I spent all day Friday September 30 and most of Saturday October 1 at Wizard World Boston. I spent a good deal of time (almost all of Friday) at the The Secret Monkey/Turbo Comics table, helping my good friends Dursin, John, and Ray try to sell their books with mixed success (a lot of people took the freebies, but not so many parted with the $2.95 for a copy of the book). You can read Dursin’s take on the show here.
All good intentions of helping my pals aside, I also hadn’t been to a comic con in quite some time. I was fairly excited to spend some time, seeing what was what. The comic world is one in which I’d like to spend some more time. Not amongst the speculative dealers and the bootleggers, but amongst the creators. There’s a vibe in artist alley that you don’t get many places. Sure some of it is desperation, and I did mostly buy books from indie creators because of this, but it’s still a vibe I feel I could thrive off of.
The most exciting thing for me was the fact that the current Ninja Turtles crew from Mirage Studios were going to be there. If you only know of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from TV, or the Archie Comics I probably can’t explain what the big deal is. Before any of that, TMNT was an indie comic sensation. A few years ago Peter Laird brought the original book back with the characters aged appropriately for the time that had passed and a wonderful new story direction. Every issue is a joy to behold, and it’s a true labor of love, because Peter made no secret of the fact that it isn’t making money.
If I could do anything at all, I would write comics (well if I could do anything I would be able to draw them as well). It’s truly my life dream, and one I still hope to fulfill at some point. There are stories in me that were designed for that medium. They live inside me daily, and seeing the guys from Mirage, many of whom inspired me into creative pursuits in the first place reminded me of that.
I picked up a number of books at the show, and I hope to review them as I read them.