Thursday, February 5, 2009
I'll be wandering around the postapocalyptic landscape (or as they call it: exhibit floor), tracking down old friends and bargains on torn copies of KILLRAVEN. But here's where you can find me:
Friday, February 6th, 2:00 - 3:00: Penny-Farthing Press, booth #1513. I'll be signing and selling copies of PARA and ZENDRA, and debuting the ten-page ashcan edition of my new project SHADRACH STONE.
Saturday, February 7th, 2:00 - 3:00: Penny-Farthing Press, booth #1513. Same as above, except the ashcan will be a day old by then and thus slightly less fashionable.
Sunday, February 8th, 11:15 - 12:15: "The Multicultural Mask," room 1A17. Panel with Perry Moore (HERO), Greg Pak (PLANET HULK), DC editor Jann Jones, and moderator Jeff Yang, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and editor of SECRET IDENTITIES: THE ASIAN AMERICAN SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY. Here's the description:
"Over the past decade, publishers and creators have made an aggressive push to diversify the pages of the comic books -- eliminating antiquated, stereotypical representations of race and sexuality, while adding characters whose backgrounds and identities are a truer and certainly richer reflection of our social reality. In the process, some fan-favorite heroes have met with untimely ends and come back with new, different, and multicultural identities and others have become suddenly open about their sexual orientations. These changes have been met with both loud applause and scathing criticism -- but is radical integration of the comics really necessary? And if so, what's the best way to make comics look like America (and the world) while preserving cherished characters and already overstretched continuities? This panel will bring together creators who stand out as pioneers of the new inclusiveness in comics to talk about what works, what doesn't, and why it matters -- from both a cultural and economic perspective."
So I'll be talking about FIRESTORM, EARTHLIGHT, and THE 99. Miss it not, multicultural true believers!
Monday, February 2, 2009
I think that cover pretty much says it all. Half The Swarm, half Starsky & Hutch (the original, of course!). Featuring gorgeous art by Alberto Ponticelli. Alberto's currently drawing the hell out of Vertigo's UNKNOWN SOLDIER, but this is a sample of his more stylized, caricatured work. Nobody in the business draws a 'fro like Alberto.
And a hat tip to Marvelous Mike Raicht, who put the whole thing together. In stores Wednesday, except for the stores that got it last week. For some reason.
For a nice review, with more details on the other stories, go here.