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2012 Dallas Comic Con

Big thanks to listener, photographer, and all-around awesome buddy Norm from Texas as he recounts his adventures at the 2012 Dallas Comic Con. -AD

I have started and stopped this article, field report, photo spam of exuberant geeks of the male and female verity at least 6 times already. All I can say is that this is my first time at any comic or sci-fi event and, up until now I have always kept my distance from conventions after a disastrous comic book/baseball card show in Kilgore, Texas. One that involved a shouting match between my friend at the time and a baseball card dealer that threw us out of said convention. This time better be different.

I stood in line for Dallas Comic Con with my wife Katie Case and fellow members of the Longview Comic Book, Club Travis and Tyler Foster. The crowd was massive, so massive in fact that there was an hour wait just to get general admission tickets to get into the Irving Convention center.

My wife and I got in after people who had been through the Con where coming out and selling their day passes to waiting members. I am not going to lie It was bleepin’ hot and there was little shade while waiting outside in line that coiled around the building like a python. Getting in, all I could say out loud was “Thank god For CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING!” this caused a few heads to turn in my direction and give a knowing nod. Our group made it into the main exhibiter’s hall. The hall was swarming with people, costumes, toys, movie posters, comic writers and artists as far as the eye could see. I mean could I not believe that this many people could be here and the excitement was palpable. I was finally here and with my Wife to boot who was excited to a sketch book filled with sketches of various artist sketches of our bulldog Mayday. I missed both Patrick Stewart and Stan Lee’s Q&A’s due my mid-day arrival. (Don’t worry, the organizers recorded video which is linked on the @dallascomiccon twitter feed) . I see the line forming for Jimmy Palmiotti, so I shuffle over to it and get in line to wait for him.

The next line over was for George Perez which would be full until the end of the first day. Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman for a generation, had the biggest line after Stan Lees. Summer Glau was also in attendance at the con; she dropped some hints in her Q&A that a new Terminator animated series might be coming out . I talked with Jimmy Palmiotti who smiled when I pulled out my paper pack copy of Time Bomb. He said “Yes it’s the Time of Bombs and the Bombs of Time!” I laughed a bit and we talked . I said that I was also taking photos for myself, he stopped looked me in the eye and said “Man you gotta’ have a zoom lens on that camera of yours! You gotta’ get George Perez, Kevin, and what’s her name down the way!, Come on man I mean look at her!” (Referring to Summer Glau).

My wife Katie however scored big with her George Perez sketch of the Flash, although it didn’t start that way. When the time came to get get a sketch from Perez, we ask him for an English bulldog. To which the legendary George Perez replies “Bulldog?! I don’t know if I can do a bulldog.” Nervous, we stammer, “Um, The Flash!” $20 bucks for a Flash sketch in a Doctor Who sketch book which is its own brand of uber nerditry. Thankfully, other artists didn’t shy from our Bulldog requests and our nerdy book continues to grow. Doctor Who artist Josh Adams was a late addition to the con, but as a fellow dog fan, it was great to chat with him for a while on the joys of pets. Art secured, it was to walk around and get some of the glorious costumes of Dallas Comic con.

The fan costumes ranged from Aliens Colonial Marines, two women as the 10th and 11th doctors, a Task Force 141 member from Modern Warfare 2, a man dressed as General Grevis from Attack of the clones, a Rule 63 duo of Booster Gold and Blue Beatle who stole many a heart of ogling nerds, along with a damn good Scarecrow from the Arkham Asylum video game.

Soon after that it came time to leave and recuperate for Day 2.

The second day started same as the first with our group getting there at 10am and still facing a sizable line. The doors opened at 11am where the main goal of the day was to attend the Burt Ward and Adam West panel. Man if you have watched the 60’s tv series and thought is that how they act in real life then the answer is YES. The entire time they were on stage they had the audience rolling with laughter. I got in line to ask them about Shark punching techniques but they cut off questions before I could ask. Then came time to get swag. My fellow Longview Comic Club friends Travis Foster and Tyler Foster scored some minimalist posters for the Green lantern corps and the Sinsetro corps. I met up with the most fantastic Taffeta Darling, whom if you don’t know is Dallas Geek Royalty. We took our photos and had a nice chat. Alas, that is one busy lady and she had to split early in the day. So with tired eyes and painful feet, our group and left Dallas and it’s comic con behind and headed to the one place all good geeks go after a tiring adventure. Denny’s!

What shocked me was the shear amount of family’s and kids that attended the con. I believe in the power of myth to transform us and inform us of our natures. The myths I am talking about come from our love of Comics, sci fi, and Fantasy, and its everywhere and now popular culture. I wonder where we are going and what we are doing sometimes. I guess the future is bright as long as we keep moving the myths forward. All I saw at the con is the next generation eating up ours and moving forward. They will outpace us in our love of comics, movies, games.

Dos Buenos, or…

… Sophomore Superior!

‘Sabertooth Vampire’ & ‘La Brujeria’ unleash second issues at Bridge City Comics signing party Oct. 21

DATE/TIME: Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

LOCATION: Bridge City Comics (3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR)

On Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., MIKE RUSSELL (“Sabertooth Vampire”) joins forces with AARON DURAN and JAMES SINCLAIR (“La Brujeria”) for a blowout Issue 2 release party at Bridge City Comics.

The creators are teaming up to roll out the second issues of their comics – “The Sabertooth Vampire” and “La Brujeria.”

Writer Aaron Duran ( http://geekinthecity.com ) and artist James Sinclair (a colorist on “Hellboy” and “The Flash”), joined by editor/letterer Jennifer Alvin, will sign Issue #2 of “La Brujeria” — their supernatural comedy about Althalia, a “gifted” temp who gets a job at a pawn shop that’s actually a front for a team dedicated to Fairy Tale Domestication. In the new issue, Golden Bought Pawn takes a job under Portland’s streets as mystical powers rise to shake the city to its foundations. See why Mark L. Miller of Ain’t It Cool News said “LA BRUJERIA is definitely something I want to read more of.”

Meanwhile, Mike Russell signs “Sabertooth Vampire Unleashed,” which collects Season Two of Russell’s webcomic ( http://www.sabertoothvampire.com ) about a tiny vampire hampered by his oversized fangs. Will he pull his teeth out of the ground long enough to actually bite someone? Probably not. Over 56 pages, Season Two frequently contradicts itself as Russell dives into the Saber-Vamp’s personal life — his awkward teenage years, his stints as King Arthur and a caveman, his solo dance parties, and his awkward trip around the world after someone mistakes him for a garden gnome. Lauren Davis of io9.com called the comic “an amazing bit of silliness…. Yes, it’s a one-note joke, but damn if Russell doesn’t milk it for all it’s worth.”

The authors are available for interviews. Contact Michael Ring at Bridge City Comics ( info@bridgecitycomics.com or 503-282-5484 ) to get in touch with the creators.


Comics Crossover Extravaganza!

We normally don’t post press releases’ on the site… But I think for this event, management will let us make an exception!

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Michael Ring, Bridge City Comics
info@bridgecitycomics.com
503-282-5484

For high-rez press images, visit:
http://culturepulp.typepad.com/culturepulp/booksigningpr.html

WE’RE No. 2!

‘Sabertooth Vampire’ & ‘La Brujeria’ unleash their second issues with joint signing party at Bridge City Comics Oct. 21

DATE/TIME: Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

LOCATION: Bridge City Comics (3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR)

On Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., MIKE RUSSELL (“Sabertooth Vampire”) joins forces with AARON DURAN and JAMES SINCLAIR (“La Brujeria”) for a blowout Issue 2 release party at Bridge City Comics.

The creators are teaming up to roll out the second issues of their comics — “The Sabertooth Vampire” and “La Brujeria.”

Writer Aaron Duranhttp://geekinthecity.com ) and artist James Sinclair (a colorist on “Hellboy” and “The Flash”), joined by editor/letterer Jennifer Alvin, will sign Issue #2 of “La Brujeria” — their supernatural comedy about Althalia, a “gifted” temp who gets a job at a pawn shop that’s actually a front for a team of supernatural investigators. In the new issue, Golden Bought Pawn takes a job under Portland’s streets as mystical powers rise to shake the city to its foundations. See why Mark L. Miller of Ain’t It Cool News said “LA BRUJERIA is definitely something I want to read more of.”


Meanwhile, Mike Russell signs “Sabertooth Vampire Unleashed,” which collects Season Two of Russell’s webcomic (  http://www.sabertoothvampire.com ) about a tiny vampire hampered by his oversized fangs. Will he pull his teeth out of the ground long enough to actually bite someone? Probably not. Over 56 pages, Season Two frequently contradicts itself as Russell dives into the Saber-Vamp’s personal life — his awkward teenage years, his stints as King Arthur and a caveman, his solo dance parties, and his awkward trip around the world after someone mistakes him for a garden gnome. Lauren Davis of io9.com called the comic “an amazing bit of silliness…. Yes, it’s a one-note joke, but damn if Russell doesn’t milk it for all it’s worth.”


The authors are available for interviews. Contact Michael Ring at Bridge City Comics (  info@bridgecitycomics.com or 503-282-5484 ) to get in touch with the creators. For high-rez press images of the event poster and other materials, click here: http://culturepulp.typepad.com/culturepulp/booksigningpr.html

After a two year absence, the much loved and feared BooYah Awards returns with a vengeance!

Saturday, September 17 @ 8pm, Guardian Games will host the greatest damn listeners party about geeks and 3D explosions of all time!

Thrill to all-new awards like “Most Gratuitous Ass-Shot” and “Michael Bay Award of Explosion Awesomeness”!

The event is 21 and over, no cover to attend, but Guardian Games sells beer and games – So open those wallets! Keep listening to Geek in the City Radio for more events and details.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 – The BooYah Strikes Back!


First Thursday Events – February 2011

Greetings programs. No, your ears / eyes do not lie. The GeekintheCity Radio folks took a much needed week off. However, we would never want to ignore all the fantastic 1st Thursday event happening in Portland. So, with much thanks to the wonderful Kaebel Hashitani of Sequential Art Gallery; here are the 1st Thursday events you simply can not miss.

FORGOTTEN IN THE FACE OF CRISIS by MIKE LARREMORE
Sequential Art Gallery | 328 NW Broadway #113
Opening 6pm-10pm | Also Thursdays 3-7p, Saturdays 11a-5p & by appointment
MIKE LARREMORE’S “FORGOTTEN IN THE FACE OF CRISIS” DOCUMENTS HAITI MEDICAL RELIEF ONE MONTH AFTER EARTHQUAKE
Last year young photographer Mike Larremore travelled to a disaster-struck Haiti a scant month after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the small country. Working in partnership with United States and international teams, Mike took thousands of photographs documenting the medical relief work in Port au Prince, Haiti from February 19th to March 1st, 2010. Rather than focus on carnage and rubble, he photographed the courage and strength present in the Haitian people. Now in honour of the one-year anniversary, sixteen of these images will be on display at Sequential Art Gallery through the month of February. His images show the never-ending hard work of the medical teams and illuminates a side of Haiti perhaps forgotten in the face of crisis. Opening reception will be First Thursday February 3, from 6-10pm.
Mike Larremore is a professional photographer living in Portland, Oregon. His career began while living in Europe, shooting portraits and street scenes in Florence, Italy. He attributes his success to help from mentors, colleagues, and self-taught techniques. When home, Mike shoots commercial fashion and portraiture for agencies, press, and for local businesses. Mike’s work from Haiti and around the world has been published and displayed in the US and Europe and can be found online at www.mikelarremore.com. He would like to extend special thanks to SHINE Humanity, CDRS, IMANA, family, and friends for their support of his photojournalistic work in Haiti.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126461387423881

IVY by SARAH OLEKSYK
Floating World Comics | 20 NW 5th Ave #101 | floatingworldcomics.com
Opening 6pm-10pm | Every day, 11am-7pm

This February we are proud to host a release party and art exhibit for IVY, the debut graphic novel by local cartoonist Sarah Oleksyk.
The comic follows Ivy, a teenage girl raised by a single mother in a small coastal town in Maine, longs to leave her home and achieve her dream of becoming a painter. Unfortunately, daily life doesn’t run smoothly for someone whose anger often gets the better of her, and who makes enemies more easily than friends. But when Ivy begins a long-distance relationship with a kindred spirit, she gets a glimpse of freedom and acceptance too good to pass up. Only while trying to escape her troubles does she start to realize that while she can leave home, she can’t run away from herself.
Sarah Oleksyk is a Russ Manning award-nominated cartoonist and creator of multiple critically-acclaimed mini-comics. Ivy is her first full-length graphic novel.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140873785972145

TAKE TO THE SHIP: ART INSPIRED BY MOBY DICK
IPRC | 917 SW Oak St #203 – Opening 6pm-8pm | Special Event on Friday, Feb 11th
Come down to the IPRC on First Thursday, February 3rd for a Moby Dick inspired art show. Whales, ships, and sea captains galore will be featured in the work of many local artists (BT Livermore, Chris Haberman, etc.)! The show corresponds with a continuous, 24-hour reading of Moby Dick taking place on Friday, February 11th.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=104713466272164

OTHER EVENTS

HERE, PHOTOS by LAUREN HUDGINS

Flying Cat Coffee | 3041 SE Division St – First Friday, Feb 4 | 5-9pm | thru Feb 28

M-F 7:30a-5:30p, Sa 8a-9:30p, Su 9a-5p
Lauren Hudgins grew up in Frederick, Maryland and moved to Portland, Oregon at the beginning of adulthood. Her interest in photography began during an adjustment period of isolation teaching English in Japan. Images from this show come from her travels in Japan and New Zealand, as well as life as usual in Oregon and Maryland. Here, Photos! features her friends’ preparation for The Brides of March, an annual costumed event with the Cacophony Society. In honor of the host, The Flying Cat, several images demonstrate the joys and pathos of cat companionship. For the allure of the cold winter, other pictures display the form and sheen of ice and snow.
The photography of Lauren Hudgins has appeared in Porchlight Magazine, Writer’s Eye, Common Ties, Third Wednesday, and Writer’s Eye. Her photo of a snowed covered rusted car is the cover image for Bon Iver’s EP, Blood Bank.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191354064214867

THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Skeleton Key Tattoo |  1729 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Friday, Feb 4 | 7-10pm
We have been open for THREE YEARS. Come celebrate Skeleton Key Tattoo’s anniversary at our big shindig on February 4. This month’s art gallery show is a group show featuring resident tattooers Ximena Quiroz, Chaz Vitale, Maki Shindo and Levi Greenacres. Music by DJ Alice Automated! Libations, merriment, and a chance to win a tattoo gift certificate! Thanks for being with us all these years. Here’s to more years of radness!
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149856878402030

GROUP SHOW
Gallery Zero |  936 SE 34th – Saturday, Feb 5 | 6-10pm
The Famous Gallery Zero  presents the February Group Show an Astounding showcase of a select few  of the best image makers of contemporary art to be found anywhere.This potent group of artists promises to electrify the gallery with  profound craft and concept that is the continuing criteria of THE GZ  showcase.
The Gallery Zero will be once again transcend the mundane and provide the viewer  with an immediate visual impact .The GZ is proud to  present  Joni Yates, David Malachi, Jen Mitsuko,Kat Templeton,Damian Zari, Nemo Bottman, Miguel Gonzalez,Chris Valkov, Aaron Goodrich,Lainee K,William Wheeler, Gris Grimly,Jason Coatney and the  unique  art to wear designs of Jennie McCall in a not to be missed ambiance changing effect of CRAFT AND CONCEPT.
http://thegalleryzero.com/

POISON THE CURE on KICKSTARTER!
New Radio Comics needs your help – Fundraising ends on FEBRUARY 19, 2011
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637999995/poison-the-cure-part-3

The New Radio Comics crew only has 18 days to go on their Kickstarter project, and they’ve managed to raise $1871, over half of their $3000 goal! If you can, follow the link and help them raise the remaining $1129. Here’s the details from Alex Cahill, co-founder of New Radio Comics, astonishing artist, and alumni of Sequential Art:

“Hey, team! Alex here. The good news is finally upon us: POISON THE CURE, Part 3 is completed and ready for pre-sale. We’re trying something different this time to fund the publication of the book, though. Through the Kickstarter website, we’re looking to raise at least $3,000 to put toward print costs. By offering all three books–as well as POISON t-shirts, hoodies and original art–as rewards for backing us in our fund-raising, we’re hoping to get much of (or all) the money we need to print the book.

So head over to our Kickstarter page and throw down for Part 3 (and more). You’ll have to sign up with the site to do that, and we’re sorry, but it’s a minor bother. And we hope that, this way, we can get the book in your hands as soon as possible without having to throw down cash we don’t have. You get the book and we get paid. Everyone wins. Let us know if you have questions, and PLEASE TELL OTHERS! We’ll be in touch with progress reports! ” [Alex Cahill]