Darren Schram is the manager extraordinaire of Sky High Comics in San Marcos, Ca. He started out reading GI Joe comics when he was a kid, moving on to collecting Star Wars comics exclusively, while reading the occasional title off the rack in a local drug store...just to "check in" with the comic world. Darren did a graceful high dive into the comic book pools deep end just over a decade ago. Now it isn't a question of what is he reading, but more..what isn't he reading? He is what he calls a "multi-denominational geek", with exceptional geek cred in Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, that award him his self appointed elite status. He also once "scissor kicked Angela Lansbury."
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The time has finally come…LONG BEACH COMIC CON!! One of our absolute favorite shows for us here at SG2M. It is certainly my favorite, with its focus less on pop culture as a whole and more on comics, it is always the highlight of my convention season.
So what is there to expect at this years show? Let me tell you:
Everyone already knows that the LBCC Artist Alley really is one of the greatest AA’s of the entire convention scene. This year’s already sold out over a month ago, so get ready to start digging through your collections to find gems More >
Before this years D-23 Expo began the biggest rumor going in was that we were going to find out details about any new Star wars presence in the theme parks, especially the possibility of a new land dedicated to Star Wars. Today, that was exactly what we got. Bob Iger announced a very ambitious project. Star Wars Land would be coming to both Disney World in Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim!!
Both lands will be about 14 acres, the largest single themed land expansions for Disney, and we are being told the land will fully submerse you into the Star Wars More >
This week SG2M travelled to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for Image Expo. For those of you who missed out on our Live Tweeting of the event, here are some of the highlights:
- Have you been feeling like there hasn’t been enough snot in your comics? Well you are in luck Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and Leslie Hung (Bee & Puppycat) Snotgirl. A dark comedy set in the world of fashion blogging. This is O’Malley’s debut as a writer on a monthly series.
- For you Walking Dead fans, Brian K Vaughn (Saga) announced that he would be More >
“‘Always in motion is the future,’ Yoda said. The future of the Star Wars cinematic galaxy, however, is taking shape.”
This was the headline on Starwars.com this morning as big news for Star Wars fans hit the internet today. Disney CEO Bob Iger held a shareholders meeting today, across from Lucasfilm HQ, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Fransisco, CA. The purpose, amongst other things, was to announce that Episode VIII would now be released May 26th, 2017, moving up from its original December 2017 release. This was joyous news for loyal fans who feel Star Wars should always More >
The Info Bit
Title: Princess Leia
Genre/s: Science Fiction / Fantasy
Writer: Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible)
Penciler: Terry Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman)
Inker: Rachel Dodson (Avengers, Gen 13)
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire (Action Comics, Deadpool)
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna (Original Sin, Ms. Marvel)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Number of Issues: #1 of 5
Page Count: 28
The Review Bit
We have now come to the third series of Marvel’s hotly anticipated Star Wars titles, Princess Leia. Unlike the first 2 releases, Princess Leia is a 5-issue mini-series focused on the title character immediately following the Battle of Yavin, as she deals with the loss of her family and home world. Wonderfully written by More >
The universe lost a beloved, iconic actor today. Leonard Nimoy died today at the age of 83, at his home in Bel Air from complications of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Nimoy was an accomplished actor, director, poet, photographer, singer, and songwriter. He of course is mostly known, and will always be known, for his portrayal of First Officer Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek television series as well as the Star Trek motion pictures.
It was about a year ago that Mr. Nimoy announced he had been diagnosed with COPD which was brought on by his smoking habits his More >
The major comic companies get enough reviews and press, it’s time for the creator-owned and indie series to get some love and judgment. Indie review takes up-and-coming indie and creator-owned series and puts them through the review process so you can confidently support the best of the small press and passion driven projects in the comic industry.
The Info Bit
Title: Mind of Mirrors
Writer: Leland Jackness and Dan Franklin
Penciler: Tom Hodges (Star Wars: Tales from the Clone Wars)
Colorist: Brianna Garcia
Letterer: Dan Franklin
Number of Issues: Book One (of Three)
Page Count: 96
Price: $29.99 (includes 10 track original soundtrack CD by Dan & More >
Earlier today the five nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity were announced, and they come from both independent and mainstream comics. The nominees are:
• “Hex11” by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics)
• “M.F.K.” by Nilah Magruder (http://www.mfkcomic.com/)
• “Ms. Marvel” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Comics)
• “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
• “Shaft” by writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely (Dynamite)
The award is named after Dwayne McDuffie, a comic and television writer who co-founded Milestone Media with Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. More >
Disney has confirmed that Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX have a release dates. In the annual shareholders letter, CEO Bob Iger had this to say on the subject:
“As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming… and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage… I can assure the millions of ‘Star Wars’ fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional ‘Star Wars’ storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone More >
With every year the Long Beach convention events just get better and bigger. With this year’s Long Beach Comic Expo just over a month away we would like to announce 2 events just added to this years festivities (February 28th – March 1st) that are sure to please.
The first of these events is the first ever LBCE Cosplay Contest, with $3000 in cash prizes. The contest, hosted by Nerd Like Us founders Bernie Bergman and Bernadette Bentley, will take place on Saturday Feb 28th, at 7pm in the Seaside Ballroom. So far the only judges to be announced are International More >