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Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. There’s plenty to do this weekend on both coasts, as Boston and Washington, D.C., play host to Boston Comic Con and Awesome Con, while Fan Expo Vancouver explodes in British Columbia and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books arrives at the University of Southern California.
Meanwhile, our contributors select their picks for the best comics going on sale Wednesday, including Danger Girl Trinity #1, Popeye Classics Vol. 1 and Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition. Plus, a preview of Bandette #4!
It’s a busy weekend on both coasts, with four big events in four cities:
Fan Expo Vancouver will draw thousands Saturday and Sunday to the Vancouver Convention Centre for a lineup that’s heavy on media guests like Michael Rooker, Nichelle Nichols and James Marsters, but also features such comics creators as Stan Lee, Neal Adams, Kaare Andrews, Steve Epting, Pia Guerra, Phil Jimenez and Alex Maleev.
Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, meanwhile, will play host to Boston Comic Con, which boasts a comics lineup that includes George Perez, Mike Mignola, Carlos Pacheco, Amanda Conner, Mark Bagley, Nate Bellegarde, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amy Reeder, Frank Cho, Tony Daniel, Don Rosa, Colleen Doran, Bill Willingham, Sean Gordon Murphy and Chrissie Zullo.
About seven hours south, the wonderfully named Awesome Con D.C. will kick off Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with Larry Hama, Ben Templesmith, Justin Jordan, Herb Trimpe, Greg LaRocque and other comics creators. Media guests include Nicholas Brendan, Phil LaMarr, Billy West and Ernie Hudson.
And then there’s the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which features programming like “Graphic Novels: Adolescence Long & Drawn Out,” with Cecil Castellucci, Ron Koertge and Hope Larson, and “Graphic Novels: Drawing the Story,” with Leela Corman, Sammy Harkham and Derek Kirk Kim.
ROBOT 6 contributors name their top choices from among the comic books, and comics-related books, scheduled to arrive in stores this week. We welcome readers to highlight their picks in the comments below.
Good things come to those who wait. And for those of you, like myself, waiting for the release of Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Bandette #4, your patient vigil ends this Wednesday. To whet your appetite for adventure Monkeybrain Comics Co-Publisher Allison Baker was kind enough to give Robot 6 a preview. When we last left the world’s greatest thief, she had come face to face with the assassin Matadori in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery. There’s so much to love about Tobin and Coover’s storytelling, but in these preview pages what I enjoy the most (as I also do typically in the series) is how Coover’s layout and coloring allows the characters to jump out of the page. Added bonus, if you did not know, to satisfy Bandette fans in between the issues, Tobin has written five bonus Urchin stories with art by Alberto J. Alburquerque, Steve Lieber, Tina Kim, Jonathan Case and Jennifer L. Meyer. All the stories have the same infectious whimsy that defines the overall Bandette universe. – Tim O’Shea
Danger Girl Trinity #1 (of 4) comes out this week, and apparently I’m not the target demographic for this book because I had no idea Danger Girl was attempting another comeback. This time, we’ll be following Abbey, Sidney and Sonya on three different adventures, drawn by three different artists, so it’s nice little grab bag of cheeky adventure for four issues. Will it change your life and how you view the world around you? No. Will it be worth millions on the collector’s market? Not in the slightest. But will it entertain you? That’s what I’m hoping and remains in the hands of John Royle, Stephen Molnar, Brian Stelfreeze who complete our trinity of artists. – Carla Hoffman
It’s a little confusing, because IDW has already published a Vol. 1 of Bud Sagendorf’s Popeye comics, but this one will have a bit more appeal to methodical types, as it gathers together the first four issues of Dell’s Popeye comic in their entirety. The stories are goofy and episodic — Olive Oyl gets Popeye to swear off fighting, Swee’Pea is kidnapped by treasure seekers — just lots of good, clean fun with the classic Popeye cast. – Brigid Alverson
This is the second time I’ve highlighted Dial H in this feature’s short life, but the first collection (issues 0-6, written by China Mieville and drawn by Mateus Santolouco) is, as they say, an excellent jumping-on point. Dial H isn’t just one of the New-52’s most unusual and inventive series, it’s one of the best things DC’s put out in a long time. – Tom Bondurant