original costume props for the upcoming Justice League movie

Wonder Woman, Aquaman original costume props for the upcoming Justice League movie

original costume prop for the upcoming Star Trek Discovery series

Skottie young art based Groot and Rocket Raccoon statues, at the Gentle Giant booth.

the Mega Bloks booth, showing some block-built Pokemons…

A life-sized K-2SO statue greets visitors at the Sideshow Collectibles booth.

Some older vintage comics with covers I found amusing…

And that’s all for this portion. stay tuned for the next portion focusing back on the cosplay element…

Look forward!!

 

The 2017 Ringo Comic Industry Award Nominees are..

Recently, the annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards (also known as the Ringo Awards), released its list for this year’s nominees.

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards recently replaced the long-standing Harvey Awards. The name honors Mike Wieringo (aka Ringo), a celebrated American comics artist best-known for his work on DC Comics’ The Flash and Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four. Ringo passed away in 2007, with much-celebrated work among many publishers. The Ringo awards mark its début this year as part of the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

The nominees were chosen by both pros, and fans open to sending in their award considerations. The voting for the winners among the nominees is to be chosen by professionals in the comic book industry creative community. Voting will close on August 16, 2017. For info and voting participation, visit ringoawards.com.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday, September 23. Here are the nominees:

Best Series

  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment)
  • Paper Girls (Image Comics)
  • Saga (Image Comics)
  • Spectrum (Automatic Pictures)
  • Vision (Marvel Comics)

Best Single Issue or Story

  • Deadly Hands of Criminal (Image Comics)
  • DC Universe Rebirth#1 (DC Comics)
  • Emancipation Day (www.redistrictedcomics.com)
  • Faith #1 (Valiant Entertainment)
  • Locke & Key: Small World (IDW Publishing)

Best Original Graphic Novel

  • Ghosts (Scholastic/Graphix)
  • March: Book III (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Patience (Daniel Clowes, Fantagraphics)
  • Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second)
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC Comics)

Best Anthology

  • Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Island (Image Comics)
  • Love is Love (DC Comics/IDW Publishing)
  • ReDistrictedComics.com (www.redistrictedcomics.com)
  • Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special (DC Comics)

Best Humor Comic

  • Adventures of God (Line Webtoons)
  • Blue Chair (Line Webtoons)
  • Giant Days (BOOM! Studios)
  • I Hate Fairyland (Image Comics)
  • Jughead (Archie Comics)
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel Comics)

Best Non-Fiction Comic Work

  • Cooking Comically (www.cookingcomically.com)
  • Dark Night, A True Batman Story (DC Comics)
  • March: Book Three (Top Shelf)
  • ReDistrictedComics.com (www.redistrictedcomics.com)
  • Rolling Blackouts (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second)

Best Presentation in Design

  • Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comic Series (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Al Williamson’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Artist Edition (IDW Publishing)
  • Britannia (Valiant Entertainment)
  • Legacy of Luther Strode (Image Comics)
  • Mike Mignola’s Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects: Artist’s Edition Hardcover (IDW Publishing)
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena (Dark Horse Books)
  • The ODY-C: Cycle One Hardcover (Image Comics)
  • Spectrum (Automatic Pictures)

Best Comic Strip or Panel

  • Bloom County (Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick)
  • Dick Tracy (Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services)
  • Foxtrot (Bill Amend, Universal Press Syndicate)
  • Mutts (Patrick McDonnell, King Features Syndicate)
  • Pearls Before Swine (Stephan Pastis, Universal Uclick)

Best Webcomic

Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)

  • Daniel Clowes
  • Steve Conley
  • Hernandez Brothers
  • Aydin Anh Huynh (Snailords)
  • Kaitlyn Narvaza (instantmiso)
  • Skottie Young

Best Writer

  • P.J. Haarsma
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Jody Houser
  • Tom King
  • Robert Kirkman
  • Jeff Lemire
  • Alan Moore
  • Mark Waid
  • David Walker
  • Gerard Way

Best Artist or Penciller

  • Kaare Andrews
  • Cliff Chiang
  • Rafael de Latorre
  • Mitch Gerards
  • Jason Johnson
  • Jason Latour
  • Dustin Nguyen
  • Fiona Staples

Best Inker

  • Mark Brooks
  • Jeremy Freeman
  • Jonathan Glapion
  • Jason Latour
  • Jae Lee
  • Danny Miki
  • Sean Murphy
  • Victor Olazaba

Best Letterer

  • Clayton Cowles
  • Taylor Esposito
  • Todd Klein
  • Troy Peterl
  • John Workman

Best Colorist

  • Jordie Bellaire
  • Tamra Bonvillain
  • Elizabeth Breitweiser
  • Laura Martin
  • Rico Renzi
  • Sarah Stone
  • Matt Wilson

Best Cover Artist

  • Frank Cho
  • Mike Del Mundo
  • J.G. Jones
  • Phil Noto
  • Ryan Sook
  • Fiona Staples
  • Sana Takeda

SDCC 2017 Recap, Part 2 – Cosplay at the Con

 

Cosplay remains a constant element of dedicated fandom, here at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con.

When attending the show, the people dressing up as a favorite character present the best dedication a fan can offer in appearance. Many put heavy work and thought into the craft of their outfits. Some brilliant people have variations on familiar icons. such as gender swaps, time period variations, mash-ups, or just some creative weirdness. I felt cheered in seeing more of these daring approaches.

Below are some hand-picked cosplay pics, shot during this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Click on each pic for identification info and slideshow mode.

 

SDCC 2017 Recap, Part 1 – Amusements of the Exhibit Floor

Last week, I was again attended the San Diego Comic Con, again.

Such was my 23rd year, as I look forward to all that is great of this continuous show.  I love nearly everything about this convergence of pop-culture geekness, the fandom dedications in many forms, the awesome presentations of art and literature in many forms. There is also the abundance of merch, swag, and interesting experiences; much of which involves long lines.

There is much more to say, especially of this year. Of that, I share the following in pictures and notes across multiple postings. The first round starts below, detailing initial impressions of the Exhibit Hall.

Welcome to the Exhibit Hall, where the crowds are ridiculous around the big production booths, for those with the promise of exclusives, swag, and celeb sightings.

First off, one of many booths in the center of the Exhibit Hall, sadly having not much to do with comic books. I do like Legos, and their giant screen does help bring attention, so YAY!

The Nickelodeon booth, which gets major props for making each year’s display different and very creative.

The Ugly Dolls booth, always a welcome sight for being here for many years in the same spot

The Viz Comics booth, which I think is the last standing of the great primarily manga publishers to have a huge presence at Comic Con.

The Image Comics booth, my favorite publisher of modern times. The company still commands a huge presence, sticking to its creators and the original content they bring to the show.

The Marvel Comics Booth, sadly not adverting much on its comics. But, you will hear much on the movies and TV shows from it here. I am looking forward to Blank Panther.

The Fantastical World of Rhode Montijo booth. I like its style, and proof that a creative presentation can make a great impression.

Peppa Pig, I was told. Nice to see Comic Con can be very kid-friendly

A Teen Titans mural at the Warner Bros booth, when not covered by a massive line.

The Netflix booth, being a bit questionable in its presentation. One walks through the corridor after a long line. Walk through some vague imagery and trailers for upcoming shows, then collect some swag you will likely not need in life.

The Mattel booth, supporting the new Batmobile in life-sized form, from the recent DCU movies, and the Justice League upcoming.

The CFX booth, with some awesome (and pricy) masks for sale.

The small press area, still the most genuine of spots for those looking for a true Comic Con experience, where you discover something new directly from the creative source.

The MOnster Scouts booth, doing a great job of presenting its art and product on large banners…

One merchant here sports some price Star Wars vintage figures

For those with less money to spend, there is another stand with an awesome selection of loose vintage comics and magazines. There is something wonderful here, to see them free of their plastic prisons

Fidget spinners are a big thing this year, and probably gone by the next…

Woah, comic books at a comic book convention!! Sadly, areas with these for sale by merchants are the least crowded of the Exhibit Hall. There is a lot of buried treasure within. Some of which I will share later..

That’s all for now. Here, we have another great part of the show…cosplayers!! Next part, we shall turn away from the stands and toward the attendees who dress up and showcase pop-culture favorites (and some obscurities).