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Month: February 2008 Page 1 of 2

WonderCon 2008: DC Super-Heroes

There were a lot of WonderCon super-heroes & creatures whose photo I was compelled to take due to either the fierceness of their outfit or how in character they were (sometimes it was both!). Here’s the cream of the crop of the DC Comics heroes:This Robin was really cool, although a bit coy. He had his hair brushed over his mask and it was hard to see his eyes. Great costume though and so up to date as this is what Robin is wearing now in Teen Titans and in his own title.
This Superman was pretty cool, though I wish his “S” was a little differently stylized and I’m not too keen on how much of his neck is showing. But he was a pretty chill guy and I think he looks really good.This Harley Quinn was so sweet! She was in the middle of something at her booth when I asked to take her picture and she dropped her paperwork and came right around for the photo op. Lovely lady!
This young woman let me take five pictures of her beating up me and a friend of mine, but I wanted to share this picture the most as it shows you the amazing handiwork that went into this costume that she made herself!

This photo of Robin and his family is my favorite! These wonderful folks are really a family and when I asked to take a picture of all three of them, Mrs. Robin said she didn’t usually let people do that. I begged for her to reconsider as I felt that they truly represented the best of what I think WonderCon was about: Significant others letting their loved ones be themselves even if they themselves aren’t really into the comics scene. Besides, I said, your baby is gorgeous. Maybe that’s why she finally agreed. I dunno. All I know is, Robin here looks great and having him in this pic with his beautiful wife and child might go a long way to disproving those gay rumors flying around about him and Batman.

WonderCon 2008: Fashion

At WonderCon, I noticed that although some attendees weren’t into the costume play, there was a lot of lovely ladies working some super fashionista magic! Check out these fabulous outfits:

Here we have Mandy working out a very Dark Angel-esque outfit complete with Yoda backpack.
Cute they are, yes?
The chic coat, lace up boots and sensible handbag really let us know that this woman means business. And what a great pose! Sassy!
Those of you who know my Goth sensibility know why I love this outfit (’cause I’d wear it myself in a heartbeat!), but I also think this woman was charming due to her surprise that I wanted to take her photo. Hot and humble are a great combination! The bent knee is cute too.
This lovely woman told me that her dress is “from the 70s.” To which I replied, “So, am I.”

WonderCon 2008: Super Kids

This past weekend I attended WonderCon 2008 (my first comic book convention) and I was blown away by the energy and intensity of the event! I got to meet some of my favorite creators, got some rad sketches, and met some really cool people (I’ll be sharing them on here eventually)! But one of the aspects of the Con that really made me smile was the cool kids that I saw in attendance! Here’s a few of my favorites:
“Hey, Batman!” I said, to get this kid’s attention so I could take his photo. To which he replied, “I’m not the real Batman!”

This one is probably my favorite because of how her costume is so wonderfully homespun. Love the boots!This kid had cool hair. ‘Nuff said.When I asked this kid if I could take his photograph he was really bouncing off the walls on the convention floor. Once I turned on the camera, he got into zombie character right away. Kinda unnerving, but impressive at the same time. After I thanked him, he suggested I go get zombified at the makeup booth. I told him I had plenty of makeup on already.

Storm Sunday: WonderCon 2008

I totally forgot to post a Storm piece of artwork this past Sunday due to all the fabulous happenings at WonderCon and Isotope, so here’s some photos of me with a lovely Storm at WonderCon this past Saturday. I have a love/hate relationship with the white costume cartoon version of Storm, but this young lady was the epitome of grace and sweetness.

What I’m Reading Right Now: A Boy’s Own Story

” The princess, asleep for so many years, awakes to the taste of the prince’s lips, a slightly sour taste; she stares up into a face visored in shadow.” ~Edmund White, “A Boy’s Own Story”

One of my favorite books is Edmund White‘s “The Beautiful Room is Empty.” I found it in a small North Carolina library quite by accident when I was an adolescent. It was the first book I had found that dealt with being a young man and being gay (that wasn’t some scary psychology textbook decrying homosexuality with mental instability). I remember reading that entire book in the library for fear of my mother finding it if I took it home. I was hungry for some kind of reflection of my existence. I needed to know that someone else had gone through what I was going through. That book (and Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” were pivotal in my development of accepting myself.

So, when a friend of mine offered me their copy of “A Boy’s Own Story,” I was definitely interested. The cover proclaims that it is “the best American narrative of sexual awakening since Catcher in the Rye.” I didn’t let that stop me from reading (I don’t have happy memories of that book from AP English). It took me longer to read than I thought it would. One reason is because the book is very much a memoir type of telling. The adult is recounting his story as a boy and many of the stories are embellished with how the adult feels about them “now.” I liked this aspect of the book because it gives the reader some sense of the gravity that these moments have and it shows what the narrator feels he has learned. Another reason it took me longer than usual to read this book is that the adult narrator loves his big words. Now, I like to think I have a pretty good vocabulary, but White had me reaching for my Webster’s so often that I think I must have read this book twice (I kept forgetting the context of the word after I looked it up and then I had to reread the passage). Do you know the meaning of calyx, carbolic, and mendicancy?

What’s truly amazing about this book is how deftly White draws portraits of every character. The stoic father, the mercurial mother, the bratty sister and the aloof boys could easily become stereotypes. Not in this book. White gives the reader nuanced descriptions, psychological insights through dialogue and action. No one is simply a monster even if they do hurtful things. Conversely, no one is a saint either, regardless of their naivete.

The story never goes where you think it is going. The whats and wheres aren’t as important as how it all makes the narrator feel, how it informs his choices. White knows how to create a convincing setting that contributes to the actions of the characters. I was there with the boy in the houses of his mother and father. I was witness in the boy’s dormitory, the parks and churches. I felt as if I understood his inner workings of his heart and mind.

Check out this haunting tidbit:

“I hypothesized a lover who’d take me away. He’d climg the fir tree outside my window, step into my room and gather me into his arms. What he said or looked like remained indistinct, just a cherishing wraith enveloping me, whose face glowed more and more brightly. His delay in coming went on so long that soon I’d passed from anticipation to nostalgia. One night I sat at my window and stared at the moon, toasting it with a champagne glass filled with grape juice. I knew the moon’s cold, immense light was falling on him as well, far away and just as lonely in a distant room. I expected him to be able to divine my existence and my need, to intuit that in this darkened room in this country house a fourteen-year-old was waiting for him.

“Sometimes now when I pass dozing suburban houses I wonder behind which window a boy waits for me” (39).

Simply put, this is a compelling book. Highly cerebral, intensely engaging and heartfelt in its intimacy. I think I need to reread “The Beautiful Room is Empty” again. Definitely better than “Catcher in the Rye.”

What I’m Reading Right Now: The Da Vinci Code

I bought a used copy of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” (sans cover jacket) at Ed McKay’s in Greensboro, North Carolina about 3 or 4 years ago and I just got around to reading it. It was kind of cool reading it under my photographic copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man which I had recently moved so it hangs under my mirror. It was like having my own Exhibit A in a courtroom case when they referenced it in the book. Unfortunately, that’s the only thrill I got out of reading this book and I made that up on my own. The mind numbingly predictable plot (Oh, the servant is a traitor! Didn’t see that coming!) and rather bland characters (Langdon almost forgot why he was doing what he was doing–quick! retell the goal again!) made me wish for the days when mysteries were fun, like say, when I used to read Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. “The Da Vinci Code” makes those stories deep by comparison. At least I gave a damn about Nancy and her tomboy friend George and the ever fainting Bess. I forced myself to turn the pages (Curse my need for closure!).

Will Langdon solve the puzzle before he gets off the plane/car? Will he solve the new puzzle before he is caught by the clergy/police? Will he solve the puzzle before the reader? Oh wait, it’s all so simply laid out that anyone could see what’s coming next. Wait, everything you knew was wrong, again (Which you knew)! Oh, and the church and the sect that doesn’t agree with the Church wasn’t bad after all! The “Modern” Church doesn’t kill people! **Sigh** I don’t understand how this was a bestseller. Oh well, maybe Dog Eared Books will give me some trade credit and I can get another Ursula K. LeGuin book of short stories.

Storm Sunday: Bruce Timm

I found this spritely rendition of Storm by Bruce Timm on an internet search last week. I think she looks cute but also dangerous. It’s great when artists can stay true to the character’s unique design (he totally nailed the tiara) while bringing their own attitude to the overall look of the character.

What I’m Reading Right Now: The Alchemist

So, I’m reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” right now and I had to post this quote:

“The camel driver understood what the boy was saying. He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of birds…whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Actually, it wasn’t that those things, in themselves, revealed anything at all; it was just that people, looking at what was occuring around them, could find a means of penetration to the Soul of the World” (106)

I love that. Whenever I do a tarot reading for someone and it really clicks with them and they stare at me in some kind of admiration or wonder, I tell them that the cards are just a reflection. We (people) are just reflections of each other. Now here’s a passage about this Soul of the World to give some context:

“The book that most interested the boy told the stories of the famous alchemist. They were men who had dedicated their entire lives to the purification of metals in their laboratories; they believed that, if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the Soul of the World. This Soul of the World allowed them to understand anything on the face of the earth, because it was the language with which all things communicated. They called that discovery the Master Work–it was part liquid and part solid” (84).

Now I’m off to read more. It’s definitely the kind of book you have to savor because every page has a truth or wisdom revealed within it. The story is surprisingly simple, yet elegant. It’s full of musings without being ponderous. It’s not hyerbole to say that this is one of the most important books I’ve read in a long time and I’m not even finished yet!

Storm Sunday: John Byrne

For this Storm Sunday, I’d like to share some great artwork by John Byrne! First up is a awesome sketch of Storm taking a ride on the Silver Surfer’s surfboard:

Here’s Storm and Snowbird (from Alpha Flight and another of my favorite characters)! Love the headdresses and capes, ladies!

Here’s one of Ororo watering her plants:

This is an unpublished sketch of Ororo from Uncanny X-Men #114. The X-men are prisoners of Magneto (and his robot named Nanny) and Storm is trying to knock of her tiara to get to her lockpicks.

There’s so many lovely renditions of Storm by John Byrne! Perhaps we’ll revisit his work on Ororo soon, but for now enjoy these images and have a great week!

X:Men: Legacy Preview Art

I like to pretend that John Romita Jr. drew this image while watching me sleep. Surely this is what he saw me dreaming about. What else besides Marvel Not So Merry Mutants would be on my brain? Kidding aside, I really like this image. It has a nice painterly feel to it. And, Storm looks great, but she’s hidden a little behind Nightcrawler’s rather large forehead. Ugh. Other items of note: Everyone’s lost their eyeballs. One Cyclops is enough, but two of them? I know they wanted to represent the Original 5, but please…I hate Stryfe and his stupid helmet. Look how much room it takes up. Blech. It’s nice to see so many women represented, even if I can’t really identify who the heck they all are. Oh yeah, purple hair = Psylocke, but not since the All New, All Different lineup have we had a bunch of really unique looking characters that weren’t freakin’ ugly as all hell (Marrow, Maggott and Stacy X, I’m looking at you). Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm and Wolverine have really iconic looks. We need more of that in character design today.

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