This past weekend was New York Comic Con 2012. It was full of comic book fans, TV & movie fans and cosplayers. This four day event had it all from great signings with the likes of Adam West, Carrie Fisher and Sean Astin to great panels along with a chance to meet your favorite artists or writers.
We got some great news from interviews to panels and more! I arrived to NYCC on Friday morning for a day of madness. The comic con started off for me with a bit of wandering around the show floor for a little while. I got to see the exclusive cover for Batman #13 which sold out very quickly. Batman #13 is one of the most anticipated comics of this year. It brings back the return of the most famous villains The Joker. Hopefully you were lucky enough to purchase this exclusive cover for Batman #13.
After I got to travel around the show room floor I headed off for my interview with Kevin Smith and the cast from Comic Book Men the reality show following The Walking Dead on AMC. This was a fun round table discussion with the fellas from Comic Book Men. They all had some great insight to the show along with Kevin Smith talking about the show and everything in between. The interview session was broken up into two tables. First up at our table was, Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson from Comic Book Men. Walt runs The Secret Stash were the show is filmed and Brian is one of his oldest friends who just likes to hang out in the shop and poke fun at everyone.
One of the first questions for Walt was “What do you find most intriguing about NYCC?” Walt’s response was “Not a lot white boxes, which to me is disappointing. Too much corporate.” So what does Walt mean by the absent of white boxes? He means ACTUAL comic book boxes and comic books at a comic-con, which makes sense. Since many of these really big shows now have taken a more Hollywood style approach and putting less emphasis on comic books. I will agree with Walt on this one, but I will say the money from TV networks and movie studios is just too hard to pass up.
Next up was Kevin Smith, Ming Chen and Brian Zapcic. Kevin Smith just started talking right as he sat down. He touched on many different subjects from Comic Book Men to the upcoming Superman movie- The Man of Steel. Of course he couldn’t leave us without any dick jokes, which were quite funny. He believes the Man of Steel will be a pretty good film. He also stated how he believes Zack Snyder is the man for another DC properties turning to film. With all this said he believes Comic Book Men will be a fun season for fans to watch. So tune in to AMC following the Talking Dead at 11:30 PM EST.
So after that hour filled of fun and laughter with Kevin Smith and the guys I planned out my game plan for the rest of the day. It was a lot of networking and meeting some great folks. I got to talk it up with Hoax Hunter creators about the success of their book out on Image Comics. I got to talk to the main guys behind 44 Flood which seems to be the next big thing with the likes of Ben Templesmith and Steve Niles coming back together for a big project. They also told me they will be sharing some big announcements very soon! Also check out all of 44 Flood’s stuff on Kickstarter here.
I ended the day with a great panel- Drawing the line: Artist on Creator-Owned Comics. This panel featured Craig Rousseau, Eric Stephenson, Fiona Staples, Mike Norton, Nate Bellgarde, Tradd Moore and Whilce Portacio. They all spoke on how they go about illustrating a comic book. Many of them use references and digital tools. 3 of the artist all claimed to have used Magna Studios for inking and other line work. A lot of them described using digital programs like Magna Studio and Photoshop really help in the actual time in creating and finishing a comic book. These programs just make it that much easier for these great artist to finish and perfect their work. It was a great insight to how the artist goes about creating a comic book. They even described how long it takes them to illustrate a 24 page issue. Many of the artist said the time can vary but it can be around one month to two months for a full color issue. Not all the artist colors their own work they have a colorist who will handle those duties. So all in all I learned a lot from their process from the thumbnails to the comic book I read.
And the day ends with a beer for the success of surviving this massive comic con. Each year it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I can’t wait to do it again! See you all next year at NYCC for a day of madness!!!