So I'm settling back into life after the craziness that was Comic Con 2010. I'd love to say that I have a shiny, well-written and coherent report for you. However, that would be a lie.
Instead, I share a brief synopsis...
Line, line, line. DC Booth. Geoff Johns. Artist's Alley. Francis Manapul (see sketch in last post). Line. Geoff Johns. Line. Line. Geoff Johns. Hunt for trades. Geoff Johns. MASSIVE Line. Geoff Johns. Ryan Reynolds being adorable (see video below). Line. Geoff Johns. Artists Alley. Semi-massive line. Geoff Johns. Misha Collins. Artists Alley. Hunt for Trades. Line. Tix for next year. Collapse. Drink and eat too much. Pack. Go home.
You may notice a couple of trends in there.
One of my favorite parts of the con this year was getting to watch Francis Manapul
work. What's interesting is that his style isn't one that I normally enjoy for comic books. I tend to like clean lines, and strong color. He's pretty much the polar opposite of that. However, the books he's done with Geoff Johns ("Adventure Comics" 1 - 6 and the current run of "The Flash") have pretty much blown me away. When I was standing in line waiting for a sketch from him, he was talking about how collaborative working with Geoff Johns was. That GJ adapts his writing style to the strength of the artist. Where Manapul's style lends itself to fewer panels per page, someone like Ivan Reis can cram a whole bunch into a story.
And speaking of the current run of "The Flash"...I LOVE IT!! I just read #4 and it didn't fail to be awesome. I know that there are some folks who feel it's a bit too Silver Age. I've got to say that I actually love that about it. One of the reasons I dropped so many books in the 90s was that they'd all become so dark and brooding. Now I feel like DC overall and Geoff Johns specifically have found the sense of fun again in comic books. They've found a way to have the "OMG! Impending DOOM!" without making it so dark and have a sense of humor without falling into the "Golly gee, Batman. Guess I shouldn't have told that lie."
Another example is this week's issue of "Green Lantern". Absolutely wonderful story. Again, fun without getting campy.
One of the things that Geoff Johns teased at Comic Con was a Christmas Special he's planning on doing this year. If this GL was an indicator, the Christmas Special is going to be a BLAST! For those who don't read GL, there's a character called Larfleeze and his whole motivation in life is pretty much avarice. He WANTS. ( Cut for spoilers for GL #56 )
Beyond the Christmas Special, I think Larfleeze should do an episode of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" on TLC. He'd be perfect for it.
In knitting news, I'm just about finished with a "Spring Beret" that I started while in line for Hall H. I'll post pics once it's done.
Speaking of Hall H...this qualifies as the cutest moment of the entire con for me. At the Green Lantern movie panel a little boy asked Ryan Reynolds what it was like to say the oath. See vid below for the response. :) I know that there are folks saying that it was set up, but I have to say that it didn't seem set up at all while we were there. In fact, at the end of the panel Ryan gave away the GL ring he was wearing and you could see that he really wanted to give it to the little boy who asked the question. They'd already had a thing set up where there was a paper taped under someone's seat.
Now for the cuteness: