Starlord reports back from Mid-Ohio Con.
There was a crisp autumn chill to the Columbus, Ohio air as the Mid Ohio-Con got rolling this morning, but inside the convention center, things were heating up quickly. Dealers were ready to go. Everything was available from both old and new comics to pirate memorabilia.
Writers and artists had gathered, ready to cramp their hands for fanboys wanting there prized possessions signed. Some of the biggest lines seemed to come from Ethan Van Sciver of Green Lantern fame; the legendary Chris Claremont, and Alan Davis, as well as well as Jay and Silent Bob actor Jason Mewes.
Stopping by Teen Titans and Terror Titans writer, Sean McKeever who greeted me warmly and informed me that Terror Titans (a book that had an enjoyable first issue) finale would come full circle (my words, not his) and have a role to play in his Teen Titans Annual in 2009. This story is something, he said, that he has been building on since issue #50 of Teen Titans. Can’t wait!
Chris Claremont spoke on many subjects, including his legendary run on Uncanny X-Men, and its off-shoots. Many questions were asked and he politely answered them all. It seemed obvious that he wanted to speak about the “now” and the future, more than the past, and who could blame him.
He acknowledged that for any popular book it’s all about finding the synergy between writer and artist.
The writer of New Exiles and GeNext admitted that there is a sense of freedom of in writing a series that is on the fringe of the Marvel Universe. It practically gives him the ability to create a brand new world, as he shows the next generation of Marvel’s heroes.
Mr. Claremont also revealed that he has created a three volume graphic novel called “Wanderers: The Winter King”, which is being published from French publisher fusion. An action-packed, character-driven comic novel with a story of true love.
Following this was actor Doug Jones of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, as well as the Silver Surfer from the second movie in the Fantastic Four series. Very personable, he kept the audience laughing and entertained through out the hour. He did announce that he was contracted to play Abe Sapien in one more Hellboy movie, if they choose to do one.
The question was brought up if there would be a Silver Surfer movie, and though he said that there have been talks, nothing solid has come through, yet.
Finally “Warlords” own Mike Grell took to the stage and announced the return on his most popular character. When asked where “Warlord” will pick up, he replied that it would be close to where he had left off, but giving new readers a very easy starting point to join.
After asked about a “Sable” movie, after what was considered a disastrous attempt on television in the late eighties, there was some talk of the possibility, but nothing concrete. He will be, he announced, doing a six issue mini series. To reintroduce the character to new readers as well as bring it into the twenty first century.
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