Philadelphia Comic Con 2012 begins tonight

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Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con 2012 kicks off this evening with a special preview night and runs though Sunday, June 3rd at the Philadelphia Convention Center. While the show still is still heavy on celebrity appearances ranging from science fiction television and professional wrestling superstars to Deal or No Deal suitcase models, the organizers continue to raise the bar for comic book creators in attendance. The biggest comics name for 2012 is easily Stan Lee who will joins the likes of Marvel Studios’ Thor, Chris Hemsworth, WWE Champion C.M. Punk and Star Trek’s “Five Captains” in Philadelphia this weekend.

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Baltimore Comic Con 2011

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It’s August 19th and that means we’re now counting down the hours until this year’s Baltimore Comic Con. Celebrating its twelfth year at the Baltimore Convention Center, this year’s show brings Guest of Honor, Stan Lee to town along with a host of other big name creators. Standouts on our “must see” list include Neal Adams, David Finch, Frank Cho, Nick Spencer, Scott Snyder and Jason Aaron. If you’re a fan of comic books, Baltimore is a show you should have on your calendar.

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Wildwood Comic Con Coming NOW…

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The following convention report comes courtesy of a guest writer, Karszoo. It’s her first submission to MLD. Enjoy:

On Friday, July 1, I was lucky enough to attend the annual Wildwood Sports Cards, Comics, Beanies and Toy Convention at the Convention Center in Wildwood, NJ for the third straight year with KevinMLD. The free event is held early in the Summer Vacation season every year. With vendors selling everything from sports memorabilia to classic 1990’s comic books to random dvds to kids toys (new, used, and VERY used), there’s sure to be something for everyone. 

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Baltimore Comic Con Coming Soon

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You may have seen us mention it on Facebook recently, and if you didn’t, ‘like’ us now! The guest of honor at the Baltimore Comic Con in August is Stan Lee! You barely see me write about comics on MLD, but even I know this is a big deal. Of course, this is a must see for PTB, so we will be there representing the site. We are even thinking about dressing Ben as Stan Lee since he will be meeting him too. PTB will have far more to say about the subject soon. We’ll be prepping our readers for Baltimore Comic Con throughout the month of July. But for now, I wanted to get the word out there and give you the chance to get in the VIP line for Stan Lee! You can buy tickets for the show, for an autograph, for a photo, or for all three and a “Fast Stan” line on the BCC website.

Let us know if you will be there! MLD BCC meetup?


It’s Amazing when 600 actually equals 600

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Amazing_Spider-Man_600This week not only saw the release of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk #600 but Amazing Spider-Man #600 as well.  It looks like I made a poor decision in what to read on Wednesday (especially considering I only had time to read one book).  While Hulk #600 had more problems than I care to recall, Amazing #600 was truly amazing. Featuring a massive 104 pages of new material, this book was well worth its $4.99 price tag.

The feature story by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. told a tale of a frail and aging Doctor Octopus trying to leave his legacy to the world.  Of course, this was a gift the people of New York were wishing they could return as it all goes wrong and chaos ensues.  Set against the back drop of Aunt May’s wedding to John Jameson Sr. (J. Jonah Jameson’s father) Spider-Man has even more motivation to save the day.  This is a great story for an anniversary issue as it has an epic quality to it while being very much set in current Spidey continuity.  Some plotlines are wrapped up and a number of new ones are set in motion.  The artwork is top notch and it’s the kind of story that could have been spread over three regular sized issues.

The rest of the book consists of short stories including: Spider-Man’s trip to a psychiatrist by Stan Lee and Marcos Martin, and a museum by Zeb Wells and Derec Donovan; a couple of touching stories featuring Uncle Ben by Mark Waid and Colleen Doran, and Aunt May by Marc Guggenheim and Mitch Breitweiser; “If I Was Spider-Man” by Bob Gale and Mario Alberti where some kids in a playground daydream about what it would be like to be Spidey; and a final story featuring Madame Web sets things in motion for the Spidey event the Gauntlet continuing throughout the year in Amazing Spider-Man.  Between the pages of each of these stories are series of “Spider-Man covers you’ll never see” that were good for a laugh.

All in all, I can’t say enough good things about this book.  I’m reading Amazing Spider-Man on a regular basis and this was really satisfying both as an issue that fits right into ongoing events and as an event itself.