In the “DC Sunday Morning Conversation” panel, DC didn’t reveal a lot of information as part of their convention long policy of trying to not spoil upcoming events. They spoke out about trying not to kill off characters for the sake of boosting sales because it really throws a monkey-wrench into the continuity of their universe. I wonder to what they may have been referencing with that little, friendly jab. Many fans showed great support for the DC decision to “draw the line at $2.99” on their comic pricing.
Marvel was fairly closed-lipped about future plans as well. They did admit that Omega Red will eventually be making a return, but were vague on details. They also plan on making better use of Marvel Podcasting, starting now. One fan asked the question, “A lot of us Marvel fans feel lost out here. Why is there no Marvel booth here?“ The panel assured the audience that they were doing five conventions in 2011 and would be expanding more next year. There will, apparently, be a Marvel booth at Wondercon.
The “Dark Horse: Most Awesomest Panel Ever!” was stolen by 6 year-old Axe Cop writer Malachai Nicolle. He answered questions, hooted, made werewolf calls and intently distributed candy throughout the panel. In case you are curious his favorite dinosaur is a T-rex. New Axe Cop YouTube videos will continue to be posted and there is even more Axe Cop comic action on the way.
Some other notable Dark Horse panel info included news of a more evolved look for Abe Sapien thanks to Guy Davis’ influence. It was revealed that Mike Mignola is not a videogamer, which might help explain why there is no Hellboy game yet. Please consider it Mr. Mignola, I would love to play a Hellboy game! More Dark Horse information was news of a new graphic novel called “Torn” that will be about werewolf genetics and how that could effect a family, and will be out next spring 2012. “Criminal Macabre” will be seeing a relaunch this summer. “The Goon” is now going to be a bi-monthly title. A new Victorian horror title called “The Strange Case of Hyde” that will be out in April/May and sounded promising.
I also attended a really interesting panel called “Comics In Hollywood” with Mike Mignola (Hellboy), J.C. Jones (Wanted), Cully Hammer (Red), and Kurt Busiek (Astro City) that I will writing more in-depth about in the next few days. Great stuff, and a very frank, well-informed discussion.
Today local, costumed-crime fighter Phoenix Jones showed up at the convention and was mobbed by fans (me included) for pictures and discussion. Thanks for coming out Phoenix; I really hoped you would.
A big thank you to all the artists and staff who made this years ECCC so epic! Special props to the following people who made this a really special year for me personally: Jim Demonakos (ECCC Convention Director), Darick Robertson, Jacen Burrows and really the entire Avatar Press crew, Mike Mignola, Guy Davis, John Arcudi and the whole Dark Horse staff, Ben Templesmith, Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan JL Glass, Michael Oeming, Ryan Ottley, and Erik Larsen.
If you didn’t happen make it out this year, there is always next year. I noticed on the back of the program artists have all ready started to be announced for 2012: Steve Niles, Dennis Calero, Joe Linsner, Don Rosa, Rick Remender, and Marcus To. I look forward to it.
And now, just for fun, let’s have a little give-away. Comment on this post for your chance to win this B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth Seattle ECCC Exclusive that Dark Horse was nice enough to give away all weekend, and that I took the liberty of getting autographed by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Guy Davis. Who loves ya? Yes, ComicBooked.com does. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail. Best of luck!