Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3355
Last night was the February 2011 meetup of Semantink's Comic Savvy at Milano Coffee Company in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, California.
The turnout was the largest I've seen to date... It ended up at 21 persons attending, between the hours of 5PM to 7PM when it 'officially' ended, although several of us stayed till 8PM, we were having so much fun attending! And yeah, it does get dark out there!
I've included a couple of pics at the top right of this post, with names of those in attendance, (Sorry, not all are pictured... And please excuse any name misspellings!).
Ben Glibert, Director of Publishing at Semantink Publishing, proposed several topics during the evening. James Michael Ninness, Writer / Creator at Semantink also, proposed a few topics. I, as usual, had a few questions I wanted to hear opinions on from those also in attendance for this blog post.
Please note before I get started with mentioning those topics here. The meet-up started with approx 19 in attendance, then there were 20. One additional person, Joel Gomex of Wildstorm came in after I had started my questions. So figure about 20 persons there for my questions, along with Ben's and James' questions that are mentioned below.
Ben started with asking when the 'Human Torch' of the Fantastic Four, who recently 'died' (sorry... by now that shouldn't be a spoiler!), would be back? The consensus was at what would have been Fantastic Four #600. The comic book is starting over with another #1 issue with a new title...
Continuing on with 'death in comics', Ben asked who the group thought 'should die' next?! Deadpool was immediately proposed, with 3 total affirming that! Cyclops of X-Men was next proposed with four agreeing. Aunt May was overwhelmingly laughed at due to Mephisto's agreement with Peter. Professor X of the X-Men was mentioned as being "...more useful dead than alive".
Ben next threw out this question: Which 80's cartoon should make a comeback?". He-Man and Robotech were the faves volunteered from the group.
Other topics were discussed en masse before 6PM when the main group broke off into what could be called 'sub-groups', as the 21 persons in attendance couldn't all be heard in one larger group.
Before that happened I asked my questions. Since I had missed December's meetup (out of town), and January's meetup (sick), I asked a couple of questions that were a little out-of-date, but wanted to know what the group thought.
'Who viewed the Tron film?', I asked. Of the 13 who did, only one didn't like it. That is darn good for a group of approx 20 at the time I asked it.
'Who viewed the Green Hornet film?' I asked next. Only 8 of 20 did, and 6 thought it was so-so. With two not really liking it. One comment made was that 'Kato should have been made to be sexier!'.
After the 'Captain America trailer' was brought up in conversation, I asked the question of who saw that trailer and the 'Thor trailer' during the Super Bowl televised event. First, let me say that 6 didn't see the Super Bowl as they were up at the Inland Empire Con that happened on the same Sunday as the Super Bowl!
I was the only one that really liked the Captain America trailer more than the Thor trailer that was aired. Those others who had seen both trailers preferred the 'Thor trailer' and are interested in seeing it on the Big Screen. One did mention that seeing Steve Rogers really skinny and then shown as totally muscular was a really cool shot in the trailer....
As is customary with me, after the group replied to the questions I asked, I then proceeded to pass out 'freebies' for those participating. Last night the comics were courtesy of Archaia Entertainment, which were copies that were sent to me because I am on their 'reviewers list'.
As a final note in this blog today, I brought up the demise of the print version of 'Wizard magazine'. No one, except for me, had a subscription to 'Wizard'. Several of the 20 in attendance had bought single issues during the years, but in the past 2 - 3 years had bought next to none. A comment was made that by the time Wizard wrote about it in print... that it was already 'old news'. The power of the internet really affected this magazine, at least among the other 19 in attendance!
So I brought out my copy of the latest issue of Comics Buyer's Guide (CBG) and showed it to everyone. Not ONE of the other NINETEEN in attendance had bought this magazine from their LCBS, nor had a subscription. I was the only one...
Okay, I realize I was the oldest one at this February meet-up, the next oldest is four years younger I found out later... But still, none had bought CBG or Wizard within the past year (at least!) Does this fortell that the shape of things thought to come are actually happening now...?!
As a last note, I was pleased to see Rich Kuhaupt's pin-up sketch in the latest issue of Zombie Kill Squad. (I review blogged an earlier issue of that series here.) This issue was just released at the Inland Empire Con I mentioned earlier, and copies were brought down to those who had asked about it at the prior meeting.
My thanks once again to Semantink Publishing sponsoring this monthly meet-up. Here's the Facebook link to the event that just occurred, and here's the link to Semantink's Facebook Fan Page, which I encourage YOU to 'Like'! Plus check out their several comic book series that are online. When they publish hard copies of those in TPBs, I'll be sure to review blog them here!
Semantink's Comic Savvy is normally the 3rd Sunday of every month, which has been held at the Milano Coffee Company in Mission Valley. There has been a recent change in ownership, and with 21 persons in attendance last night, the meet-up may have outgrown this location. If there is a change, I'll mention it in my next wall post at my own Facebook Fan Page, 'Michael D Hamersky On Comics'.
Till then...Have Some Fun!
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