Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Northeast Comic Con Review

This last weekend, I went to the Northeast ComicCon, apparently also known as the Boston Southcoast Com!cCon. I went with my youngest daughter and a good friend.

The big draw was Jeremy Jordan as a media guest. Jordan plays Winn Schott on the Supergirl show. I love Winn as a character, thinking he represents the comic demographic. But my daughter loves Jordan not only for Winn but also for Newsies. She keeps hoping Winn will end up with Kara. I don't know I would have gone if Jordan wasn't there as a draw.

Keith Champagne was also there as a guest. Champagne inked the early issues of the Sterling Gates/Jamal Igle run on Supergirl so I was hoping to meet him and get some signatures. As luck had it, I was able to get a commission as well.

But otherwise, this was something of a sparse show held in an empty department store in a mall.

The youngest Supergirl got a photo signed by Jordan and I sprung to get Adventures of Supergirl #1 signed by him as well. Maybe I'll run into other cast members and I'll have this ready. (It had been signed by Cat Staggs earlier. Hope to run into other comic creators as well.)

We had a nice conversation with Jordan, talking about his role as General Schott in the crossover, his dating life with Lyra (he assumes they're still dating). He mentioned the upcoming Winn-centric episode (in which Laurie Metcalf plays his mother). Her was a very nice and gracious guy.

Champagne was equally nice, talking comics. I was able to get a commission from him in the sketchbook and I love this image. It is very much an action pose with the arms wide (as if she is rending open some set of double doors) and heat vision blazing. It is the first heat vision commission!

There is a nice flow to the piece. I really like this one.

He also signed all my early Gates/Igle run completing the trio of creators on many of these. Each now has at least two sigs. I loved this run, considering it a turning point for the character of Supergirl so thrilled to have these in the collection.

And Champagne was nice enough to give me a copy of The Mighty, a book he co-wrote.

So overall a successful visit to a smaller con with some key names as guests.

But this honestly ends the Con Season until next August. I guess I'm pretty happy with how this season turned out.


Anonymous said...


So Jordan "assumes" his character and Lyra are still dating? It sounds like that subplot wasn't very well-thought or planned in advance.

That commission is very nice. At first sight I thought it was Early Silver Age Kara (she looks kind of youthful), but on second thought I thinks she may be a modern version. It looks like she's in the middle of a "You Shall NOT pass" time, what with her arms spread open and her eyes glowing.

Those issues were so good. I wish that run was more acknowledged.

Talking about Post-Crisis Kara, the JLA episode "Keeping up with the Kryptonians" shows a bratty alternate Kara wearing a midriff top. I wonder whether it's a dig at Loeb/Kelly's Supergirl. "True Colors" had black Kryptonite creating an evil Superman duplicate and "The Goddess Must Be Crazy" Kara sword-fighting an Amazon so maybe the cartoon-makers read those issues.

KET said...

"So Jordan "assumes" his character and Lyra are still dating? It sounds like that subplot wasn't very well-thought or planned in advance."

It's called 'open-ended plotting'...the show purposely leaves some elements incomplete, so they can return to them whenever an episode theme calls for more to be added. For example, more questions and discussion over Fort Rozz are returning later this season.

Also, cast members usually don't receive scripts months in advance (more like days or hours), so they often have to 'spit-ball' their way through interviews in regards to upcoming episodes. In most cases, there are script re-writes going on even while filming. So Jordan's response isn't all that surprising.


Anonymous said...

"It's called 'open-ended plotting'..."

No, it's called a subplot which wasn't very well-thought or planned.

You seem to think the showmakers are unable to make any mistake. Every single time someone tells something negative about the show you turn up to condescendingly tell everybody the show is flawless and they are unable to understand its genius.