Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Midnight at Meltdown- DC ReLaunch

This is an exciting time for the Comic world. DC's relaunching a new version of superheroes and there's been a lot of debate. To calm everyone's mind, the old version is still around. They haven't been deleted or burned in effigy. You can still enjoy them and pass it on to the younger generations. But for now, I think it's about time to do a revamp. Get some fresh perspectives, new ideas, new writers, take a chance on new artists. It's only going to help.

According to my twitter feed, people were headed out to their local comic book shops to support. And that's a good thing! There was a really big turnout at Meltdown with a few creator/artists stopping by. A few notables included Josh Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, and Scott Lobdell.

There's a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Personally I can't wait to read Batgirl by Gail Simone, Wonder Woman or even Catwoman (of course). Knowing Rob, he will get first issues of pretty much everything. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does the shopping.

Monday, August 1, 2011

SDCC 2011: Yummy Fur Collected

A couple years ago while diving through back issues bins at my local comic shop, I happened upon a full run of Yummy Fur by Chester Brown. I had read a few of the Ed the Happy Clown stories before (one of the serialized stories in Yummy Fur) and really enjoyed them, so finding a complete run priced at a dollar an issue was a no brainer. I read through the series over the next couple weeks and thought it was great. A while later, when I got into the binding hobby, Yummy Fur was one of the first books I wanted to have done. The book turned out well and it has since became one of my favorite binds.


One of the previous owners of these issues had Chester Brown sign many of them at the top of the first page. It's pretty cool knowing the books have some history to them and to think that they had actually passed through the creator's hands once before.


When I heard that Chester Brown was going to be at the San Diego Comic Con, I thought it would be a perfect chance to have him sign the book. So I tossed it into backpack and when I got to the con, I tracked down Mr. Brown at the Drawn & Quarterly booth. Here he is holding the book:

Instead just signing the blank end sheet, Chester decided to drawn up a new title page. He even found a fun way to personalize it to me.

I'm incredibly happy with the book! It's something I will cherish and keep in my collection for a long time. It's only the book I've had signed by a creator (the other being Frank Quitely on All-Star Superman) but after the great responses I've gotten, I can't wait to do it again!

Here's a link to the Drawn & Quarterly Blog where they posted a few photos my book. Very cool!