This year’s show floor was in the actual Edward Jones Dome, rather than being limited to just the America’s Center due to its size. Where last years show had a lot of dealers bringing high end books (Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, etc.), this year’s show brought more variety to the Gateway city. There was a lot more merchandise to be sold, and talking to the deals it seems to have been going very well. They were selling more current items and variant covers. To me, that’s where I will spend money. I won’t be buying $15,000 books, but I might pick up some older issues of Hellblazer or Daredevil to plug some holes in my collection. That was one of the things that last year’s con was missing.
Before you start reading this, I want to warn you. I will be spoiling the crap out of the movie. If you don’t want to know who the Winter Solider really is and what role he will play in the future then stop reading. You have been warned!!
As an unabashed lover of all things comics, it’s pretty easy for me to get excited about everything Marvel is doing at the moment. I get even more excited when the people involved in said projects take things seriously and make a near perfect movie. That’s exactly what directors Anthony and Joe Russo do with Cap 2. The setup is pretty straight up. Captain America, The Black Widow, and Sam Wilson team up to take down the returning Hydra. The flick is not only an extremely strong follow-up to Cap’s first outing (Captain America: The First Avenger), but it also is the standard bearer for all future Marvel projects. The movie will also have a massive impact on anything else the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer. The repercussions of the events of this film will felt throughout everything yet to come.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and Wizard World is making it’s return to St. Louis. That’s right fanboys and fangirls, Wizard World St. Louis is returning to the Gateway city on April 4-6 at the America’s Center.
With the amazing turnout from last year, Wizard World decided to make St. Louis a regular stop on their convention circuit. Last we were treated with guests Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), and Stan “The Man” Lee. This year will also feature a plethora of comic book and pop culture guests for you to see and meet – along with some con exclusives and great panels for you to enjoy.
As great as last years event was, this year is shaping up to be even better. Making their way to St. Louis this year will be superstar artists Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn, and Haunt), Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams(Batman & Green Lantern), and Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern: Rebirth & Flash: Rebirth). Those are just a few of the heavy hitters coming this year. Other amazing talent include David Mack (Daredevil & Kabuki), Carlo Pagulayan (Incredible Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies & Army of Darkness), James O’Barr (the creator of The Crow), and Mike Grell (Green Arrow & Warlord). This however wouldn’t be a St. Louis Comic Con if we didn’t have some home grown superstars of our own now would it? Also making appearances this year will be St. Louis’s own Cullen Bunn (Wolverine, Magento & the upcoming Sinestro), Chris Samnee (Daredevil, The Rocketeer, and Thor: The Mighty Avenger) Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun), and Matt Kindt (Justice League of America & Mind MGT).
David Mack also drew the Wizard World St. Louis exclusive variant cover of Wolverine and the X-Men #1. It will be given the first 3,000 VIP attendees at the show. There will also be a black & White sketch variant. That issue will be limited to 2,500 copies, and will be available at the Wizard Wold store on the convention floor.
This announcement is for all you Batman fans. This year, The Dark Knight is celebrating his 75th anniversary. And at St. Louis Comic Con, you will be able to meet the original Dynamic Duo themselves: Batman & Robin! Adam West and Burt Ward will be here, and are available for photos and autographs. And that’s not all! Making her very first convention appearance, we are proud to welcome Athena Finger, the only grandchild of Bill Finger, the uncredited co-creator of Batman and almost all of the “Bat” supporting cast. I’m sure you’re telling yourself: “Joe. I’m not a fan of these so called funny books, but I do love pop culture. Is there anything for me?” Fear not dear reader, there is. If the comic guests don’t do it for you – listen up you primitive screw-heads! Come to meet your favorite cult hero, Ash himself: Bruce Campbell! That’s right my friends, Bruce Campbell will be at Wizard World.
Also coming this year will be Nathan Fillion (Castle & Firefly), William Shatner (Star Trek), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Sean Patrick Flannery (Boondock Saints & Dexter), WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sean Astin (the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Manu Bennet (Arrow & Spartacus), Summer Glau (Firefly & Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Milo Ventamiglia (Heroes), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Dollhouse), Alan Tudyk (Firefly & Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) , John Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk)
This years show is shaping up to be even better than last year. If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, you can head over to the official Wizard World website. There you can pick up tickets for the show, find out how to get autographs and picture with your favorite celebrities, and a full list of everyone that will be at the con.
There’s been all kinds of Marvel movie in the last week. With the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer coupled with the announcement of the cast for the Fantastic Four reboot, one must ask, what else could Marvel Films have up their sleeves? Why not start pre-production work on the long talked about Dr. Strange feature film?
In 1987, RoboCop blew moviegoers away (no pun intended) with its blend of over the top violence, revolutionary special effects, and biting social commentary (it was the 80′s after all), all wrapped into a perfect storm of an 80′s action movie.
To me, the original source material was so unique and timeless that it never needed a remake. Sure the 1987 version looks dated and maybe the technology is now irrelevant, but it’s the guts of the movie that made it so perfect. So the question I was asking myself as I settled in to see a 2014 version of RoboCop was, “What can they say that hasn’t been said already?” I would soon realize the 2014 version could have just as much to say about the state of our country as the 1987 version.
In this version, director Jose Pahila makes some adjustments from the original so that it fits into what could be a conceivable American future. The film is set in 2028 and one of the biggest issues in the United States is the use of robotic drones for Military applications – as well as on the streets of America. With many Americans fearing that robots have no emotions or moral code, robotics manufacturer OmniCorp and its CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) are forced to explore a new idea: putting a man inside a machine.