Monday, March 18, 2013

Heading to Fabletown and Beyond

This weekend I'm planning to be in Rochester for the first ever Fabletown and Beyond convention celebrating Mythic Fiction comics. I won't have a table or anything, I just want to go to show my support and cover the convention for Robot 6.

It's inspired by Rochester-resident Bill Willingham's Fables comic, so he'll be there, but so will other great guests like Mark Buckingham (Fables), Chris Roberson and Allison Baker (Memorial, Monkeybrain Comics), Steve Leialoha (Fables), Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith, The Wizards Tale), Mike Cary (The Unwritten), Peter Gross (Lucifer, Books of Magic), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Van Jensen (Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Matt Sturges (Jack of Fables), and over a dozen other good people. It promises to be a unique convention and I've been looking forward to it for a long time. Let me know if you're going and we'll meet up.

In other news, Bleeding Cool did a nice write-up of Emerald City Comic-Con focusing on Jason Copland and Melissa Pagluica. It misspells Jason's last name and misidentifies the writer of Kill All Monsters, but I'm grateful for the attention to the book. Writer Matt Harding talks about "the epic scale of color and explosions that caught my eye as they decorated the full wrap-around cover of this landscape-printed volume. [...] The artwork is fun and clean, yet conveys a sense of drama, therefore capturing the storyline perfectly." Thanks, Matt! (Pagluica's stuff is amazing too. Check out the Beauty and the Beast piece at the top of the post.)

Fellow Robot 6 contributor Corey Blake is also involved with the Comics Observer site and one of the things he does there is a digital comics column called Pixel Pages. He recently profiled Kelly Yates' MonstHer from Artist Alley Comics (where you can also buy Kill All Monsters in digital form) and talked a little about AAC. He calls it "unique from other digital comics distributors in that they let you download a PDF file that you can keep, instead of leasing you a digital file stored by them. They’re still formatted like print comics, so they read best on tablets like iPads, even though they don’t have an app yet (and their website’s navigation isn’t the best despite a nice and clean look). But the low price ($0.99 instead of $2.99-$3.99) and a true purchase are where digital comics should be."

Finally, if you're curious about the Avenger anthology that I contributed to and want to know a little more about the character, Snell gives the Jack Kirby version of him the Monstrobot treatment at Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep. By "Monstrobot treatment" I mean that he shares some panels and talks about the character in a really entertaining way, in this case comparing him favorably to the Punisher.

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