AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 569
First appearance of Anti-Venom was just as silly as I had thought it would be, and yet also pretty damn cool. I'm pretty iffy about the whole concept, but with Slott and Romita Jr. behind the story, it should hold up fairly well.
AMBUSH BUG: YEAR NONE #2 (OF 6)
Was this good? I'm not entirely sure. There were a lot of funny points to the story, and I kind of dig the stream-of-consciousness style that was going on here, but I still have absolutely no idea what the point of this mini is.
AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE # 16
I'm really glad to see that this book has once again become fun. With the exception of the short "KIA" arc a few months back, this book consistently delivers a storyline that is action-packed, highly informative in relation to the Skrull invasion, and really damn funny at times.
DAREDEVIL # 110
I've really liked the arc that wraps up in this issue, but I'm kind of glad to see it come to an end. This book has felt more like a really cool legal thriller that contains a Daredevil cameo. I'm glad to see that next month's issue appears to mark a return to the more "superhero vs supervillain" kind of story. And, well, the villain is a sexy lady Bullseye, so that's always nice, right?
FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE #2 (OF 3)
I'm not wildly fond of the core Final Crisis series, but all these secondary books so far have been absolutely fantastic. Despite being about my least favorite DC 'family' and their villains who generally suck so good, this book is not only a funny read, it's was also unexpectedly clever and well scripted.
FINAL CRISIS: SUPERMAN BEYOND #1 (OF 2)
The fact that this book is printed in 3D should be enough for you to know it's good. My only gripe is that not every page was 3D, so you've either got to keep putting on and removing the glasses every other panel, or deal with the resulting headache. Still a fun book, and the cover looks fantastic in 3D.
KICK-ASS # 4
This book was actually supposed to come out a few weeks ago, but it was well worth the delays. This issue really ups the ante in the "blood and guts and other fucked up shit" department that Millar and Romita Jr. do so well. Unfortunately, some interviews that have been released on the net about the upcoming movie have already ruined several of the surprises about the two new characters.
Overheard at San Diego Comic-Con while I was having lunch on the balcony of the
Convention Center on Sunday July 27: a bunch of guys looking at the digital
photos on the camera of another, while he narrated: “These were the Ghostbusters
girls. That one, I grabbed her ass, ’cause I wanted to see what her reaction
was.” This was only one example of several instance of harassment, stalking or
assault that I saw at San Diego this time.
1. One of my friends was working
at a con booth selling books. She was stalked by a man who came to her booth
several times, pestering her to get together for a date that night. One of her
co-workers chased him off the final time.
2. On Friday, just before the show
closed, this same woman was closing up her tables when a group of four men came
to her booth, started taking photographs of her, telling her she was the
“prettiest girl at the con.” They they entered the booth, started hugging and
kissing her and taking photographs of themselves doing so. She was confused and
scared, but they left quickly after doing that.
3. Another friend of mine, a
woman running her own booth: on Friday a man came to her booth and openly
criticized her drawing ability and sense of design. Reports from others in the
same section of the floor confirmed he’d targeted several women with the same
sort of abuse and criticism.
Quite simply, this behavior has got to stop at
Comic-Con. It should never be a sort of place where anyone, man or woman, feels
unsafe or attacked either verbally or physically in any shape or form. There are
those, sadly, who get off on this sort of behavior and assault, whether it’s to
professional booth models, cosplayers or costumed women, or women who are just
there to work. This is not acceptable behavior under any circumstance, no matter
what you look like or how you’re dressed, whether you are in a Princess Leia
slave girl outfit or business casual for running your booth.
the day after the second event I described above, I pulled out my convention
book to investigate what you can do and who you can speak to after such an
occurrence. On page two of the book there is a large grey box outlining
“Convention Policies,” which contain rules against smoking, live animals,
wheeled handcarts, recording at video presentations, drawing or aiming your
replica weapon, and giving your badge to others. There is nothing about
attendee-to-attendee personal behavior.
Page three of the book contains a
“Where Is It?” guide to specific Comic-Con events and services. There’s no
general information room or desk listed, nor is there a contact location for
security, so I go to the Guest Relations Desk. I speak to a volunteer manning
the desk; she’s sympathetic to the situation but who doesn’t have a clear answer
to my question: “What’s Comic-Con’s policy and method of dealing with complaints
about harassment?” She directs me to the nearest securityguard, who is also
sympathetic listening to my reports, but short of the women wanting to report
the incidents with the names of their harassers, there’s little that can be
“I understand that,” I tell them both, “but what I’m asking is more
hypothetical and informational: if there is a set Comic-Con policy on harassment
and physical and verbal abuse on Con attendees and exhibitors, and if so, what’s
the specific procedure by which someone should report it, and specifically where
should they go?” But this wasn’t a question either could answer.
according to published con policy, there is no tolerance for smoking, drawn
weapons, personal pages or selling bootleg videos on the floor, and these rules
are written down in black and white in the con booklet. There is not a word in
the written rules about harassment or the like. I would like to see something
like “Comic-Con has zero tolerance for harassment or violence against any of our
attendees or exhibitors. Please report instances to a security guard or the Con
Office in room XXX.”
The first step to preventing such harassment is giving
its victims the knowledge that they can safely and swiftly report such instances
to someone in authority. Having no published guideline, and indeed being unable
to give a clear answer to questions about it, gives harassment and violence one
more red-tape loophole to hide behind.
I enjoyed Comic-Con. I’m looking
forward to coming back next year. So, in fact, are the two women whose
experiences I’ve retold above. Aside from those instances, they had a good time
at the show. But those instances of harassment shouldn’t have happened at all,
and that they did under no clear-cut instructions about what to do sadly invites
the continuation of such behavior, or even worse.
I don’t understand why
there’s no such written policy about what is not tolerated and what to do when
this happens. Is there anyone at Comic-Con able to explain this? Does a similar
written policy exist in the booklets for other conventions (SF, comics or
otherwise) that could be used as a model? Can it be adapted or adapted, and
enforced, for Comic-Con? As the leading event of the comics and pop culture
world, Comic-Con should work to make everyone who attends feel comfortable and
I disabled comments on this post, because fuck you buddy. Go talk to people in the real world.
Of course, Dragon*Con is just a few short weeks away (August 29th - September 1st). And Adam West is going to be there. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I will make it or not. So, say "hi" to Adam for me. Jerks. Admission for all 4 days is $90 at the door.
But, there's still hope for me to get some nerdy revelry in by the end of the year! November 2nd marks the next Atlanta Comic Convention. Once again, friend-of-WIFL Jason Flowers will be on hand to draw whatever the hell you pay him to. Sharing the table (or at least, occupying an adjacent one) is his female counterpart and fantastic pin-up artist Ariel. In all fairness to the couple, I should warn them that I am brewing up some fantastically strange ideas for sketches. A new addition (I think) to the artist roster from last time is Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Georges Jeanty. Admission is $5 at the door.
Shortly after, on November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, is Atlanta Super Con. This one has me a bit more excited because, well, there's going to be booze. Exciting guests include artists Herb Trempe (creator of Wolverine, and artist of every big comic series at one point or another), Don Kramer (Detective Comics, Aquaman, The Thing), and Allen Bellman (Captain America, Human Torch, Let's Play Detective); as well as actor Brian O'Halloran (Dante from Clerks), and voice actors Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Carey Means (ATHF, as well), and Larry Kenney (Liono from Thundercats, Count Chocula). Admission is pretty cheap, all things considered, with a standard 3-day pass running for $35, up to a "VIP pass" for $150, which gets you faster access to autograph lines, and into some parties, etc. I shelled out the cash for the VIP pass because, well, there's a party with an open bar on Friday if you have one.
Almost forgot to mention an event coming up in a few months that Other-Friend-Of-WIFL Rich tipped me off about. Of course, I mean the first annual Southern Fried Comicon, which is being held on May 2nd and 3rd in Rome, Georgia. This one will also be featuring Jason and Ariel, as well as artist David Lloys (V for Vendetta), and actor and super nice guy Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca). Admission prices are pending.
BLUE BEETLE #29
Another fun issue for this series. I don't really understand the need to include the new werewolf villain at the start of the story, since he never really ties into the rest of the plot for this issue. Hopefully they'll bring that storyline back around again, because it could be pretty interesting. But, I suppose super-powered illegal immigrants will have to do for now.
FANTASTIC FOUR: TRUE STORY # 1
A large part of me wants to say this book sucks out loud. The art looks very much like something by James Allen, and the dialog is terrifyingly unnatural. But the plotline of this story is really freaking fun. Enough so that it kind of makes up for the shitty parts. I'd say it's definitely worth a read, but I don't know if I'd recommend actually spending the money for it.
GREEN LANTERN #33
According to Stephen, this story is perfect. So, I decided to give it a shot, and, well, he was right. This book is pretty damn good, and this is coming from someone who doesn't really care much about the subject matter. Don't get me wrong, I dig the Green Lantern in concept, but I've never found a GL story that has kept me entertained enough to keep up with. This one, though, is not half bad. It makes me curious enough to go back and buy a few back issues to catch up on the story.
SECRET INVASION FANTASTIC FOUR #3(OF 3)
And thus marks the end of one of the only good Secret Invasion tie-ins that I've really enjoyed. This one is mostly the backstory of why Lyja re-joined the skrull army, why she came back to teleport everyone to the Negative Zone, and why she's got emotional issues. The moral? Don't date foreign chicks.
SKRULLS VS. POWER PACK # 1
Let's be honest, Power Pack is one of the worst ideas in comics history. There's just something about a bunch of kids with stupid superhero names like "smarty pants" that really makes me wonder what the folks at marvel are thinking when approving these stories. Granted, I understand that this book is meant to be geared for a much younger audience than myself, but I think it's safe to say that I'm usually a pretty big fan of kid-friendly books. And I still think this book is bad. It's not just bad because it's for kids, it's just bad because there's nothing else it can be. But I think I might be completely wrong. See, the next issue of this series is called "Universal Gangstaz", and features the team with gold teeth and big chains, so logic would dictate that this series is slamtastic. This is the series that should have taken Power Pack out of the land of camp and into the future as a team of angsty super-powered high school kids. But instead we get yawnsville. Regardless, I choose to remain in blissful ignorance until the next issue.
TRUE BELIEVERS # 1
This is a comic book in which a group of super-powered digilantes (that's digital vigilantes, for those of you not up to date on words I just made up that are immensely popular with today's youth). Anyways, it's about a bunch of super-powered digilantes who bust up an LSD-powered bikini girl fight club run by a group of politicians and fortune 500 CEO's who enjoy dressing like super heroes. Yeah, you read that right. I've still not really heard anything about this series before or since reading the issue, so I'm not 100% on how it ties into continuity, but the book is pretty damn cool. I'll be giving it shot, and I recommend you do the same!