October 27, 2011

LA Comic Cons 2011: Long Beach & Comikaze

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It used to be that if you lived in the Los Angeles area and wanted to attend a comic book convention, you had to either trek down to San Diego for Comic-Con International or hit one of the smaller cons like the one at the Shrine. These days, you can actually take your pick of several mid-sized cons. Wizard World has been well-established since 2004, starting in Long Beach, then Downtown Los Angeles, then Anaheim (skipping 2009).

More immediately: Long Beach Comic Con will hold its third full convention this weekend, and the latest entrant, Comikaze Expo, bursts onto the downtown LA scene the following week.

Flash fans in the area will be able to catch co-writer/artist Brian Buccellato at both cons.

I’ll be attending both conventions, though just one day each. As with this year’s San Diego trip I’ll be focused more on having fun at the con than reporting news (not that there was any shortage of Flash news coverage here), but I doubt there will be any real Flash news announced at either event. I’ve really enjoyed Long Beach the last two years (though I’m a bit concerned about the split focus this year between comics and horror), and I’m curious to see what kind of a convention Comikaze will actually be.

As always, I’ll be taking photos and posting them on Flickr. Con write-ups will go up at K-Squared Ramblings, and I’ll be sure to post anything Flash-specific here. If you can’t wait until Monday, keep an eye on @SpeedForceOrg on Twitter the next two weekends.

October 26, 2011

Media Blitz!: Manapul and Buccellato Talk Flash at CBR

On the same day as the posting of part two of Newsarama’s interview with the Flash creative team, Comic Book Resources has posted their own conversation with the dynamic duo of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.

While it covers some of the same ground as the Newsarama articles, the CBR interview does delve further into a few items including the art process, something that has gathered a lot of interest amongst fans drawn to Manapul and Buccellato’s unique style.  Manapul even mentions the color chart, something he first talked about in our interview with him earlier this year.


The article also includes an exclusive look at a page from Flash #3.  Follow the jump for more…

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Wayback Wednesday: How To Make a Golden-Age Flash Costume

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With Halloween approaching fast, now* seems like a good time to highlight a pair of old posts on how to make a Jay Garrick costume!

My wife and I (OK, it was mostly her) made this for Comic-Con International 2009, and it worked out really well. Unfortunately the gold paint on the helmet wings has tarnished since then, and the boot covers have detached themselves from the shoes, so it needs some touch-up if I plan to wear it again. Maybe next year.

*Yeah, I know last week or even earlier in October would have been a better time, but I only came up with this “Wayback Wednesday” idea acouple of days ago.

October 25, 2011

Manapul and Buccellato Talk Barry Allen (via Newsarama, UPDATED 10/26)

Newsarama’s Vaneta Rogers has turned in a new two-part interview with New 52 Flash team Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.  With issue # 2 due tomorrow, the pair talk about their “vision for Barry Allen” and speak more specifically than before about their process in terms of plotting, art and dialog.

In the first part, posted yesterday, the two touched on the advantage of handling both art and writing responsibilities:

Francis Manapul: Yeah, it’s a much more integrated process. And I do think we’re in a fortunate position to be co-writing, drawing and coloring the book. We’re able to really utilize every aspect of the art to tell the story.

Brian Buccellato: We aren’t interpreting someone else’s script, so there’s no gap between the story and the art. It’s integrated from the idea, all the way through colors. So I think that gives us an advantage, especially with the visuals.

UPDATE: Part two of the interview went up today, including an exclusive sneak preview of art from issue #3.  The team goes into greater detail about the direction of the book, teases upcoming storylines, including the return of the Cosmic Treadmill and reveal more on the nature of Mob Rule.  Check it out here, and then go grab issue #2!

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This Week: Flash #2 Preview & Flashpoint HC

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DC has released a preview of this week’s The Flash #2 at, of all places, Maxim. (DC has been plugging its new comics all over the mainstream press these last two months, rather than simply sending the previews to the comics press. Issue #1 was previewed at USA Today, for instance. Co-writer Brian Buccellato jokes that it’s “all about the exposure.”) Teen Titans #2 also ships this week, featuring Kid Flash. Finally, the hardcover collection of Flashpoint arrives in comic stores this week, and bookstores next week.

The Flash #2

Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO; Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL; Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO; 1:200 B&W variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

The Fastest Man Alive learns he can make his brain function even faster than before – but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price. Plus: The mystery behind Barry Allen’s friend Manuel Lago deepens as Barry investigates his kidnapping at the hands of Mob Rule!

DC Universe 32pg. Color $2.99 US

Newsarama has posted the first part of a two-part interview with Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, and we have the Greg Capullo variant cover.

Flashpoint (HC)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS; Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE; Cover by ANDY KUBERT

The red-hot, sold-out five-issue miniseries from Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert is back in a new hardcover!

This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it?

It’s a place where America’s last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It’s a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can’t find the villain who altered the time line!

DC Universe 176pg. Color Hardcover $22.99 US

Update (Wednesday): DC’s blog says it’s out next week, but their main website still lists Oct. 26. Actually, it refers to the “wide release” – so maybe they mean to the bookstore release. It’s still morning here, so it’ll be hours before I make it to the comic store today to see for myself whether they have it or not.

» Pre-order at Amazon

Teen Titans #2

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL; Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

A strange creature haunts the streets of Los Angeles… and because of this creature’s age, both Red Robin and N.O.W.H.E.R.E. are racing to find her – but neither side is prepared for the horror known as Bugg!

Meanwhile, Superboy is on a collision course with the team, and Kid Flash plots his escape from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. with the most unexpected of allies!

DC Universe 32pg. Color $2.99 US

October 24, 2011

Superman vs. the Flash, for Charity

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Thought you’d all get a kick out of this story from the Food Allergy Walk this weekend: My son and I both wore Flash T-shirts. (He “walked” the event in a stroller, since he’s mostly crawling.) As we started off, I noticed that the family walking next to us was all wearing Superman T-shirts.

Technically it wasn’t a race, but for the record: We finished first!

More at my other blog.