Motor City Comic-Con 2016
Wow! What an amazing weekend it was. I started off this year, with two three things in mind.
- Get amazing interviews
- Meet amazing artists and writers
- Get some panels under my belt.
I accomplished all three. I hit the ground running Friday morning and nabbed an interview with Neal Adams (will be up on Slack Jaw Punks this week). After an interview with someone that big, it’s hard to really top it, but I managed to top it. I met some amazing artists and writers, including Erick Gutierrez (Max The Inebriated Rabbit), Scott Hanna, Mark Morales and Joe Weems, all of whom are Comic Book Inkers, and pencil artist of a multitude of publishers and comics.
I was lucky enough to sit in on Scott, Mark and Joe’s panel “The Art of Inking”, which will be up on Slack Jaw Punks YouTube Channel later this week. It was eye opening for me, because I never thought of the Inkers, if I am to be honest about it, but now having sat in on their panel, have a whole new respect for Inkers, Pencilers and Color Artists. In their panel, they discuss many things, one of them being, that if you are an Inker, you are expected to Ink at the very least, one page per day. Now that being said, they also have to cater to the creators of the comics they ink and in some cases, the artists are “Very” picky. Scott spoke on this and said that there are some artist that will tell the inkers, exactly how they should ink their pages.
You may not think this is a big deal, but I can speak to this as an artist myself. I hate ……Hate!…when someone tells me how I should create. Especially when one is commissioned to do work, because their skills are desired. It gets pretty crazy as an inker, but I have to say, I am very intrigued and hope to ink someday myself. Their techniques are flawless and their passion matches their desire to create art for fans to see. All three, Scott, Mark and Joe had their own booths, but by the time, Saturday rolled around, it was nearly impossible to get an interview, because based on last years attendance, the numbers more than doubled this year, raking in at least 50,000 fans.
Yes. I said 50 Thousand fans and if you have ever had the privilege of going last year, you know that it was busy, but the it wasn’t a sardine can. This year way “ridiculous”. I mean an ocean of people, simply poured into the front doors and never stopped. It was crazy. At one point, I actually had to step outside, because I needed to breathe. LOL. It was fun though.
Besides the fantastic artist and writers, there was of course, the Cosplay. Now, I love cosplay as much as anyone else, but it seemed that there were waaayyy too many Harley Quinns and Deadpools this year. You couldn’t walk ten feet without seeing a sexy Harley or some version of Deadpool. My favorite being the Mexican Deadpool (with sombrero). I did not take any Hw pics..You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Of course the 501st was there to show off and raise funds for their many causes. I did see some very nice costumes and some are included in this report.
Vendors vendors vendors. Did I say vendors? Yes, there were plenty of vendors to choose from. I was lucky and picked up issues 1-20 of Jonah Hex first prints, when it is passed to White, for 10 bucks. I was also luck enough and picked up three TPB’s for 20 dollars. The trades I picked up were “Lucifer-Children and Monsters”, “Batman-Arkham Unhinged” and “Before Watchmen”. All sealed, just waiting for me to open them up and get lost in their pages. Erick Gutierrez, the writer and artist of “Max The Inebriated Rabbit” was kind enough to sign the two issues I picked up from him. By the way…Max? Not for kids. I mean “Really” “Not” “For” “Kids”, but amazing and some seriously funny shit. I look forward to reading more.
Well, that’s all that I have to report for this year. I just want to send out a heart felt Thank you to MCCC for allowing us to attend this year and I hope we are allowed to attend next year and every year after. I had a blast.
Until next time,