This past weekend, hoards of comic book fans descended upon the city of Philadelphia for the Wizard World Comic Convention, and Open the Fridge was right in the middle of it!
Thor dove headlong into the artist alley, sketchbook in hand, Lightstar1013 rubbed elbows with actor Adam Baldwin (Firefly), 3eeve chatted with artist Shane Davis (“Superman: Earth One”), KTDE shared a few words with actresses Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson (Stargate: Universe), and yours truly heard the latest on the DCU from some of its top talent.
Artists Ethan Van Sciver, Shane Davis, Prentiss Rollins, and writer Todd Klein sat down with fans to answers questions on anything and everything DC, and didn’t hesitate to crack a few jokes along the way. Read on for some highlights from the panel.
When asked about the upcoming Red Lantern title, due this fall, Shane Davis discussed the genesis of the napalm-vomiting rageaholics and also amused the crowd with the true origin of Dex-Starr, the feline Red Lantern of Sector 2814. “Dex-starr is my cat, Dexter. He started out as a practical joke, hand on bible. [Geoff] Johns said to keep him in.”
Working off Davis’s anecdote, Ethan Van Sciver added that he “like[s] to create new characters rather than rely on the ones that already exist.” He backed up this statement by agreeing with a fan’s suggestion of an ongoing series about the different members of the multi-colored Lantern Corps that have been established in the last two years.
The discussion then quickly devolved into a hilarious exchange of stories about what these artists manage to hide in their art. Ethan Van Sciver made the ridiculous claim that “The Atom is in every picture I’ve ever drawn. He’s just way behind people.” Shane Davis followed up by sharing that he included the abbreviation, LOL on the tip of an RPG that was fired by Jason Todd, aka The Red Hood, and that no one ever saw it. Van Sciver and Prentiss Rollins fired back with the tale of how Van Sciver included the word “sex” once on every page when the pair worked on “New X-Men” for Marvel.
The panel then returned to more serious topics as the quartet took questions about how to bring in new readers. Refusing to let the discussion get too serious, Van Sciver quickly answered, “Bear traps.” Joking aside, all four men agreed that the upcoming DCU reboot is a great opportunity for new readers to jump onboard and start following any character’s story, literally, from #1. This led to questions about the comic book market. Van Sciver passionately went on about how readers, new and old, have access to the art and stories of the comic book industry, not only through single issues and bound collections, but also through digital downloads, a feature that offers incredible convenience. If you are a new reader looking to jump onboard, Wednesday, August 31st is the day to do it.
Many thanks to Prentiss Rollins, Ethan Van Sciver, Todd Klein, and Shane Davis for an entertaining and informative panel. Keep checking www.wizardworld.com for future events!