I really had not planned to go to the New York Comic Con this year. But at literally the last minute, i.e. Wednesday afternoon, Michele surprised me with a ticket for Thursday. I knew that once again I was going to be on a really limited budget. So I decided to just pick up a handful of comics and maybe a couple of sketches. Mostly I brought along comic books I already owned to get autographed. And I took a few photos. My digital camera went bust a while ago, so I had to rely on my crappy cell phone camera.
The first person I went to see in Artist Alley was Joe Staton. I actually did the exact same thing last year. What can I say? I’m a huge fan of his work. This time around, I really wanted to pick up a copy of the E-Man trade paperback that reprinted the Charlton Comics stories from the 1970s. This collected edition actually came out in 2011, but the last couple of years when Staton had it for sale at the show, I just didn’t have the money to get it. So I decided that this year it would be the very first thing I’d purchase. I ended up breezing through the book, it was such a fun, entertaining read. I’ll probably do a post about E-Man sometime in the near future.
Scott Hanna was also at the show. I think he does really great work. He is one of those embellishers who usually attempt to stay faithful to the style of whatever penciller he is working with. As such, I think that his contributions to the finished art are not as readily identifiably to the casual eye. Nevertheless, as I’ve mentioned in my Thinking About Inking post, there have been instances where his impact is demonstrable, and always in a positive way. At NYCC I purchased a page that he did for the miniseries Avengers: Celestial Quest, inking Jorge Santamaria’s pencils, which features one of my favorite characters, Mantis.
Two other people who had a table in Artist Alley were Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, the creative team behind Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures, as well as their self-published Aw Yeah Comics. I think their work is so cute and funny and adorable. Yeah, I know, I also like very dark and serious stuff, as well. But the thing is, I’m into a wide range of material. If everything in the comic book biz was grim & gritty, it would be extremely boring. Diversity is the spice of life. I got several comic books signed by Art & Franco, as well as sketches from both of them. Art drew a cartoony version of the Teen Titans’ demonic foe Trigon. Franco sketched a funny Darkseid vs Streaky the Supercat piece.
The one other piece of art I got at NYCC this year was a really nice sketch in my Beautiful Dreamer theme book. It was drawn by Derek Fridolfs, whose work has appeared in Justice League Beyond and Batman: Li’l Gotham. You can view it, and the rest of the art I picked up, in my galley at Comic Art Fans.
While I was at the show, I also had the chance to see several other creators, among them Bob Layton, Steve Ellis, Alex Saviuk, Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Tim Vigil, ChrisCross, Jim Salicrup, Vito Delsante, and John “Roc” Upchurch.
Before I knew that I was going to be at NYCC, I had decided to get a ticket for a related event on Friday night which was being organized by Barnaby Edwards of the Doctor Who New York fan club. Colin Baker, who portrayed the Sixth Doctor on Doctor Who, was doing a question & answer session and signing at the Stone Creek Bar on East 27th Street. Also present was writer & actor Nicholas Briggs. In addition to being heavily involved in the Big Finish audio plays, directing many of them, Briggs has famously voiced the Daleks, Cybermen, and various other aliens, both for Big Finish and on the television series itself. I was really looking forward to meeting both gentlemen. There was a third, surprise guest, as well: director & producer Jason Haigh-Ellery of Big Finish. For someone such as me, a huge fan of the Doctor Who audio adventures, this event was a real treat. I think that Baker has done extraordinary work reprising his Doctor at Big Finish, and both Briggs & Haigh-Ellery have really brought extraordinary levels of professionalism to these productions. It was also a great opportunity to meet in person several of the people I know online from Facebook and WordPress.
Of course there were some amazing examples of cosplay at NYCC. This is where I wish I had a proper camera, so I could have taken more pictures. I even saw someone dressed as Walter White from Breaking Bad. I was wondering if anyone was going to do that! Anyway, here are a few photos of fans in costume that really stood out for me.
It’s always interesting when you see somebody cosplaying as a somewhat more obscure character. This guy was dressed up as the supervillain Clock King. In addition to a super-authentic costume, he actually had a working clock on his mask. Now that is what I call attention to detail!
Here is a lovely lady who was turning heads on the main convention floor, dressed up as a steampunk version of G.I. Joe villainess the Baroness.
And for this one I really wish I had been able to take a much better picture. Here were three gals cosplaying as the most famous female agents of SHIELD, namely the Black Widow, Sharon Carter, and Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. Jim Steranko was at NYCC, and I wonder if he had a chance to see his creation, sexy spy Val Fontaine, brought to life. Sorry for the blurry quality. Trust me, this trio looked fantastic in person.
I had a good time at this year’s New York Comic Con. After she got out from work, Michele joined me at the show and we hung out there for a few hours. But, at the end of the day, I was exhausted and kind of broke, so I’m glad that I was only there for one day. Anyway, thanks again, Michele, for the surprise ticket. I really appreciate it.