I had a great time this past weekend at All AmeriCon in Youngstown, OH. Here’s a glimpse of the goings-on courtesy of The Business Journal of Youngstown. I look forward to returning to this show!
While continuing to sort through boxes that were packed away after the house flood, I discovered this page from the Dayton Daily News, August 16, 2004, announcing the opening of Comics and Games Emporium — How I got it or why I saved it, I can’t guess, unless it was just my custom at the time to file away articles about any area comic book activity that I stumbled across.
The gentleman in the picture, the owner of the Dayton comics shop, is Jim Broughton, whom I wouldn’t properly meet until a decade later. Jim and I became friends at the bi-monthly ASH Comics and Toy Shows in Indianapolis a few years ago, and until I ran across this newspaper clipping, I never connected him to the comics shop in the story.
I also never did get to Comics and Games Emporium — and apparently I missed my chance — but Jim Broughton, with Dan Taylor, now operate a great store, Jim & Dan’s Comics & Collectibles in West Alexandria, OH, and also host a quarterly comics convention at Wright State University which I enjoy and recommend (the most recent one was this past Sunday!).
Today is also Jim’s birthday, and I wish him a happy one and many more!
The Queen City Comicon in Cincinnati got off to a great start yesterday; very fun show. If you missed it, plan ahead for September’s Cincinnati Comic Expo, organized by the same team and in the same location, Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center.
This convention sketch was commissioned by a guy for his buddy, whom he claimed had four toes on his left foot, as the first two had somehow grown together. I didn’t ask to see, but I did draw this to his specs.
I’m still sorting through boxes of stuff from my house which flooded a while back, and every so often I discover an item that 1) survived the disaster, and 2) I’d pretty much forgotten ever existed. The process has been like a very soggy Christmas; I keep finding soggy presents amongst the soggy lumps of coal. So I decided to post some of these forgotten treasures as the mood strikes.
You didn’t know Howard the Duck ran for president? Here’s a campaign button that Marvel issued during the ’76 race, featuring Howard and his slogan “Get Down America!’ He didn’t win but perhaps he can be drafted this time around.
This image of Howard was drawn by the great Berni Wrightson, best known for his co-creation, Swamp Thing. Actually, Berni is better known for his intricate and controlled, dollar-bill-engraving-quality linework and his shadow-drenched atmospheric compositions.
Howard the Duck was created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik. He was an incidental character in Adventure Into Fear #19 (1973), caught the attention of readers, and was spun off into his own title (1976). And, there was a movie.
Incidentally, Frank Brunner, the artist who drew the first issue of Marvel’s Howard the Duck comic, will be the featured guest at this weekend’s Queen City Comicon. I’ve never met Frank (who also drew some of the more memorable issues of Doctor Strange), so here’s my chance! (And yours!)
One week from today, please come out and see me at the inaugural Queen City Comicon in downtown Cincinnati!
This one-day show is hosted by the same team who does Cincinnati Comic Expo, so I’m anticipating that it will quickly be known as the next great must-go-to Cincinnati show.
I’ll be meeting and greeting, signing, doing commissions and caricatures, selling art, all the usual fun stuff. Admission is a mere five bucks, so you have no excuses for not being there! Click the link!
Come see me this weekend at one of my favorite shows, Gem City Comic Con! This year it’s at a new venue, the Dayton Convention Center!