A post from my Marvel blog of days gone by talking about the Marvel game panel that I put on at a bunch of conventions for a year or two. The photos below are from a later installment at a Wizard World convention, not the one discussed.
Back in the office after a snow day yesterday, mainly spent recovering from the New York Comic Convention this past weekend. I was only able to attend for one day, Sunday, but even from that limited exposure I can tell you that it was much better organized than last year, and the additional hall space was a godsend. A great time was had meeting fans, talking with pros such as Steve McNiven, David Finch, Olivier Coipel, Tony Harris, Mark Brooks and others, and generally cavorting around.
On 12:30 on Sunday, I hosted what has in a very short time become a Marvel tradition, our give-away game show PRIZE OR NO-PRIZE (otherwise known as the one panel that received absolutely no Internet coverage over the weekend.) With the able assistance of “Prize Monkey” Molly Lazer, DJ Jim McCann, girl-on-the-end Jen Grunwald, and special guest judge C.B. Cebulski, we more-or-less entertained a hall full of people, giving away autographed items, limited edition variants and custom-drawn sketches by Marvel artists (as well as a page of original art from POWERS donated by Mike Oeming) to those who were able to answer all sorts of inane questions about the Marvel titles and characters. We’ve still got some elements to tighten up–this was our first dry-run of the year, so there’s some fine-tuning to do before we hit Wizard World LA in a couple of weeks–but overall I’d deem it a success, for the most part.
And despite my blog post from last Friday, while a couple of people stayed behind to chat with me after the panel was over, none of them were there specifically to complain about the ending to CIVIL WAR. In fact, for the most part, what I heard from the readers in attendance was praise. Which I think goes to show that, as a generality, we’re all just a bit more polite and restrained in person than we are via e-mail, or on the Internet.
Also, just a word to the wise: you’ll know you married the right woman when you come back from a show such as this one hauling a mountainous assortment of “junk comics” from years gone by purchased out of the buck and two-buck bins, and rather than saying something sensible such as “don’t you have enough comics already?” or “where in the world are we going to put all this stuff?” or even “how much money did you spend?”, your spouse’s first reaction is concern that you might have hurt yourself carrying what amounts to a short box back from the city.