Being at home, I’ve had more time to update my house. If you saw part 1, here are some changes I made. I finally collected the Nightcrawler covers I wanted for my stair wall. I also framed and hung some autographs I’ve collected over the years. I’m out of frame for now.
I updated some pictures to cover scans. Pics were bad and didn’t have autographs so I wanted a better pic.
Power Man and Iron FIst
Aaron Kuder Variant War of the Realms 4
X-Men Red 2 Travis Charest
Nightcrawler 1 Todd Nauck
The Saga of Crystar Crystal Warrior 6 Michael Golden
It has been one hell of a year so far. Because 2020, I have not read or watched too much of anything. It is something that is missing in my life and I’m about to remedy that. Books, comics, TV shows and movies all make up what I’ll being doing for the next several months. I’ll consume the material and give you my thoughts and review. First up to the plate will be a review of the book Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff. With the first couple of episodes of the HBO adaptation out I decided to read the book first. Thanks for going on this journey with me. Your brother in nerdom, Big A
Lovecraft Country (Book)
By Matt Ruff
I remember seeing the first trailer for the show, Lovecraft Country, back in the beginning of this year. All I had to know was that it was a period sci-fi, horror show produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams. I had my calendar marked and was ready to roll or so I thought. What I got in that first episode blew my mind so much that I had to get the book the show is based upon.
Published in 2016, Lovecraft Country is a bunch of interconnected short stories set in 1950’s Chicago. Atticus, who is a black man, his immediate and extended family are all main characters. Tick, as he is called, has come home from fighting in the Korean War. Tick returned to Chicago after receiving an urgent letter from his father. Upon arriving, it is discovered that his dad has gone missing. So he, his uncle George, and his childhood friend Leticia, set off on a road trip to find him.
I think this book sets itself from a lot of others in the genre, Ruff does an amazing job of showing just how getting in the car and driving across country could be for a black man in the ‘50’s. We’ve been led to believe that racism stopped at the Mason/Dixon Line. That was far from actuality and the author brings it home.
Lovecraft Country does a unique job of shining a light on bigotry. It tells the story from the perspective of a 1950’s black family. The Turners where an educated, middle class family, with all the same interests and desires as white Americans. And to see that juxtaposition against how everyday white people saw them, was nothing new, but done with great sensibilities. Ruff was able to show that everyday life could be a horror show. I personally found a real connection with Atticus and his love of reading sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. It also is a love letter to those genres weaved with the dark history of this country. Ruff thoroughly researched and drops little Easter eggs, throughout the book. From mentioning other works of literature, to weaving historical events throughout the time period of the book, each story is a tribute to a different genre of writing. They all connect so beautifully.
So with that being said, I highly recommend this book. I hope Mr Ruff can take us back to Lovecraft Country again soon.
DC Fandome went live on August 22nd, 2020 as DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner Bros Games launched the first and biggest DC Comics themed virtual convention experience. The show was composed of many panels and lasted about 8 hours. It celebrated the upcoming movies, TV shows, video games and some of the comics.
I will be listing my 5 favorite things about the DC Fandome Event, but first, one thing that was very disappointing but maybe it will be addressed as part of the events that will be taking place in September.
The big downer was the lack of comic book content in the event. The exception was a few of panels that will be addressed in the list below and with Jim Lee all over the place there was no mention of the comic books. No writers in ongoing books, no artist spotlights or any other mention of anyone currently working on the comics side of the business. We know SDCC just happened last month and there was a lot of focus on the comics, but also a big restructuring happened in DC Comics after the WB Media layoffs.
The top 5 things that happened at DC Fandome
5 – The Mini-Panels in between the Movie/Events. An avid convention attendee knows how tough it can be to get into the big panels with the movie stars. A nice alternative is to visit the smaller, more intimate panels. At DC Fandome there were some very interesting and even unexpected panels. From Jim Lee, doing an artist portfolio review, to a visit with Batman voice actors from all over the world. The biggest surprise of them all, the Milestone Media panel hosted by Marc Bernadin. These were intimate conversations about topics that are very relevant to the work but not always in the spotlight.
4 – The Suicide Squad directed by James Gunn. This panel garnered a lot of buzz because there was little to no information about this movie. James Gunn addressed some fan questions, then revealed the cast and the characters they’re playing. Even as an avid comic fan, I had to keep the Google search handy. Lastly, we got a very interesting Behind the Scenes teaser for the movie.
3 – Wonder Woman 1984 directed by Patty Jenkins. like in the Suicide Squad panel, the cast along with the director, addressed fan questions. Unlike the Suicide Squad panel, a lot of the cast was participating. We also got a look at the final trailer that revealed what Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) will look like in different stages of the film. WW84 is set to release next month and the excitement is palpable.
2 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League. This panel focused on explaining how the upcoming project will be released on the HBOMax platform as well as globally. The cast joined in (pre recorded segments) where they asked questions from the fans. Snyder also has a chat with fans involved in creating the petition and movement to get the movie released as Snyder’s version. Lastly, we were treated to a trailer that was recut, with new or unseen footage. 2021 cannot get here soon enough.
1 – The Batman directed by Matt Reeves. I’ll keep this brief since it echoes a lot of the above. Robert Pattinson introduced the panel but was unable to give much information other than mentioning a “big surprise” at the end. Then Matt Reeves and host Aisha Tyler (shout out Tyler for a long day of had work) addressed questions and Reeves expanded on the feel and influences of the movie building up to the release of a teaser trailer. As a Batman fan, this is where I passed out.
Overall DC Fandome has set the standard for virtual conventions and was an outstanding success
Clay here. Some of you know I started collecting vinyl for comic book art. I’ve also been able to frame some of my art and autographs from cons. I thought I’d share what I’ve collected over the past years.
Then I wanted to add the weird stuff.
Chris Bachalo art for Wu-Massacre Studio album by Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Raekwo
Neal Adams signed Who Will Save the World? Album by The Groundhogs
Luke Cage S1
Interior Luke Cage
Back Luke Cage
Luke Cage S2
Jock Art for Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz by Jock
Shaun of the Dead by Jock
Jock art for Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack
Star Wars picture vinyl
Luke Cage Daredevil Moon Knight by Joe Jusko
Nightcrawler by Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler by Ed McGuinness
Howard the Duck by Val Mayerik
Pulp Iron Fist by Kaare Andrews
Harley Quinn by Jen Bartel
Tor by Joe Kubert Avengers Leinil Francis Yu
Swamp Thing by Bernie Wrightson Night of the Living Dead with George Romero
George Romero and Clay
Daredevil by Skottie Young and Alex Maleev
Hawkeye and Nightcrawler by Skottie Young
Leia by Car Staggs
Crisis – Perez – Rock – Kubert – Batman – Neal Adams
DCeased 6 by Yasmine Putri
Art by Jamie Mckelvie
Dean by Steve Gibson
Harley Quinn by Oliver Nome
Batgirl by Kevin Maguire
MJ by Adam Hughes
Lobo by Simon Bisley Hit-Girl by Oliver Nome Blue Beetle/Booster Gold by Kevin Maguire