Image Comics' Branding Manager David Brothers introduced Brian Haberlin (Faster Than Light), Jimmie Robinson (Power Lines), Brian Schirmer (Black Jack Ketchum), Keenan Marshall Keller (The Humans), and Joe Harris (Snowfall) to a roomful of WonderCon attendees Friday afternoon for the panel titled “Image Comics: Where Creators Own the New Creativity.”

Comic book writer Mark Evanier commenced the hour of “Cover Story” by relating that in the industry's early days, 95% of a comic book's selling potential was reliant on the cover art. Part of the reason for this was because comics used to be sold on newsstands. He related that, at that time, the stories were written based on the cover; however, after comics moved off the newsstands and into the local comic book shop, and a non-return policy was put into place, the emphasis on cover art changed. Now, the story influences the cover; however, the cover is drawn and completed months before the interiors are realized.

Please note that The Arkham Sessions podcast, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is syndicated each week on Fanboy Comics.


On Friday afternoon, many WonderCon attendees packed one of the conference rooms in the West Hall to listen to television writers discuss the Marvel shows they are working on with moderator Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions). Four Marvel shows were represented - D.J. Doyle (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jose Molina (Agent Carter), Lindsey Allen (Agent Carter), Christos Gage (Daredevil), and Scott Reynolds (Jessica Jones) - while Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) provided her psychological expertise to explore the dramatic psyche of each central character.

Please note that Michael Fitzgerald Troy writes a weekly column for Fanboy Comics titled Wonder Woman Wednesday.

On the heels of the Friday, March 25th, premiere of the highly anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film in which audiences could get their first glimpse of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), moderator Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls/The Comic Book Girl) hosted the panel titled, “Wonder Woman: Will She Finally Be Done Right?” Tseang assembled an impressive group of panelists that spanned direct involved with the licensed property to experts on popular culture that could explore and analyze that question at the Saturday morning WonderCon panel. The panel included Steven L. Sears (executive producer, writer, Xena: Warrior Princess), Lisa Klink (Star Trek Voyager, Roswell), Barbra Dillon (Editor-in-Chief, Fanboy Comics), Michael Fitzgerald Troy (Going Gaga! Adele #1, Prism Comics), Eric Diaz (writer for Nerdist, Topless Robot), and Drew Johnson (DC Comics' Wonder Woman).

Space: the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.

With thirty minutes left of WonderCon on Sunday afternoon, a small crowd of thirty to forty people gathered in Room 515 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in order to have an opportunity to address their concerns to John Rogers, Comic-Con International President.

Last Sunday evening, March 20, RedCat and Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater in downtown Los Angeles hosted Studio: Winter 2016. The event brought together six performances showcasing live performances of work-in-progress projects that ranged from interpretative dance numbers, an audience-driven, music-through-motion experiment, and a presentation of movie clips in a new art form called “Neo benshi” (movie talking). And, among the performances, there was one stand out: Run Downhill’s performance in which they blend animation and music resulting in a technique they refer to as “Song Comics.”

I know that I am not alone when I say how completely crushed I felt when I heard the news that the television show, Firefly, had been cancelled after a brief, 3-month season of 14 episodes in the autumn of 2002; however, this past Saturday afternoon at the Long Beach Comic Expo, actor Alan Tudyk was joined by The Softwire Series novelist PJ Haarsma and Spectrum editor Shannon Eric Denton to discuss two projects that promise to bring the shiny back to our Browncoat buckles! 

Fanboy Comics' Managing Editor Barbra Dillon introduced artist Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony: Friends Forever, Fathom: Kiani), artist Cat Staggs (Topps' Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith sketch cards, Orphan Black) and writer/artist Taki Soma (Rapture, Bitch Planet, The United States of Murder Inc.), who were participants in the “Celebrating Women in Comics” panel Sunday morning at the Long Beach Comic Expo.

It was 45 years ago that Gonzo journalism became a style of writing to describe the first-person participatory narratives overrun with overstated satire and profanity as a way of voicing social criticism. Borrowing from the term that has been ascribed to Hunter S. Thompson, the Long Beach Comic Expo panel “Gonzo: The Outer Limits of Comics” was moderated by comic book writer and shop co-owner John Yuan on Sunday afternoon. Yuan was joined by Victor DeTroy (co-creator of Man vs. Rock), Nick Marino (co-creator of Holy F*ck), Dan Mendoza (creator of Zombie Tramp), Johnny Parker II (co-creator of Black Fist and Brown Hand), and Matt Yuan (co-creator of Serving Supes and Declan and Chang with his twin brother John), and each represented an embodiment of the spirit of countering acceptable, politically correct mainstream comics of today.

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