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SDCC 2020 At Home Wrap Up + Thom Zahler Interview

As San Diego Comic Con (at Home Edition) comes to an end, we recap the highs and lows of the final two days.

In addition, we’re joined by Thom Zahler, creator of the acclaimed comic series “Love and Capes” for an interview regarding his SDCC experiences, his comics inspirations, and what’s next for him in the world of comics.

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You can find more about Thom at his website: https://thomzahler.squarespace.com/

You can hear the podcast at the link below (or on your favorite podcast app)!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-07-30T08_20_37-07_00

Enjoy!

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SDCC at Home Part 2 – Plus an exclusive interview with Dan Davis

On part two of our SDCC At Home coverage, we talk about the highlights from Thursday and Friday. There were some pretty great panels, and you can still check them out online.

Plus, we are super-happy to be joined by Dan Davis, creator of All Luck Comics!

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All Luck Comics #1

Dan talks to us about the creation of the book, his inspirations, and the status of the upcoming second issue of All Luck Comics. He’s in the middle of an indiegogo fundraiser for the second issue of All Luck Comics. You can finally get a print version of issue #1 and help support the publication of issue #2.  Plus, in true indiegogo fashion, there are a ton of goodies available based on your level of support, including some beautiful variant covers. 

Listen to the podcast here:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-07-25T20_11_11-07_00

And Support Dan’s Indiegogo campaign below:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/all-luck-comics-adventure-1-2-retrostyle-action#/

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Cheers!

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SDCC 2020 At Home Edition – The Real Virtual Experience, plus partial day 1 recap

Day 1 (and a half) of San Diego Comic Con 2020 is in the bag, and it’s a real treat to have these panels available for a virtual con experience.

On the latest podcast, Michael and I talk about the “must have” surrounding experiences for an honest-to-goodness virtual convention. You’ll never be able to replicate the experience of standing in line for three hours to hope for a glimpse of Don Cheadle in Hall H, but there are some things you definitely can do to enhance your own “at home” Comic Con experience.

In addition, we talk about some of the panels we’ve already seen, including the sure to be hilarious upcoming comedy series “Truth Seekers”, starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg – debuting on Amazon Prime Video this fall. \

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We hope you’ll join us this weekend. With only about 100k passes issued this year, SDCC is one of the hardest tickets to get, so to be real, this is the closest some people will ever get to experience the glory of SDCC.

All panels are available for viewing on YouTube after they air, so if there’s something you missed, there’s still time for you to grab a pretzel dog, camp out on your carpet, and enjoy the fun!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-07-24T05_58_49-07_00

Plus, as promised, here’s another flashback cosplay from an SDCC from years gone by.

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Team America – F-YEAH!

Cheers!

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San Diego Comic Con 2020 At Home Edition – See Comic Con for Free this year

This year, San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is hosting an “At Home” edition. For all of you who have never been able to attend in the past, here’s your chance to participate virtually from July 22-26, 2020.

On this episode, Joe and Michael look at the schedule of events and cover each day’s highlights while Joe reminisces about the best of prior Comic Con’s that he’s attended.

Details for attending SDCC At Home are at: https://www.comic-con.org/cci

Watch the panels along with us, and we’ll be recording multiple recaps of what we’re attending and updating you throughout the weekend!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-07-21T13_45_34-07_00

Or look for “Casual Comics Cast” on Apple, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

I’ll also be posting some “Best Comic Con Cosplay” photos throughout the weekend, so check back soon.

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Best part of the Galactus outfit? Not the Earth in his hand, but the tiny Silver Surfer floating directly across from his left shoulder. See it?

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San Diego Comic Con HOT and NOT – More Weird Toys

The announcements of exclusive toys for San Diego Comic Con 2014 are coming fast and furious. Two more toys for discussion today:

NOT – Diamond Select Toys Spirit Yoda Vinyl Bank

 

 

Checking in at around $30 and limited to 1500 pieces, this is an oddball piece that (in my opinion) will struggle to sell out. I’m not sure that the “collectible bank” crowd is clamoring for a see-through blue Yoda. And it’s not really functional either. If you fill it with coins, it ceases to be transparent.

A weird idea for a toy.

HOT – Hot Wheels® The Homer

 

 

Hot Wheels’ “The Homer”, Mattel

I love this car and I love this episode. While “The Homer” didn’t have “rack-and-peanut” steering, it did have the following features (thanks Wikipedia):

  • The Homer has two bubble domes; one in the front, while the one in the back is for quarreling kids, and comes with optional restraints and muzzles.
  • According to Homer, the engine sound causes people to think “the world’s coming to an end.”
  • There are three horns, as Homer claims that “you can never find a horn when you’re mad.” The three horns play the song “La Cucaracha.”
  • The car also features gigantic cupholders, which actually became a feature on many cars in the 1990s onward.
  • The car has various outdated features such as bubble domes, shag carpeting, and tailfins. It also has a metal bowler as a hood ornament.

While The Homer had a sticker price of $82,000, this one comes in at a much more reasonable $30. At the same price as the Yoda Bank, this is a way cooler exclusive toy to look out for this July at SDCC.

If I can’t snag one in San Diego, I’ll be on the lookout on eBay for this one.

– CCG

San Diego Comic Con Hot and NOT- Weird Toys from NECA

When I say “weird”, I mean it with love. There’s a lot that goes on at San Diego Comic Con. And even though I won’t be there this year, that doesn’t mean I won’t be tracking down the best and funniest weirdness that the Con has to offer. Let’s start with some of the exclusive toys:

HOT! – Super Freddy Retro 8″ Clothed Action Figure

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a weird Superman/Wolverine hybrid? According to the description, this version of Freddy is from Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child (a.k.a Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: Two Parts After You Stopped Caring).

It’s a bird… Oh, wait. Already did that one.

The Freddy action figure is kinda cool. I always love the ones with the Mego-style clothing. And this one’s got a nicely stitched cloth cape to boot.

But, as any casual collector knows, this thing’s going to be sitting on a shelf in its pristine packaging. So how does that look?

Wowza! I love the illustration and the packaging. I’m not a huge horror fan, but this early in the SDCC exclusive toy race, I gotta rate this one as HOT.

NOT HOT: Marvel Scalers 2-Pack – Silver Centurion Iron Man and “Marvels” Spider-Man

I don’t get these things. My kids are 10 and they’ve already outgrown the “big head, tiny body superheroes”.

And why are the DC in black and white?

These seem like variants of variants for absolutely no reason. Did NECA already produce so many versions of Spider-Man and Iron Man Scalers that they’re down to the “Marvels” and “Silver Centurion” costume variants? Why is Iron man even climbing a rope? Are his rockets not functioning, but the rest of the armor is? You’d think his two choices were:

1. Flying

2. Taking off the armor to climb, because if the armor is out of order, no way he’s hauling it up that rope.

That’s too much thought for a toy. Especially when I was able to buy into the Superhero Freddy so easily.

Stay tuned for more SDCC toy commentary.

Thanks! and Cheers!

– CCG

Best of San Diego Comic Con 2013

Today’s the big day. Open registration for San Diego Comic Con 2014. For all those waiting in line, hoping to get a badge today, here’s my recap of the best stuff from SDCC 2013.

Best Art I Bought

Sara Richards

Got this lovely Doctor Who Print from Sara, along with an original piece – Amelie:

Sara Richard. Genius.

Sara Richard. Genius.

Mike Vasquez

You might recognize this art Mike did for me at SDCC.

New CCG logo. You like?

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Bordin Marsinkul

Classic Spidey

Classic Spidey

Best Panels

Tournament of Nerds: Live

The World’s End – The panel featured Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright talking about the movie for an hour. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Ode to Nerds – You can read more about it, but this was the biggest surprise to me at SDCC 2013. Charlie Jane Anders was a delightful moderator, and the panelists were intelligent and encouraging. I hope to see more panels hosted or featuring io9 staffers at SDCC 2014.

Best Cosplay

You can see the rest at my SDCC Cosplay page.

Best Parties

The Unofficial SDCC Blog’s #UndertheSDCC party

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Geek and Sundry

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You can read a full travelogue of all the parties and panels here.

Best Comics I Bought

Love and Capes TPB #1

Thomas Zahler is quite a nice guy, in addition to being a very talented writer and artist. I reviewed this TPB here.

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Atomic Robo #1-6

Another great find from a terrific publisher – Red Five. Reviewed here.

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Vision and Scarlet Witch (Vol 2) #1-12

And to wrap this all up, how can I resist?

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Thanks, and good luck to all!

– CCG

Easy Cosplay for San Diego Comic Con

Today’s the big day. Pre-registration for San Diego Comic Con 2014 starts in just a couple hours… and ends in a couple of hours and ten minutes, I’d guess. Wish me luck, folks.

One of my favorite things about SDCC is the super-awesome cosplay.

So, in honor of the big day, I found a super-cool tumblr site: My Half Assed Cosplay Ideas

Artist Patrick Dean presents some pretty cool ideas for cosplay using only stuff you’d find around the house, at a flea market, or a thrift shop. Check out the site for all his designs, but below are a few of my favorites: Read the rest of this entry

SDCC Recap: Friday Night

Warning, this recap contains less than 10% actual comic book-related content! Friday night was when things got a little wobbly. Time started folding in on itself. You’ll recall that Friday morning began for me at 4:00 am, getting into line for Hall H and “The World’s End” panel. (Quick aside, if you haven’t seen “The World’s End”, stop reading and go now. If you have, finish reading this and then go see it again.) Read the rest of this entry

SDCC Artists: Albert Morales

On we go with more cool artists I met at SDCC. I asked Albert if he would do an original piece of the Vision and Scarlet Witch. These are two of my favorite characters, as I have mentioned over and over. Read the rest of this entry