Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had another fantastic weekend. Things have been VERY spooky around here since Halloween is coming up (just EIGHT more days!). They just kicked things up a notch during the last episode of AHS, which I will discuss later this week!
For now, I’ve been still reeling in from another fun Sunday. Yesterday I attended the Massachusetts Comics Expo (MICE) over in Cambridge at Lesly University. I attended the event last year (which you can read about that past adventure here) and wanted to go back again because it was so much fun.
Upon entering the building, I received my sticker and headed up to the 2nd floor. I roamed around the crowded hallways, glancing around at the vast amount of amazing artwork around me. Comics, posters, flyers, stickers, and even the business cards looked absolutely outstanding. As an artist within the writer community, I was in awe of the magnificent comics the comic book artists made. The graphics as well as the storylines themselves really captured my attention to some of the interesting comics.
Here were some of the highlights from yesterday’s MICE event:
The Legend of Gay Zelda
One interesting thing I noticed around the comic event was the LGBTQ theme popping up around some story lines. Many comic series featured characters that were gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, non-binary, and so on. There were comics that featured heterosexual characters, but it was the diverse comics that really turned my head. A real head-turner for me was this comic called The Legend of Gay Zelda.
The Legend of Gay Zelda is an adorable fanzine featuring love between two gay video game characters. It presents an intriguing parallel universe within The Legend of Zelda universe. I’m not the biggest fan of The Legend of Zelda, but I loved the overall concept of a gay Zelda series. There are no limits when it comes to comics (especially independent comics), so this was one of many series that pushed the boundaries of comic book storytelling.
The Unquotable Trump
Another interesting comic I spotted was one called The Unquotable Trump by Robert Sikoryak. I’ve heard plenty of jokes about President Donald Trump since he was elected and this comic was chock full of them. Sikoryak takes traditional comic styles from various pop culture references and adds Donald Trump into the mix. Comic series like Batman, Archie and Friends, Ritchie Rich, and Garfield were some of many famous references played out in the book. No reference was safe from the invasion of Donald Trump!
Purchased Comic – What Happened to John Crowley?
This year I picked up some really interesting comics I found. While heading through this corner table, I spotted an interesting series titled What Happened to John Crowley?. I talked with author Ian Richardson not just about the comic, but about video games like The Witness and how amazingly challenging it was. He discussed with me about the comic is a non-linear crime story about what happened to John Crowley in Rut’s Hollow.
I went home later to read through the series. It was dark, shocking, confusing, and even downright disturbing. This non-linear story about John Crowley kept me glued in for more. Reading through the letters (which seemed like clues in the story) were the only way of understanding John Crowley’s demise.
It was definitely a shocking and weird story. Even though I left the story confused as ever, I really enjoyed the graphic content within the storyline. It was a dark and twisted tale that had me really wanting to understand who this John Crowley guy was.
Props to Ian Richardson for this fantastic story!
Purchased Comic – The Comic Book Story of Video Games
My other purchased comic over at MICE was called The Comic Book Story of Video Games by Jonathan Hennessey and Jack McGowan. I got to speak with Jack McGowan, who was really passionate about the video game industry. He loves the industry so much that he compiled lots of research into pinpointing its true history.
While I haven’t read the comic yet, I will definitely read it during my train rides to Boston. I truly love video games and I will definitely enjoy reading through this animated story about its rooted history.
That’s it for my awesome adventure over at MICE. It was certainly a lot of fun and I really enjoy seeing another artists’ work. Here’s to the art community creating a better world each day!