34 Eisner Winners & Nominees To Attend Chicago Comic Con

I got an interesting list today in my E-mail that I think some of you might enjoy. (Actually, I think this would include all of you since I doubt I have any sane human beings visiting my blog:)

 

I haven’t announced this yet on my blog so here it goes. I will be attending Chicago Wizard Con 2011. I will be attending as press and I hope to make the most excellent coverage available on the net! I have recently invested in a pretty sweet camera that will be going with me and my photographer to this event! I am polishing my boots and preparing my voice recorders. There are many people to meet and many interesting “happenings” to cover. My husband will be going with me as my photographer. The new camera is actually quite heavy. I’ve already started writing down interesting questions I hope to ask people, but since this is my first complete coverage i’d like to know what you guys think I should ask and who?

If you for some reason have been buried somewhere to miss this event, then I will gladly save your bee-hind by LINKING the site to you. Now that you know what is going on, I hope you are just as exited as I am. I will keep you guys updated on new guests signing on and whatnot news that will drop into my very filled up inbox! Till next time!

 

A total of 34 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards winners (19) and nominees (15) are among the more than 400 comic creators scheduled to attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, August 11-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Headliners among the  winners include Brian Azzarello (“Flashpoint,” “Batman – Knight of Vengeance”), Gary Friedrich (“Ghost Rider,” “Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos”), Dave Johnson (“Deadpool,” “Punisher MAX”), Stuart Moore (“Namor: The First Mutant,” “Wolverine Noir”), Eduardo Risso (“Flashpoint,” “100 Bullets”) and Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra: Assassin,” “Moon Knight”).

Other winners include Franco Aureliani (“Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam!,” “Tiny Titans”), Art Baltazar (“Tiny Titans,” “Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!”), Gabriel “galvo” Bautista (“PopGun,” “Pulpo Anthology”), Ian Boothby (“Simpsons Comics,” “Futurama”), Geof Darrow (“Daredevil,” “Marvel Zombies 5”), Pia Guerra (“Y: The Last Man,” “Dr. Who: The Forgotten”) Paul Jenkins (“Spider-Man,” “Incredible Hulk”), Peter Maresca (“George Herriman’s Krazy Kat: A Celebration of Sundays,” “Little Nemo in Slumberland”), Nina Matsumoto (“Yokaiden,” “The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story”), Andrew Pepoy (“The Adventures of Simone & Ajax,” “Fables”), Nate Powell (“Swallow Me Whole,” “Sounds of Your Name), Ken Steacy (“Spawn,” “Star Wars”) and William Stout (Paleontological Artist).

Batman FlashpointAmong the Eisner nominees scheduled to attend are Ivan Brunetti (“Schizo,” “Linework), Steve Bryant (“Athena Voltaire,” “The Canterville Ghost”), Lilli Carré (“Nine Ways to Disappear,” “The Fir Tree”), Paul Friedrich (“Onion Head Monster,” “Don’t Trust Evel Knievel”), Eliza Frye (“The Lady’s Murder,” “Lucky House”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Laura Park (“Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream,” “Superior Showcase”), Ronda Pattison (“Star Wars: Clone Wars,” “Spike”), Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Spectacular Spider-Man”), Thomas Scioli (“Gødland,” “American Barbarian”), Gary Shipman (“DreamWorks,” “Pakkin’s Land”), Ben Templesmith (“Wasteland,” “Buffy”) Billy Tucci (“Sgt. Rock,” “Shi”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”), Matt Wagner (“Grendel,” “Batman”).

The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch.  Many Greater Chicago-based artists will be in attendance as well.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Established in 1987, they are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels).

Other superstar creators scheduled to attend include Carlo Barberi (“Deadpool,” “Batman”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), Patrick Gleason (“Batman & Robin,” “Brightest Day”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero For Hire”), Greg Hurwitz (“The Crime Writer,” “The Tower”), Ariel Olivetti (“Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight,” “Cable”), Damion Scott (“Deadpool,” “Batgirl”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”).

 

Interesting morning Monsieur Scammer!

As I am preparing my big move back to Sweden, I’ve been selling and getting rid of my stuff. Tedious as it is to try to only fit a few things in a box to avoid crazy shipping cost, sacrifices had to be made. All furniture had to go. While I met a whole lot of nice and interesting people. I experienced several people who made an appointment and never showed up. I assume that people do that because they want me to sit and wait for them all evening and waiting for them to show up. So I made a rule on my posts that if they don’t show up during the appointed time,  that the item will be placed up for sale again.

Now I am down to selling electronics we wont be bringing with us. Amongst those things I’ve put up a camera for sale. Its a Canon T-50 with several accessories and a decent lens. I woke up this morning and got a poorly written email. I responded as I always do and thought not much of it, but the respond raised an eyebrow with me. Turns out I was right to be suspicious. A scammer! Nice try!

I’ve already taken all measures I could to alert Craigslist, so hopefully this guy wont have enough time to do any harm to the poor unsuspecting people who don’t have my spidey senses! Putting awareness on my blog might help other people who suspects fowl play!

Remember, if its too good to be true, it probably is!

Stay safe!

Will playing games turn your child into a different person?

Let me start with saying that I am not a parent. I do hope to become one some day soon but it is still a working progress. I read an interesting article written by my blog buddy Yvie. She writes that when her son started playing the well known game “Angry Birds”, that her son turned into a different person. He would share stories and communicate as well as he usually does. That he even lost interest in his other toys.

While our technological advances give us new ways of communication and better source of entertainment we can only ask ourselves. Are things really better? I say yes and no to that. Yes because we are not more connected and even studies have shown that playing video games stimulates the brain and self esteem in many cases. Because solving puzzles and feeling good about “saving the world” makes a difference in our daily lives. A sense of accomplishment that is grandiose to say the least. The it comes to the negative part. Videogames, stimulating as they may be, they also isolate us from real achievements in life. Instead of saving the world digitally, how’s about saving the world in reality? Looking outside, I don’t see to many people. It is summer and I don’t see children running outside on the law or playing with friends. When I do, my heart melts because it reminds me of my own youth.

We often think the question “What did we ever do before tecnology?”

I don’t know about you, but I did quite a lot. I explored my surroundings and played outside with my friends. Our games were cowboys and indians, softball using a stick and a pinecone and even played Robin Hood using a home made bow out of stick and rubber. Now that I think about it, the stick was probably my very best friend growing up. I mean it is so simple and you could do anything with it.

I think there can be a happy balance. A great parent know their child and understand what they need. Some children have friends via video games and to those I say good for ya! However, just like we react differently to things, so do children. I believe that we cannot have the same set of rules for all children. My mom actually made that into a point several times that she cannot compare her children because they are all so vastly different. That is why she had to a just the rules to accommodate each child’s needs, which to me makes sense.

I know my children will grow up with video games, but I also know that I will be attentive enough to make sure to take them outside and show them that there is a world out there too, whether they like it or not. That is how I plan to raise mine, how everyone else raises theirs is up to them.

I just hope that my husband wont have them grow up with World of Warcraft. That will be a failure on my part for not supplying them with better options. 😉

One thing they will enjoy will be the motion controls. The luxury of today’s technology is that children do not have to sit still anymore. Imagine all the energy they will burn jumping around like mad! I’ve baby sat so many kids and burning off their energy is the tricky part. I hope that by the time my kid is old enough to join me and my husband in our gaming-ventures, that kinect and motion controls will remain an option. ( Yahtzee had his way, we wouldn’t have any at all). I hope they will not only remain an option, but perfected and made into an available option for all.

I also hope that my example will define what type of person my kid will be. (and maybe his dad if he is nice about it)