July 4th Superheroes

Rockets RedglareThanks to Andrei Molotiu of Abstract Comics making me aware of this site. Not that I’m very familiar with some of the American political references, but I was quite impressed with a few of the entries. Chris Duffy’s July 4th Project is an “art blog featuring variations by many cartoonists on the notion of the patriotic, all-American superhero.” It appears they accept submissions too, which is great. The entries are primarily pictures of the above theme with a short origin. Most are witty, and more than a few are laugh out loud funny. Molotiu has two recent entries – The Star Spangled Badger and Rockets Redglare whose “power only falters when her adversaries turn out to be reasonable, responsible adults; but, since most of them are men, this rarely ever happens.”

Other highlights are Redneck-Dude Man by Amanda Geisinger, who is described thusly:

After a quick change in the outhouse, mild mannered Bubba becomes our mulleted hero, Redneck-Dude-Man—ready to fight for everyone’s god-given right to have Christmas lights on their porch in June, an armory in their basement, and a refrigerator on their front lawn.


and I have to mention Jef Czekaj’s The Second Amendment which focuses on a 10 year old boy and a bear who swapped appendages. This is how Czekaj describes the concept:

The Second AmendmentYoung Nathan R. Armstrong has invented a teleportation device, which 
he plans to demonstrate at his school’s Science Fair. Unfortunately,
 as he enters the teleporter, a bear enters the school (it’s a long
story) and sneaks into the device. The two emerge from the teleporter 
seemingly unharmed, but with a bizarre mix-up: N.R. Armstrong now has 
the arms of a bear, and the bear is left with puny 10-year-old human 


Frustrated by his disfigurement (and the fact that he didn’t win the 
Science Fair), Nathan turns to a life of crime under the name The 
Second Amendment. His side-kick, the bear he has named Winnie the 
Goon, can’t really do much with his little arms, but he sure looks 

For more of this patriotic craziness, visit the official site.

Supanova Perth 2009

Supanova Perth 2009 QueueYep, it’s that time again. Last year was the first time the Supanova Pop Culture Convention came to the sunny shores of Perth after a few years in the Easter states of Australia. The turnout impressed everyone, so here we are again. There wasn’t much difference from last year’s event, but the weather was better. This year I actually knew a few more people, thanks to this here blog and my Extra Sequential mag so I spent the bulk of my time saying hello and catching up with friends. Just like last year, the number ofsuperhero costumes, and presumably fans, were overshadowed by the swarm of teen manga and anime readers. Most of the stalls seen last year were here once more, with Kings Comics and Madman Entertainment being the biggest booths. The local geek scene was proudly represented by Quality Comics, Comic Zone, Empire Toys and snazzy publisher, Gestalt. $25 is perhaps a bit much to ask for attendees, especially as you can see the whole event in less than 2 hours. The only things I noticed misisng from last year were the free coffee, a presence from a film studio (last year’s was Hellboy II, this year was supposed to be Paramount’s G.I. Joe, though I did see posters for the film) and a lack of considerable goodies in the giveaway bag.

Great costumes were on display, including two brave young girls sporting a Princess Leia slave outfit and a Ms. Marvel costume. Funny how all the males were all covered up. I guess that’s because every male superhero or villain makes wise costume choices. Only the foolish would come dressed as Dr. Manhattan I guess. There was also a life-size Dalek, and TARDIS, with wearers/operators inside.

I felt kind of bad for the lack of queues for the original Battlestar Galactica cast and Anakin from The Phantom Menace, but it was early in the day. The lines would’ve been longer for Karl Urban and two of the Twilight cast. I did say hello to Urban who was strolling around in a nice suit and who said, “G’day mate,” to me. I also chatted briefly with artist Tim Sale and Secret Six’s Nicola Scott, which was cool, and chatted to a Stormtrooper from the cool looking 501st Legion.

I also saw Dave Gibbons who was understandably popular. There was a sign saying no photos, no sketches and a limit of 3 signed items per customer however. Perhaps he’s just fed up with all the Watchmen film attention. One female fan gave him her copy of Watchmen and asked him to sign his favourite page. He closed his eyes, opened up the book and chose a random page. Nice.

I didn’t buy anything this year, as nothing screamed out at me. If I were a fan of Japanese animation I could’ve bought a lot. It’s good that readers of American comics aren’t the main focus, as it is a pop culture exhibition after all. Well done once more to the event organisers and volunteers for another job well done. They obviously know the pulse of Perth’s pop culture savvy consumers and cater for them. The guests were  a big draw for a lot of people this year that didn’t go last year and the advertising stepped up a notch too. Of course, after going to Comic-Con I’m spoilt, as I’ll again realise when I go to San Diego in 3 weeks. However, seeing Perth represented and respected in this manner is a wonderful thing.

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