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ComicCon! OMG.

Spidermen and Rorsharchs and Jokers, Oh, my! And artists sketching and teenage girls cruising in a flying wing formation, holding up a hand-lettered sign offering free hugs and many, many super-cool t-shirts, and kids playing video games and a woman in a pair of golden horns that would make a Longhorn low with envy and not (it must be said) much else. And hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of old comics and new comics and little figurines of cartoons I've never heard of. There's even a booth selling wall-boxes to display them in.

And there are fans.

Not, in New York, many costumed ones--relatively speaking. And most of them were the aforementioned comic/movie characters. There were anime Lolita Goth-types, and a certain number of maids in little frilly aprons showing their knickers and their garters. Spike-haired punkoids, a small company of Storm Troopers, several female members of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, enough ninjas to take out the Senate (if they'd had any weaponry. Or maybe it was just well-hidden?), a Chewbacca, a Mario, a Pacman, and many, less-identifiable (at least by me) characters from games and comix and cartoons I know not of.

Yes, I bought comics. I've spent part of today (when I really ought to have been doing something useful and necessary) curled up in bed with Fables 8 and 9 and Girl Genius 1 and 2.

If you don't know about Girl Genius, click on the link and prepare to enjoy yourself. Steam-punk is far too limiting a description. I think of it more as a Ruritanean (or perhaps Graustarkian) adventure, with buckles swashing right and left, science cuddled tight with magic, romance that never gets ooey, and heroines with big, beautiful, buoyant brains and the ability to use them. Also airships and robots and strange and wonderful machines. And have I mentioned that it's very, very funny? And that Phil Foglio is a wonderful artist? And that I got to tell him so in person? Yes, I totally fangirled Phil Foglio, complete with babbling.

Some things you never get too old for.

So, yes, I enjoyed myself. Still, my hat's off to those who can stand the noise and the general unpleasantness of the Javitz Center for three straight days. One day was enough for me.



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Feb. 9th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
Oh man! I second and third and fourth the Girl Genius squee! I adored it before I ever heard the term "steampunk," and now whenever something declares itself steampunk I find myself comparing it to GG. Which perhaps isn't fair. But still. So much love!

Have you ever read Ruse? I deeply love that too, although Crossgen apparently axed it (and went bankrupt?) before they could complete the third volume. Still, the first volume stands well enough on its own, though The Silent Partner is also fun.
Feb. 9th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'll have to check it out. I depend on recommendations for my comic reading, because there's just so much out there and I'm so woefully ignorant.
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
*puts on recommendy hat*

Have you read Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan?
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Nope. It's now on my list, though.
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ruse was good. Conan Doyle crossed with Victorian drama crossed with fantasy. (unfortunately, the creator left Crossgen before crossgen gave up the ghost -- so you've got "early, intriguing, very good", followed by "ok, but doesn't actually address the questions established early on in the series", followed by the comic folding. But its still worth doing, unsolved mysteries and all).

I can lend out a full run if it's convenient.
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Phil's probably the first artist I ever paid any attention to, and I'm deadly afeared of turning into a 6'4" squee when I finally get to a Comicon to meet him. Ay ay ay...
Feb. 9th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
He was very gracious about my squee, bless him. I suspect he's used to it, after all these years.
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yay, Fables and GG! Two of the best comics that are coming out these days (other worthys: Finder, PS238).

I totally skipped Comicon, as I've done every year. I probably should do it some year, but it never feels worthwhile.

And anyway, I wanted to save up energy for Boskone this weekend.
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
We won't be at Boskone. It would be a big boo-hoo, except that we will be in California, visiting friends and reading at UC Santa Cruz, so the only boo-hoo about missing Boskone is missing friends.

Finder? PS 238? I shall have to investigate. But not this week.
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
You can't beat airships and robots.
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Not with a stick. Unless it's properly energized and calibrated.
Feb. 10th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
bedlamhouse and I are toying with the idea of starting up a Steampunk/Gaslight Fantasy convention in Indianapolis at the lovely hotel that built up around the old train station. We ran the concept (winter/fallish, strongly plotted character events, seriously costumed and gadgeted) up the flagpole at this week's British music con, and the response was a resounding "Ooooohh!" Phil and Kaga would make great GoHs. Could be a lot of fun.
Feb. 28th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful! I'm a big Steampunk/Gaslight fan, and have been since Tim Powers (arguably) started things off with that book whose title has left the building but I'll think of when I'm nowhere near my computer. Not Brokedown Palace. The other one. Drat.
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