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As always, this year Seattle’s incredible Emerald City Comic Con presented an amazing line up of comic book creators and associated ephemera. The staff, guests, and attendees were consistently friendly, helpful, and entertaining. There was so much to see and enjoy that I only managed to fit a tenth of what I wanted into the three days I had there and by extension, I only managed to fit a tenth of that into this column, but I hope this rough countdown of incredible things gives you a taste of the best titbits of one of the best comic book conventions I’ve ever been to.
1. Best Commission Art – Kevin Maguire’s Max Lord pinup
Jordyn Nolz was the happy recipient of this amazing commission of this Max Lord drawing and she proudly showed it off all over Emerald City. Later, I asked Kevin Maguire about the marvelously cheezy 1970’s feel of it and he said that he was trying to channel the feel of that infamous Burt Reynolds centerfold 40 years ago. I asked if he had used any photo reference since the posture and body hair are so detailed and lifelike, but he said that he hadn’t and joked that it had sprung from his head pretty much perfectly formed. Another great convention sketch was Andy Suriano’s fantastically energetic Big Barda. Such a different take on the character, so quintessentially his, that it made me want to see more artist’s take on the classic character in future.
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