Well, as promised, here are some of the Expo 2018 pics. I’ll be posting these a few at a time, so enjoy!
I’ve have been waiting for this all year, and it seems to have come along at a faster rate than last year. Time to let myself geek out and travel to the expo. I won’t give anymore just yet but day one was spectacular in my opinion. Stay tuned on Monday for a breakdown of the Expo, plus the Expo edition of the Learning curve podcast on Tuesday.
First my likes: I loved the movie. I thought the tone was great, not over the top funny but more in line with the Winter Soldier. The actors in the movie were terrific. Boseman and Michael B. Jordan were great, and the scene stealer for me was M’Baku. The special effects and technology brought to the game was outstanding. I liked the question posed about sharing their resources with the world or not trusting the world with it was something I struggled with during the movie.
Now my dislikes: WHY DO THEY KEEP KILLING OFF THE BAD GUYS? This is the main problem I have with the MCU movies overall is how they use their villains. Only good one they have is Loki so far, and the rest are mediocre. They had not just one but TWO good villains in the movie that they could have built off of in possibly later movies.
I also didn’t fully understand Killmonger’s main goal. I get that he wanted the throne, but afterwards, he wanted to give the vibranium weapons to his contacts around the world to fight against their oppressors, if I heard that right. So, who exactly were they going to fight? their bosses, the government, and then what would they do if they succeeded? I need to see it again to make some sense of it. Overall, I do feel the movie was well done and I rank it #2 on my MCU list of movies, with Winter Soldier #1.
I had seen this years ago, but just catching it again on Encore I forgot how insane it was in every sense of the word. Every part was just pure intensity, from the fights to the planning to the gunplay was sharp. This is one movie that I can add to the list of watching everytime it comes on TV. Every. Time.
Just as I thought, today was packed with fans, vendors were selling items, and art and media guests were rocking and rolling all day with signings, pictures and panels. I took so many pictures, my camera was full. I’ll have pictures tomorrow after day 3 is over and I have time to look through them all and post, so stay tuned.
Not to long ago, my adult nephew asked me about getting back into the comic book reading realm. Sounds great to me, as he’s basically carrying on the comic book tradition in the family. What made it even more of surprising, is what he asked next: What book should I start off with? I really hesitated because I didn’t know what he liked. So I told him to think about what interest him and go with that. It did get me thinking about comics and what makes them interesting enough for me to put down my hard earned money. There’s several reasons why but I decided on top 3. So…in reverse order..
3. Artists/Writers: I like to take chances at times on a comic if I like a new book based on the artwork. Cover pages are a plus, too because, of course that’s what draws on my curiosity. I took a chance on the Kato comic book a while ago and I was pleasantly surprised by the results (good story and art). Overall, I do go back to my favorite artists or writers that may be either working on my current book I’m reading starting on another one that I’ve never read before. I like to expand my horizons. For me, a good story beats good art if you can’t get both.
2. Price: This is one that I was thinking on going up to one because it makes sense to me. I do love Marvel, DC and other companies, but with the prices going up, I had to shave off some really good books that I gave a chance to read out of my budget. I get that the prices go up but price does make a difference. If I can find a great book that I’m really interested in buying, I would bypass the price once in a while. The price does matter to me in the long run, however, and if I can find several books for a good price, the better.
1. Interest in the character(s): Nothing makes me want to buy a comic more than seeing what lies ahead for the characters involved. Whether hearing about it on social media or the comic book store, Story driven characters have always been the best part of buying them. I like to see what happens to the good guys and the bad, always hoping that the story continues and looking forward to the end of the stories. These inspired me to create my own characters and stories for my web comics and i’m grateful for it.