Our good friends at the B & M Baked Podcast did a great job filming some cool segments and even took the time to chat with me. To see the fun and see what ConnectiCon really looks like just click the link below!
by Brian LeTendre
As avid a gamer as I am, one genre that I have never been particularly good at is fighting games. Sure, I've spent my fair share of time with Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II and Tekken, but the fighting game genre is one that I've never been able to get competitive in.
Until now. Maybe. Well, probably not, but maybe.
I've decided that over the next year, I'm going to spend some time trying to get better at fighting games. I've done my research, I've got my training tools together, and I'm ready to go.
Over on my Co-Op Critics gaming blog, I'll be posting weekly installments of my quest to become competent in virtual fisticuffs. I'm calling the series "Fists of Forty" (in honor of my recent birthday), and if you're at all interested in fighting games, I invite you to accompany me on my journey.
There are two installments of the series already up (here and here), and I'll be updating every week.
Today I make a return
to my hometown of
Broad Brook, CT. Here I
will be doing a book
signing at a real cool
store called Book Club.
Why this is cool...
Book Club is an incredible store full of great books at real good prices. And who doesn't need a cool book store?
Book Club is in the spot I bought most of my comic books as a young kid when it used to be the location of Pigeon's Pharmacy!
I have only been back to Broad Brook a few times since I left around 1988 and to be doing a book signing across from the pond I spent so many frozen hours playing hockey is kinda surreal!
So please come on out and say hi and if you feel so led to, buy a book! And it doesn't even have to be one of mine...
Book Club is located at
100 Main Street
Broad Brook, CT 06016
The event will be from 4 to 7 PM
The 2014 Harvey Awards final nominees were announced this week, and we are very happy to see that our pal Chris Giarrusso's G-Man is on that ballot! G-Man: Coming Home was nominated for Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers.
For those not familiar, the Harvey Awards are nominated and voted on by comics professionals, which means that everyone on that ballot is being recognized by their creative peers for their outstanding work.
The final ballot for this year's Harveys is online now and can be found here. If you're working in comics, then you are potentially eligible to vote. So, head over to the ballot, and support Chris and other friends of the show who have been nominated, like Mike Norton (Battlepug, Becky Cloonan (Demeter), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Jim Zub (Skullkickers), Archie Comics (Afterlife with Archie) and more. Good luck and congratulations to all this year's nominees!
Today a landmark comic will hit the shelves and have a pretty big impact!
'Life With Archie' # 36 has already announced to be the death of Archie and this has so many
people talking. I have read the book and will review it in the next episode of Secret Identity, but what I want to so is tell you
Many of you have been picturing the loveable Riverdale High teen dying and that certainly is heartbreaking but the Archie that will be losing his life is the Archie from the 'Afterlife' magazine series which follows two separate lives of our hero; one if he married Betty and another if he married Veronica.
I will tell you that i have just read this comic book size issue (not the traditional magazine size) and was blown away by the emotion and sadness of this crazy event. Writer Paul Kupperberg does a brilliant job sucking you into the entire life of Archie by celebrating pivitol times in hi life. The art by Pat and Tim Kennedy (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks) is exactly what you would expect; traditional and perfect.
The comic will sell out quick so if you haven't already reserved a copy... get to your local comic shop early!
'Afterlife With Archie' # 36 comes with FIVE different covers. I chose the Life magazine parody by Ramon Perez.
Once again Archie comics... you did it again!
by Brian LeTendre
A while back I had the pleasure of having writer Jesse Young on the See Brian Write podcast (you can listen to that episode right here). I also reviewed one of Jesse's shorts, The Daring Adventures of Android Jones here on Secret Identity (right here).
Jesse recently launched a Kickstarter for a print collection of his short comics, which he's calling Here We Go. In addition to getting a print copy of the book, some of the higher level backer awards include access to the back catalog of Saint James titles, including the fantastic Ex Occultus series.
So, check out the pitch video from Jesse below, then head over to the official Kickstarter page for the project if you're looking to get on board.
Years ago, Secret Identity made its 'con' debut at ConnectiCon 2006. Last year Brian and I made a return to ConnectiCon and reconnected with old friends. This year, ConnectiCon 2014 was the first show where Brian and I had a table and displayed as authors AND podcasters. And there wasn't a
better show to do this at!
Thank you to Mathew Daigle who provided prime real estate for us to set up this year and give not only us, but everyone an incredible show in an amazing place (Connecticut Convention Center). Matt's staff including Leo Marinak and Kristen Benedict who made our time there incredibly enjoyable and would always check on us, making us free to 'do our thing!'
Seeing old friend like Aaron Wood, Sean Wang and Griffin Ess is always special, but making new friends; like the band Porcelain Clocks and everyone who came to my "Doctor Who 101' panel is an awesome way to spend a weekend.
The show, as usual was full some incredible costumes, heavy on 'Doctor Who' and 'Attack On Titan' with a nice dose of traditional superheroes, anime, manga and my favorite...Godzilla in a suit!
As far as interviews I did only one; an awesome chat with our new friend Noah Hathaway (Boxey from Battlestar Galactica). And i recorded my panel so you'll all get to hear what went on. The cool thing is that everyone was very happy with the panel and next year, expect Brian and I to be doing more of them ... and in the big rooms.
Guests, room to move and set up, support staff and comfortably made it easy for us to do what we needed to do. Thank you ConnectiCon 2014.
By Brian LeTendre
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Moth City creator Tim Gibson about his fantastic Moth City series (you can hear that episode of See Brian Write here). Gibson is definitely a rising star in the comics scene here in the States, and is joining the ranks of other well-known New Zealand creators like Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown, Thor: The Mighty Avenger), Colin Wilson (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Point Blank) and Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville). And while US comic fans may not be plugged into the New Zealand comics scene, there are some amazing creators over there, and a dynamic duo has taken it upon themselves to shine a spotlight on them.
Back in 2012, Damon Keen and Amie Maxwell decided to try and crowdfund a comic anthology that spotlighted some of the amazing talent that New Zealand has to offer. You can actually watch the original pitch video below, which gives you a glimpse of some of the fantastic stories that were included in the first volume, as well as hear directly from Amie and Damon how passionate they are about the New Zealand creator community.
The campaign was successful, and the first volume of Faction was born. Since that time, there have been two more volumes of Faction, with the most recent one debuting in June.
Thanks to Damon, I was able to check out all three volumes of Faction, and I devoured them in one sitting. Simply put, Faction is a gorgeously-produced collection of stories that covers a spectrum of styles and genres. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Damon Keen’s One Giant Leap is a silent sci-fi story featuring an astronaut who gets stranded outside of his ship and has to fight to survive. Over the course of its nine pages, Keen tells the entire story without dialogue and makes you feel every panel.
Jonathan King’s Bookish is a fascinating and creepy tale about a man who collects people’s life stories--at the cost of their lives. As a writer I immediately fell in love with the premise.
Damon Keen told another of my favorites in the second volume of faction with Ectype. An interstellar surveyor travels to plants via technology that assembles a clone of her when she arrives planetside. But this time around, something goes wrong with the body her mind is inhabiting.
Katie O’Neill tells a touching story about and android and a human forming a bond during the end of the world called Don't Let Go.
The Reservoir, Tim Gibson’s stand alone prequel to Moth City, appears in volume three of faction and feels right at home. You can hear my original review of that story in episode #575 of Secret Identity here.
And those are just a few of the highlights from Faction’s three volumes. It truly is a wonderful collection of some of New Zealand’s best, and it deserves to read by comic fans everywhere.
5 out of 5 Superb Collections
NOTE: You don’t have to take my word about how awesome faction is, because you can download and check out the entire first issue of Faction for free. And if you love it, which you will, then purchase the other volumes and support these awesome creators who came together to make this anthology.
You can also get the first two volumes of Faction on ComiXology right here.