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Check out my students’ new ‘zine!

Posted in comics with tags , , on March 27, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Super excited to be helping my students premiere and promote their latest literary ‘zine effort this weekend at the Gem City Comic Con in Dayton Ohio. Last year we did Sherlock Holmes… this year, we look at Bram Stoker’s Dracula!

The kids did a great job on this one and if you’re in the area, please come and check out our panel, it should be awesome!

thrifty special edition: gem city comic con 2014 finds!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2014 by Christopher Pearce

Every time I go to a comic convention, I devote some bloggin’ time to showing off what I got. At last week’s Gem City Comic Con, I splurged on so much stuff, I thought I’d split these posts up: one about my comic buys and one about the toys I picked up.

This was a GREAT con for me insofar as it allowed me to fill in a bunch of holes in my comics collection.

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odds and ends: gccc bound

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , on March 22, 2013 by Christopher Pearce

I’m going to drop in on the Gem City Comic Con this weekend!


Since moving to the Midwest, I’ve enjoyed going to these smaller, regional comic shows. The ones in Southwest Ohio aren’t the cattle calls that San Diego and the NYCC seem to be and the few I’ve attended have done a good job at attracting guests and talent. The GCCC is a show I’ve watched grow by leaps and bounds over the last three years and I’m excited to check out this year’s convention in their new, bigger location.

My main reason for going to conventions these days is to dig through long boxes and find comics to read. My tastes run pretty cheap and I spend the majority of my time combing through the quarter bins, trying to complete my runs of certain comic series and trying to find oddball books I’ve never read before. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, one of my favorite finds from last year’s Gem City Comic Con was this adaptation of the mid 1990’s Saturday morning cartoon Camp Candy, starring John Candy. I don’t imagine you’ll find anyone chomping at the bit to collect Camp Candy, but I was pleased to find such a weird comic book.

There are a couple of dealers at these shows who offer big discounts on their recent stock and I’m going to try and pick up some issues of things I missed in the past year. I’m not a fan of the X-Men usually but the handful of issues I’ve read in Jason Aaron’s run on Wolverine and the X-Men have been really fun. I wouldn’t pay $4 dollars every two weeks for the book, but I’ll scoop up a whole bunch of them for a buck apiece at a con. There, you have a book that’s not going to be hurt too badly sales-wise by my frugality.

The guests at the Gem City Comic Con have been pretty great for such a small convention; I was thrilled last year to get to talk with Mark Waid, one of my favorite superhero comic writers of all time. This year, I’m jazzed about meeting Howard Chaykin. He’s been a creator whose work I’ve followed for the better part of my time as a comics fan. I remember discovering a cache of the first 10 issues of American Flagg! in an antique store back home in the Hudson Valley. Those books looked like nothing I’d ever seen before and I read them to pieces! I’m going to get my nice AF! hardcover signed by the guy, as well as my copy of The 1994 Marvel Holiday Special (which I wrote about in great detail here, if you’re interested). I’m also excited about seeing Stan Sakai; Usagi Yojimbo is an occasional trade-read for me but c’mon! That character’s been around forever! I remember buying the action figure when I was into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid!