Baltimore Comic Con: The Cosplay

Baltimore Comic Con was a blast (as always!).  If you haven’t already, you can watch my vlog of the con as well as my haul which I posted on my YouTube channel earlier in the week.  One of my favorite parts of the convention is admiring all of the wonderful cosplay that you see while walking around the exhibit hall, so today I’m sharing some of my favorites from this year’s show.  Saturday was the costume contest so I definitely saw the best cosplay that day and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with how many adorable kids I saw in cosplay this con!  I think my favorites of the bunch are the Saga cosplayers, Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale, Hawkgirl and the Spider-Men cosplay group!  Which are your favorites?

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Top 10 Comics

I read fewer comics this year than I did in 2014, but there were so many amazing titles to choose from that it was very challenging to narrow it down to only 10.  Here are my top 10 favorite comics of 2014 in a very particular order!  Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Books of 2014, and Top 10 TV Shows, Top 7 Movies, & Top 5 Broadway/Off Broadway Shows of 2014! What were your favorites this year?

10) The Woods

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9) Gotham Academy

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8) Silver Surfer

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7) Rat Queens

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6) Sex Criminals

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5) The Wicked + The Divine

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4) Batgirl

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3) Sandman Overture

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2) Lumberjanes

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1) Saga

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Bonus: Bee & Puppycat

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Alex + Ada By Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada is a newly released Image comic by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn.  The first two issues are about Alex and his reluctance to accept the android he received as a gift from his grandmother. Within the first issue, the reader immediately gets a sense of how heavily Alex’s world relies on technology, and how depressed Alex seems to be.  He proves to be a very relatable character.  On the surface Alex is surrounded by technology which theoretically should make it much easier for him to be constantly interacting with people, but instead he seems unable to relate, disconnected, and alone.  We also meet Ada, who immediately relays the laws of robotics set forth by her parent company Tanaka, which she must obey.  The artwork in the series is beautiful.  It’s very streamlined and clean which helps to enhance this maybe-not-so-far-away futuristic world.  The only bright color in the series is a baby blue which could represent traditionally depicted computer screens.  It makes you feel as though the technological aspect of life is the only source of happiness for most people in this world.

The series reminds me of the manga Chobits, which is similarly about a reluctant young man forming a relationship with a persocom.  It isn’t clear yet whether Alex will become romantically involved with his android, but it does seem like the direction the story could take (especially since the cover of the first issue shows Ada’s packaging draped over her head in a wedding veil-like manner).  The series is only two issues in so if you haven’t had a chance to begin reading, there will be minimal catch up before you’re up to date.  You can find it in your local comic book shop, or it you prefer to read digitally, on ComiXology.

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Best Comics Of 2013 Part Two Of Two

Without further ado, here is the second half of my best of 2013 list.  If there’s a title you didn’t see on either list that you think I should’ve included, leave a comment below!

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Morning Glories by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma1

Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott & Ryan Stegman2

Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky3

The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn & Marcos Martin4

Batman ’66 by Jeff Parker & Jonathan Case5

Daredevil by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee6

Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Rios7

Manhattan Projects by Matt Fraction & Nick Pitarra8

Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Jaimie McKelvie9

Amelia Cole & the Unknown World by Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride & Nick Brokenshire10

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland by Joe Hill & C.P. Wilson III11

Coffin Hill by Caitlin Kittredge & Inaki Miranda

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HONORABLE MENTION: Harley Quinn by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner – Harley Quinn gets an honorable mention because at the time I wrote this post, issue #0 is the only book to have been released.

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Best Comics Of 2013 Part One Of Two

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it plenty more times, I love lists.  Which is why I also love when the year is ending because it’s the perfect time to reflect on the things you enjoyed in the past 365 days, and compile them into one comprehensive guide (or in this case, one comprehensive guide in two parts).  There were so many amazing comics published this year that it was too much of a challenge for me to narrow the list down to ten.  I decided to divide my favorites into two parts with 12 on each list.  Even with a total of 24, I feel as though I’m still neglecting several series that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this year.  The list is overwhelmingly Image and Marvel titles and as much as I adore each of the series I’ve chosen to highlight, I am hoping for more diversity next year.

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Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

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Itty Bitty Hellboy by Art Baltazar & Franco

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Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch

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Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon & Becky Cloonan

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The Wake by Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy

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Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja

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Revival by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton

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Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt

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Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan & Jamie McKelvie

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Trillium by Jeff Lemire

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples

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