BCC 2012: Panel Coverage Day 1

This year I had the pleasure of being able to attend Baltimore Comic Con. A smaller con when compared to SDCC or NYCC, but no less fabulous (perhaps, dare I say it, a better convention if comics are really your thing more than films and video games). I had the chance to sit on a few panels, talk to a lot of creators of all sorts of things and generally have a good time. This is will be a two article series, with this first part focusing on the Saturday Panels I attended and with the second part focusing on Sunday’s panel and a rundown of creators I had a chance to talk to. 

PANEL ONE: The British Invasion (noon est)

(L to R): Mark Buckingham, Robert Greenberger, Barry Kitson and Brian Bolland

In one sentence: Robert Greenberger moderates a panel focusing on the evolution of British artists in American comics which was far less boring than this sentence makes it sound.

Highlights/Notables:

      • Everyone was late to the panel (except Robert), which led to the sharing of an anecdote about losing Brian Bolland in Washington, DC on Wednesday night.
      • Working in chronological order, panel started with Brian Bolland.
          • Bolland (or he of the amazing spectacles): 
              • first started collecting comics at age 10 (1961), picking up DC.
              • First work was on Power Man in 1975 with Dave Gibbons. This was published in Nigeria, then in 1977: Started doing covers for Judge Dredd
              • Logistics of transporting work back & forth were the main issue.
              • The Society of Strip Illustrators (which binds all three men together) was a good resource
              • Works almost entirely in digital, prefers to get script instead of just plot.
              • Requested to work with Alan Moore after Camelot, often wonders if Barbara didn’t suffer because of Moore’s falling out with DC.
          • Kitson:
              • First job was on Spider-Man, working for Marvel in London. Got the job by virtue of knowing the entire office after attending a farewell party.
              • Would also end up working on Judge Dredd.
              • Has done work for Batgirl, Legion of Superheroes annual, Catwoman in Action Comics.
              • Appreciated that there was no large divide between those who wanted to be writers/artists and those who were professionals earlier on during his time with the Society of Strip Illustrators.
              • Does about half digital, half by hand. Prefers to get plot over script.
          • Buckingham:
              • Did what he refers to as his growing up in public, has done comparably little work in the British market.
              • Tends to adjust to fit work done by those previously.
              • Large portions of his early work were courtesy of the pushing of Neil Gaiman and Karen Berger
              • Also tutted at Robert Greenberger for reading wikipedia for his background information, re: Buckingham’s first published work.
                  • Heartbreak Hotel’s Wild Side of Life was inspired by Leech and Davis.
              • Stated that it tends to be a one-way track with Brits exporting to America, rather than the reverse.
              • Works in all card and enjoys collaborating with his writers.

What’s Cooking/Up Next:

      • Buckingham: Working on Fables, Doctor Who and heaps of other stuff.
      • Kitson: Working on Thor with Matt Fraction
      • Bolland:  Working on Dial H

PANEL TWO: Marvel NOW! (3pm EST)

Tom Brevoort (far left), Mark Waid (middle in blue, third in from right) and four fans.

In one sentence: Tom Brevoort (with a side of Mark Waid) promotes the upcoming Marvel NOW! event with a heaps of fan Q&A and a few technical difficulties.

Highlights/Notables:

      • Brevoort and Waid both stressed that high numbers on titles do notsell large numbers, thus part of the reason why renumbering keeps happening.
          • Stressed that it was all about accessibility to new fans.
      • October sees the arrival of Marvel NOW point one issues as a starting point.
          • Titles being renumbered/participating: Uncanny Avengers, All New X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor: God of Thunder, Indestructible Hulk, Captain America, Deadpool, X-Men Legacy and A+X.
      • Four fans were able to read Captain America #1, Iron Man #1, Thor: God of Thunder #1 and the Ant Man (Scott Lang) story from the point one FF story. Only good things could be said by them about what they read.
      • Only the writing teams on titles are changing, not the editorial staff.
      • No word on what will happen to New Mutants or those coming out of Avengers Academy, as well as Juggernaut/Colossus. X-23 will be appearing some book.
          • Wolverine and the X-Men is staying,  with a new X-Force in the works.
      • 1963 versions of the X-Men will have a lot on their plates coping with the ‘horrific’ future that awaits them that they now get to see in action.
      • Mark Waid said that he will not be immediately returning to stand-by Hulk villains, but reserves the right to change his mind. He also said that his take on the Hulk turned out to be a lot like Mark Ruffalo’s without any discussion between them.
          • He also solved the problem of Hulk’s tendency to go through purple pants like there is no tomorrow.

What’s Cooking/Up Next:

          • Possibility of the return of Janet van Dyne aka Wasp and Cable in some capacity.
              • Also the throwaway line of Doctor Strange being sued for malpractice could become a real thing.
          • Solo titles (such as Hawkeye) will eventually tie into Marvel NOW but will not be renumbered.
          • More infinites and digital comics for all!
          • Amazing Spider-Man #700 is a hugely big deal, supposedly changing Spidey’s world in a big way (such a big way that Brevoort said that even mentioning it probably has Dan Slott quivering somewhere).
          • Thanos mini will eventually see the light of day (when is not certain).

About Lina

A university graduate with three too many degrees and an urge to just keep moving. Not too keen to stay on the beaten path, moving is all that she feels like doing. Pieced together from a little bit of everywhere (culturally speaking) she has a love of pop culture and learning that is kind of out of control. Sometimes she acts a little bit like an insane old British lady or an eight year old on speed. Let's not get her started on the books (or soap operas or her affection for making up drinking games). Then we'd be here all day.
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One Response to BCC 2012: Panel Coverage Day 1

  1. Jo says:

    Very informative and glad to read up on what’s in store for the future! Thanks for the awesome post!

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