Sunday, 28 March 2010

Toronto Comic Con: The Comic Book Guys

Went to Toronto Comic Con on Saturday and, as expected, it was a lot busier than my leisurely afternoon on Friday. Had to get this picture in with Gil Gerard and, yes, I donated my $5.00 to Erin Gray's charity (a women's shelter) like everyone else who got a photo with Gil. I also stopped by to say hello to Luna (BarBara Luna) and take a photo for her with a fan who had forgotten to bring his camera. Turned out they both had Hungarian roots (Luna's father is Portuguese/Spanish/Filipino).

This time round, I focused on the comic book guys and had some great conversations. I had no idea that Toronto had so many comic book writers/illustrators, and they were well-represented at the con. Not all of them do the work full time (a lot have day jobs), but I admire their dedication to their art. I’m also grateful to them for coming to the convention and displaying their various styles, techniques and visions with peers, fans and gaping guppies like me.

Sean Wyatt (Sewer Rat series), "Mullet" from Miller & Mullet comic books, Adam Gorham illustrator for The Vampire Conspiracy (now a film).

Scott (aka "The Comic Book Guy") who owned this stall didn't want to be on camera, but I learned a lot from him about comic (genres, ratings, pricing etc)and loved looking through his booth and listening to the conversations around me; Ken Lashley did some great sketches for fans, and I picked up a copy of Black Panther; Mike Parsons (Hey Apathy!) and I had good chat about his artwork and I marveled at the fact that he hasn't gone blind!

What can I say, meet BLACK BASTARD. His comics are for a mature audience with a non-PC sense of humour.

Wrestlers Consequence Creed and Jungle Fever. I won't tell you where Consequence keeps his cell phone!

I walked by while Darth Vader was getting his helmet shined (sounds rude but it was all in fun). I asked them to pose for the picture because it's not something you see every day. On Friday he had his breathing apparatus in, but it was the end of the day today so he was just chillin'; took the pic of Ernie Hudson to prove I did see him, but he was very busy talking to fans and signing autographs. Taking free pics when exhibitors are working is a breach of ettiquette--an unwritten rule.

Toronto Comic Con wraps up today at 5:00pm

Direct Energy Centre
Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Toronto Comic Con: Name That Hero!

I went to a costume contest down at Toronto Comic Con and, newbie that I am, I didn’t know most of the characters on parade. Thanks to my appeal to Toronto Comic Con fans, I now know who these characters are. Thanks for your help, guys.

I managed to take some pictures, but found that not many contestants took the time to pose for the camera. The pictures I got were for of the extroverted ones who lived for the flickering of the flash. I eventually told them to “halt” and some did, but others were too shy.

I know Wolverine. My husband Hugh Jackman plays him in the movies.

Thanks to a poster for letting me know that this is the character Kallen from Code Geass.

Yes! Arnie played him in the movie. Predator. Wish I had captured the sound he made as he walked around. He devised the audio himself.

Captain America.

"Baby" Captain America (the prize she won was bigger than her!), "Little" Mystique and "Boy" Vader.

Thanks to "L" I now know that "Legs" and "Blondie" (my made up names) are actually Zatana and Black Canary.

Thanks to the poster who let me know that this "Lady in Red" is the character Dark Phoenix aka Katherine Curtis from the Naked News, which confirms me original post that "they should have brought a hose in for the fan boys when she walked up to the front of the room. SCHWING!"

"Lady in Blue"? It took he about 4 months to make this original costume. Love the bustle.

Holy wing span! It's Klingon Batman aka Batlith Man

The character Mizore from Rosario and Vampire; thanks to Samantha- Jeanne I now know that this "Green Girl" (as I was calling her) is a Green Lantern character named Arisia. Thanks S-J. Trivia: Two-Face (below) is her boyfriend; Lexy, who won First Prize in the "Other" category is an original forest warrior character.

Two-Face, and Candlejack from Freakazois.

Zombie Gwen Stacy+ Shaun of the Dead.

Every country needs a hero! Here's The Blue Trident representing Barbados

Direct Energy Centre
Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd

Sunday - 10am - 5pm
Last Day!


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