Do you remember when you stopped collecting comics?
The day, February 26, 2017.
It was coming as I had grown increasingly weary of Marvel’s continuing reboots and simply wanted to finish Dan Slott’s current Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy arc–the first current Marvel title I’ve collected since that late 90’s.
Slott, Spider-Man’s incumbent writer, had caught my eye in 2015 with his Superior Spider-Man run. For those unfamiliar with the book, the premise alone was intriguing: What would happened if a dying Doctor Octopus was able to switch bodies with the Amazing Spider-Man Peter Benjamin Parker?
During the second leg of my US trip in California, a good friend was nice enough to surprise me with an invite me to the 3rd Annual East Bay Comic Con in Hilton Concord. The one-day East Bay Comic Con, much smaller than our local conventions here in Manila, occupied a number of the Hilton’s function rooms and featured a number of personalities, guest comic book artists[i], and finds that would literally make your jaw drop to the floor!
Fortunately (or unfortunately—depending on your point of view), the ever-present knowledge that my check-in luggage was reaching its maximum allowable weight stopped me from throwing all fiscal responsibility out of the window.
But it sure was fun!
With a reasonable budget, these are the items that I went home with:
Comic Topload Holder (5 pcs.)
Captain America Volume 1: #249, #337, #410, and Annual #5
Indestructible Hulk #1 and #4
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1985) #2, #3, #4, and #7
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1986) #6, #8, and #15
Superior Spider-Man: A Troubled Mind TPB (Volume 2)
Superior Spider-Man #014
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #017
For more photos on the convention, follow my Instagram account (@tedivillasor).
I also found out that long-time Captain America artist Ron Lim was responsible for the two 2012 variant covers of the Marvel Custom Edition – The Avengers: Menace of the Mole Man #1 (Jollibee Philippines give-away promo). I was equally surprised to find out that Ron was not aware of how his covers were ultimately used by Marvel. I learn something new everyday.
[i] For more information on the convention personalities and guest comic book artists, you can visit their website at eastbaycomiccon.com.
Now in its 8th year, the Hobbiworx and PinoyToyKolektor sponsored Collecticon has always–in my opinion–served as an appetizer for what is to come. An occasion wherein we can ‘whet our proverbial palette’ prior to the the yuletide season.
I have been going to the Collecticon for a number of years now and if there is one thing that I admire about it is its familiarity. At least for the last two conventions, almost all the stalls were in the exact location they were the year before. The merchandise however was another story as they were either exuberantly priced or left much to be desired.