Logan (Wolverine) Movie Trailer Released.

wolverine-3-logan-posterRiding on the hype of the recent Guardians of the Galaxy teaser that was released, we just got a trailer for the (last?) Wolverine movie, Logan.

The trailer opens with the haunting melody from Johnny Cash’s song, Hurt. The trailer gives a hint that the world of mutants has drastically changed as Logan explains, “The world is not the same as it was… Mutants… they’re gone now…” Is this a reference to the comic books when  Wanda/Scarlet Witch shouted, “No more mutants!” and mutants across the world lost their mutant abilities?

I think it may be, as this is further evidenced that, whatever has happened, has also impacted Wolverine/Logan. Because his mutant ability should prevent him from aging (at least in the comics), and now we see he’s clearly aged. While some would say, that perhaps Wolverine aged because it’s set further into the future; you’d have to ask yourself, then why is Professor Xavier still alive? Also, there’s a scene, where I assume it’s Logan’s hands, and we can see they’re bloody; as if he had extended his claws, and his healing factor did not kick in to heal it.

Also in the video, we see Charles Xavier laying in – what appears to be an unusual hospital type bed… and then we see a young girl, who Xavier hints is, “Like you [Logan]… She’s a lot like you.” This is clearly X-23, who in the comics, is a young girl named Laura Kinney. She was made using a damaged DNA sample of Logan; and thus, like Logan, has heightened sense, and a healing factor. In the comics, like Logan, she also has her bones covered in Adamantium; and has two claws that can extend from her hand, where Logan has three, and she also has claws (talons?) that extend from her feet, unlike Wolverine.

I am not able to figure out who the person, covered in head to toe is – with the cloth and sunglasses, seen only for a brief second. (Pretty sure that’s Caliban. – Maico)

Since the movie apparently features, The Reavers, who in the comics were men that were part machine/part human – I assume the guy, with the cybernetic hand and blond hair who puts on the sunglasses is none other than Donald Pierce (in the comics, formerly of the Hellfire Club, but would go on to lead the Reavers; and like the person seen in the movie, has a cybernetic hand).

And my guess, at the end, with him standing their with the shovel, and the young girl comes to hold his hand; it’s Professor Charles Xavier who has been buried.

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Logan is in theaters March 3, 2017. Below is the trailer:

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Teaser.

gotg2So the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 teaser has dropped and it’s absolutely great. Not at all surprised, really. Although with how much I love the Guardians of the Galaxy movie (the comics by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, which inspired the movie are absolutely great – so if you’ve not read them, go do yourself a favor and check it out – it ran for 25 issues if I remember correctly. Make sure it’s the Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning version; not anything before or after. The before is an entirely different team of Guardians of the Galaxy and the post team D&A is… well, just avoid it). Anyway – as I was saying, my concern is I loved this movie. It’s like when a band dishes out this incredible album, that has nothing wrong with it… How does the band follow up with perfection? Needless to say, I am so ready to go into some self induced coma until 5/5/2017… Whose with me?

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Another Marvel Event – ResurreXion

icemanSo, after quite some time of speculating Marvel was doing away with mutants in favor of Inhumans, because of the movie rights between Fox and Marvel/Disney – it looks like they’re unleashing some new mutant titles. One of the titles announced was Iceman. Iceman has been a “fan favorite” for quite some time. His “sexuality” has come into question by rabid fans who claim that Bobby is gay, and in the closet. With Marvel’s recent kick to “diversify every single Marvel character” – could this series focus on Bobby trying to discover who he is sexually?

More importantly, will a “fan base of Iceman fans” be enough to carry a book before it gets cancelled by the sixth issue? I certainly have my doubts about this book lasting very long because of a lack of sales. It almost seemed doomed to fail.

weapon_xAnother book that has so far been announced Weapon X. This book was pretty dark when the previous series came out; all the references on the cover are references to the existing series. I wonder if it will be about Canada’s Weapon X program, or if we’re getting a new character who is going to adopt the “Weapon X” name (say, for example, a resurrected Logan? Or will X-23 take that name… when say, a resurrected Logan returns?) Do you see where I am going with this? I think Logan’s been dead long enough, that somehow, we’re going to see him return.

One can hope (that one, at least, being me), that all these time alternate versions (the “young, Original X-Men”, “Old Man Logan”, etc) all return to their time lines, and Marvel gets it together and streamlines these characters to avoid any confusion. But… that’s probably not the case, since (young) Scott Summers is a part of the upcoming series, Champions.

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NESS #1 Comic Book Review!

ness_01NESS was a crowd funded Kickstart project that met it’s goal. And it’s definitely a book that deserves your attention. They sum it up beautifully on their Kickstarter page, with this simple explanation: NESS is a Del Toro/Lovecraft-inspired cosmic horror story set on the shores of Loch Ness.

Chris Welsh is the writer behind this fantastic story, with incredible art by Rob Carey, complimented by Dee Cunnifee’s amazing colors, and Robin Jones’ lettering!

This book simply does everything right. The story is really well thought out. The characters in the story – ness_02just off the first issue – are developed nicely! The art is fitting with the dark shadows, which helps with the color and tones.

If I were to nitpick anything wrong – and that’s what I would have to do – is nitpick – because, for a good horror type story, this thing is really good! But the things I would have done slightly differently, is make more use of the main characters names. We learn Alexi’s name pretty quick, who has the camera. We learn Seah’s name, as the one who collects books. We don’t even learn (what I suspect is the main character)’s name until near the very end. And the African American/Black character? We never even see his name mentioned in the story. I think a more heavy use of the character’s names would have helped drive it home a bit more.

ness_03The Scottish guy in the bar, muttering about the disappearing cows; I would have just left him there. Him, drinking and muttering, through several panels, often in the background – then suddenly sitting up and saying he has to find the cows or the wife’s going to kill him? That just seemed oddly out of place.

And the third thing I’d nitpick, is when we see the creature chasing our main characters, and it makes a massive jump and lands on the bridge. I think seeing it be able to make such a massive jump actually took away from the creature’s slithering, creepy vibe.

But again – that’s just if I had to find nitpicks or things I would have personally changed! But seriously! If you love the Lovecraft type of horror – do yourself a favor – check out the NESS Comic Facebook page and Chris Welsh‘s site!

– Tawmis

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Madius Comics Reviews!

The kind folks of Madius Comics sent us a metric ton of things to review. Normally, I’d go in depth with each one – but they sent us so much I figured I’d give a general run down of my thoughts, unless it stuck out for some reason!

mad_01First off, let’s begin with Papercuts & Inkstains. The book has a number of different stories; which means different writers and artists. I’d say none of these are your traditional comic book – both in story and art. It breaks away from the norm and dares to venture into new territory. Each story is it’s own thing, and stands out on their own. For the most part, I enjoyed what I found in there, but some of it wasn’t my style (not to say it was bad, but not my typical genre and/or art/writing style I look for in a comic). A lot of these stories are things I could easily see IMAGE Comics producing; because none of them are traditional stories, and IMAGE seems to focus on that (for example, CHEW by the folks at IMAGE).

horrere_02The book I loved the most was the one called HORRERE. This book, like Papercuts & Inkstains has several different artists and writers; but I felt like the pacing in these stories was spot on. The art was absolutely fantastic and led to the “dark and creepy” vibe of each story. All of the stories in this issue felt very, very, very professional. I could have sworn I was reading an IMAGE comic, because of how amazing the art and writing in these stories were. Hands down the favorite of the bunch. Let me just share some of the cool images found within this book:

thekingsleap_01Next in line was The King’s Leap. This reminds me very much of The Adventurers Comic that was originally published back in the 80’s! I am a huge fan of the fantasy and/or Viking type genre. So I actually enjoyed what I found in The King’s Leap. Both the art and the story were very clean. This was definitely an enjoyable story; very clean and professional.

funk_soulSo next we go to FUNK SOUL SAMURAI. This one reminded me of an old school indie comic I used to get when I first got into comics (I wish I could remember the name of the book). There’s literally next to no dialogue, and while being very colorful, the art was a little too weird for me. I can’t even say I read this book, because of the lack of dialogue. It’s definitely one of the more unusual books I have ever glanced through, I will give it that!

ramlockThe next one is RAMLOCK INVESTIGATES. Imagine an unusual version of CSI meets Peter Porker, and you will have Ramlock Investigates. It has a very, very, off the beaten path sense of humor to the entire book. It’s still an enjoyable read in that very weird kind of humorous way. The art and story compliment one another very much. They’re both cute, funny and unusual, which is how this book should be written.

And finally, the last book to be reviewed from this batch was a book called 50 50signalSIGNAL, which has a “basic” look to the art and story. The story didn’t have much to it, nor did the art. This is not to say that it was bad (certainly better art than anything I could hope to produce!), but for myself, I didn’t get much out of the story. The art reminded me very much of what you’d find in Ziggy meets Farside.

If any of what I said interests you, be sure to check out Madius Comics on their Tumblr page, follow them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and their WordPress site.

– Tawmis

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Netflix “Defenders” Teaser – Fan Made (by Me, Tawmis!)

My mind is a maelstrom of creativity. And I don’t mean that in a bragging sense. In many ways, it’s quite a bit of a curse. Because of it, I am frequently pulled in a thousand directions when it comes to creativity. Because my mind wants to experience and do everything when it comes to said creativity. My primary passion is writing. But I have always wanted to do voice acting. I have always wanted be a part of a movie or show, as an actor, writer, whatever. I have always enjoyed editing videos, as well, and taking pieces of something and splicing them into something new.

And that’s what I have just done. Essentially, I kept the audio from the Netflix Iron Fist teaser. Then I cut and spliced in footage from Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and of course, Iron Fist – and combined them all to make a new Defenders trailer, using the Defenders teaser footage at the end.

This is what just happened. Please enjoy. And if you do enjoy it, please share it. It helps out immensely.

 
UPDATE: Version 2. I discovered what was causing the pixelation of the above video (had to do with the mp4 frame rate of the imported videos). I found out how to fix it (hooray for FRAPS!), and basically recreated the video. It’s pretty much exactly like the above (without pixelation), but I did make a few changes that I think GREATLY improved it, even though it was just a few small changes. Check it out:

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The New Mutants Movie.

NM1GNI’m not afraid to say it. When news initially broke of a New Mutants movie to spin off from the X-Men movies that FOX Studios has been doing – especially after the news that Cable would be slated for the second Deadpool movie; I was pretty sure what we were going to be looking at was the “X-Force” version of the New Mutants.

Much to my surprise, that is apparently not the case. The New Mutants spin off movie will include Danielle (Mirage), Sam (Cannonball), Roberto (Sunspot), Illyana (Magik), Rahne (Wolfsbane) and an alien (Warlock). So, of the original New Mutants line up, only Karma got the boot out of the movie (which is odd, since the movie talks about teenage angst; you’d think they could fit Karma in there, and the morally questions of seizing control of someone’s mind), and Illyana and Warlock (who joined later) will be in there instead.

NM87I am sincerely surprised that the movie wasn’t gearing up for Cable to take over the New Mutants after his appearance in the Deadpool movie and give us an X-Force movie. So I was half expecting the New Mutants cast to consist of Cannonball, Boom Boom, Rictor, Wolfsbane, Warpath and Shatterstar. Because if teenage angst is the focus, that group sure has plenty of it as well.

UXM160It’s interesting that they’re bringing Illyana into the New Mutants movie, as I am curious if they plan on tying it in with Colossus, who appeared in the X-Men movies (a few times, different actors), and also appeared (most notably, and the closest version to the true comic book Colossus) in Deadpool. Will Illyana be Colossus’ younger sister in the movie as well, or be completely separate? Will they even acknowledge Colossus in this movie, or are they going to treat it as it’s own entity? They’re calling it an X-Men spin off, but I am not entirely sure if they will tie the two together.

Magik_4And if they do bring Illyana into the movie (well, it’s not if, they already said they are) – I wonder if she’s going to have a correct origin? Will she be a magic user, because of the events she endured during Uncanny X-Men #160 (and further explained in Magik #1-4) or will she simply be a mutant who has magic like abilities (similar to The Scarlet Witch). Illyana’s entire fiasco in the Limbo realm could be an entire movie itself (and a damn good movie, if done right!), so it seems unlikely that her powers will be true to their comic book form. (Which is a shame, to me, at least, because Uncanny X-Men #160 is hailed as one of my favorite issues from the Uncanny X-Men run!)

The rest of the cast (Cannonball, Mirage, Sunspot, and Wolfsbane, all have fairly uncomplicated origins). Cannonball/Sam, is just a simple Kentucky boy. Mirage/Danielle is a Native American, young woman. Sunspot/Roberto is a rich, young Brazillian boy. And Wolfsbane/Rahne is a Scottish, heavily religious (she was originally, anyway) young girl with tons of insecurity issues.

NM64I will say that Warlock is an unusual addition to the movie cast of characters. So far, the X-Men franchise has shied away from referencing anything that has to do with aliens of any kind. All of their movies have always been about mutants, or humans vs mutants. No hint of any kind of aliens. So adding Warlock into the mix makes it a weird twist. It almost seems like it would have been a better route to go with Doug Ramsey, being a mutant (computer programmer who can build anything because he understands the language of computers; sort of close to what his mutant power is), building Warlock. (And who knows, perhaps Warlock will not be an alien, but rather a robotic construction like I am thinking).

NM16So next, one wonders – who will the New Mutants be battling? Well, other than the fact that the previous X-Men movie ruined Sebastian Shaw (don’t get me started – really, don’t…) I would hope that they battle someone along their own age group – and ideally, would bring them against the Hellions. It’d be great if the Hellions were from the Hellfire Club school and they were duking it out with Professor Xavier’s school students.

That way, it keeps the first movie, very level, very much on par with what you’d expect from a group of… New Mutants.

Now that I’ve said my peace (for now), the additional details are that Simon Kinberg will be producing the New Mutants movie. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Webber who did The Fault in Our Stars and The Spectacular (neither of which I have seen) are writing the script for The New Mutants.

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Retro Review: Secret Defenders.

SD1It’s always an interesting voyage. Going back and reading comics that are quite a bit older, that you can swear up and down were “totally awesome comics.”

And so begins, the next Retro Review! Prepare yourself for a mystical adventure going back to 1993 when Marvel Comics gave us Secret Defenders.

Now, I was a huge fan of the original Defenders run, and unlike many, I actually also really enjoyed the New Defenders, as it was called (Defenders #121 or so, and after). The Defenders had come to an end early 1986, after a grand 152 issue run.

So when Marvel presented Secret Defenders, I remember being sincerely interested and super excited when I saw the cover of the first issue! It had Wolverine (which, granted in 1990’s he was everywhere – so why not be on the Secret Defenders book too, right? He was clearly the hook for the selling power). Because the cover also included Doctor Strange (naturally!), Nomad (who I was a really big fan of – read the previous Retro Review where I covered his limited series and series), Spider-Woman (who I loved from Secret Wars, then in West Coast Avengers), and Darkhawk (whom I was a big fan of – loved his original series, loved him in the New Warriors, and loved his guest appearance, also in West Coast Avengers). I thought this was going to be the team.

SD4But, not so much. As it turned out, the series had a number of short stories, with rotating characters, depending on who Doctor Strange’s Tarot cards said would be needed. Reason for concern? Well, not so much for me, initially. After all, the second issue had Sleepwalker (who I found interesting), Punisher (the selling point for this story arc), Doctor Strange, and my biggest “comic book crush” – Namorita. So how could it go wrong?

Well, because the stories were all indeed “short stories” – lasting anywhere from two to three issues only, you don’t get a lot of development. The formula seemed to be:

  1. Doctor Strange summons the random team of heroes together.
    1. At least one of them is always upset and not wanting to be a part of the team.
  2. First part of the story is the heroes adjusting and getting along in the face of the threat.
  3. Next issue is the heroes, at a point, where it seems like they can’t win.
  4. Third and final issue of the story arc, is some magical means that turns it all around, and the heroes prevail.

SD8Now, granted, the heroes should always prevail. But the problem is, after they prevail, they all went their separate ways, so you didn’t get to feel any real development with the heroes. And because the stories were always short stories, the villains were typically trivial, or completely made up for the “short story” itself, which loses some “Urmph!” to a “world changing event” that Doctor Strange needs to summon some heroes to do something to “save the world.” You don’t feel like the world’s in all that much danger when the villains are made up for that story; because you can pretty much bet, that no matter what, that villain is not going to pull one over on the heroes.

SD12Even the letters column of the book pointed out the relatively weak story telling, and the lack of development, and the heroes always winning in the same formula. I thought it was pretty cool that Marvel was printing both praises, and negative comments in their letter column for the book. (The rest of the letters were recommendations as to who they’d like to see appear as a “team” in the book). So Marvel took a different approach come issue #12 – rather than Doctor Strange summoning up heroes, it was actually Thanos who summoned up a group of villains to do his bidding; this included Rhino, Super Skrull, Nitro and Titanium Man. I thought this was a great twist, because we always see the point of view from the heroes; comics were always about heroes doing heroic things. But this gave us a glimpse at villains, their motives, and how they interacted with one another. (Naturally, Thanos betrays them all by the end, but who didn’t see that coming?)

SD15But that didn’t last long. It lasted two or three issues (what a surprise!). But when it returned to the focus being on heroes, it wasn’t Doctor Strange summoning heroes. No. The book takes a turn for the worse (in my own opinion). Doctor Strange bestows (curses) Doctor Anthony Druid (Doctor Druid) with precognitive powers, so that now he sees when bad things are coming down the magical pipeline. So, Doctor Druid (other than being a pretty horrible person, and a worse hero) had been redesigned from his actual, tolerable appearance of being a balding man with the “horse shoe” hair style, to a younger, buffer, stronger, thirty foot wearing pony tail version of himself.

How Doctor Druid USED to look before his horrid 90's Redesign to make him "marketable."

How Doctor Druid USED to look before his horrid 90’s Redesign to make him “marketable.”

So his first mission, he summons up Deadpool and Luke Cage. Now one thing that bothered me – so Luke Cage is hired to protect this museum from theft, right? So some people break in and are trying to steal a mystical item… and what’s Luke Cage do? He breaks through a wall in the museum. Then goes on about how he won’t let anyone steal from a place he’s been hired to protect – but apparently, him smashing through the museum’s wall was okay? I get that it’s dramatic, but it’s also bad story telling. But anyway – the bad guys get the magical thing, and make good of their escape. So now the heroes are chasing them down, and as a consequence of this woman using magic, she’s forced to drain the life of people – and enter stage right, the unfortunate soul of Cody. He’s killed by her lethal kiss, but as the magic flows all around, his body is reanimated and he adapts the “heroic name” of Cadavar, and what does he do? He rips out one of his own ribs, and it becomes a mystical sword. (I am not kidding you). Along with Doctor Druid’s team is a woman named Shadowoman (that’s not a typo – it’s Shadowoman – not Shadow Woman, but Shadowoman – with only one “w” in there).

SD16The book then tries to appease fans, who complained about a lack of “main stay” characters for the cast, but giving us Doctor Druid, Shadowoman, and Cadaver as main stay characters, with the always shady Doctor Druid, clearly displaying questionable motives (and acting completely horrid throughout his time as the team’s “leader”).

What I never understood about Shadowoman (that pains me to type) is that she was “dead” but alive (thanks to Doctor Druid’s questionable actions), but when she was out being a hero – she wore a costume similar to that of the original Spider-Woman. And while the original Spider-Woman’s name was Jessica Drew, Shadowoman’s name was Julia. It didn’t help that they both had long, flowing, black hair that was drawn very similar. None of this was ever explained.

Will the real Spider-Woman please stand up?

Will the real Spider-Woman please stand up?

Shadowoman would eventually learn what Doctor Druid did to her, and get a new name (Sepulchre) and get a major costume improvement (though, as a New Warriors fan, I found it sort of resembled Turbo’s costume; but nowhere near as much as the exact copy of Spider-Woman’s costume she wore as Shadowoman).

One of the more stranger moments of Secret Defenders to me, is the time that the writer for the series, seemed like they might have been out of ideas for the story; and needed to pull a random collection of heroes that were somewhat recognizable; but wasn’t sure how to do it…

SD23So what they did was break out an issue of the Marvel Universe Handbook (man, I loved those things! Still have them all!) and didn’t get any further than the letter “D” in the Marvel Universe Handbook as one team consisted of: Dagger, Deathlok and Drax the Destroyer. Now, I am a fan of Deathlok (his series may be one of the upcoming Retro Reviews I do), and loved Dagger (especially throughout her series with Cloak, and her appearances in New Warriors). Drax, at the time, I wasn’t exactly a fan of. He reminded me too much of the Hulk (back then, because he was still pretty brainless; and like Hulk, was all green, and like Hulk had purple for his choice of clothing colors).

SD22Another odd moment was the introduction of Joshua Pryce, who carried around with him, a head in a jar (that could speak to him). He was a part of a mystical band that recognized Doctor Druid as the real threat. But that’s normal right? Well, what’s odd (I don’t know if something changed in the story because the series was suddenly coming to an end) – but the head that Joshua carried with him, had abilities; and often killed people that helped them (like when they hitchiked and got a ride from a trucker; the head inside the jar blew up the truck, killing the driver; then it tried to kill a pregnant woman and her husband by dropping beams on them from a construction site)… and this is somehow supposed to be a hero? So I am not sure if something did change, but it was odd – that these two (or at least the head in the jar) would be concerned about the end of the world, when it’s doing it’s own killing spree along the way to find Doctor Druid.

SD25The series came to an end with issue #25, with the corrupted Doctor Druid defeated and restored (along with Cadavar and Sepulchre killed in the issue and restored in the issue). Sepulchre would eventually go on to make a few appearances (even recently), like trying to be a baby sitter for Luke Cage. Joshua Pryce joined the recent Howling Commandos led by Man Wolf. Cadaver, not sure if he ever resurfaced.

So with all of that summary said – let’s break down how I would rate this book.

 

STORY: C

Because of the rotating characters, it did make it hard to get a feel for any of the characters (even if you were familiar with them). In some cases, some of the characters were written worse than one shot guest appearances in a comic. And because, near the end, the team became about Doctor Druid, Shadowoman and Cadavar primarily; while it was nice to see them try to make a main stay cast; it was just three characters I cared nothing for.

ART: C

The artist changed every couple of stories it felt like, and over all, it seemed like a lot of artists on this book were just going through the motions. Sometimes the art was pretty good, sometimes, it wasn’t there at all. So the lack of consistency, makes me land this at an average score of “C.”

OVER ALL: C
Over all, with both story and art with a C – I’d say the book sits there. It’s cool to see some characters you enjoy doing something different than what they primarily did in their own titles or team books. But the stories were generally weak, making it hard to feel like you were really going to enjoy the experience.

Until next time!
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Comic Relief Podcast – Issue #22 – Suicide Flawed (The Suicide Squad Episode)

SS_Banner_CRP_SIZEDWelcome to Issue #22 of the Comic Relief Podcast where this time we focus on the much debated Suicide Squad movie. We brought on our good friend, and special guest, Colleen Rodriguez to weigh in her thoughts and opinions. Oddly enough, it seems in so many regards, the three of us didn’t agree on a lot of aspects; where one or two of us might have liked something, the other didn’t; or where two of us thought the movie was okay, the other that it was pretty good (save for a few things). Despite frequently disagreeing with one another throughout the podcast, we managed to stay pretty civil (see folks, you can disagree and still be civil!)

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The Wrath of Con. (Not Such An Original Title, As It Turns Out)…

01It’s been a few weeks now. A few weeks since San Diego’s population increased by several thousand; though in the heat of it all, it felt like several million.

I am, of course, talking about San Diego Comic Con 2016. San Diego Comic Con is a mad house, every single year.

While, I have complained for quite some time now that San Diego Comic Con stopped being a Comic Con many, many, many years ago – it still has that title. But if you go into San Diego Comic Con and you’re expecting to find a convention with comic books, you’re going to be sadly disappointed.

SDCC2016_01 (5)Still, that’s not to say that the San Diego Comic Con has done away with comics entirely, as a theme. But San Diego Comic Con has become more of a show that an actual comic book convention. The days of the San Diego Comic Convention being lined with comic book vendors is now over. Comic book vendors are squeezed into a very small area, taking up perhaps 5% of the Convention floor. The rest? It’s the Ritz and Blitz of of anything and everything else related to comic books; whether that’s enormous Marvel, DC and Image booths, with other companies such as Darkhorse and IDW among others, also having large booths, but no actual comics; just things to look at, and typically used as a stage to announce various comic book related shows, movies, DVDs, etc that are all coming out from said companies.

SDCC2016_01 (3)The artists are shoved, away from the comics and the major booths, into rows of tiny tables, that provide enough room – barely – for them to put their elbows on; and there’s so many tiny tables crammed together, that it’s insanely difficult to spot an artist you might be looking for.

And if you’re confined to staying in the Convention Center and not venturing into Downtown to hunt down your food; you’re limited to two food courts (maybe there was a third I am not aware of?). And seating? Yeah, you can forget about seating. At the food court downstairs, there’s about sixty tables SDCC2016_01 (1)(and that’s perhaps being generous), and upstairs, there’s like ten tables. The problem is, a lot of people also used that as a place to rest. Because the other option was sitting upstairs, outside – and in San Diego, other than Saturday, the temperature was typically 95 to 98 degrees… which is pretty freaking hot. So, we had found a spot between the stairs (where people can’t walk), but – even the very, very, very nice Security Woman who came by and told us, “Look, I know you’re not blocking any traffic because people can’t walk here, but the security team has asked me to come down and tell you to move. I know, it’s stupid. But I am just doing my job.” We put up no fight, and relocated to stand by the doors and just stand and eat.

SDCC2016_01 (8)Now that the San Diego Comic Con has grown well beyond just the convention center, and now not only includes outside behind the convention center, the side area of the convention center, across the street of the convention center, and now into several hotels – it would be nice to see that inside the Convention Center if they made more of an effort to expand where people could sit to eat their (slightly) over priced hotdogs and pizzas that they buy in the Convention Center. Maybe even dedicating one of the Convention Halls as a place to eat and/or rest. I think this would alleviate some of the problems I felt were an issue; like resting against a wall, and having Security come by every 3 seconds telling us to move, or to stand closer to the pillars, so we’re not blocking foot traffic. While I completely understand that they’re doing their job, keeping areas clear in the event of some emergency; having a place to rest, that wasn’t outside in the blistering heat, would be nice.

SDCC2016_01 (17)Now, while it certainly sounds like I did not have a good time; let me make it clear. I actually did. Surprisingly, I had a better day Saturday (which I have always viewed the “worse” day, because that’s when there seems to be the most people, so getting to anything seems literally impossible). But Saturday, other than that moment that the Suicide Squad cast came out at the DC booth, and the crowd imprisoned me between two immovable walls of people, with their arms up in their air, holding up their phones to record everything (and putting my nose at armpit level), I still managed to have a very good time Saturday. (Ironically, Sunday seemed to be more packed with people when it hit like 11am, to the point it became extremely difficult to move around, then having the Convention Security shouting in your ears, “Keep moving! Keep walking!” when you’re trying to do just that but can’t), was enough to shorten my stay on Sunday.

SDCC2016_01 (7)It was really cool on Saturday, seeing a bunch of cool Star Wars: Rogue One stuff… (there’s a lot more pictures on our Facebook page, see the link to the right and how to access the page!).

Also, while walking around, I took a quick tour through some of the Marvel booth (which was pretty packed with people, so it was a bit of a struggle to move), but I did manage to snap a photo with the Captain America shield, and also got to snap some photos of some action figures I am interested in being released… (Click the images for larger versions!)

And as luck would have it, I also managed to run into Colleen (Harley Quinn), Cindy (Poison Ivy) and Ace (Mrs. Freeze) doing their Rockabilly versions of these characters! (Click the images for larger versions!)

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