C2E2 2017: The Green Scar Unleashed

On April 21-23 2017 McCormick Place hosted the annual C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo). I was fortunate to attend on Saturday and Wow was it a day!

hulk-armorIn addition to running around seeing some amazing artists and celebrities I was dressed to impress. I have spent the last few months creating my Gladiator Hulk costume and finished some last minute changes the night before and was ready to smash. Overall I think it came out really well. The response from other people at the Con seemed incredibly positive.

I had originally debated not doing it but with the release of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer I had to represent for the Hulk. Seeing the Hulk at C2E2 is rare. I’m glad I went ahead with it.

 

You can see some other photos of me taking out my aggression on Iron Man and Harry Potter below.

I met Jim Cheung who did the covers for the 3-issue series ‘Hulk: Unchained’ and he signed the second issue for me. Very nice guy. I also was finally able to get my Young variant of Indestructible Hulk #1 signed by Skottie Young. I just love his baby version of Hulk and could not pass up the opportunity.

The highlight of my visit was meeting Carlo Pagulayan, who was the Penciler for many of the Incredible Hulk issues that debuted the original Planet Hulk storyline. The Planet Hulk story is easily one of my, if not most, favorite comics. The art treatment in it was also so vivid and rich. I had to have him sign my copy of Incredible Hulk #92.

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It also so happens I had a blank variant copy of Planet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars) and I was able to request a sketch commission on it. Yes, they were two different story lines with the same name, but to have one of the original artists do a planet hulk cover for me was amazing. As you can see from the photo it turned out incredible *wink*!!

Currently they are all out for CGC and should be back soon. Till then I wait with baited breath.

In non-Hulk news I also met Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool) who signed my copy of the Deadpool movie. I met Troy Baker (voice actor from The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite) who signed my old PS3 copy of Last of Us. And of course I snagged a couple cool figures and a few Hulk comics I’ve had on my radar (Wolverine #8 for example).

All in all it was an amazing experience. Can’t wait for next year.

 

In Memory: Bernie Wrightson

This post comes late, but I wanted to dedicate some time to this. On March 18th, 2017 the world lost itself a great artist. The master of the macabre, Bernie (Berni) Wrightson.

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Bernie began his career in 1966 working as an illustrator for The Baltimore Sun and would continue making work pretty much up until his death. His most notable achievement is being the co-creator of Swamp Thing for DC comics. His design for Swamp Thing would help make it one of the most recognized characters to come out of DC and to this day remains a popular character.

In my opinion however I find his greatest work to be the art he contributed to the immortal classic novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley. In 1983 he created a series of illustrations to go along with the novel. These images are hailed as the defining impressions of the novel. They were printed alongside the novel and have been reprinted at least a few times in the past thirty years. The original images are notoriously hard to collect, much less locate.

His work has inspired so many people including, but not limited to, Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon and Mike Mignola. I personally place Bernie’s work among the great artists such as Gustave Dore and Francisco Goya. His work has also been of personal inspiration to myself.

And since this is a Hulk blog I must also mention he did the art for Marvel’s graphic novel #29 The Incredible Hulk and the Thing in the Big Change. In addition he did the cover for Incredible Hulk #197.

I feel I should also mention one of the last projects he worked on. As a follow up to his work on the Frankenstein novel he produced the art for the comic series Frankenstein Alive, Alive. This series began in 2012 and only made it to three issues. I myself have all three and LOVED the artwork. The story was also quite interesting and was building towards something unique. Unfortunately it was never continued beyond the third issue. I highly recommend you take a look at these if you have the chance.

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As a side note I was fortunate enough to have met him briefly at a convention in Indianapolis in 2016. I am really glad I was able to tell him my appreciation for his work and be graced with his signature upon a handful of items (one of which was a copy of his illustrated Frankenstein edition).

 

I hope if you are reading this (and especially if you are unfamiliar with any of the works mentioned) that you take the time to search out and appreciate his art. He truly found the beauty in horror and gave monsters a soul.

 

Marvel Heroes Omega Coming to PS4

If you are a PC gamer you are most likely aware of the RPG game Marvel Heroes. A top down brawler where you can play as just about any Marvel character and fight along side other players to defeat the bad guys.

I bought the Hulk founders pack when it first launched and I played for awhile but quickly lost interest. Mostly cause I am not a PC gamer and did not like playing with a mouse and keyboard. So it’s been quite some time since I logged into it.

Otherwise though it was a fine Marvel inspired game. Nothing mind blowing in my opinion. Felt like Warcraft with a Marvel skin. But it appears to have kept it’s popularity despite not much fanfare.

So popular in fact that Marvel Heroes will be coming to PS4 (a system I use a lot). Not sure if it will keep my attention any more then before, but I’ll certainly try it out. I mean it will be free and I can play as Hulk for a bit.

My only gripe is that at this time I won’t be able to transfer items from my PC account to PS4. I hope they change that so I can use the stuff I’ve already paid for.

Check out the trailer below!

Planet Hulk Novel to be Written!

This news comes compliments of the Engine of Destruction site. I was not even aware this is happening. Apparently Marvel wants to make sure EVERYONE has a chance to experience the Planet Hulk story line prior to Thor: Ragnarok releasing in November.

51yfz02d7jl-_sx373_bo1204203200_A novel, being written by none other then Greg Pak (the original writer of the graphic novel), is scheduled to be released October 17th, 2017. Which should allow fans old and new about two weeks to read before going to see Ragnarok.

I would imagine this novel to have a few tweaks on the narrative to give something new for the old fans. But overall I’d expect it to just be the graphic novel without pictures. In any case I am very tempted to buy and read this just on the off chance he sneaks something in that may connect with the movie. I doubt it, but perhaps I’m just trying to justify paying for and re-reading a story I’ve read a hundred times before.

The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.

GET SMASHED!!