Heroes Con: Day One Report
For those not attending Heroes Con in Charlotte this weekend, and for most of those who are, the big news is the rumors swirling around DC Comics.
There was chatter all day about DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio, and whether he might be out. The only real news, though, was that VP John Nee is resigning.
Sadly, everyone was so caught up in the rumormongering (which, so far, has turned out to be fluff) that they missed out on the panel of the weekend. The man behind the current greatest cartoon in the world, Cul de Sac, came down to talk about his strip and new collection.
That’s Richard Thompson at right, the quiet genius of the comics world. What you can’t see is the massively empty hall in front of him. Fewer than 15 people were there, and that’s just a shame.
That complaint aside, it’s been a fun if relaxed con so far with plenty of interesting tid bits:
The DC presence was pretty tense. DiDio stayed pretty gruff throughout the State of the Industry panel and dodged moderator Tom Spurgeon’s questions about the past week at DC, marred by Chuck Dixon’s acrimonious exit.
Not inspiring anyone, at one point DiDio said, "We have the same characters… There’s only so much you can do with them. You’ve seen it all, you’ve heard it all."
That panel — which included Erik Larsen, Jimmy Palmiotti and Mark Waid (pictured at right) — was full of dire head-scratching about the future of comics. It wasn’t relentlessly bleak, but it certainly wasn’t hopeful.
Mark Waid, with an elbow from Larsen, revealed that John Byrne will be writing the Farscape book for Boom! Studios. UPDATE: Waid went out of his way to point out that this was a joke, which I didn’t make nearly clear enough in the original post. Apologies all around.
Bryan J.L. Glass was nice enough to let me read some galleys of Mice Templar #5, which just went to the press this week. I won’t spoil anything, but it’s a huge issue. HUGE.
Oh, and for those curious, not a whole lot of action on the costume front. The Joker is big, though. Saw three of those. The best though, bar none, was a little kid with an absolutely bad-ass Iron Fist outfit.
Check back for more reports from Heroes Con throughout the weekend.