If you would of told me when I was eight years old that Iron Man would be one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Action Comics #1 would be worth over a million dollars, and a full fashion line of Spider-Man underwear was readily in stock at malls across America I would have spit out my Cinnamon Toast Crunch and called you damn dirty liar. Nearly twenty years later this fanboy is standing right here telling you that it’s all true, and reminding you that yes, we geeks shall inherit the earth.
Despite what you hear though, it isn’t all big name publishers and celebrity appearances—a number of DIY and underground creators often exhibit at Wondercon and these were a few that caught our eye.
16th & Mission Comix – Endearingly self-proclaimed as “gutter comix for losers,” brothers Chris and Cameron Forsley run 16th & Mission Comix right out of their apartment, toking, joking, and drawing their way through everyday life. And in case you were wondering, that is indeed the Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz saying, “I’m stoned!”
Girls Drawin Girls – Founded in 2006 by longtime Simpsons contributors Melody Severns and Anne Walker, GDG looks to stand as a female force to be reckoned with in the perpetually male-dominated world of comics and animation.
Super 7 – Specializing in clothing, prints, and custom made figures, Alex Zavaleta’s Super 7 is a haven for serious collectors and curious visitors alike. Be sure to also visit their storefront location in SF at 1628 Post Street.
The Homicide Chicks – A comic about tattooed punk-rock zombies chicks by tattooed punk-rock zombies chicks…what’s not to love?
Of course, they weren’t the only ones all dressed up… why what would a comic book convention be without all the costumes?
There was even some musical entertainment going down thanks to the Vallejo-based Venat. Imagine if Tom Waits and Danzig had a kid but with a much more fun-loving personality and you get the picture. Check them out here.
And then there were these guys, who by the sole fact none of them were wearing a Batman or Star Wars t-shirt, probably managed to be the only ones to get laid that weekend. I sure as hell know I didn’t.
Words and photos by Sean Logic
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