Monday, April 28, 2008

All the Critics Loved Us in New York

This could possibly be the last report on this year's New York Comic Con to be posted on the blogsphere, but I only just recovered from my trip this past weekend. For some reason, I suffered from massive fatigue for quite a few days after I returned, but I'm pleased to say that I'm feeling much better now and ready for the next con (which will be next month)!

Despite all the drama leading up to the show, this year's NYCC was a fantastic time! I was there first and foremost to promote The Untold Origins of Invisible Scarlet O'Neil and I was very happy that I sold a fair number of books and gave away all my promo cards. I also spoke with a number of folks who stopped by and couldn't take their eyes off the cover image of Russell Stamm's signature character! Many fanboys love to challenge the idea that Scarlet is the first leading lady with superpowers to appear in comic form, so it makes for some interesting discussions. I'm just so glad to see the character getting attention and there is some great news to come!

However, I was not alone in the booth! Bill was there are well - his first time in the Big Apple! He was excited all weekend, but it was hard to tell if it was the city or the great work he has been doing on the new NLP project. We're just weeks from a formal announcement, so be sure to stay tuned!

Others in the booth included a couple of "old friends" - Kathy Messick who is still hard at work promoting Cyber Angels. A great concept and I am amazed that some company hasn't signed her to develop it as a series yet. Also in attendance was Scott Ham of Buckeye Comics, creator of Blood Sentence. Scott's got some great ideas for other horror titles and I'm looking forward to his next project which takes place in the Old West and WWII.

This year we also had a newbie in the booth, Terrance Bernard who was there to introduce the world to Sophia: Awakening and 8-part comic series that takes place in the distant future. The preview book and promo cards and posters did attract quite a lot of attention, thanks in no small part to the gorgeous artwork by Andres Guinaldo! I strongly recommend checking out a preview of the first issue at Parasite Publishing.

But the con was not all work (if you can call hanging out with all the talented folks mentioned above "work"). I also took time to walk around Artist Alley and met some great talent, including Rafeal Navarro who contributed this lovely image of Scarlet for my collection:

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