Tag Archives: Comic-Con

Cosplay Fun at Emerald City Comic Con 2014

24 Apr

Photo Mar 28, 4 40 53 PMIt’s been a few weeks.

I have fond memories of Seattle’s great Emerald City Comic Con. Many of them are best summed up by the following pics of con attendees, representing as best one could; by those dressed up in colorful costumes, often as characters familiar to the surrounding fandom.

Let us say hello to a few of our friends…


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San Diego Comic-Con 2013 pictures (part 2)

12 Aug

Photos by Orion Tippens

Occasional caption text by Mike Hansen

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Dustin Nguyen (Li'l Gotham) rocks the stage.

Dustin Nguyen (Li’l Gotham) rocks the stage.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2013 pictures (part 1)

7 Aug

Photos by Orion Tippens

Captions by Mike Hansen

It’s been two weeks since Comic-Con, and I’m still finding my feet! What an amazing time. Elvin and I had lots of interest in our comic, THE BEAT DOWN! – I’ll post more pages in a few days. In the meantime, enjoy these terrific pics from my main man Orion: A whole lot of cosplay, plus one handsome gentleman…



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Orion’s Exclusive ECCC Pics (part 1 of 2)!

26 Mar

by Orion Tippens

(Mike here: Orion KILLED it with these sweet pics from the 2013 Emerald City Comic Con. I’m just going to post these in random order: together, these photos really capture the essence of walking a convention floor. Click on each photo to make it superbig. How many of the brilliant creators in these photos can you name? And yeah, I probably should’ve tried to post these a couple weeks ago: I’m polishing up the final draft of a script that’s being drawn for Comic-Con. More in a bit…)

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The 1st Spider-Man Fantastic Four appearances – never to be touched again by human hands.

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Poison Ivy vs. Batgirl

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hint: webcomics genius.

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Fauhawk Superman vs. old school Lex Luthor!

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Writer of great DC comics of the past, now a voice for creator-owned books and digital publishing.

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Wil Wheaton surrounds himself with love.

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If you don’t own all of his comics work, you really should. REALLY

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Did anyone actually PAY $1000 for a year-old Walking Dead comic?!

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Extermination has never been so colorful, and huggable.

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Looked at this and I thought, what would be the worst thing you could bring home to show the wife and kids after a day at a comic con?

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artist on one of the better-selling New 52 DC series.

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hint: you may have a tattoo of his artwork.

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Just letting you all know, Invincible is the greatest superhero epic story ever!

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hint: Okay, this one’s a freebie.

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Only at a comic or related convention is this considered normal.

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Emerald City con life.

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hint: Really nice Image artist…

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…doing what he does best.

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hint: one of Image’s best-selling artists.

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It’s not a comic con without some huge tower of geek apparel for sale.

I’ll post the creators list after this break:

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My Comic-Con ticket buying experience

20 Feb

by Mike Hansen

So unlike a lot of folks’ horror stories, I had no problem buying Comic-Con tickets this year.

I got a Member ID in advance. I clicked the link in the email. I read the instructions. I watched the video. I clicked the green button and waited for the screen to reload, until the webpage loaded the waiting room. I was number 450 in line. I waited for the page to refresh every two minutes, until it allowed me to purchase tickets after about 5 minutes. I bought tickets. A few hours later, I got confirmation emails.

That’s it. Feel free to hate me now.

If it makes you feel better, I’m applying for professional status (thanks to my comics writing and freelance research work for Marvel), so hopefully you won’t have to worry about me taking a paid badge from you next year.

NOW I know why I’m still sick…

19 Jul

by Mike Hansen

Sarah Jean Underwood

(via Wikipedia)

Down at Comic-Con, I walked by the G4 booth right when Attack of the Show co-host Sarah Underwood was doing a signing:

That’s it, I’m mailing her a bill for my Dayquil…

DC New 52: Rejected cover to Sword of Sorcery #1 featuring Amethyst

18 Jul

by Mike Hansen

I’d love to know what non-creative executive made this decision.

Here’s the original pencilled cover to Sword of Sorcery #1, by Aaron Lopresti (who posted this on his Facebook feed today) – I got to see the original artwork at Comic-Con, and it’s terrific:

Sword of Sorcery #1 rejected cover

…and here’s the approved, redrawn color version (you can see the black-and-white version on Lopresti’s Facebook page):

Sword of Sorcery #1 final cover art

…which features the main character leaping out at the reader, just like on the cover to the previous issue (#0, by Josh Middleton):

Sword of Sorcery #0 cover

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Comic-Con Report, Part 1

18 Jul

by Mike Hansen


Comic-Con (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

Now that I’m getting over the worst case of Con Crud I’ve ever contracted (congestion, fever, sore throat, the works), I can start talking about my trip to Comic-Con. This was my first year attending with a free Professional badge (see? I’m a Real Writer), and I was able to crash at a friend-of-a-friend’s condo, so this may have been my least expensive Comic-Con yet.

Unlike previous years, I wasn’t there to work a booth or shop for deals – I was there to get a publisher for the stories I’ve been writing for the past several months. I know I haven’t talked about them much publicly yet, but after seeing how one or two projects got announced with possibly similar premises, I want to ensure that I’m not accused of ripping off anyone. (But hey, ideas are cheap – it’s the execution that matters. So hopefully this is a non-issue.)

Comic-Con remains Big. Really Big. Not only is the entire convention center completely filled, but there’s off-site programming at nearby hotels, and a lot of media companies have sponsored (and taken over) nearby areas: Cryptozoic Entertainment opened its own downtown retail outlet, Cartoon Network turned the Children’s Museum and nearby playground into an Adventure Time area, Disney built a huge Frankenweenie walk-through tent, the History Channel built a huge barbeque area to promote its shows (and give out free sausages!), Microsoft took over the second floor of the Hard Rock Hotel to promote X-Box games (and give out free T-shirts), SyFy took over a whole restaurant, and (most important for me and my friends) a nearby bar hosted by CNet and Gamespot offered free drinks to Con-goers in the afternoons. There’s nothing quite like trying to learn a new videogame for the first time while getting buzzed.

As I mentioned earlier today, I stayed the hell away from all of the “hype” panels – any panels that were promoting comics, movies, TV shows, or whatever got skipped. As awesome as it can be to see your favorite stars in person, or watch some exclusive footage before anyone else, I don’t have the time nor patience anymore to stand in line for hours for something I can read about or see later. There’s just too much other stuff going on at the same time. Comic-Con’s about making hard choices.

I heard this story about the world’s greatest baseball-card find on the radio on the drive down to San Diego. I’ll never make a discovery like this: I’m already aware of pretty much everything I’ve got, and what it’s all worth. Fortunately, this knowledge allows me to make some good deals. I never pay full price, because I am a Cheap Bastard.

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More Links Catch-Up (Walking Dead, Superman, Alan Moore, Joss Whedon, D&D, etc.)

14 Jun

by Mike Hansen


CBLDF (Photo credit: badlyricpolice)

Sorry about the lack of posts yesterday – I’m hammering away on some comics story proposals to pitch to publishers in the coming weeks. I’ll be sharing more info about them in the future. In the meantime, I thought you’d dig these stories:

Awesome story about a kid who asks a comics retailer, “Are you Superman?”

After moving their channel numbers, Dish Network has threatened to stop carrying AMC’s networks next month. That means no more Walking Dead and Comic Book Men (among others) for millions of people. Click here to tell Dish what you think about this.

The CBLDF gives a quick take on the mother who complained about an Alan Moore comic at a library being available for teens. (While I’d call Neonomicon one of Moore’s more “adult-oriented” comics, I’d never suggest that teenagers aren’t mature enough to handle “mature-readers” comics – after all, I happily read Elfquest, Groo, Swamp Thing, Sandman, and Hellblazer as a kid – all of which had nudity, sex, and/or “graphic” violence…)

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R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

6 Jun

by Mike Hansen

A photograph of science fiction author Ray Bra...

Ray Bradbury in 1975 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sad news: Ray Bradbury, one of the greatest authors of the past century, died yesterday at age 91.

He wrote 27 novels and over 600 short stories, many of which stand as among the greatest works of English literature of all time. Not only did he make science fiction respectable, but he made it necessary to read – his audience learned much about the world in which they lived by experiencing his dreams of the future. Some of those dreams have even come true.

Everybody has heard of (and should have read) Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, A Sound of Thunder… Bradbury taught me how to be a better writer, a better reader, and a better dreamer.

Many of his finest short stories were adapted into comics in the 1950s by EC Comics, and these are well worth tracking down.

Tributes to Bradbury and his genius have multiplied throughout the day, and rather than add to them with another lengthy piece I’ll just share this: a short video of Continue reading

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