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CCL Podcast #360 – Motor City Comic Con 2013 Wrap Up

DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #18 featuring Sgt. Rock
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #18 featuring Sgt. Rock

Collected Comics Library Podcast #360
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This past weekend was the 24th Annual Motor City Comic Con. I had a great time with my kids on both Saturday and Sunday and I even ran into a few old friends. I bought several back issues of Robin, Nightwing and Punisher War Journal, but two collected editions that I picked up for $1.00 each are worth discussing today on the show: DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #18 featuring Sgt. Rock that features origins stories (more or less) of Easy Co. and Punisher Classic which reprints, not only his hard to find black and white magazine appearances from Marvel Preview #2 and Marvel Super Action # 1, but also the original 8-page story Kites, which still, to this day, has never been reprinted!

I also talk about Mikel OD’s new music (and comics) zine Digital Racket, and two solicitations from Marvel: Inhumans: The Origin Of The Inhumans TPB, that reprints all their early appearance from Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D. By Steranko: The Complete Collection TPB that collects every early appearance by Nick Fury as done by the great Jim Steranko. Both books are a must have!



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Motor City Comic Con Wrap-Up 2012

Let’s get this out of the way first: the Motor City Comic Con is not the best “comic book” show on earth. Far from it. For those of you who have attended you know what I speak of. It’s much more of a “pop culture” and “has-been celebrity” show with comic book vendors and artists thrown in the mix.

That said, I really enjoyed it this year. I usually bag on the show, as a whole, because there is too little in the way of comics, but as my kids get older and seeing how much they have fun, I take a step back and applaud it for what it’s worth.

I attended on Sunday which has become my normal routine because of a golf outing that I attend that just always happens to fall on the same weekend every year. I rarely have gone on Friday becuase I don’t live that close to the venue, the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. I went with my two kids Patrick (12) and Erin (9) and my friend Herman and his son Sean (13) who goes to the same school and plays baseball with Patrick. We got there at about 12:30 and stood inline for 40 minutes to get tickets! The price listed were $25 for adults and $10 for kids, but when we got to the ticket booth the kids turned out to be free. Upon entering Patrick and Sean took off with cash in hand. Now the con isn’t very big, so Herman and I knew we would run into them from time to time – and of course we did.

The three of us started up the far end of the show and quickly came across a vendor of half-off trades and hardcovers. I was looking for a few specifics such as Showcase Presents: The Spectre and Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo HC, both of which I never came across. Erin and I eventually split from Herman because she wanted popcorn and to play some kids games. I took a few photos of her and did some more shopping. I met two different vendors who were right up my alley. One was selling his complete run of Dark Horse Star Wars and the other his complete run of Punisher book. I found this funny because I’m trying to complete both runs. The Star Wars guy had Star Wars: Republic #67, which takes place during the Clone Wars and dons a nice cover of Anakin Skywalker. The Punisher guy had several comics that I needed including books in which the Punisher appears in titles like Moon Knight, Power Pack, Nomad, Secret Defenders, Quasar, Cage, Damage Control, Darkhold, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deathlok, The New Warriors and Motormouth from 1992, which was published by Marvel UK and credited to writer Graham Marks, pencils Gary Frank and inks Cam Smith.

Shortly thereafter I met up with my good friend, Mike Pfieffer, host of the Most People Are DJ’s podcast.  I’m really glad I did because Mike helped Patrick out meeting and greeting a few creators in artist’s alley. He brought along his sketchbook and was able to get some wonderful art from Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Christian Slade (Korgi) and Andy Suriano (Batman: The Brave and the Bold). He also bought Teen Titans #1 (New 52) and two Bronze Age Iron Man books #91 and #92. Slowly he is collecting the who run by himself. I’m proud of the boy. Erin bought a few toy trinkets and a Korgi book which Slade was kind enough to sign. As for my companions, Herman bought a She-Hulk HC and a few other books, Sean bought a poster. On my why out I quickly stopped by one of the 50% off tables and picked up DC’s Invasion! TPB (1988).

All-in-all is was a good couple of hours. I didn’t spend too much money, I was able to get a bunch of books I needed, and the kids came away happy. That’s the most important thing. Having the kids grow up in a world that showcases great art. It’s not just superheroes and Saturday morning cartoons. You see at cons, they get the see the art being created before their own eyes. And that’s something they will remember forever.

CCL Podcast #220 – Motor City Con 2009 Wrap-Up

Collected Comics Library Podcast #220
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On the show this week, I talk about my adventures at the Motor City Comic Con; who I saw, what I bought and what other convention was going on at the same time.

Also, I have some feedback and corrections from last weeks Star Trek show and some important Product and Shipping Changes to report on.

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CCL Podcast #219 – Star Trek Collected Editions 1967-2009

Collected Comics Library Podcast #219
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Star Trek is the hottest thing going on right now. Over the weekend it took in over $79 Million and I have yet to see one bad review. Trek, of course, is one of those rare franchises (like Star Wars) that have succeeded across multiple channels, including TV, movies, books, video games and comic books. The last of which is sort of an anomaly when it comes to collected editions. Since Star Trek’s inception in the 1960’s, comic books have always played a role in helping to market the series, starting with Gold Key and then moving on to Marvel (twice), DC (and Wildstorm), Malibu and currently with IDW. With so many different Star Trek genre comic books are being published and so many companies holding the licenses the reprints and collected editions suffered. It only seems that now it is all coming together. IDW has not only made viable and interesting series of Trek comics again, but has also managed to reprint the older material from the 1980’s and 90’s with their line of Star Trek Archive trade paperbacks. So come aboard the USS CCL and boldly where no one has gone before – the universe that is Star Trek Collected Editions.

Also on the show the Marvel announcement of two new Masterworks for November – Deathlok Volume 1 (Variant Vol. 127), collects Astonishing Tales #25-28 and #30-36, Marvel Spotlight #33, Marvel Team-Up #46, Marvel Two-In-One #27 and 54, and Captain America #286-288, 352 pages, $64.99 and Golden Age Sub-Mariner Volume 3 (Variant Vol. 128), Sub-Mariner Comics #9-12, 240 pages, $59.99.

Lastly, this weekend is the Motor-City Comic Con. I’ll be there on Friday and Sunday. Please contact me if you are going, I’d be happy to meet up with you.

All this and the New Releases of the Week.


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Collected Edition Blog browsing on Monday afternoon

This weekend, May 15-17, I’ll be attending the 20th Anniversary of the Motor City Con. Over the years I’ve been to most of the Con’s including when they were held at the old Dearborn Civic Center and the Novi Expo Center. It’s always a good and well attended show and has always showcased excellent local talent. This year’s Guest of Honor is Princess Leia, herself, Carrie Fisher. Avatar Press will also be there along with comic book talent such as Guy Davis, Art Baltazar, Dave Aikins, Tim Bradstreet, Frank Brunner, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Russ Heath, Dwayne McDuffie, David Petersen, Billy Tucci and my very good friend Shawn Amberger. Please drop me an e-mail if you are attending and I’ll be happy to buy you a drink after the show. Now on to a few links: