Michael Eury’s new book is HERO-A-GO-GO: CAMPY COMIC BOOKS, CRIMEFIGHTERS & CULTURE OF THE SWINGING SIXTIES, and it’s all about the Camp Craze of the 1960s, when EVERYONE, thanks to Batman and James Bond, was a superhero, a swinging secret agent, or BOTH. Here’s what Michael had to say about the project…
Travis has a short report about Free Comic Book Day just to get something posted this week!
Like any con these days, there were cosplayers galore at the East Coast Comicon this past weekend. I took some shots of a few of my favorites.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may be the most eagerly-awaited sequel outside the Star Wars brand, and James Gunn has delivered a winner. Some online critics feel that it doesn’t live up to the first, but I believe they are confused by the fact that the first one was an unexpected surprise they didn’t know they wanted, and this one is an eagerly anticipated treat that they are pumping up high expectations for. Since that joy of discovery is replaced by expectation, which can’t really compare, they are feeling a self-inflicted disappointment that is unwarranted. I loved it. Gunn still has some tricks up his sleeve.
The East Coast Comicon has become my favorite con to attend. It’s large enough to have big name guests, but not so large that its impossible to move around in. It’s got everything you’d expect a modern day con to have — celebrities, panels, autograph lines, cool vehicles, back issue dealers, costume contests — but unlike most other cons, the emphasis remains on comic books.
Sooner or later, like that fabled room full of chimps at the keyboard, a moviemaker would accidentally make a teen comedy that accurately reflected my high school experience. And it’s here.
It’s time for some reviews of trade paperbacks and series that came to an end in April! You can’t get more entertainment than that!