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This weekend Amanda and Andrew will be attending HeroesCon along with their 12 year old niece. They have been introducing her to the world of comics and ask me to give them suggested readings their niece could look for at the con. Here are a few comics and graphic novels a 12 year girl and anyone for that matter will thoroughly enjoy.
Runaways by Marvel Comics
Created by Brian K. Vaughn of Y-The Last Man fame and artist Adrian Alphona, Runaways tell the story of a group of teenagers who discover their parents are members of a super villain team called “The Pride”. The kids rebel against their parents and soon begin using their powers to recruit more members. Success of Runaways came from the characters dealing with teenage issues such as conflict with authority, body changes (many of the kids discover there mutant powers) and try to find a purpose for there future. Runaways also featured amazing covers by Jo Chen.
Scott Pilgrim by Oni Press
Story of slacker musician Scott Pilgrim as he deals with dating, girlfriends evil exes, and trying to succeed in the Toronto music scene.
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Winner of a Pulizter Prize, Maus tell the personal story of Art Spiegelman’s family surviving the Holocaust using animal cartooning to draw you into the senseless horrors faced by Jewish people during World War II. Consider one of the most important graphic novels anyone who wants to take reading comics seriously needs to read Maus.
Astonishing X-Men 1-24 by Marvel Comics
Avengers director Joss Whedon run on Astonishing X-Men is perfect mix of 70’s X-Men adventure with Joss’s witting dialogue and character’s internal struggles. The highlight of the series is Joss’s transformation of Kitty Pryde (aka Shadowcat) from a former cute teen mutant to a powerhouse X-Men. John Cassaday artwork is clean and emote effortless the internal struggles of these X-Men on their faces.
Wizard of Oz by Marvel Comics
Artist Skottie Young and writer Eric Shanower bring the story of Dorothy and the Wizard to Marvel in a whimsical new way. Several of the Oz books have been adapted by these two each time creating a richer world of Oz for children of all ages to enjoy.
Comic book and pop culture aficionados will venture to Traverse City, Michigan this Memorial Day weekend for Cherry Capital Con. A weekend long celebration of comics and geekdom set against the picturesque waters of Lake Michigan.
Cherry Capital Con takes place on May 24 through 26 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Friday from 6pm to 9pm will be a free preview of the con with exhibitors on hand. Then on Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday 10 am to 5pm. Tickets are $10 for a one day pass or $15 for a two day pass. We will have a second part giving details about the comic creators that will be in attendance. Beside the vendors we highly recommend attending panels to see comic creators discuss their work and answer your questions. Plus consider commissioning a artist for a sketch of your favorite character and have them sign one of your comics. Here a just a few of the exhibitors that will be on hand.
Our friends at Punching the Clock will have a booth for their self published web comic about surviving as a big box retailer employee. Punching the Clock was nominated for a 2012 Comics Buyers Guide Fan Award, and featured in the 2013 Geekie Awards. Artist Jeff Manley and writer Rob Humphrey will be selling copies of the 1st volume of Punching the Clock, various memorabilia, and a exclusive print entitled Punching the Dead. Jeff will also be taking sketch commissions. For more information visit Punching the Clock and Jeff Manley’s Tumblr.
Gaming for the Cure was started by Jodie Brandt as a fundraising endeavor to help raise money for cancer treatment by bringing people together with tabletop games. After his friend Wesley Greer past away from cancer Jodie thought the passion they shared together for gaming would be a excellent source for fundraiser. Fast forward many years and Gaming For a Cure has numerous events each year. They will be at C3 hosting Smallworld, Magic the Gathering tournaments with Castle Games in the gaming room. Other games on hand will be Star Wars X-Wing, Wing of Glory, Munchkin, and numerous others. Gaming for a Cure’s booth will have information about upcoming events. For more information visit Gaming For a Cure.
Below is from our Con Survival 101 page. Hopefully this additional information will be useful if you attend Cherry Capital Con 2013.
Getting ready for a Con is kinda like getting ready for an apocalypse, you leave your house nice and packed thinking you have everything you get halfway there and realize you forgot your toothbrush, razors, or phone charger. This leaves you doing the midnight store run with your friends that was originally supposed to be for red bull, beer and last minute costume things an actual grocery run. Hoping you find the items you forgot and not forget any items you previously didn’t notice you forgot and won’t notice until you shower in the morning. You don’t want your first morning to start of like that!
The next morning in your rush to wake up early enough to get your tickets, make that panel, or just maybe beat the rush into the exhibit hall you try to pack enough light weight snacks and gear to get you through the day. If you are lucky you’re not the one carrying that backpack!
Here a few tips to hopefully help you survive this year’s Cons!
Whether you plan to purchase some autographed photos, prints, sketches or someone is just handing out free poster its a good idea to bring along storage for these so they don’t get damaged and you can continue to walk around without worrying about taking stuff back to the room or car. The2Buds is a great online retailer with thousands of options for archival storage of photos, posters, comic books, etc.
Have an empty paper towel roll/s? Bring the cardboard thingy, it will come in handy to keep your posters or art rolled!
Check the weather report for the area, you want to know if you will be waiting in heat, cold, wind, or rain to get your passes. This will let you know whether to wear your costumes that day or not.
Charge your phone ALL night and turn off the GPS if you’re not using it; you WILL want to take pictures and post them forget to charge and forget that chick in spandex.
Bring that extra hair tie, it will come in handy!
Hand sanitizer: you WILL bump into gross, it will be sweaty AND sticky you will want to chop your hand off it’s just easier and less messy to use the sanitizer than to grab a plastic ax.
Bottled Water! It will weigh down your backpack bit but it’s better to buy a cheap $2.99 24 pack at the drug store and carry around a bottle per person than buy a $8 bottle per person later one! Going to wait in the sun for your passes at let’s say something like DragonCon, freeze that water and bring it, it’ll be a long wait with zero mercy.
Plan on wearing heeled boots? Brings a pair of fold-able flats, they are around $10 and roughly less than 1/5 inch thick, easily pushed down the inside of your boots! One per boot to avoid lopsidedness. Think you can wear heels all day with no problem; a con is different than wearing them to work then out afterwards trust me! No one will judge you if you are carrying a pair of boots.
Wearing flats, sneakers, or flip flops? Get something that will offer some extra arch support, you will be on your feet they will hurt after day one.
Is it windy yet not cold but you get cold easy and want to bring that light sweater just in case…DON’T! Odds are you won’t have access to a washer and dryer at the hotel and you don’t want your everywhere sweater touching everyone’s everywhere, it may be cool outside but inside it will be hot, with so many people in one area it will be hot and some people will sweat and start taking some seemingly necessary layers off. You don’t want to take your sweater off tie it around your waist and have it brush against everything then later where it to dinner.
For all the guys, get something to ward off chafing, from what I understand when it happens it’s not something you want to be dealing with around a thousand other people. Be prepared just in case.
Because of many recent trips to various comic conventions I have found much joy in seeing the many artists on display selling their geek themed work to the eager cash in hand con attendees. Here are some of the great artist I saw recently when I attended the Tampa Bay Comic Con.
St. Petersburg, FL artist Stephen Wittmaak (Absolut Doctor found above) has both some whimsical Doctor Who and Marvel artwork. I bought two prints of the Absolut Doctor one for myself and one for the other 2/3 of the triumvirate. “Switt” even took my pictures with the two prints which I loved because you could sense he was having as much fun as was at the con. Visit his studios at Portcity Underground
Orlando artist Michael “Locoduck” Duron artwork immediately caught my eye with some of mischievous humor art of some much beloved franchises. Visit his website at Locoduck Studios
One exhibitor who drew a crowd every time I walked by was artist Nathan Szerdy. I especially liked his Captain America/Captain Morgan logo. It could be purchased as a print or as a label over a Captain Morgan bottle. View more of his work at Nathan Szerdy Art
And finally I am a big fan of history and particularly World War 2 era of our history so it no surprise i gravitated to the bombshell artwork of Scott Blair . Visit his stunning pin up art at Scott Blair