Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Adventures On Free Comic Book Day

Well, better late than never. Here's how I spent my Free Comic Book Day 2015.

 The nerdiness actually started the night before. I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron.
I highly recommend seeing it!

 Here's all of the free comic books I got.

 Other free stuff I picked up.

 First stop was JC Comics & Cards.

 I was greeted by Batman and a small Power Ranger.

 I spent over an hour in line.

 Some of the books on the wall. I have those two Hulk comics!

 John, the owner, dresses up as the Joker each year.

 I bought these four books from his quarter box.

 Second stop was Books-A-Million!

 Avengers Assemble!

 The cashier was dressed up as Emma Frost, The White Queen.

 I bought a Funko Marvel Mystery Mini and got Deadpool.

 Lunch time at Fred's Diner!

 I had the bacon cheeseburger, my wife had a patty melt.

 The third comic shop was the Quaker Square News Stand.
They just changed their name to Quaker Square Comics after FCBD.

 The building was the original Quaker Oats Company and has tons of memorabilia.

 I bought a Hulk magnet.

 The fourth and final comic shop was Kenmore Komics & Games.
I love the metal Spider-Man on the side of his building.
This is my regular comic shop that I go to every two weeks.

 I bought one book from the quarter box and five packs of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trading cards.

 The day didn't end there. We stopped at the Goodwill and I bought a Garfield book and a shot glass from the local defunct amusement park Geauga Lake.

 We then went to the race track track/casino where they were celebrating the Kentucky Derby by holding a funny hat contest.

 I "won" an old generic Iron Man 2 cup.

I played The Wizard of Oz Haunted Forest slot machine.

 I didn't win anything, but it was fun.

We ended the day at Five Below where I bought this Infinity Gauntlet t-shirt.

It was a really fun day!
On Sunday I went to Oddmall.
But, that will have to wait for another post.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

R.I.P. Hulk Artist Herb Trimpe

I was devastated when I heard that Herb Trimpe had passed away. He was one of my favorite Hulk artists. The first issue of The Incredible Hulk I remember having was #191 (Sept. 1975).

I really wish I could have met him at one of his convention appearances. Rest in peace Mr. Trimpe.

See a complete list of his work on ComicBookDB.

From New York Post --

Prominent comic-book artist and Wolverine co-creator Herb Trimpe died at his home in upstate Hurley, N.Y., on Monday. He was 75.

Trimpe is credited as being the first comic-book artist to sketch the Wolverine character for publication back in 1974, when the clawed crusader made his debut in an issue of The Incredible Hulk.

During his time as an artist for Marvel Comics, Trimpe drew for other titles like Spider-Man, G.I. Joe, Godzilla, Captain America and Iron Man.

Before he started earning a living at his trade, Trimpe served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He enrolled at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts upon returning home.

“He loved drawing but his real passion was airplanes,” said his wife of seven years, Patricia Velasquez-Trimpe. “He loved writing fiction, and had actually been writing just before he died.”

In the weeks and months after the 9/11 terror attacks, Trimpe, an Episcopalian deacon, worked at the World Trade Center site, serving as a chaplain. He also worked to clear away rubble.

“That was just his nature,” said Trimpe’s step-daughter, Natalia, 25. “He just wanted to help out, so when 9/11 happened, he just felt like he had to do whatever he could.”

His work after 9/11 earned him the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, an award given to artists in comics and animators who work tirelessly in their private lives to serve society.

After leaving monthly comics, Trimpe continued producing art and making public appearances at comic book conventions around the world.

He had just been meeting and greeting fans in New Jersey over the weekend at the East Coast Comicon at the Meadowlands Expo Center.

“He enjoyed people recognizing his work and seeing his fans,” his wife said. “We had a wonderful life together.”