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HobbyStar Comicon Day one – ROUND 1

By Mike Fairservice

First day at ComiCon HOBBYSTAR style. 

I honestly have to say that the artist alley so far is the highlight of the show for me, mind you that when I got here at 11:00 the vendors were still in setup mode, but they were all very friendly and willing to help me out with any questions I may have had.  They also were able and anxious to get me their business cards so I can set up reviews of their stores, so stay tuned to more store reviews to come in the future.   So this first little excerpt is on my first visit to the artist alley and my interaction with the people in there. 

Also, I am on a quest to obtain a copy of New Mutants #98 (1st Appearance of Deadpool) for around 40$.  I will also be updating you all on the status of my little Grail Quest over the weekend.

Meeting, talking and shaking the hands of would-be and established artists was just an amazing experience for me.  The scribes and illustrators of what I normally refer to as Modern Mythology are incredibly talented people and I try to support them any way I can, by just talking to them and showing an interest, buying any prints and self published books they have, or now by talking about their work on the Metal Machine website.

The first thing that comes to mind when I am thinking of my time down at the show just now is the time that I was able to spend with an artist by the name of Dale Camus. (http://dalecamus.blogspot.com) His artwork was just refreshingly amazing, cartoony and the humor in his artwork left me in stitches.  I plan on spending a little more time with him tomorrow, both getting a small interview and a few sketches.   I’ll be sure to post the sketches on the site so you can all see the caliber of work this up and comer has.  His rendition on Optimus Prime giving the finger was just flipping hilarious!

You may remember me putting up a small review of the Kill Shakespeare comic about a month ago, today was a great treat for me as I was able to meet the creators of the comic, as well as get a copy of issue #1 cover B, which they were nice enough to autograph for me.

The REALLY cool thing was the time they took with me to show me the artwork from the so far unpublished issues #3 and 4.  I eagerly look forward to getting the colored comic versions of the books in my hands.  There is some really cool stuff going to go on in the series.

I was also informed by the writer that there has also been a web comic produced by the creators, unfortunately the dreaded Teflon affect has kicked in and I have forgotten the web address **note to self… write in the notebook you are carrying**  You can follow the Tweets and Facebook status and changes from their website www.killshakespeare.com  I see AMAZING things coming from these guys in the future.

Next I met Ian Daffern and Mike Leone of Freelance Blues, their passion and description of their comic of the same name sold me on buying issues 0, 1 and 2.  They described the comic as a combination of The Office meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Artwork by New Yorker Vicki Tierney is great and comical.  I have only had a chance to skim through the pages of the comic.  The book is very well put together for a small ashcan style book, nice glossy pages really makes this black and white book pop.  At $10.00 for all three books it was a steal in my opinion.  I will be looking forward to getting Issue #3 when it comes out.

Well that’s it for now, I’m going to head back down and get some photo’s to post.  Keep watching for more.

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