Last week I spent the entire blog talking about the parts of Fan Expo that really burned my balls. This week, I’m going to talk about the part that brings me back year after year: buying stuff. This year in particular was a banner year for me. I got something that, to me at least, is absolutely amazing. But, I’ll save that for the end.
Years ago, a friend of mine picked up Preacher in Trade Paperback and leant it to me. It is Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon at their absolute best. It’s a fantastic 66 issue run of sacrilegious goodness. In the most basic terms, it’s about an ex-preacher who gets the voice of God meaning he can make people do whatever he says. He uses it sparingly, ‘cause, you know, he’s a decent guy. He and his girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire they meet on their travels go on a road trip across America. That’s it in a nutshell and it might sound a little simplistic but it’s good comics!
I managed to get the first volume in hardcover a few years ago and I’ve been trying to get the rest for a good price ever since. At the con I found vols. 2 and 3, and I got vol. 4 shortly after. So, I’ve almost go the whole kit and caboodle now and I plan on rereading it as soon as I do. You can borrow them when I’m done.
In Brian Cronin’s latest book about comics (http://www.amazon.com/Does-Batman-Carry-Shark-Repellent/dp/0452297842/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346724821&sr=8-1&keywords=brian+cronin), Zeb Wells discussed Peter David’s run on The Hulk in pretty glowing terms. (Zeb Wells is a funny comic writer who is in the midst of a pretty solid run on Avenging Spider-Man.) I’ve always liked Peter David but I haven’t read much of his Hulk stuff even though he’s considered one of the definitive voices on the character. I guess I’ve just never been much of a Hulk guy. But, Wells turned me. David wrote around 150 issues of Hulk, and now I’ve got about 23 of them. I think that’s a pretty good sampling. I’m sure I’ll let you know what I think. In the meantime, check out Peter David’s work. If you’re reading this, chances are he’s written something you’d be interested in. (Star Trek, Spider-Man, Babylon 5, Space Cases, etc.)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #24
My quest for a complete run of the Archie Comics Ninja Turtles comics continues. This year, I only found one issue I needed at a reasonable price. There were a few places selling issues for as much as $100, but so long as I can find them for a buck or two I figure I’ll stick to that. With this issue I now have a pretty solid run of 1-36 with a few small gaps. It’s getting harder though. I’m pretty sure I’ve exhausted all of the stores in Toronto, and I might have to start trekking to other towns.
This is a series by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (no, not the guy from Six Feet Under) that I don’t know too much about. It’s a spin on the Superman story where the hero turns evil. It has a sister series called Incorruptible, which is about a bad guy that turns good. Normally I’m bit wishy washy on Waid, but I’ve just heard so many great things that I had to check it out. It’s another one of those things where I’ll get back to you when I’ve finished it.
As I may have mentioned, Shazam/Captain Marvel is my latest comic book crush. I hate calling him Shazam, but that’s what legal wrangling has lead us. At this con I got three more items for my collection. A hardcover collection of a four issue mini-series called Shazam! The Monster Society Of Evil by Jeff Smith, the beloved creator of the epic comic book series Bone. A red t-shirt with the iconic Captain Marvel lightning bolt. Finally, the crème de la crème, Shazam Archives vol. 1. This reprint of the first batch of Captain Marvel comics is out of print, and filled with amazing art and stories. It’s the first of four and easily the hardest to find. It’s currently selling for $156 on Amazon.com. I managed to find it for $25. I almost passed out when I saw the price and I entered into a state of euphoria when I got it into my sweaty little hands (don’t worry, it was in plastic wrap.)
That’s it for another Fan Expo. I’m sure I’ll be writing about it again next year.
Graham Becksted spent way too much money at Fan Expo. Surprise, surprise. He is the author of Graham’s Grumbles the second blog by that name that is listed in Google results when you search for Graham’s Grumbles. If you would like to be his 71st follower (thank you, bots), he can be followed on Twitter @GrahamBecksted.