Are you sitting down? It is new comic book day this Wednesday but I will not be buying any new comics. What is the reason for this shocking occurrence? If you have been paying attention at all, this coming weekend is Planet Comicon which we have been talking about for weeks. My selections for this week are all ones that I will be picking up to read and get autographed at PCC including a couple of Kansas City exclusives!
Archie #665 ($3.99, Archie Comics): Archie Comics were never something that I bought growing up. For me, it was all about the superheroes. High school hi-jinx were around me so why watch Betty and Veronica fighting over Archie again. For me, that all changed with artist and writer Dan Parent. I met Dan at Planet Comicon a number of years ago and the more I read about his work the more impressed I was. Dan brought Kevin Keller to Riverdale and fans immediately fell in love with the character. Kevin happens to be gay and while there were plenty of jerks, the Archie gang became fast friends with him and showed respect for his journey. Several months ago, Archie # 656 introduced us to Harper Lodge, Veronica’s cousin. Harper is a perfect fit for the kids of Riverdale regardless of the fact that she requires the use of a wheelchair. Parent once again shows us that the situation in which we find ourselves does not define all of who we are. Pick up this book and if you are at Planet Comicon head over to have Dan autograph it at booth 2732.
Ant-Man #3 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): To be 100 percent honest, I would be far more likely to buy this issue for Taskmaster than Ant-Man. Taskmaster is a mercenary with photographic reflexes which means that he can duplicate any physical action that he sees as long as it isn’t super-human. I always thought he was pretty awesome. The book is written by Nick Spencer with interior art by Ramon Rosanas but I’m interested in the variant by Katie Cook. Katie is a very talented writer and artist that is writing My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic for IDW Publishing. Her Ant-tastic variant cover exemplifies Katie’s creativity and sense of humor and because she is one of the guests at Planet Comicon this year you can have her autograph it as well. While you are there, be sure to pick up the collection of the first year of her original all-ages webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story ($9.99 from Action Lab Comics)! To say hi to Katie and get a book and an autograph at Planet Comicon, head over to booth 2755.
Solitary #1 (of 4) (Planet Comicon Variant) ($5.00, Devil’s Due Entertainment): From the warped mind of Kansas City CW Cooke comes the 4-issue series Solitary (by ‘warped’ I mean ‘like me’ so use caution). Solitary is drawn by Nando Souzamotta and features the story of a superhero sentenced to death for a crime that he did not commit. The sentence is carried out and the hero is pronounced dead. In true comic book fashion though, he gets better. Is he immortal? Will he stay in prison? I don’t know yet, but I can’t wait to read issue #2 (which might just be available this weekend!) but my focus here is on getting a copy of the special Planet Comicon Variant for Issue #1 shown above. To get it, head over to booth 919 which features special Planet Comicon Merchandise including this variant and then hit CW at booth 2772 where he will have lots of goodies. I’m not aware of PCC ever having special variants just for the con so this is a unique opportunity!
Squarriors #2 (of 4) (Planet Comicon Variant) ($5.00, Devil’s Due Entertainment): Humanity has perished and ‘the meek shall inherit the Earth.’ The meek in this case include tribes of squirrels that are battling for survival against the world and each other. I haven’t run across issue #1 of this yet but I’m looking forward to getting it as well as the special Planet Comicon variant of #2 with Kansas City’s iconic Scout statue that is located in Penn Valley Park. This book is written by Ash Maczko with art by Ashley Witter and both will be here for Planet Comicon. Everything that I have seen from this book looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to get it autographed. If you want to as well, pick the book up at booth 919 and then head over to the Squarrior Squad at booth 525. Tell them the Worst.Comic.Podcast.EVER! sent you!
Other awesome books you can get autographed that drop this week include:
- The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust ($3.99, Oni Press) written by Brian Hurtt (Booth 2761). This miniseries shows us the backstory of fan favorite character Billjohn O’Henry. I have no more superlatives left for this series. Just get it.
- Star Wars #3 and Thor #6 (both $3.99 from Marvel) written by Jason Aaron (booth 153). These two series are ridiculously good. Action, pacing, dialogue, and art – these books have them all.
- Howard the Duck #1 with a variant by Skottie Young (booth 2777). Howard is back following his appearance post-credits from Guardians of the Galaxy and Skottie has done another of his amazing variant covers.
Cullen, Jerry and I are so happy to be publishing #FCIW with the support of Elite Comics in Overland Park, KS. William and the Elite Crew run a friendly, clean, and safe comic shop which is welcoming to all and supportive of many local and national non-profits including The Hero Initiative. If you are going to Planet Comicon, be sure to check out the Party on the Pillar at their booth, #2214.
Those are my #FCIW. What are you baggin’ and boardin’ this week?