On Sunday, I got to spend a lot of time at the Baltimore Comic Con chatting up comic book creators on their current and upcoming work. There’s some really great stuff currently on stands and the future looks just as promising.
Charles Soule (Lando, Star Wars: Poe Dameron) talked up his latest title Curse Words. It’s an intriguing concept of an evil wizard masquerading as a kindly magician granting wishes with some major repercussions. Look for it in stores come January. It sounds like it should be a very fun read.
James Tynion IV, the writer of one of DC’s best Rebirth titles, Detective Comics, mentioned he’d have some big news soon. DC is waiting to make the announcement to coincide with the release of the anniversary issue of Detective Comics #940. Tynion raved about his artists Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez, who are definitely some one of the better art pairs in the Rebirth era. If you’re not reading it yet, Detective Comics is easily the best team-book in the Rebirth era and one of the line’s Top 5. I was glad he was in attendance at Baltimore so I could share my appreciation for his work.
At Awesome Con 2016, I was able to walk right up to Tom King, who’d just completed Batman Rebirth #1. I was stunned he had no line and assured my brother and King that soon he was going to have a massive line. It barely took a few months for the DC/MD/NoVa area to fully appreciate his talent as King had a lengthy line at Baltimore.
Brian Steelfreeze (Black Panther) was doing some of his amazing work for commissions. Watching how he crafts his work with watercolors was like watching an expert level magician. I kept wondering how he did that. Rest assured Black Panther fans, Steelfreeze said he definitely plans to continue working on the title as long as Marvel will have him.
Paris Cullins has a title coming out called Brother Panda that I’m really excited about. I’ll be talking more in depth with him about that and his other title, New Devil, but for now make sure to put these on your radar.
As a longtime Justice League International it was a treat to talk to and get a picture of Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire. Giffen, who’s currently working on Blue Beetle and Scooby Doo Apocalypse for DC, said he’s perfectly fine with the regular monthly schedule as opposed to the bi-weekly rotation for other titles.
As always, BCC was a blast and I can’t wait to experience it all in 2017!