Reports from Wizard World Chicago continue to trickle out to the ‘net …
Over on his blog, Peter David reports on his time in Chicago, where he chatted with Veronica Mars:
Just returned from Wizard Con, which I thought went pretty well. I brought a bunch of my original scripts to sell, and wound up selling them all. Signed tons of autographs for many appreciative fans. Have a lovely chat with Kristen Bell in the green room. Went out to a Marvel-sponsred dinner a t Morton’s steak house. Did a seminar on Writing for Comics that was packed and SRO, and was very well received.
And sort-of Wizard World related is a review of Brian Wood’s DMZ in the Chicago Sun-Times:
It’s not subtle, and thank goodness for that. There are no attempts to tone it down or disguise the politics in an allegory. DMZ takes a fearless view of American military action and the coverage by the media. Wood and Burchielli use Roth both as a fully drawn character and as a mouthpiece for their criticisms of the war in Iraq. Instead of abandoning Manhattan, Roth begins to report from there, using the equipment from the wreckage to create stories about the people he meets, from the protectors of the zoo to a sniper who sends love letters to a sniper for the other side.
And from blogger Heather Jordan at comicbloc.com:
Once in, I floated around, visiting the booths and signing up for contests, picking up free swag on the way around, getting a few things for my friends (unfortunately no autographs for them from the movie celebrities – they wanted $20 a pop!!… okay, i could understand Lou Ferrigno needing the money, basically being a has-been, but the rest…. $20!?!).. i spent $20 on a black velveet Muskateer hat instead. (It matched my whips! Yes i did wear them, i’ll put photos up later)
And Newsarama reporter Vaneta Rogers talked to several creators on the floor, including Brian Azzarello:
In the 16-page back-up stories he’s writing for Tales of the Unexpected, Azzarello said fans can look forward to seeing I… Vampire, Doctor Thirteen and Captain Fear — a lot of characters with which people aren’t familiar. “They won’t let me do the big ones anymore,” he joked. The writer said he’s about three issues into his work for the series.
The Deathblow comic Azzarello’s doing for the Worldstorm event in Wildstorm will return to the original character of Michael Cray. “I don’t think it’s going to be what people expect, which is what you actually should expect if I’m writing the book,” Azzarello said. “It’s a very black satire. It’s about a man who’s a professional killer, who kills for a living, and has to learn how to live with killing. The story begins as we find out he’s still alive. He’s been dead for a long time. But he’s not dead; he’s alive. He’s been in a prison in the Middle East. A cadre of crack commandos is sent in to get him out of there. It’s a pretty simple beginning then it just goes to hell real quick.”