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.

Comic Con remains a great source for fan art.,,

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!!

 

SDCC 2017 Recap, Part 3 – Creative Persons at Comic Con

 

Every year, I look far more forward to seeing and meeting the people who most matter at these comic conventions, the creators. These creators matter, who bring characters and their world to life; they who write, script, draw, ink, color, plan and build the works many have come to immerse themselves.

The San Diego Comic Con delivers their presence well and throughout the Exhibit Floor and various panels. Here, they are a cornerstone of the show’s current success, present since the start.

Below, are some select pics of many creators, who range from well-known to just starting out. Some are personal favorites, while some are here to make themselves and their work known. Seeing and meeting such people are a favorite part of the show, especially on the Exhibit Floor.

Colorist and inker Peter Steigerwald, at the Aspen Comics booth

At the Heavy Metal booth, Erika Lewis (writer, artist, creator) pitched me her magical graphic novel series, The 49th Key.  You can preview it here.

Writer David M. Booher and artist Nathan C. Gooden after pitching their proud work Powerless at the Vault Comics booth. Inside the series is a world where everyone has superpowers until a virus eats them away. You check out more on the series and Vault Comics here.

The creator of Sam and Max: Freelance Detectives, Steve Purcell at his own booth in Artist Alley.  He talked a bit, and he signed my season one DVD of the Sam and Max TV show.

My favorite Transformers comics artist Livio Ramondelli, at work.

In the Small Press area at the Warhead K. E. K. booth. On the right is Katrina E. Kunstmann, artist. Check out her work here and her Warhead webcomic here.

Artist Sean Forney, at his own booth in Artist Alley

Legendary artist and storyteller Mike Grell, best known for his run on Green Arrow. We talked much about life in Seattle and that influence on the Green Arrow comics lore.

Longtime writer Marv Wolfman, hosting a classroom style panel at Comic Con. Didn’t have a better camera, but a real joy to hear him talk about his craft and give great advice to the crowd.

Artist, writer Scottie Young greeting and signing for fans, as Gert, star of his acclaimed Image comics series I Hate Fairyland looks on.

Artist Ken Mayer Jr, at work in Artist Alley.

Bill Maus, long time comic artist in the comics alley, living his craft.

Liam Sharp, live sketching a headshot of Ares, the God of War (of recent Wonder Woman comics).

Andrew Anderson and Osvaldo Montpeller present Gears and Bones, from Guardian Knight Comics. They tell me of this fantasy comic series of pirates, dragons, and other awesome things that interest me. I look forward towards checking my purchase from them soon.

Artist Paolo Pantalena, at the Aspen Comics booth.

Isaac Goodhart, artist on Postal (from Image Comics). He promotes his work well at the Top Cow booth.

Awesome and very funny cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, best known for his Too Much Coffee Man work. Now, he proudly presents his latest work, Sh*t My President Says, The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump.

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, drawing his Heroes in a Half Shell for a fan.

Kevin Eastman and Ben Bishop. together for signings and people greet. Also, promoting a new Kickstarter project both are working on together Drawing Blood, coming soon.

And, that’s all for now for Part 3. Come back to strangerworlds.com, for Comic Con recaps.

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).

Viz announces new 4 manga title acquisitions for 2018 release

Viz Media recently announced the addition of new manga properties this past weekend during its panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.

New titles to be published in print and digital under the Shonen Jump imprint include:

BLACK TORCH, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk to animals. Although he may appear rough and tumble, his compassionate side emerges when it comes to furry critters. But Jiro’s soft spot for animals gets him in major trouble when a suspicious stray cat fuses with him, granting him exceptional power but also dragging him into humanity’s hidden battle against powerful, menacing spirits.

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality.

KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Late Spring 2018
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss – they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and in doing so become the “loser” in the competition of love! And so begins their daily schemes to force the other to confess first!

DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION, Vol. 1
Rated ‘M’ for Mature · Debuts Spring 2018
Three years ago the aliens invaded Tokyo. Nothing is ever the same. But after a while, even impending doom starts feeling ordinary. The Japanese Self Defense Forces are still looking for a way to combat the looming alien threat, but so far conventional weapons have had no effect on the mothership. Maybe it’s time to try something unconventional. Meanwhile, Kadode Koyama is in high school. She and her best friend avidly track the aliens’ movements on social media and less enthusiastically study for college entrance exams. When the end of the world is overhead, you learn to take things one step at a time.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future, visit viz.com for more info and updates.

New Star Trek Discovery Trailer and SDCC Panel Notes…

Over this latest weekend, CBS released a new Star Trek Discovery trailer, the next televised series bearing the Star Trek name in over a decade. Much on this upcoming Fall series was revealed, while raising new questions.

Here is the new trailer…

 

And, here are some new tidbits recently revealed at the San Diego Comic Con, through press releases and panel:

The updated cast:

Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru), Jason lsaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Shazad, Latif (Lieutenant Ash Tyler), Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Paul Stamets), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Chris Obi (T’Kuvma), Mary Chieffo (L‘Rell), James Fruin (Ambassador Sarek), Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd), Terry Serpico (Admiral Anderson), Maulik Pancholy (Doctor Nambue), Damon Runyan (Ujilli), Rekha Shanna (Commander Landry). Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), Clare McConnell (Dennas), Sum Vanholomeos (Ensign Connor)

First Officer Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green) is Spock’s half-sister, with Sarek as her surrogate father. She was raised by her mother Amanda. The canonical reason Spock not mentioning her is unclear, but Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman said during the panel that they are aware, and such will be addressed with in time.

Ambassador Sarek (played by James Fruin) will be explored as a character further since his introduction in the classic series, as we find him younger and learning about emotions. He is also a mentor to Officer Burnham.

Saru (played by Doug Jones), is a Kelpien, a tall alien with hooves for feet.

The Klingons are back, but with the obvious difference in their appearance and presentation.  Little is known towards why, other than the promised expansion of their culture and heritage, and not as repeat villains.

Little is known about Lt. Stamets (played by Anthony Rapp), other than he will have a male love interest and partner; which will make him the first openly gay character with a lead crew role in Star Trek history.

Not much is known about Ct. Lorca (played by Jason Isaacs), other than he is different in character from past starring captains of the Star Trek franchise.

The creators announced Jeff Russo (FX’s Fargo, Extant, The Night Of, Legion) as the new composer on Star Trek: Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery will première in the U.S. on CBS All Access (CBS digital subscription and streaming service) Sunday, Sept. 24. A broadcast première will follow on the CBS Television Network. The series will also be distributed on Netflix in 188 Countries.

The first season will run for 15 episodes, with the first eight initially running from the première date until November 5th. The second half will resume in January 2018.

Images: Courtesy of CBS

The 2017 Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners are..

Comic-Con International recently announced the winners of for this year’s the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Winners were recently announced at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con convention. The nominees were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, reflecting a wide range of material currently published in comics and graphic novel form, from around the world. For more information on the awards, visit comic-con.org.

Here below, the Eisner Comic Awards winners for 2017…

Best Short Story

“Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series

The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel)

Best New Series

Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Best Humor Publication

Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)

Best Anthology

Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich (IDW/DC)

Best Reality-Based Work

March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (DC Comics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al. (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins, Gary Groth, and J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)

Best Writer

Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga (Image)

Best Writer/Artist

Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)

Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Coloring

Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)

Best Lettering

Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al., http://www.avclub.com

Best Comics-Related Book

Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Best Webcomic

Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla

Best Digital Comic

Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)

Hall of Fame
Judges’ Choices:

Milt Gross
H. G. Peter
Antonio Prohias
Dori Seda

Inductees:

Gilbert Hernandez
Jaime Hernandez
George Pérez
Walt Simonson
Jim Starlin

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award:

Anne Szabla

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing:

Jack Kirby, William Messner-Loebs

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:

Mark Andreyko, Joe Ferrara

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:

Comicazi: Robert Howard, David Lockwood, Michael Burke, Somerville, MA