ComicCon-ing: Louisiana Comic Con Update

The Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette will be here soon.  Lafayette is a great town and this con is shaping up to be an excellent one.

A few guests have been added since our last update on the con:

  • Michael Biehn: Chances are very favorable that Mr. Biehn is in at least one movie you love.  How could he not with credits such The Fan, The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Navy Seals, K2, The rock, and Tombstone. I have his autograph for The Terminator and the Abyss, and really want one for Aliens.
  • David Ankrum: Mr. Ankrum was the voice actor for Wedge Antilles in Star Wars: A New Hope. If I’m not mistaken he was the first person to sign our Rogue One poster.
  • John Morton: Mr. Morton is a must get for Star Wars fans. He played Dak Ralter, Luke’s gunner during the Battle of Hoth. He also plays Boba Fett in the scene in Empire where Fett tells Vader that “He’s no good to me dead.” A lot of people get Jeremy Bulloch to sign that picture even though it is actually Mr. Morton. As longtime readers know, we collect Star Wars autographs of almost everyone that is involved in the saga, whether it’s the movies, television, novels, or comics.  We haven’t met Mr. Morton yet, and we are looking forward to it!
  • Haiden Hazard: The award winning cosplayer will be in Lafayette.

If you get a chance, visit the con’s Facebook page. Much like the great Pensacon, the media staff for Louisiana Comic Con does a great job of promoting their show.  One thing they are doing there, that I haven’t seen before, is doing vendor spotlights. This is a great idea and gives you an idea of the type of merchandise that will be there.

We can’t wait for September 16-17.

Reading: Thanos Rising

I really wanted to like this comic.  A story, written by one of my favorite writers, Jason Aaron, about one of the top villains in all of the Marvel universe.  It’s not a bad comic.  It’s well written and expertly drawn.  It’s just a story that probably didn’t need to be told.

Some villains are enriched by their back story.  Harvey Dent comes to mind.  Others work better with a lack of a back story.  The Joker is the main one in this category.

This story provides a back story for Thanos and why death follows him everywhere.  It might be too literal of back story.  It provides an explanation by not really providing one.  I know this is vague, but I don’t believe in spilling the contents of books I review because that would give you no reason to read it for yourself.  It does provide plenty of action, and it, smartly, shows that Thanos is not just a thug but that he also has a brilliant, scientific and strategic mind. But besides that, I didn’t feel that I knew Thanos any better than I did before, which for an origin story, means it didn’t really do its job.

Mr. Aaron does write some great dialog and does create some moments of true horror and suspense.  Simone Bianchi does some great pencil work, especially for full-grown Thanos.  There are a few questionable panels, one in particular in which Thanos’s mother is weirdly underdressed considering her part in the story and what is happening to her at that particular moment. The strongest work of the creative team comes from Simone Peruzzi who’s coloring does an outstanding job in helping catch the mood and the mind of Thanos.

On Goodreads, I gave the book three stars.  It’s not a bad comic at all. After reading it, I feel that maybe Thanos, like the Joker, works better when he is just absolute evil.  He works better when we have no idea why he is doing what he does.

ComicCon-ing: Louisiana Comic Con at Lafayette

It’s time to check in on the Louisiana Comic Con which will be held at the Cajundome on September 16 & 17. While we haven’t been to this con before, I think the Cajundome is a great venue for the show.  It has a large floor and should have quite a few rooms for panels.

Here are some of the guests:

  • Jason David Frank:  The Green Power Ranger is always a hit at every con he attends.
  • Shannon Purser: The Stranger Things star will be in attendance.  We didn’t meet her at the Mississippi Comic Con, but we watched her interact with guests and watch their faces light up when she did.
  • Jason Douglas:  I’m pretty sure he will be a favorite guest with his work on Attack on Titan and The Walking Dead. For us Star Wars collectors, he did the voice of Orson Krennic in Star Wars: Go Rogue.
  • Jordan Woods-Robinson: Mr. Woods-Robinson has appeared on The Walking Dead and Nashville.
  • Jake the Snake Roberts:  The wrestling great will be at Louisiana Comic Con.
  • Cherami Leigh:  Ms. Leigh has extensive credits in anime.
  • Tiffany Vollmer:  This New Orleans resident has many anime credits on her resume.
  • Mike Zeck: This comic creator has done extensive work for Marvel, DC, and Image comics. As a penciler, for Marvel, he worked on Captain America and the 1984 Secret Wars series in which he designed the new (at the time) black and white costume for Spider-Man. He also illustrated the great Spider-Man storyline “Kraven’s Last Hunt.” For DC, he has worked on covers for Batman and worked with Mark Waid on The Kingdom, a sequel to Kingdom Come.
  • John Beatty: This comic creator’s credits include Captain America, Secret Wars, and the Punisher.
  • Rob Guillory:  This Eisner Award nominee and Lafayette native has done pencil work on Howard the Duck, Thor, and The Walking Dead.  He is most famous for his work on Chew, a series about a Food and Drug Administration agent. This New York Times Bestsellers List book won an Eisner for Best New Series in 2010 and best ongoing series in 2011.
  • Kody Chamberlain:  This Thibodaux native, is a penciler, inker, and colorist. He has worked on BOOM! Studios Tag, and wrote and drew Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story.
  • Brian Steward: Mr. Steward is an artist, writer, and photographer whose credits include pieces for Delirium, Fangoria, and Heavy Metal.

Blogging: Prolonged Abscence

Sorry for the lack of blogs lately.  Well, actually, no.  We are not sorry. We have been doing absolutely nothing this summer, and it’s been glorious. No week-long educational conferences, no exotic vacations.  Our only trips this summer was to see family.

At first, I thought it was weird that I wasn’t producing content when I had the most time to create it.  Then I realized that without a set schedule, it’s tough to find any reason to sit behind my computer.  Same with the podcasts.  We maybe home on a Monday or Tuesday evening or we may decide to go out into the real world. It makes it hard to schedule the time to do so when we have no schedule.

We aren’t done with this blog, but we definitely needed a break. Our fall workloads are about to get heavier in that I’ll be coaching freshmen football at our school which will cut considerably into my blogging time.  Instead of daily blogs, I’m shooting more for one or two a week.  Then again, once I have a routine established, I may find myself writing more blogs as a way to take a break during the day.

However, there are plenty of places to go to get your Nola Nerd Couple approved nerd and geek news.  Here are a few that we highly recommend:

  • The Longbox Guys: Best damn comics podcast period.
  • Nerdy Curiosities:  One of the best nerd sites on the web.  Follow them on social media as well.
  • NOLAnerdcast:  While these guys cover the whole gambit of nerdy news, I find they cover games and gaming better than anyone out there.

Sooner or later, we will be back.