Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #4007 - I blogged earlier this week that I didn't have a full four day membership at the Comic-Con International. Yeah, that's right, after attending every day of the Con since 1991 straight, I missed out on this year's convention due to the new lottery system of obtaining badges for each day.
So on Friday of con week I attended the Off Site Events that sprawled around the front and back of the San Diego Convention Center. You can see photos from Friday at this link to my special Facebook Fan Page's photo album.
One of the events down to the East of the convention center was the Wonder Bread Building. It was right across the street from where I used to work at, San Diego Rubber Company / Hoffmeyer Company. That building where I worked is now part of the large parking lot for Petco Park.
The Wonder Bread Building was hosting the 2014 Art Expo, which was on both the bottom and second floors. There I walked around for a while, and at one of the exhibit tables a publication jumped out at me!
That publication was titled 'BEDLAM', by Mark Todd. It was a 'mash-up' of a Fantastic Four cover, one that I remember quite vividly. Fantastic Four #98 from May of 1970, the month before I graduated from Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach. Also, this was one of artist Jack Kirby's final issues in his 102 issue long run on the Fantastic Four.
Well, I just had to skim through this publication. Wow! Even more mashups inside! The Amazing Spider-Man, Tales To Astonish, Avengers, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Eternals, and more Fantastic Four! Issues that I had enjoyed when first picking them up on the newstands. Sheesh! All this in one publication!
Then I met the creator of this mash-up. And we talked... and talked. He explained he had picked up his first comic at a 7-11 in 1983, Iron Man #179, and he had started reading, bagging and collecting comics right then. He also started some illustrations of the comics. He couldn't move to New York to pursue comics, but instead became an artist in other genres, which is why he was at the Art Expo.
This 'Bedlam' was such a great publication that I purchased it before leaving his exhibit table! You too can do so, by checking this link at his website. There are more photos there of the interior pages as well, so you can see what you are buying before doing so.
I also took the time to videotape him, and I will be uploading the video at my YouTube channel. Here is the link to that, when it is uploaded.
My thanks to Mark for sharing his background on how he came to do this 'Bedlam' mash-up!
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