Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Whither the Shrew?

The Shrew has been a busy rodent about town. Tonight was a movie screening, the second in two weeks, and yesterday was MoCCA's festivities.

MoCCA's convention was a far cry from Wizard World Philly -- more hipsters, fewer Storm Troopers, and a more intelligent feel than the banks of video games and booth babes. I'm no hipster, but I skew more toward MoCCA's demographic than one that produced that scarring Captain Marvel sans sports cup the other weekend. The danger at MoCCAfest is being pretentious instead of getting bowled over by a giant Pikachu. Equally harmful.

The Jonathan Lethem-Dan Clowes panel conversation was more interesting than I thought it would be. Once they got past the mutual admiration society stuff, they had an interesting discussion about inspiration and the creative process as well as the effects of changing mediums -- Clowes on the differences in Ghost World the movie versus the books, Ice Haven from single issues to graphic novel; Lethem on writing a story and a screenplay and a comics script.

On the whole, the exhibitors seemed a good deal less shellshocked than they did at WWPhilly. The fest was crowded and a good time was had by all. The Shrew left the festival with an armload of goodies, most of which will make an appearance here in some fashion:

Carl is The Awesome #1-4 (Cliff Face Comics)
The Amazing Cynicalman #14 (Not Available Comics)

quasi-mini comic
Crossover Comics' 2005 Convention Special

single issues
Emo Boy #1 (SLG)
Action Philosophers! All-Sex Special #2 (Evil Twin Comics; Preview)
Nisha #1 (Crossover Comics)

GNs and collections
Pulpatoon Pilgrimage by Joel Priddy (Adhouse)
Pop Culture Shock Therapy by Doug Bratton (Winter Oak Press)
Max Hamm, Fairy Tale Detective by Frank Cammuso (Nite Owl Comics)
Golem: Our Sins of Yesteryear by Alexander Lamas (RDC)

... so the Shrew is going to be playing catch-up all week, what with all the shiny newness piled about. (And next week brings another Big Apple Comicon and some obscure movie featuring a man with a bat fetish...)


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