Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3200:
The 41st Comic-Con International: San Diego ended on Sunday, July 25th, at 5PM, and I had not yet read all of the 2010 Souvenir Book at the Con!
That's because there was so much to see and do at this comic con; that for the first time ever in attending this Con, I didn't get to walk the whole event which included the dealers section!
Plus I keep seeing people who recognized me from photos at this blog and from our Facebook Group Page at Hamersky.com, that I didn't make the time to read all of the Events Guide, let alone the Souvenir Book! Plus I really enjoyed meeting everyone in person thus matching faces with names!
But that's no excuse for not putting this 2010 Souvenir Book up to the top of my 'to read list', which I did after unpacking the car for the 5th time! We did pick up a lot at the Comi-Con this year to read and sell in our online store, ComicBooksCircus.com!
It's now Friday, 5 days after the 2010 Comic-Con ended, and I've finished reading this massive Souvenir Book...Whew!
So what were the 'Main Features' of this year's Souvenir Book? Well, here they are direct from the promotional literature on the con's web site:
Themes and Anniversaries
• The Year of the Writer
• 100th Anniversary of Krazy Kat
• 75th Anniversary of DC Comics
• 60th Anniversary of Peanuts
• 60th Anniversary of Beetle Bailey
And what's 'My Take' on these?
Well, it's supposed to be a Comic Book Convention, right?! So I guess that running the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics would make better copy for the front cover. So that is the feature this year. With DC's 'Big 3' characters. And not a bad illustration at all of them by Ivan Reis (penciller), Oclair Alber (inker), and Alex Sinclair (colorist).
The 'DC Comics 75th Anniversary' pages and articles were well written and presented that even a newbie to the Comic Con would find interest in this pages allocated to this topic. Besides, there are a lot of comics fans that are interested in the 'Big 3' as well as other DC Characters. Well written articles, and Fan & Pro art used in this section!
Going back to the order in which the features were presented in the Souvenir book is:
The Year of the Writer - Article on 'Adaptation vs Authors' and a panel discussion at Wonder Con 2010 'Comic Writers Unite' make up this section. The latter is a good retelling of the panel for those that missed it in San Francisco earlier this year.
Krazy Kat 100th Anniversary - I'll be honest, I've never really enjoyed reading 'Krazy Kat' strips...it might be because of the style and the fact that it was way before my time that I just don't "get it". However, I do see the value in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of this important comic strip.
60th Anniversary of Peanuts - A good feature on the latest Milestone that the Peanuts gang has hit this year. Those that enjoy 'Peanuts' will like this section of several articles.
60th Anniversary of Beetle Bailey - My affection for this comic strip has grown over the years. I liked it years ago, and even more today. Our little newspaper here in North San Diego County has very few comic strips that I read. This is definitely one of them. Good presentation with historical background as well as what's going on today. Happy Anniversary to the cast of 'Beetle Bailey' and the Walker Family!
There were other sections in this Souvenir Book as usual. The hi-lights for me were:
The bios for the 2010 Special Guests - So much easier than looking them up elsewhere. I found a few guests here that I met in person earlier, not realizing all that had done so far.
The In Memoriam section which included a few persons that passed away since the last Souvenir Book that I wasn't aware of.
The Awards section would be good for those that haven't attended Comic-Con for a while, as it also listed the 'Eisner Hall of Fame' winners.
Once again, the staff of this Souvenir Book have published a very good book. It truly is a 'Souvenir Book' and one that all who attended will be looking back at fondly in the years to come!
My comic book grade for this year's Souvenir Book is a NEAR MINT (NM) 9.4 grade out of a 10.0 grading scale. If YOU didn't attend and want to order one of these, we will have a few up for sale in our online comic book shop in this store aisle, as well as some from earlier years.
Again, my thanks to those that are listed on page 3 of this Souvenir Book for another great job this year! And my thanks to the GCD for providing the comic book covers!
PLUS...My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at the 3,200 total posts in number! I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
Note: Our online comic book shop carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items at the link seen below.