This weekend marked the passing of yet another year for the Philadelphia Comic Con. Once a con plagued by terrible under-attendance and being kinda under-whelming in general, I must say has shown up this year in quite a grand fashion! Unlike San Diego, where everyone makes their big announcements and the entire con has shifted focus from comics to general pop culture, Philadelphia Wizard World contains not a single gaming console, major network, or Sony branded anything on the floor. You won’t find 300 person long lines for swag giveaways at the G4 booth, and i find that quite refreshing. Just comics, toys/t-shirts sporting comics, the creators of said comics, and the fans that love comics; what can i say it’s a freaking comic convention. This con is perfectly suited to it’s size. Is the floor crowded? Yes. Claustrophobicly so? No. Are there lines to get into the panels? Yes. Is anybody left out because the room was full? No. This was really a joy to be at. Also because there’s no big spoiler alerts, new announcements, or exclusive toy lines to write about; figured I’d just give you some pictorial love of the panels I attended along with some of my favorite quotes from each!
DC, in an effort to bring together anime and comics fans, introduced a line of toys featuring the girls of the DCU rendered in an anime style. The toys have been so popular that this Monday DC released a digital first line of comics by the same name: Ame-Comi.
The series will begin an over-arcing story, following Wonder Woman on a 3 episode plot; doing the same across books for Batgirl, Duela Dent, Power Girl, and Super Girl before bringing the series to a close. In an innovative experiment, these books are released online for only 99 cents and on Monday rather than Wednesday with it’s print counterpart. I believe these books are only being released online until their popularity can be gauged to see whether there is enough interest to warrant a single or tpb printing.
So how does this first issue stack up?