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Local Comic Creators Share Their Thoughts on the First Minnesota Fan Fest

This past weekend, I happily supported the first ever Minnesota Fan Fest on August 19 and 20 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Earlier in the month, I wrote about the convention’s cosplay policy, which had been somewhat controversial when it was first announced; in that article, I stressed that Fan Fest organizers were listening to the local community and had demonstrated good intentions to support Minnesota creators and to work with, not invade, the Twin Cities comic-book scene. While wandering...

Giacomo Bevilacqua’s Tale of Love and Misanthropy Left My Heart in New York

Having never been to New York, I have only the trappings of pop culture’s sensationalized and often exaggerated viewpoint of the bustling city. From the heavenly skylines to the lowly sewer depths, every inch of the concrete jungle has been used ad infinitum. And yet The Sound of the World by Heart, a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Giacomo Bevilacqua, simply captivated me with its richly detailed vistas of not just the city’s landmarks, but of the...

The Wendy Project Offers an Inventively Modern Take on Peter Pan

The Wendy Project, written by Melissa Jane Osbourne and illustrated by Veronica Fish, is a dense and chewy (both emotionally and visually) retelling of J. M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan. Throughout the graphic novel, Osbourne makes changes—in the form of making corrections—to several famous Barrie quotes, including the one that the novel opens with. She scribbles out “die” in the quote “To die will be an awfully big adventure,” and corrects it to “To live will be an awfully big adventure.”...

DC’s Rebirth Series Puts the Fun Back into Comic Books

I’ve always been a Marvel guy . . . except when it comes to Batman, who has (without a doubt) the best and most psychologically complex villains. But Marvel had better beware! DC is coming up fast and furious! Both on television (Supergirl, Flash, Gotham) and now in comic books with the fun and highly enjoyable Rebirth series, DC is doing a lot of things right. While Marvel’s Civil War II comic-book series seems to be dying out with...

Minnesota’s Christopher Jones Draws Everything from Superheroes to Time Lords

Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based comic artist and illustrator who has worked on a multitude of different comics and books, including properties from Young Justice to The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Doctor Who: The Third Doctor. Due to his having worked on a few things that I am a fan of, I was pretty pumped when he graciously took some time out of his day to answer a few of my questions. Philip Coler (TCG): For people who don’t...

From the Stands: The Source and Uncle Sven’s Aren’t Going Anywhere

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. People tend to be pretty specific in their likes and dislikes; nerds doubly so. Tell a nerd her favorite comic-book character is getting retconned or her favorite show has been cancelled and you might want to let the dust settle a bit before you ask her to help you move. Nerds, more than...

Your Big, Bad Recap of the 2016 In-Store Convention Kick-Off

What better way to launch the comic convention season than with the In-Store Convention Kick-Off? In this marathon eight-hour live streaming event, creators and major publishers were on hand to talk about upcoming books and editorial plans. More than 400 comic and game stores in nine countries participated as venues for watching the broadcast, including four in Minnesota: Comic Cartel in Minneapolis, Book Review in Rochester, Source Comics and Games in Roseville, and Level Up Games in South St....

Brotherman Meets Hancock Meets Green Lantern in The Legend of the Mantamaji

At first glance, Eric Dean Seaton’s Legend of the Mantamaji may look like a typical comic-book story, complete with pencil-thin-mustached villain, a seemingly formulaic world-ending plot, and a reluctant Black hero . . . and if you merely skim the book, that’s probably what you’d see. But you’d be wrong. Below the surface is a cornucopia of subtle messages and plot devices that reveal this series to be more—so much more. For a little background, if you were reading comic...

From the Stands: Captain Jack’s Comics is Waiting for You

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. Discovery has always been an important part of being a comics fan. After all, if you take the Yellow Kid as your (possibly dubious) starting point, you’ve got 121 years of comic history to comb through for new gems and things you haven’t yet been exposed to. The same is true for comic-book...

From the Stands: High-Class Comics Is Just Getting Started

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. You can’t get your shoes fixed at High-Class Comics though people have asked. “This used to be a shoe shop for about 50 years,” says Bjorn Brosdahl, owner and operator of High-Class. “This was Bernie [Apple’s] old shoe repair store and still every day someone’s calling me up asking, ‘Do you think...
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