Monday, May 09, 2011

Bronx Hero Con 2011

OK, so this past weekend I went to the third annual Bronx Hero Con 2011 (although I do wish that it wasn’t on Free Comic Book Day, but that’s and entirely different post) . Needless to say, I had a great time, and well, not only did I get the opportunity to spend the day with some of my very good friends, I did also get to co-interview (along with Mark MazzDon McGregor, which was very cool.

I think that the best part of the day was when we took Don out to dinner, and we got to listen to many behind-the-scenes stories about what Marvel and comics were like back in the day. Very entertaining.

Also it was engaging to learn that there were so many fights over what kinds of stories Don was “allowed” to tell, because — from my own recollections — of those days and stories, that they seemed organic, and, well, natural. I honestly don't recall any controversies (at least in my — admittedly small — circles of comics) at that time.

Beyond that, just spending the day with Ray Felix, and all of the very talented Bronx comicbook creators, was well worth the time.

Oh yeah, in case I haven’t mentioned as of yet. Ray is publishing an anthology comic about Bronx Heroes, and well, he’s accepted a concept of mine as one of the on-going series within the comic. The original series was entitled Strēt Lēgəl (Street Legal). Well, I extracted the core essence of that series (the two central characters), and am using them to preview the concept (now called “Don’t Call Us Heroes”. Well, (and much to my surprise), Ray recruited the very talented Carl Kent who produced some very outstanding character designs of my characters, and, well completely blew me away with how totally cool they looked.

I’m very excited about (finally) getting this concept up off the ground, and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to convince CK to hop on board and lend his incredible talents to this project of mine that is dear to my heart.

Anyways, I just wanted to tell you all about the Bronx Hero Con, (and Strēt Lēgəl / Don’t Call Us Heroes) and all of the fun that I had there, and all of the wicked-cool comics that I scored (which I’ll be reviewing and posting about in short order). So, stay tuned, and (as was I) be prepared to be amazed by the trully amazing talent that you’ll discover in the Bronx.

Here are some pics from the Con:

Ray Felix

Don McGregor & Mark Mazz

Don & Mark

Don & Mark (again)

Michele St. Martin

Jim Web (taken @ MoCCA Fest)

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