Monday, November 14, 2016

Deadpool and the U.S. Election

Well, another presidential election has concluded and many people were surprised by Donald Trump's election. After the November 8 vote, I was re-organizing my Deadpool comic book collection, and I came across a Deadpool #1 issue from 2012.  This issue was released during the 2012 election, and it features Deadpool shooting up some zombie presidents.

There are some SPOILERS about Deadpool #1 below, but read on if you don't mind the spoilers or if you've already read this comic. In this issue, a rogue SHIELD agent has raised up dead presidents through occult means, in a bid to rescue the United States from its rotten state.  We then see Captain America arrive on the scene to deal with the threat - a zombified Harry Truman.  Zombie Truman is dispatched by Captain America but it brings bad publicity. Meanwhile, Deadpool is in New York City, when he runs into a zombified Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). Some funny scenes ensue with Deadpool battling the zombie Roosevelt in the streets of New York.

Later, SHIELD agents show up to find the zombie FDR defeated and a wounded Deadpool.  SHIELD  agents chat with Deadpool in the hospital, and they offer Deadpool a job to fight the remaining zombie dead presidents. In a funny scene, Deadpool crashes a gathering of the zombie dead presidents including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln...

I mention this issue because Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, and artist Tony Moore did a great job in  capturing the angst of a divided American electorate in 2012.  The mood in the days after the 2016 election is similar, and the comic relief would be much appreciated.  Hey Marvel: here's hoping that you make another funny Deadpool story for all those voters who need a good laugh to shake off the post-election blues.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Highlights from Emerald City Comic Con 2016 in Seattle

I just came back from from the 2016 Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, and I have to say I was impressed by the size and breadth of this Comic Con.  Being a Canadian, I'm used to Comic Conventions here in Vancouver, and I knew that Canadian Comic Conventions are really "small fry" compared to the big extravaganzas like San Diego Comic Con, C2E2 in Chicago, Wonder Con, etc.

The layout of the floors at the Washington State Convention Centre for a newcomer like me, but I was really impressed by the artist alley.  I was able to see in-person huge comic book talents like Fiona Staples, Klaus Janson, Sanford Greene, Francis Manapul and so many other great artists.  I got a Flash poster autographed by Mr. Manapul and I was able to witness his sketching style on another fan's notebook -- very cool!

In terms of celebrities, there were numerous celebrity guests, and they included Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Eldon Henson (Daredevil), Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl), and Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time). Actually, I sympathize with these celebrities who have to deal with unruly fans and their often bizarre costumes and behaviours.  And speaking of costumes, the most popular costumes at this Con included Hawk Girl, Maleficent, Deadpool, and Spider-Man, but there were also very cool original costumes like a Miss Piggy Wonder Woman.  I sign off with some scenes from Emerald City Comic Con...

Ms. Wonder-Piggy!!

Neal Adams' Booth

Francis Manapul Signing an Autograph

The Thirteenth Floor's posters of Star Wars
in World War setting was a hot seller.

Panel Discussion on the 20th Anniversary
of the Launch of Windows 95. Very Funny and very nerdy!

Show Floor