Wednesday, May 30, 2012
So life gets back to normal this week, but June promises to bring more convention awesomeness. After hitting conventions in both Dallas and Houston in May, I will be taking a turn in San Antonio at the Texas Comic Con in late June.
But before that happens, I'll be making a pilgrimage to Mile High Comics to visit their new warehouse store - quite possibly the largest comic shop anywhere ever! And the trip to Denver will coincide with the inaugural Denver Comic Con event. It should be a lot of fun.
I use the term pilgrimage purposefully, because I was wavering on whether or not to make the trip. I was concerned that after paying for airfare, a hotel room, renting a car, plus expenses, what if I couldn't find enough books off my want list to make it worthwhile.
It was earlier this week when I needed to make the final decision to go, and that morning I received an email from a reporter with CNN requesting an interview about Spider-Man's 50th anniversary and how the character has affected me. The questions took me back to the days when I started collecting Spider-Man comics, and rekindled memories about the first time I purchased comics through mail order from Mile High Comics. The 10-year-old me had so much fun scouring the catalog to pick out what I wanted to get with my allowance.
Remembering how I felt those many years ago cinched the trip for me. It's an experience and a chance to reconnect with my inner child.
This week on the comic front is alternate printing week. Among the 14 new books released, 10 were 2nd or 3rd printings of recent Marvel comics. That along with 3 regular appearances and Marvel Previews, and we have another variant-free week. Yahoo!
Among the new releases, the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #39 was a lot more fun than expected. It was your basic time travel and pocket universe issue with a lot of heart.
Here are this week's new appearances:
This week I made my way to Houston, Texas for Comicpalooza. This event takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the downtown area.
Friday was a little slow, but also made it easy to do some serious boxdiving throughout the room. Saturday had a long line of folks waiting to get in and have a lot of fun.
I will definitely be hitting this show next year.
Here's what came out this week:
I'm playing catch-up with the past few week's new Spider-Man comic book appearances. My time has been filled travelling all over Texas visiting some Summer comic cons and local comic shops.
This week I hit the Dallas Comic Con. The show has grown steadily year to year and recently moved to a much larger facility at the Irving Convention Center. The only problem is it just wasn't big enough for the crowds. I think Avengers fever brought new participants out of the woodwork.
From the moment I arrived, it was lines lines and more lines just waiting to get in with an advance ticket. Once inside it was a madhouse of people walking the dealer room, which I hope was good for the dealers.
And you could forget about getting something to eat. There was a steady line 30 minutes deep all day.
I've been attending the Dallas show regularly for the last several years, but the return on investment is lower and lower, and the crowds this year just may keep me away in 2013.
Here's the list of comics for the week:
Friday, May 11, 2012
There are, however, 8 awesome non-varianty comics with a Spider-Man appearance.
The most fun appearance this week is Fanboys Vs. Zombies #2. The regular cover B has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of a zombified Spidey attacking the comic's protagonists on the cover. If you missed it, he's in the bottom right-hand corner of the cover.
Here are all of the appearance for this week:
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A new magazine called Marvel Super Heroes is released. It's primarily an Avengers-based magazine, but Spidey is included.
Interestingly, the new magazine made it out to newsstand racks a week ago. Marvel didn't bother to print a unique Direct Edition, but rather distributed the Newsstand Edition to comic shops as well.
Here's the list: