Hit Comikaze on Saturday and had a great time. It's still a small show but it's steadily growing each year. Most of the comic vendors were high-end but a few had some $1 bins. Only a handful had 50 cent boxes.
What I picked up from the .50 Cent bins:
West Coast Avengers #46 - 50
I picked up the 4-part "VisionQuest" arc that started Byrne's run on WCA back in the 80s but stopped after #45. When I found these 5 issues one right after another, I decided to pick up where I left off.
Captain America #332 & 383
Issue #332 - The classic Captain America resigns issue. Issue #383 - The 50th Anniversary issue.
Buck Rogers #2 & The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor #3
Some Gold Key goodness. Buck Rogers #2 (1979) begins the 3-part movie adaptation. Doing some web research, I see that Buck Rogers #1 came out in 1964! That's a pretty big delay between issues!
Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men #1 - 4
Shade the Changing Man #1, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #231 and The Flash #245
Paid a buck for Shade #1 (Random Fact: It was Steve Ditko's Birthday on Saturday). The other 2 were .50 cents.
The day Jim Shooter destroyed Hank Pym's life.
What I picked up from the $1 bins:
Fantastic Four #193, 195, 197 and 199
Been looking to complete this story arc (190 to 200) for a few years now. Only 2 issues left to go!
I thought I grabbed crappy iPhone photos of Legion of Super-Heros #269 & 271 but looks like I didn't. Got those for a buck too.
Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew#1
Scott Shaw! was very pleased to see that my Captain Carrot #1 was dog-eared and battered. He said it showed that I read it over and over again. And he was right! I'm an old-school Captain Carrot fan and has re-read that series over and over again since the 1980s. Scott was very courteous and spoke to me for awhile about how he tried to resurrect the comic and how DC has changed their mind each time.
There was a proposed action figure line that DC nixed (that I would have KILLED for). A series of mini-series or one-shots that would have followed up on the ending of the last Captain Carrot mini (Captain Carrot and the Final Ark). DC decided to just wrap everything up quickly during Final Crisis. Then the final slap in the face with the New52's Captain K'Rot (which reminded him of the Marvel Star Wars character Jaxxon).
He apparently owns 10% of the characters so he could see some good cash if DC ever did anything serious with them again.
The Gray Area Graphic Novel
John Romita, Jr is just awesome. He got to his table around noon and signed until 7pm. Non-stop. There were fans there with STACKS of books and he signed them all (until around 5pm when they started limiting the books to 5 each). He said once the line went down, he would start doing sketches but alas - The line never went down.
I waited in line for 45 minutes for him to sign The Gray Area (his first creator-owned title). He looked happy when he saw the book (because he had been signing nothing but Spider-Man, X-Men and Kick-Ass comics all day). We spoke for a bit and he mentioned that they had just finished a Gray Area screenplay that they were going to shop around town soon. He also said they were going to re-release the graphic novel (with added stuff) and if the sales were good, they'd do another mini-series. Tho he was disappointed to say that he probably wouldn't have time to draw the book himself.
Shogun Warriors #1
Lemme just say - I love the Shogun Warriors. That title along with Godzilla, The Micronauts and Star Wars were a giant part of my childhood. So meeting the great Herb Trimpe was pretty cool. I thought about having him sign my Godzilla #1 but didn't want to "ruin it." Shogun Warriors was the best follow-up.
SO there's no one around his table when I walk up and politely ask him to sign my copy of the comic. He looks up at me and says nothing. Feeling awkward, I tell him that I've been a fan of his work since the 70s and loved this book and his work on Godzilla. I get nothing back. Just a tired stare.
Another guy walks up with a card binder filled with Mars Attacks cards. He super-fans Herb and tells him what a big fan he is. Mr. Trimpe LIGHTS UP and says it's always a pleasure to meet a fan. He proceeds to sign some of the Mars Attacks cards (I guess the ones he drew) AND does a little sketch on a blank card the guy has handy. The guy is gushing and at one point, notices me and says "Oh, I'm sorry! Did I interrupt?" I say "No. Not at all." Herb doesn't bat an eye.
Herb has a bunch of reproductions of his Marvel covers on the table and a kid walks up and spots the cover to Incredible Hulk #181. He asks his father if he can have one so, while Herb is sketching a Martian for Uber Fan, the father asks how much they are. Herb manages to: Answer and take the father's money. Gives him change back. Gives the kid the reproduced art and signs it. Talks to the kid for a few minutes and asks him if he likes Wolverine or Hulk more. Finishes Uber Fan's Martian Sketch. Shakes hands with the kid & Uber Fan and thanks them for being fans. The father and kid leaves. Uber Fan thanks him again and leaves.
It's just Herb and me now. And I might as well not be there because he doesn't acknowledge my presence. I clear my throat and ask politely, "May I please have your autograph?" He looks at me again, looks down for a pen and takes my comic from me. He quickly signs it and hands it back. Not one word spoken. I thank him (again, politely) and leave. It felt like 2 hours had passed but the whole "encounter" took place within 10 to 12 minutes. I don't know if he didn't like my face, hated working on the Shogun Warriors or what but that was the weirdest encounter I've ever had with a comic creator. I didn't expect him to talk my ear off or anything but even when I was in a long line to get Stan Lee's autograph (and they were pushing us through as fast as they could), Stan at least acknowledged me with a nod and a smile. Even during a Daredevil #1 signing, while Kevin Smith was chatting away with friends, he would say "thanks, man" after he signed a book.
Whatever. I still got his autograph. And he's still cool to me.
Speaking of Shogun Warriors, apparently Toynami got the rights to the name and is planning on releasing a new book:
Outside that brief hiccup, I had a great time. Looking forward to next year.