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Baltimore Comic-Con Day 3 Liveblog

Don’t know how much liveblogging I’ll get to do as the data connections were horrible yesterday with so many people in one place. But, I’ve got things setup just in case.

16:43

#bcc2014 is over for me. Articles and cosplay photos coming soon

14:08

#bcc2014 just saw @mattfraction Hawkguy & pizza dog cosplay. Most original Hawkeye cosplay I’ve seen

14:05

#bcc2014 Lois Lane panel. Excited!

13:05

#bcc2014 Dynamite pulp panel

12:57

#bcc2014 next time please don’t schedule panels during the costume contest

12:07

Surprised not to see any Saga cosplay #bcc2014

11:48

#bcc2014 walking to lunch I see a lot of Ravens cosplayers. q;o)

10:51

#bcc2014 @gailsimone thanks so much for talking to me

09:51

OK, #bcc2014 let’s do this!

09:26

#bcc2014 OK, it’s my last day to try and get my short interview with @gailsimone . Surely everyone who wanted her to sign something got it already, right? q;o)

Mark Waid at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

Baltimore Comic-Con Day 2: Interview with Mark Waid

Just like when I spoke with Mark Waid two years ago, he is a VERY busy man at this convention. He is on nearly every panel and is incredibly popular with attendees seeking to speak with him and get his signature. So, first of all, a huge thanks to Mark for taking 5 minutes to talk with me. The conversation focused on the present and future of digital comics this time:

I mention his Thrillbent panel from yesterday, which you can listen to here. We spoke about moving Thrillbent to a Netflix-like model, other sites moving away from DRM, and running a brick and mortar comics store.

Mark Waid at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014
Mark Waid at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014
Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel

Baltimore Comic-Con Day 2: Panels Panels Panels!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Tales from the Code

CBLDF Panelist
CBLDF Panelist

There are lots of great books to read about the comics code and why it came into being. I recommend The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. The neat thing about this panel was having Jim Starlin talk about how it did or, often, didn’t affect his writing. It appears that he took the stance that he’d write what he wanted to write and it was up to the editors to tell him to change something because of the comics code. Continue reading

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Baltimore Comic-Con Day 2 Liveblog!

I’ll be live-blogging from the floor again today. The LTE/3G on the floor can be spotty, making it hard for me to update more often than I did yesterday, but I’ll do what I can.

19:04

#bcc2014 day 2 complete. Got an interview with @MarkWaid. (Good luck on the “sagas”)If I get @Gailsimone and James Tynion I’ll have gotten all the pro interviews I was looking for.

14:31

#bcc2014 @gailsimome needs complete silence to write

14:26

#bcc2014 dynamite panel is hilarious. Word of the panel is also “balls”

13:52

#bcc2014 getting ready for Dynamite’s 10 year anniversary panel

13:51

#bcc2014 some amazing cosplay today.

11:05

#bcc2014 Now waiting for comic book defense league panel

11:03

Just spoke with Clive of Coral Hare. The historical novel sounds awesome! And WWII which I love. Can’t wait to start reading

11:00

#bcc2014 is way more packed today. Messing with LTE connectivity

09:25

OK, off to #bcc2014

08:53

#bcc2014 Getting all my equipment ready to go. Mark Waid and I are going to try and speak today. Also have a few other interviews planned – we’ll see what ends up happening.

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Baltimore Comic-Con Day 1 Recap

It was great to be back after missing out on last year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. The first day was great! It was nice to have it start on a Friday because it wasn’t too crowded. I met an indie comic creator, an indie manga creator, saw some cosplay, spoke with a commission artist, and saw some panels. I also interviewed two others that I’ll be returning to later – hopefully tomorrow. Below are some more images from Day 1.

 

BCC VIP Entrance
BCC VIP Entrance
VIP at BCC
VIP at BCC

 

Entrance to Baltimore Comic-Con
Entrance to Baltimore Comic-Con

 

Yearbooks for Sale
Yearbooks for Sale

 

Baltimore Comic-Con T-Shirts
Baltimore Comic-Con T-Shirts

 

VIP Members Enter
VIP Members Enter

 

BOOM Studios
BOOM Studios

 

Custom SNES Carts!
Custom SNES Carts!

 

Gail Simone signs and speaks to fans
Gail Simone signs and speaks to fans

 

Dave Gibbons chats with fans
Dave Gibbons chats with fans

 

James Tynion IV and a fan
James Tynion IV and a fan

 

Artist Brothers
Artist Brothers – The guy on the left has worked on Adventure Time. The guy on the right created the characters for ARCHER!

 

Artist Brothers
Artist Brothers

 

Greg Capullo Signing Comics
Greg Capullo Signing Comics

 

Artist
Artist – The image on the top left kinda takes the Spider-Man metaphor to the final, explicit conclusion, doesn’t it?

 

Mark Waid signs comics for fan
Mark Waid signs comics for fan
Sexy or Sexualized Panel

Baltimore Comic-Con Day 1: Panel Summary

I attended three great panels on the first day and brought back some not-so-great audio. At least on the first two, I forgot to change the settings from “They’re right here” to “They’re over there” so I had to amplify it and, in the process, amplify noise of anything around like me fidgeting. Still, I think there was a lot of good info in these panels.

Thrillbent

Thrillbent Panel
Thrillbent Panel

Mark Waid who runs Thrillbent as well as writing for Thrillbent (in addition to what he does for Dynamite, Marvel, etc) was there with other artists and writers from Thrillbent to give a crash course on the publisher in addition to introducing a number of their stories. When I spoke to Mark 2 years ago, the site was just trying to stand back up after a DDOS attack. Insufferable was being published, but other than The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, nothing else had been announced. Now there are tons of comics running, including the amazing-sounding Empire, as well as kids comics Everstar and Albert the Alien. The biggest change is that Thrillbent has gone from everything being completely free to being available for $3 for an all-you-can-read buffet like Netflix. The good news is that there are still DRM-free files that can be had (creator-dependent) and that they still have a partnership with Comixology if you like their platform.

Sexy or Sexualized

Sexy or Sexualized Panel
Sexy or Sexualized Panel

A huge panel was there for this talk about when characters are “sexy” and when they’re being “sexualized”. The bad part was that, with such a large panel, we didn’t get to hear from everyone often enough. The good thing is that, within an hour we got very good questions from the audience and a good definition of sexy essentially being OK if it was true to the character and the character was a person with a personality, not just something to look at. This tied in perfectly with Gail Simone’s response to my question about her work on Red Sonja. Also, great comments from Dave Gibbons that a lot of the art people complain about (like Hawkeye Initiative or Escher Girls) is just lazy, bad art.

Social Issues SuperMOOC

Social Issues SuperMOOC Panel
Social Issues SuperMOOC Panel

Christy Blanch spoke about her second SuperMOOC. I really enjoyed how much she engaged the audience – her teacher skills in full show.

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Baltimore Comic-Con Day 1: Interview with Robert Quill

When you come to Baltimore Comic-Con, one thing you see a lot of in Artists Alley is the commission artist. But Robert Quill was a little different than the others. For one thing, his booth wasn’t full of images of the usual characters. For another, he looked somewhat like the Dread Pirate Roberts and watching him interact with convention-goers was its own form of entertainment. Without looking at any of his sketches, what drew me to want to talk to him was the following form:

Robert Quill Order Form
Robert Quill Order Form

That’s some detailed service isn’t it?

Check out the interiew:

You can check out his website at http://www.robertquill.com/ . During the interview he said it wasn’t finished, but he was being quite modest. Speaking of modesty, he isn’t kidding when he talks about the level of eroticism. I have no issues with it, but if you’re squeamish about that kind of thing, make sure you pick the safe version of his site.