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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My Favorite Moments: C2E2 2013

There’s really no other way to accurately describe C2E2, than to say it was an unreal whirlwind of a weekend.  It was full of comics, cosplay, artwork, a panel, plenty of drinks, and most importantly, my best friends.  One of the highlights of the weekend was when Chris, who had tricked me into thinking he wasn’t going to be able to attend (after convincing me last year that I had to!) began kicking my chair from behind in the Comix Chix panel.  I was SO excited but I had to control myself for the next half hour until I could properly freak out and hug him!  I also was able to see my friend Eric who works for Quirk Books, and he gave me an advance copy of the new book, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, to review for my site!  Mel and I visited him all three days and he posted a photo of us each time we went to his booth.  We were kind of like the Quirk Books meme of C2E2.

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Days 1 and 2 of the convention were all about cosplay.  On Friday I cosplayed as my favorite mutant, the daughter of Magneto, Scarlet Witch.  Melissa was Snake Plissen, and Jill was the most adorable 20’s style Twilight Sparkle.  It was nearly impossible to walk more than 3 steps in any direction without getting asked for photos.  Miraculously, we managed to make our way down the floor to Artist Alley, and made a few quick stops to say hi to Tim Seeley (who gave me all four of his beautiful prints!  I had been coveting the Batman one since he released the image online earlier in the year), Joe Eisma (the extremely talented artist behind Morning Glories, who also gave me an amazing print featuring all of the Glories), our friend Agnes Garbowska, and of course, Skottie Young because I HAD to have his baby Spider-Man print (and thank goodness I made it a priority because it was sold out by Saturday).  Afterwards, we headed back to our hotel to change and try some of Chicago’s infamous deep dish pizza.  I thought it was really delicious! Very different from New York style pizza, but I wasn’t as biased as I thought I would be.  Then we went to the place everyone congregates after the con, the Hyatt bar.  We were so exhausted that we almost didn’t make it out, but since we were only there for three days, Mel and I forced ourselves, and we’re really happy we did.  We got to catch up with Jen who lives in LA so it’s rare that we’re ever on the same coast, as well as some other Californians like Mel, Kyle Higgins, and many many more.  We called it an early night because we had to wake up the next morning for the Comix Chix panel which both Jill and Jen were speakers on.

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After the panel concluded Melissa, Jill, Chris, and I caught up with Ashely Eckstein for a bit and chatted about her upcoming products.  She has some really exciting pieces debuting in the next few months, and I know I’m going to end up buying them all.  Next, we found a secluded bathroom and changed into our cosplay (I was a mod lady version of Thanos, Melissa was a female Doctor Strange, and Jill was Batgirl).  Saturday was full of tons more photos and attempting to walk around the floor.  We even had professional photos taken by Chanh Tang!  Next we went back to our hotels and changed quickly (although not as quickly as Chris wanted us to), for the big family dinner Ali planned for us all at Portillo’s.  Then it was straight to the Threadless/CBLDF party in the Threadless warehouse which had an awesome giant robot, Mario Kart, a DJ and of course free alcohol.  We danced and chatted for a few hours before heading back to the Hyatt again to meet up with everyone else.  Saturday night at the Hyatt was one of my favorite parts of the whole convention.  There were so many people we met and an incredible amount of events and conversations that I can’t write about.  Right before we left we met Lee Arenberg who is currently on Once Upon a Time, and was previously in Pirates of the Caribbean.  Overall, it was a wonderful evening.

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The next morning was a little slow moving for us all after the festivities of the night before, but we were excited to get an early start since Sunday would be the day we dressed as ourselves and were able to buy things.  After a morning that seemed like a Twilight Zone episode (Melissa accidentally tripped one of her favorite artists, and a girl opened her hotel door as we walked by and asked us for cosplay help), we left our suitcases in Jill and Brad’s hotel room, and dashed to artist alley and made our way through each row.  My two favorite prints I purchased were Silk Spectre by Amanda Connor and a Gwen Stacy/Spider-Man (obviously) print by J. Scott Campbell. Once we finished making our way through artist alley, I snuck away to the Hyatt bar to meet a few friends until it was time to hop in a cab and head to the airport.

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Overall, I was extremely impressed with C2E2.  I’m so thankful that everything worked out and I was able to attend.  Each convention that I’ve been to has a specific aspect that sets it  apart from every other con and part of the reason C2E2 holds such a high place on my list is because of the amount of people I was able to see and hang out with.  Chicago is also a beautiful city.  It’s like a quieter, cleaner version of New York, so I felt very much like I was at home during the three days I was there.  Next year (yes, I am definitely headed back!), I’m definitely planning on flying in on Thursday night so I can avoid some of the exhaustion I felt on Friday.  I’m also hoping that I’ll eventually learn my lesson and take the day after a convention off from work.  I always think it’ll be no problem while I’m booking my trip and then when I get to work on Monday morning, I’m zombielike.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the convention!

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My Favorite Moments: Baltimore Comic Con 2012

This past month was the first time I have ever attended Baltimore Comic Con and I can confidently state that it is one of my favorite (possibly even my most favorite) of all the cons I have ever attended.  The convention is very comics-centric and since it’s much smaller than SDCC or NYCC, you’re able to see and do everything you could possibly want to without spending any time waiting on long lines.  Many of the industries leading talents were in attendance and because of the size, everyone was very approachable and you were able to have actual conversations with the people you admire without feeling rushed.  Not to mention all the shopping I did and all the rad cosplay I saw!  So once our press passes were approved, my brother and I got up super early on Saturday morning (like 3AM early), and hopped on a train to Maryland.  For the first day of the con I decided to sport my Lazy Oaf Batman bodysuit, which was lucky because one of the guys at the Stylin’ Online booth loved my outfit so much, that he gave me a pair of these Batman earrings for free!
I also ran into Scott Snyder again!  He and Greg Capullo were signing together and I had them put their John Hancock on a copy of one of my single issue Batman variant covers.  Greg was also giving out a limited edition print, and I was able to snag one of those as well.  Immediately afterwards, we found out via Twitter that Jeff Lemire (for those who don’t know Lemire is my absolute favorite comic book writer), was signing at the Top Cow booth.  Even though I had already read his latest graphic novel, Underwater Welder three times and own a hard copy and review pdf, I decided to purchase another, in which Jeff drew a beautiful sketch of Jack complete with bubbles and a personalization to me.  But here is the craziest part, there were only about 5 people waiting on his line, so I did not have nearly enough time to try to relax and be cool when I met him (see the photo of me smiling all uncontrollably silly with Lemire as proof).  That alone made my trip worth it, but there was so much more!  If you haven’t already read Lemire’s Essex County, Underwater Welder, or Sweet Tooth, you should immediately drop everything and pick them up!  I even cosplayed as Sweet Tooth earlier this year.
My next favorite part of Baltimore Comic Con was definitely the shopping.  I got a Wonder Woman messenger bag (lined with navy blue fabric with white stars), a kawaii Superman backpack, a Totoro necklace, Wonder Woman and Batgirl Barbies, and a ton of artwork.  I also finally got to meet my Twitter friend Joe Eisma who is the artist and one of the masterminds behind Morning Glories.  Joe totally made my day when he told me that he loves looking at my instagram photos to see the kind of outfits I’m wearing since the Glories are all just a few years younger than me.  I got a gorgeous Morning Glories print of Casey signed by Joe, since she is one of my dream cosplays.  I also met Thom Zahler and Amy Ratcliffe where I purchased some of the best Spider-Man artwork I’ve ever seen.  The art I now own depicts Gwen Stacy (aka me) and Mary Jane fighting over a Spider-Man costume.  It’s absolutely adorable!  I also was really excited to meet Amy, who is a writer for Nerd Approved with a serious affinity for Star Wars, and she was super sweet in person!  Next I visited Cliff Chiang’s table and we reminisced about seeing Marvel’s The Avengers.  Dan Slott and I had sat next to him during the Marvel screening last April.  I’ve really been loving Cliff’s Wonder Woman artwork in the New 52, and I always loved his Zatanna art as well.  I got a really cute set of mini prints from him that included Batgirl and Teen Titans art.  My last stop for artwork was at Paolo Rivera’s table.  I simply had to have the iconic Daredevil snow angel cover from issue #7 of Mark Waid’s run and of course a Spider-Man print.
And lastly, what would any convention be without some good ole fashion cosplay?  On Sunday’, Baltimore Comic Con hosted their annual costume contest, so that is the day to attend if cosplay is your thing.  I loved some of the really unique costumes I saw such as Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, The Riddlers, and a Captain Marvel fashioned after Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new series.  After the con my brother and I grabbed some dinner and drinks near the hotel before calling it a night.  Oh! Another favorite highlight was during the Marvel NOW! panel when Mark Waid made my brother stand up and model his “I’m Not Daredevil” t-shirt from WeLoveFine.  For full coverage of the panels I attended and the Harvey Awards, you can view it all at On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!
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