Last week I attended the Emerald City Comicon in order to visit with my brother, the independent artist GW Fisher. Four samples of his work can be seen in this post. They’ll also be given away.
I didn’t get a glimpse of George Takei or Wil Wheaton, but I got an eyeful of costumed revelers: superheroes, anime characters, steampunk posers and a tall young woman in a Wonder Woman bikini who left a string of broken geek hearts in her leggy wake.
Despite the lingering recession some people are still spending on things that matter to them. My brother’s table did pretty well and I saw a lot of money changing hands when I took a walk around the convention center.
I’d decided to go out in search of free stuff, although I thought it was a silly thing to do. People come to these things to sell items, not to give them away. You’d think.
Yet I came back half an hour later with three free comic books and a couple of pins for my great-nephews. Those of you who came of age in the 1970s or 1980s will be thrilled to know that the “Swamp Thing” comic is about to be re-launched.
The set of four prints is this week’s giveaway. They’re much more vibrantly colored in real life; the reproduction here doesn’t begin to do them justice. (My brother has lots of other superheroic art for sale, both color prints and pen-and-ink drawings. He also does commissions. If you’d like to see more, click on his name, above. Or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Each measures 11 by 17 inches, and each is a good way to get excited about “The Avengers,” which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johannson. Directed by Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” among others), it hits theaters on May 4.
And yeah, I’ll probably go see it. At that point I’ll be house-sitting up in Alaska, where my two great-nephews live. Both are superhero fans, so I’ll bring along those free comics. If there’s a long line to get in, I can introduce them to the Swamp Thing.
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