FanExpo Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I am off to FanExpo Canada. In a nutshell, it’s Canada’s equivalent to the San Diego Comic Con. Admittedly, it’s not nearly as large, nor does it draw a huge slush of big Hollywood celebrities – but it’s definitely a place I look forward going to every year.

Last year, as if you hadn’t known already, I met the legendary Stan Lee. This year, while Stan Lee will not be there, a huge group of comic artists and writers will be. I’m looking very forward to meeting and talking to a bunch of them. Most importantly, a brilliant writer: Chris Claremont.

But for this year, I’m only going up for two days – Thursday and Friday – due to work obligations and finances. However, that will not stop me from having a ton of fun. Expect tons of pictures when I come back.

In fact, let’s see my schedule for the Con:

People to See/Get Signed:
Chris Claremont #743 (Uncanny X-Men)
Leonard Kirk #P055 (New Mutants)
Mark Brooks #P045 (Uncanny X-Force)
Dale Eaglesham #P066 (Alpha Flight, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulks)
Fred Van Lente #P065 (Taskmaster, Chaos War)
C.B. Cebulski Booth #743 (Marvel VP)
Kelly Sue DeConnick #P002 (Osborn) (Friday)
Jimmy Cheung (Avengers: Children’s Crusade)
Axl Alonso (Marvel Editor-in-Chief)

Panels & Signings:
5pm, Room 714 – Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
7pm, Room 717 – Redefining the FF – Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting & Marko Djurdjevic

11:30am, Room 716 – Sketching Duel: Marko Djurdjevic & Tony Daniel
1pm, Room 717 – Fred Van Lente & Dale Eaglesham on Alpha Flight
2:30pm, Room 714 – Marvel: Fear Itself
Auto CC 3:30pm – Signing Session: Marko Djurdjevic (NM, SA)

As you can see, there are some major names on that schedule of mine. I’m very excited to talk to Fred Van Lente on how incredible his Taskmaster series was. I also am looking forward to meeting Kelly Sue to express my appreciation for her work on Osborn.

I’m probably going to get some commission work done as well. Leonard Kirk is on the top of my list, while, if at all possible, I’d like to see how much Djurdjevic charges – if he’s doing any at all.

When I’m not in line for, or in the panels and signing sessions, I will be scouring the immense showroom floor; checking out costumes, booths, and other artists. I’m still on the hunt to complete the entire run of Uncanny X-Men, so we’ll see how that goes!

I did say I wasn’t staying the whole weekend for financial reasons, right?

As a side note, isn’t it crazy that Mike Carey is finishing his six-year run on X-Men Legacy?

X-Men Legacy

I’ll see you all when I get back!

Keep on Space Truckin’!

Writing, Drawing, Inking & Exploding

And not in that order.

Personally, I have been unbelievably busy being creative. (Hooray for alliteration!) In fact, I’ve completely put off many other things in order to muse myself. It’s been pretty ridiculous, actually.

I’m holding off on reviews again this week – despite so many exciting comics coming out – only because I’d rather focus my energy elsewhere. My mind has been going at a mile a minute, you’d think I was on uppers. (I’m not, don’t worry.)

However, I feel an apology coming on because I’ve sort of let this site slip in the past few weeks. I know what it’s like to check back and not see an update when expecting one. I read WebComics regularly, and on some I see reasons why they’re on hiatus. Alas, I am not going on hiatus, but am just going to post whenever I can instead.

This means “Wednesday’s Reviews” may appear on Friday with only one review, then reappear on Tuesday with two more reviews. This way, I can spread my time out more effectively rather than explode over crunch time.

The funny thing is that I was not planning on writing that last paragraph at all, but it just sort of made sense to me.

One thing I will mention about this weeks comics is that Mike Carey made a killer turnaround with the Age of X story he’s working on. If you haven’t touched upon any of them yet, for the love of all that is holy, do it! It’s been quite the ride so far.

Until next time, keep on Space Truckin’!