Anyone that collected comics in the hay day of the early to mid 90’s is familiar awesomeness that was Wizard Magazine!
Wizard Magazine: A Guide To Comics originally launched in 1991, just in time for the rise of the independents such as Image, Valiant, Malibu and so on. Wizard magazine was the go to source for industry news, updates, exclusive previews, creator interviews and a monthly price guide. Comic enthusiasts like me read it cover to cover!
However 2000, between the comic book industry’s drastic slow down and the rise of the internet, magazine publication simply was not as profitable as it once was. Wizard ceased publication to focus solely on their conventions.
BleedingCool.com is reporting that someone has licensed the Wizard Magazine name and is preparing for a new publication launch!
If anybody would have inside info on a new Wizard Magazine, it would be Bleeding Cool, which was formed by Wizard alumni William Christensen and Mark Seifert.
There is still no word yet on if the new product will be a print magazine, a website, an app or some combination of the bunch, but I can’t wait to find out!
Any fan of the Logan movie, should check out Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan storyline that the movie was loosely based off of! At $3, why the heck not!
There are some great stories available for all ages as well!
Marvel comics has been getting a lot of bad PR lately for continually upping the price of their comics and flooding the market with poorly conceived cross overs. These low priced Kindle editions is an excellent way to get caught up on the quality titles at an extremely low price!
If you have a Comixology account (owned by Amazon), you can add these purchases to your library.
Many Star Wars titles are available free on Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited is basically the Netflix of books and now includes many Marvel titles.
I am not sure how long these deals will last, but make sure to check them out!
If your kid comes home from the Comic Con and says “Hey Mom! You wouldn’t believe what Elongated Man and Man-Thing just did to The Screamer”, don’t worry. He did not see what you are thinking he saw…
Believe it or not, these are just comic book characters.
Many comic book characters have names that could easily be interpreted as horribly inappropriate for underaged eyes to see.
Here is the Geeky Daddy List of the Top Ten Comic Book Characters with Pornstar Sounding Names.
10. Mr. Terrific
I thought about putting picture of myself next to the name Mr. Terrific, but I don’t think Geeky Mommie has ever actually referred to me as Michael Holt’s alter ego…
Michael Holt is actually the second DC Comics character to go by the name “Mr. Terrific”, but he is the more commonly known of the two thanks to the CW television show “Arrow”.
In the comic universe, Mr. Terrific is one of the smartest people on the planet, obtaining an astonishing 14 Ph.D’s and founding his own company Cyberwear (that he later sold to Waynetech).
9. Mr. Fantastic
Seriously, what kind of egos are we dealing with that choose names like these? At least they are geniuses to justify their egos..
Reed Richards is one of the brightest scientist in the Marvel universe and leader of the Fantastic Four (again with the egos…) as well as a comic book daddy. On a scientific trek into outer space, a solar flair from radiated his spaceship leaving Richards and his 3 person crew with new fantastic powers, hence the team name. He is also father to Franklin and Valeria, who have also developed super powers.
In Mr. Fantastic’s case, his super power could easily transition into the porn industry. He has the ability to stretch his body (or body part) into whatever shape he desires. How could that not make the ladies happy?
8. Elongated Man
Ralph Dibney has basically the exact same powers as Mr. Fantastic, but with a name more descriptive for that super power’s skill set. The creators of Elongated Man, John Broome, Carmaine Infantino and Julius Schwartz, choose this name not realizing that their employer at the time (DC Comics) already owned the rights to Plastic Man, a character with similar powers and a name that is an honorable mention on this list.
7. Colossal Boy
No, we are not talking about John Holmes.
The Legion of Super-Heroes roster is littered with goofy names. Almost as if somebody gave Gary Busey a pen and paper and said “Here, create a team of superheroes for us.” We have incredibly well thought out complex names such as Matter Eater Lad, Bouncing Boy, Karate Kid and Shrinking Violet, but Colossal Boy stands out among the crowd as being appropriate for this list.
6. The Whizzer
Initially a member of the villainous team Squadron Sinister, the Whizzer was more or less a Marvel copy of DC’s The Flash. After Squadron Sinister’s initial battle with the Avengers, the Whizzer had an epiphany and realized a couple of things.
A) That being a villain sucks and that he should change his life around and use his amazing powers for good and not evil. B) He probably got some goofy calls after Michael Vick was busted at an airport with the “Whizzanator” and realized a name change was in order. He now goes by the more suitable name “Speed Demon”.
5. Fruit Boy (No really, He is from the Legion of Super-Heroes)
Fruit Boy was nearly a member of the previously mentioned Legion of Super-Heroes but was rejected.
He has the power to accelerate the growth of fruit which could come in handy if the Legion were forced to cater a large BBQ with fruit salad or something.
4. The Screamer
David Angar was a hippie who volunteered for an experiment that gave him super powers. His vocal cords were enhanced so his loud screams could induce hallucinations in others. He was then known as Angar, The Screamer!
Not the most intimidating of nicknames. I mean if you were trying to be the toughest guy in the cell block, going by “The Screamer” just isn’t going to cut it.
3. Captain Action
There was a guy I knew in the college dorms that we named “Captain Action” but for reasons unrelated to comic books. I am referring here to the brief Captain Action comic book series based off the toy line that was DC comic published in the 1960’s.
This series also has a place close to my heart because his son assisted as Captain Action’s sidekick for a time going by the heroic name “Action Boy”, but don’t expect to see Lil’ G and I fighting crime with a similar moniker anytime soon…
2. The Punisher
Sounding more like a series of German bondage porn rather than a comic book character, The Punisher is actually the anti-hero to which all other anti-heroes are measured.
Frank Castle is one of three daddies to make the list, but unfortunately both his children and wife were gunned down in a mafia crime shoot-out. Hence Frank Castle’s ensuing one man war on crime as the Punisher!
As a recent daddy, I can easily imagine myself taking a similar course of action if my child were gunned down. However, seeing that I don’t have the elite Marine training that Castle did, I imagine I wouldn’t have the same level of success against the criminal underworld that he has had.
Sounding more like a particular part of the male anatomy, Man-Thing is actually a character in the Marvel universe. His origin is a little more complicated than some of the others on our list, but basically this smart dude named Ted Sallis was attempting to recreate the super soldier serum that gave the world Captain America. While being chased down by bad guys who wanted the serum for their own dastardly plots, Sallis injected himself with the serum and fell into a swamp that was, of course, enchanted with magic (Why? Comic books, that’s why!)
What is more unclear about the character is why his creators decided to make his nose resemble a…well…man’s thing.
Honorable Mention: Plastic Man
What do you think of my list? Any super hero names I missed that you think sound more adult oriented?
I have always said, nothing says “I love you dad” like hard liquor and nothing says “I love you geek” more than comic book related merchandise.
Well now for Geeky Daddies you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone with the new Hellwater cinnamon whiskey! This micro distilled 66.6 proof corn whiskey is made with natural cinnamon flavoring and Smokey Mountain Spring water.
Hellwater is officially licensed through Darkhorse Comics and distributed by Prestige Imports.
The entire Geeky Family were at Motor City Comic Con this past weekend and one of the featured guest was Hellboy himself Ron Perlman! My only regret is that I did not have a bottle of Hellwater with us for Perlman to autograph… and possible share a couple shots with.
Hellwater is available here but you will need to be 21 or over: no sidekicks!
Day 3 (Sunday) is the last day of the Motor City Comic Con and mostly known for children’s cosplay and as being the best day to score deals on merchandise, toys and those hard to find back issues needed to complete old runs or story arcs. In my case, it was the purchase of one of my comic book “Holy Grails”, Captain America #100 from April 1968! Yeah!
You can view our articles about Motor City Comic Con Day 1 and Day 2 here.
I attend day 3 of conventions lone wolf (sans Geeky Mommie and Lil’ G) since they find me flipping through boxes of old comic books about as exciting as watching artificial grass grow. So I am behind the camera for all of today’s cosplay pics.
But let me get back on topic…
Cosplay wise, the heroes definitely outnumbered the villains today. Lots of Captain America’s created a very patriotic setting.
But the Empire did still have a strong presence.
We had plenty of heroes from the 80’s!
And some scary characters as well.
Plenty of sci-fi cosplay.
And lots of anti-heroes that blur the lines between good and evil:
All types of characters from TV, comics, movies and video games:
Here are a few of the highlights of my trip to Motor City Comic Con Day 3:
While walking around, I shared a wisecrack with a person walking just behind me. As we rounded a corner, I heard cheering and somebody yelling “Wheaton!” Turned out the person I was joking with was the bearded Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Big Bang Theory fame.
I was approached by a young lady and asked if I was single. For a moment I thought “Hey, Geeky Daddy’s still got it!” Nope, turns out one of the start-ups at the show is an app for geeky dating and they wanted me to fill out a profile.
I bumped into the cutest little Wonder Woman at the show! Our good friends Chris & Sheila’s daughter Abby in full armor and looking tough! She actually is pretty tough too, having taking some classes at our local Krav Maga studio.
I was unfortunately unable to stay for the kid’s cosplay contest, but based on what I saw walking around, I’m sure it would have been a great show!
Hope everyone has enjoyed my commentary of the 2017 Motor City Comic Con!
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Today was day 1 of the 2017 Motor City Comic Con and, of course, Geeky Daddy was there!
Uncle Josh joined me on today’s trip to the ‘Con’ and Geeky Mommie and Lil G will be joining me tomorrow.
Around 200 comic book, collectible and vintage toy dealers, independent artists and writers, comic book and media celebrities and crafters were there to showcase their talents and inventory.
This was Uncle Josh’s first Comic Con and what I was most interested to introduce him to was the wonderful world of Cosplay! I described Cosplay to him as people who enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters.
He was confused at first, but as you can see from the pictures, caught on quickly!
We had a fun time and met an interesting and diverse cast of characters!
Can’t wait till tomorrow when Geeky Mommie and I take Lil’ G to his first Comic Con!
Stay tuned for more!
Updated 5/20/17 with more cosplay!
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This past Saturday we took Lil G-Man to his first Free Comic Book Day, which for a comic book geek, is like having Christmas, Lollapalooza & Halloween all on the same day!
Except…you know…you don’t have to be Christian, it doesn’t involve music and you don’t have to threaten anyone with tricks.
However you do get free comic books, people do dress up as heroes and you will most likely bump into people that look like they belong in a music festival.
Geeky Mommie did mention that she noticed the distinct body odor smell that only comes from spending the weekend gaming in your mom’s basement binging on Funyuns and Mt. Dew. How she knows this smell you may ask? She did live in the dorms while in college…
Judging from the picture, I may have had a more fun time than G-Man did.
Here are this week’s Monday Morning Meme Me options to choose from.
Please pick your favorite or, as always, you can leave your own meme idea in the comments below!
The first Saturday in May is known as Free Comic Book Day because it is the day you can visit your local comic book specialty store for….you guessed it: Free Comic Books!
Started in 2002, Free Comic Book Day is an effort from the comic book industry (publishers, distributors & retailers) to help drive foot traffic into your local “brick and mortar” comic book retailer. Like other retail industry, comic book specialty stores have seen a huge chunk of their clients migrant toward online vendors.
Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them away for free. Since this is a large expense for the retailer, not all shops participate. Here is a list of participating Comic Book Stores near you! Simply enter in your zip code. As well as offering the publisher Free Comic Book Day issues, many stores also offer free refreshments, snacks, drawings, art contest, face painting and other fun activities for children and adults.
This is a program open to comic book specialty stores only, not the corner convenience store that happens to have a wire spinning comic book rack (do stores still have those?).
As a former small business owner myself, I know the difficulty of competing against online retailers and how insulting it is when a customer stands in your showroom on their smartphone looking for an online dealer selling your same merchandise for less.
It is important for all of us to help support our neighborhood small businesses to keep the money local, tax dollars local and help support our communities.
Publishers that participate in the event include the mainstays such as Marvel, DC, IDW, Valiant and Darkhorse as well as smaller, independent publishers such as Bongo, Archie, Chapterhouse and New England Press.
Famous Titles participating include Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Barbie, Spider-Man, Dr. Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Tick, Avatar, Spongebob, Monster High and Dragonball Z! Here is the full list of 50 issues!