Thoughts on Dallas Comic Con

Posted on May 23, 2012 by

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So far, I have only attended two Comiccons, Planet Comicon in Overland Park, Kansas and Dallas Comic Con. Not too surprisingly,  the Dallas Comic Con is larger in both its scope and attendance. This was the 10th annual Comic Con, held May 19-20. It included an impressive line up of guests and exhibitors.

There were three floors of activity. Most of the comic book artists were on the first floor in the exhibit hall. But there were some less fortunate artists on the fourth floor. Not surprisingly the first floor got the most traffic.

One of the cool things on the fourth floor was The Big Freeze, Worldwide. It’s a big new take on the photo booth. There is a small circular stage surrounded by 48 DSLRs that fire at the same moment and capture an image in a 360 video clip. I saw some creative takes on how to use the technical aspect. Some of the most creative takes were patrons in cosplay doing character moves.  You can check out their website at http://www.bigfreeze.com .

The newest movement in comics is online comics. Brian Delaney is both the writer and artist at Silver Sparrow Comics. Silver Sparrow Comics has two story lines on line at this time. One features a young girl and the other features a young man who finds himself in New York with no idea of who he is or how he got there. Silver Sparrow features Hiroko, an eleven year old girl sent to spend the summer with her Grandfather (who happens to be a weapons engineer). And Blood Machines centers on a young man who finds himself on the streets with no idea of who he is or how he got there and parts of him are bubbling. Something has been done to him but even he doesn’t know what. Luckily for him he does have a wad of money.

El Peso Hero is a web comic based on the conflict in the Mexican border state of Coahuila. Hector Rodriguez is the artist and creator. Being of Hispanic descent, he noticed there are not many Hispanic comic book heroes. The comic is his way of creatively expressing the social conflict on the US and Mexican border. This comic will be available both on the web and in printed hard copy form. The artwork is bold with a loose sketchy feel. It has a raw and emotional edge to it.

Another interesting entry in the digital comics is The Dope Fiends. Dope Fiends is stop motion story telling with crocheted characters. It’s story telling with zany looking characters posed with props and backgrounds. It’s creator is Revy AP, he sent me this reply to my questions. I am using his words because I can’t say it any better.

“I  am Andrew Aguilar a.k.a. Revy AP. I am the creative force behind the Dope Fiends. I write the story, music and lyrics. I crochet the puppets around stainless steel stop motion armatures that I purchase from http://www.armaverse.com. The faces of the puppets are made from Sculpey – a common polymer baking clay. I then create props and sets and photograph my puppets enacting the story. Later I edit the raw photography into layouts which include dialogue, special effects and advertisements. I am also responsible for the marketing, public relations, social networking and financial aspects of my venture.

My artistic hopes for the Dope Fiends comics is to tell an engaging and insightful story about the choice each of us makes between Hope and Despair. The Dope Fiends uses popular culture and the vehicle of sex, drugs and rock and roll to elucidate on the moment of choice as an actual physical entity. Each character in the story has a corresponding song on the audio CD.”

Team S.L.U.G. is just a fun comic book series. The basic premise is Hedgehogs vs. Slugs. There are slugs to represent different countries, each with their own stylized personas. The hedgehogs are loosely based on the Nazi soldiers. You can check out issue one at  http://graphicly.com/team-slug/team-slug/1 .

It occurs to me that comic con is an excellent finishing school for how to stand in lines. There are so many people and everything seems to be set up to maximize the use of having people in lines. There were lines to buy the Dallas Comic Con passes, lines to get in, lines at concession stands, and lines to meet guests or get autographs. The thing that makes these lines bearable are the people in line with you. As a whole these are friendly people there to have a good time. They are easy to talk to and love to express their opinion about any number of science fiction, movie, television, or comic book topics. It’s like built-in entertainment to pass the time while standing line.

Thanks to all the great people I met and your willingness to share both your wares and of yourselves. Thanks.

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