I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, as the premise of the convention is quite unique from what we typically go through around the country for con season.
Feast your eyes on this:
As described on the official web site, MorrisoCon seems to be taking more of a seminar approach. Put together by Grant Morrison himself and Ignition Sequence, which is a collaboration of Isotope Comics’ James Sime & Kirsten Baldock and iFanboy co-founder Ron Richards, this convention is looking to event programming to be the selling point. That’s right – no showrooms, no dealers, and no insanely long lines.
It’s selling off of its featured guests in Jim Lee, Jonathan Hickman, Frank Quitely, Chris Burnham, and more listed on the site. In particular, the con hopes to achieve innovative conversations and workshops with these guests revolving around a variety of topics about the industry and where it can head next from a creative standpoint. And while there are no current plans to have art exhibitions, the convention is not stopping its guests from bringing art pages to hang in their gallery or to sell to those that are interested.
What makes this more unique is that MorrisonCon is keeping the guest list to 1,000 attendees with a single package of $699 and a double package of $1,099. Costs include lodging at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and access to the different nightclub parties that are being planned.
It’s definitely a different approach to the standard cons we see each year. I’m sure some of us are balking at the asking price for this con, but you can’t deny that if successful, it could help bring about some change in the creative and business direction of the industry.
Check out the site and its extensive FAQ for more details.
After 2 issues, the directions Wonder Woman can go under Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s guidance are endless. This is an exciting time to come back if you’ve wavered from the book during the many promises that new blood would reinvigorate her solo series. The intrigue behind Zola’s baby and Wonder Woman’s questionable origin should keep this going for a good while.
Just behind it came Batman #2 and another stellar showing from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Building out the history of Gotham and treating it as an actual character has fleshed out Batman’s stories in many cool and interesting ways. And the best part of it all is it’s being done with intriguing new villains being introduced, the Court of Owls being the latest.
And of course if you want your off-the-wall super-hero action, you have Justice League #2 to please. Geoff Johns obviously wrote this in mind to show Jim Lee off. The action sequences are a sight to see and shows that even 20+ years later, Lee still has it. The slow burn in the story may turn off some people from reading, but I think it’s a great way to again show why this is the premier team of the new DCU.
The time has come, folks. On August 31st, the new DCU is in full swing and Justice League #1 is the one kicking things off. This was definitely a labor of love put together by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. They didn’t have to do this book at all, but they chose to. And while it’s a slow burn of an issue rather than epic battle sequences, it sets the stage for a great and new look into what should be the premier title of DC that it hasn’t been the last 10 years.
Marvel didn’t want me left hanging dry that week though. Rick Remender put out another stellar effort in Uncanny X-Force #14 in the continuing Dark Angel saga that sees Archangel assume the mantle of Apocalypse. Jerome Opena makes his way back to art duties, which improves the book tenfold (as if it needed that already). Absolutely the best X-book on the market and am hoping that trend continues for the foreseeable future.
Music provided by The Commuters – As I Make My Way
If I were a betting man, I’d say Geoff Johns and Jim Lee re-launching Justice League on August 31st is going to be the hotly-anticipated book of the re-launch. And these panels from Mr. Lee may prove why that is:
Oh DC, why do you have to be so different?
Literally a day after Gary and I put up our thoughts on DC’s post-Flashpoint plans, DC pulls out a tire iron and beats those plans into submission with Tuesday’s announcement about September’s re-launch and new digital initiative. We discuss that in detail and what it could mean for the industry as a whole.
Music provided by Age of Daze – Change Everything
NOTE: At this time, much of what we discuss on Flashpoint comes before the big announcement DC made yesterday regarding a major re-boot.
After a long hiatus, Gary and I get back on track to discuss the latest in all things comics. And it’s quite the mouthful:
- We first discuss DC’s announcement of Flashpoint #5 being the only DC book coming out on August 31st (at the time of our recording, that is) and how its resolution is bringing a great amount of change to the direction of the DC universe. Gary shares some great points that he feels ties into to the $2.99 initiative and how DC wants to bring new readers to their fold.
- We then discuss a great article from Jason Wood on how DC’s $2.99 initiative has not produced the increased sales they were hoping for. It’s very thought-provoking and speaks a lot to how marketing and PR has worked well for Marvel and why they continue to hold the majority of the market share for the last 10 years.
- On top of that article, we also discuss another article from Wood on if Marvel flooding the market is what’s giving them dominant market share. It really points out how seeing DC consistently in the Top 10 doesn’t always equate to better sales or market share.
Let us know your thoughts and comments on these matters. Still a lot more news to come after the big announcement was made…