Checking In!

With summer off to a quick start and fall right around the corner and we have a ton on our plates trying to get prepared for the next few months. Rose City Comic-Con in coming up in Septemeber 10th-11th and we will be there to meet some legends including Stan Lee, who we just met a Denver Comic-con, John and Joan Cusack will be attending, Denise Crosby from Next Generation; Jon Bernthol and Chad Coleman from Walking Dead, as well as Jay Rachel Edidin and Miles Stokes, Ani-Mia, James Asmus, Mike Baron, David Baron and so many more talented people. Should be a blast..

First issue of Kinetic is up and running, Raphel is hard at working getting the story boards ready for the next few steps in our very long publishing process. The letterist will take over next then the colorist, official approvals and the cover, then finally heading to get printed. 100's of man hours go into this whole process and we are happy to be working with such a great group of people. 

Hope everyone enjoy these last few weeks of the summer, looking forward to giving you tons of updates about the progression of Kinetic and the other projects we have going. With any luck we will see some of you at RCCC. 

Kelly

REGISTRATION MANDATORY FOR SUPER-HERO COMICS?

his 2016 has been an excellent year to be a comic book fan. We had the epic brawl between the Bat and Superman finally hit the big screen, and Civil War was a third Avengers movie mistitled Captain America. Both shared a common theme becoming more and more apparent in today’s more realistic comic scene: the question of SUPERHERO REGISTRATION.

Superheroes working for the government is not a new theme. Alan Moore and Frank Miller touched on the subject in their seminal Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, respectively (nearly 30 years ago!). And while Moore and Miller deconstructed the idea of superheroes in a realistic world, we’ve seen later works, such as Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers and Kurt Busiek’s Astro City, touch on this idea too. Even the forgettable Youngblood touched on the idea.

Is a registration plotline endgame for any superhero story?

More pertinently, should it be?

Today’s comic reader is savvier than the readers of the Golden and Silver Ages. Heck, one of the Comics Code Authority’s first regulations of books in the 60s was that heroes ALWAYS had to win and villains ALWAYS had to lose at the end of the story. Today it’s usually more ambiguous.

Just as Superman’s popularity waned due to his arguably dated morals and the rise of the Marvel-type superhero (men and women with fantastic powers, but also human problems), it seems that some of the more fantastical elements of superhero stories have given way to a more realistic portrayal. Then Marvel-type heroes became passé, and we started seeing even darker heroes and anti-heroes.

Then the pendulum swung too far. We began to see more upbeat tales.

For me, this is where the Dark Age begets the Modern Age of comic books. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment we saw this, but there definitely is a more light-hearted feel to, say, Civil War than the Registration tales of the 80s, while remaining serious. And yet, both stories touch on Superhero Registration.

As I write this, Civil War II is on its second issue. Sales seem strong, no doubt bolstered by the popularity of Captain America: Civil War.

However, part of the reason I originally got into the comics medium is the infinite characters and worlds possible. Knowing that, I’d warn against another registration plotline. Registration, once cutting edge in this genre, is now a trope in itself, and becoming cliché.

If that plot is truly in your heart, go ahead and write it. Don’t let me stop you.

I’m just saying I might not put it on my pull list.

 

Bill

 

Suicide Squad

Just wanted to give a shout out about this summers hit movie. Will Smith, Jared Leto, Cara Delevinge, let's not forget the beautiful Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and so many more. We will be on periscope on August 5th for the premier! Hope to see you there!  

Written and Ready!

The first three issues of our newest comic Kinetic are all written, revised, edited, and sent off to our illustrator! We are looking forward to having a sneak peak of this by the end of summer. Finally all the hard work is starting to pay off! 

Comic Cons

Denver Comic Con

20 hours on the road is quite a haul!!

Was well worth the time to make this year Denver Comic Con, pact full of artists, authors, publishers, costumed fans, and all sorts if shenanigans that you see in the scene. The line to meet Stan Lee was understandingly long but it paid off to get my exclusive print Amazing Spider-Man #50 signed, Tim Sale signed my Variant Cover of Batman #1.

 I spoke with several independent publishers who gave me some pointers on printing - Z2 Comics was especially helpful with maybe finding some Canadian sources for printing, Valiant Comics has a great deal for their Trade Paperbacks, and most of their works seems like an interesting read.  Also had a nice little chat while meeting John Rhys-Davies, other than that just met a lot of artists like Jae Lee, Todd Nauck, and countless local artists and authors of both comics and prose.

I attended a few panels, the standouts being Jim Shooter's "Writing for Comics."  Jim Shooter was the editor for Marvel a long time ago, and was the first editor for Valiant back around the later 80s/early 90s.  Also, there were several Literary panels that were well worth the time for anyone on the writing end.  John Rhys-Davies was excellent on the main stage. 

Surprisingly, the Big 4 really weren't represented there.  DC and Marvel were absent, as were Dark Horse and Image Comics (both of whom were at ECCC).  Several bigger small publishers were notably missing as well, such as IDW, Dynamite, and BOOM Studios

Unfortunately, due to a schedule conflict, I unfortunately could not see Stan Lee inside Bellco Theater.  The line, however, was by far the longest line I saw for any event there.

Overall the show had a great feel.  My only complaint was a minor issue with some of the volunteers, who sometimes seemed like they needed more training (I was directed no less than three different places in an attempt to find where to purchase Stan Lee's autograph/photo op).