I kinda feel like I’ve spent my entire life at Fan Expo at this point. My life before it kinda seems like a distant fairy tale. That’s both a good and bad thing. Three days of con is a lot of con.
- Marvel Super Hero Squad. This is super cute. Joe Quesada screened two episodes of the forthcoming Super Hero Squad cartoon. First they showed the pilot, which was screened in San Diego this year, and then episode four, which had never been shown to an audience Basically it’s a manic kid-centred adventure with lots of fart jokes — and it’s a lot of fun. All the characters are drawn in an adorable manner — you never want to go back to menacing Dr. Doom after seeing this — and the plots do not take themselves seriously. There are lots of great jokes for the adults in there too, especially if you know your Marvel a bit. Highlight: Thor saying “So say we all” as a clear nod to the BSG fans.
- Sunday Conversation with Dan Didio. I figured I should probably cover at least one non-Marvel comic panel and the only one I could fit in was Didio’s conversation with the fans. Basically, it’s a really nice fan out reach panel where Didio asks the attendees why they love comics, what gets them excited, what pisses them off. He shared stories about his own fandom, as well as some of the best stories he’s heard other creators tell. Highlight: Didio challenged the room to name five Aquaman villains and the room failed.
- Marvel Your Universe. Same thing just a different flavour, C.B. Cebulski admitted that Your Universe was borrowed from the Didio’s conversation panel and, you won’t hear this often from me, but DC did it better. Didio stood in the crowd, directing the conversation, brining a lot of energy to the room. The Marvel staff sat behind a table and that was pretty much it. And, after hearing about them all weekend, I’d had my fill of talking about Alpha Flight. Highlight: a lot of people laughed when I made the observation that Canada is one of the more evil nations in the Marvel Universe — we’re constantly experimenting on Mutants.
- Mondo Marvel. I was going to skip this panel but there was promise of Runaways news and, I mean, check out the name of the panel — I had to go. There was a Runaways-like announcement in the form of what the current creative team of Runaways (Kathryn Immonen and Sarah Pichelli) are working a new X-Men series, X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back. It’s an all-young X-Ladies title that looks like a positive response to Marvel Divas. Actually sounds like it could be really good even though I’m not a big fan of the Pixie character. They also announced more Ender’s Game comics, a second Pet Avengers series, and a mini-series about a minor Spider-Man character, Jackpot. That last one I might pick up because it could be really good. Highlight: Quesada for the millionth time explains why he broke up the Spidey/MJ marriage and doesn’t loose his cool. Impressive.
- Shopping. I finally got some shopping in the the week I picked up Transmetropolitan vol 1 (new edition), Thunderbolts: Faith in Monsters, Mike Carey’s God Save the Queen, Madame Xanadu vol 1, all of Crossing Midnight, Invincible Iron Man vol 1, and Annihilation Conquest Book 2. Nine books for slightly over a hundred smackers isn’t bad.