New York Comic Con Wrap-Up: Saturday

Posted on October 14, 2010. Filed under: Convention |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

Saturday was the big day for the con.  The show opened at 10:00 AM and ran until 7:00 PM, so it was a long day of walking and meetings.  I started off the day by getting some things signed, seeing more booths, and getting crushed by people.  I heard some talk that Saturday at the con actually received attendance numbers that rivaled San Diego Comic Con, which honestly doesn’t surprise me too much.  After a little walking around, I headed down to the DC Universe panel.  Unfortunately I had missed the DC Nation panel the previous day, but I heard that Dan Didio let some information slip that was supposed to be secret.

Anyway, at the DC Universe panel, there was talk about a lot of the things that were mentioned in the Geoff Johns panel, but other creators were also given time to talk about their projects, and the only overlap was people who just so happen to be working on Green Lantern or Brightest Day-related things.  In attendance were J. Michael Straczynski, Paul Levitz, James Robinson, J.T. Krul, Shane Davis, Gail Simone, Peter J. Tomasi, Tony Bedard, and Kevin McGuire.

Straczynski started things off by discussing Superman.  He told us about new Kryptonite, which will effect humans instead of Kryptonians.  He went on to talk about Wonder Woman and his plans for her, hinting at a connection between Hades and Wonder Woman.  I may actually read Wonder Woman based on some of the hints he dropped.  Straczynksi was a good speaker, with some humor added to his speech, which I found refreshing.

Next up was Tomasi talking about Brightest Day.  He says that coming up we’ll start to see some big moments, and that issue #12 will center on the Martian Manhunter, which we saw teased at the end of issue #11.  After Tomasi, we heard about about Batman and Robin with Patrick Gleason, specifically with seeing new villains introduced to Batman’s rogues gallery.  As you all know, we’re also going to see Batman continue with Batman Inc., so they talked about that for a little, but it really wasn’t too revelatory.  We did hear about Detective Comics, which we were told would be heading back to the roots of the title for the book, meaning more detective stories featuring Batman.

Next to speak was Gail Simone, who started off by thanking the audience for supporting Birds of Prey.  It’s obvious to see that Gail loves that book, and while that’s something that’s pretty common in comics today, it’s still nice to have it acknowledged.  Next up for the Birds, we have the Death of Oracle.  Without giving too much away, she mentioned that that will have a major impact on not just the Bat books, but also the DCU as a whole.  We were reminded that “dead is dead” post Brightest Day, which was met with a “we’ve heard that before” from the audience, and I have to agree.

We heard a little bit about First Wave, with Azzarello bringing in new characters as the miniseries wraps up, but not much more than this sentence covers.  We moved on to Legion of Superheroes news, with it being announced that a new leader will be selected by the fans through a website.  There will be a story that runs through Adventure comics that will connect to Legion, as well as a murder mystery or two in the core Legion book.  We moved on to Supergirl and teenage hero news, although not much was really said about that.  From there, we brought up J.T. Krul to talk about Green Arrow.  He let it slip that the arrows that Ollie got shot by in recent issues were black because they came from the Black Arrow, and not Merlyn as I initially thought.  It should be interesting to see where he takes that, but I think Black Arrow may not have been the right choice.

James Robinson talked a little bit about his Justice League run, which has some tie-in with Dark Things, the recent Justice League/Justice Society crossover, including the chance to see Obsidian become a “kickass hero.”  We’re promised that Eclipso will play a big part in that arc, including murdering the Specter.  Robinson let slip about a Hawkman book he’s doing coming up, but he wasn’t supposed to talk about it.  Instead, he was supposed to be talking about a Congo Bill one-shot, with Congorilla and Starman.

Next up was Superboy, who’s getting his own series again.  Whether or not that would have anything to do with Superboy Prime was asked in the Geoff Johns panel, but they wouldn’t say more than we will be seeing Superboy Prime again.  We moved on quickly to Green Lantern Corps and Rebels, including a re-visitation of the revamped Starro that we saw to kick off the Rebels run.  He also said that he wanted to do a little bit more of romance in his comics.  Green Lantern Corps will be getting a new artist, but I didn’t get his name.  Coming up in that title, as teased at the end of the recent arc, we will see the Weaponer, who forged Sinestro’s first power ring thinking it would bring him fame, but instead only brought grief.  He’ll be seeking revenge against Sinestro because it’s the worst thing to happen to his planet.

After about half an hour of Q&A, I moved on to the next event, which was seeing more creators, including Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener, Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, Khoi Pham, Dan Slott, Chris Eliopoulos, Greg Pak, Gurihiru, and more, until it was time for a meeting with the people at the Mimobot booth, and a meeting with Concept Art House at the Image booth, but I’ll go more into detail about those in another post.  Up next was Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe panel.

For those of you who don’t know, Cup O’ Joe is a panel featuring Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada, basically answering fan questions, but a little more than that, the panel also featured Jeph Loeb, Tom Brevoort, Mark Paniccia, Brian Michael Bendis, C.B. Cebulski, Dan Buckley, and some others.  Cup O’ Joe started with some Crossgen teasers, since Marvel now owns the rights to those characters.  Bendis also went over his upcoming Icon title, Takio, which is an all-ages title about two sisters who get superpowers, to be released in February 2011.

To be perfectly honest with you, I was actually unable to attend this panel, so I had someone go instead with my recorder.  Unfortunately, my recorder didn’t catch all of the announcements, so I missed out on quite a lot of it.  So I missed everything from Takio to the Q&A portion.  There were some good questions asked, but nothing really shocking or worth reporting.

The next event was the Green Lantern Emerald Empire panel, shortly after the Cup O’ Joe panel in the same room.  I was a little disappointed in this panel, as almost all of the information that was covered in this panel was just repeat information from the Geoff Johns panel, right up until the Q&A segment.  Still, it was fun to see all of the Green Lantern fans that attended this panel.

That was my last event for the day on Saturday.  There was a lot to see and do, and a lot of people there trying to see and do it all.  Overall, it was a good, if tiring, day.  Come back tomorrow to find out about Sunday!

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