In A New York State of Mind

I didn’t attend this year’s New York Comic Con, but of all the cons I’ve been to I’d have to say New York Ranks among my favorites. It’s a great show, that is just the right size to be fun and exciting without being overwhelming like San Diego. Also, one of the absolute best parts of New York Comic Con during my visit was Artist Alley.

Normally, Artist Alley is filled with people looking to break into pros, selling crafts or art and just generally a place at conventions for smaller artists and publishers to get their names out there. At NYCC however a trip down Artist Alley brought me face to face with the likes of Jim Lee, Peter David, Georges Jeanty, Fred Van Lente, J Scott Campbell and (believe it or not) Joe Simon.

I understand that comic conventions aren’t solely about comics anymore. They are, at best, Pop Culture conventions and I accept that. Hell, I embrace the chance to expose comics to fans of Sci-Fi, Movies, Horror, Anime and whatever else we can cram into a convention center. But there is a point where putting car companies and tool booths on the floor in place of actual artists just becomes tacky.

As conventions evolve as they tend to do, I’m sure that we will see even more diverse products and services being displayed. All I’m saying is no matter how hard they to try to draw a line between Craftsman and comics, I just don’t think it fits, and I’d rather have an Artist Alley than a Gaslone Alley.

Today’s page comes to us from the Brothers Fraim:

Brendon and Brian Fraim have worked on the first series of THE WAITING PLACE from Slave Labor Graphics as well as KNIGHTS OF THE DINNERTABLE Magazine, the spin-off comicbook KODT: ILLUSTRATED for 38 issues and hundreds of illustrations for Kenzer’s HACKMASTER Role-Playing game.  Another RPG company they work for is Hero Games and their CHAMPIONS RPG systems. They illustrated the Harvey Award nominated ANTIQUES: The Comic Strip and drew the comic book sections in the Random House novel, WOLFBOY. They drew THE ODD SQUAD published by Devil’s Due, drew the three issue series VAMPIRE, PA from Moonstone and the cover to the 2010 Free Comic Book Day OVERSTREET comic from Gemstone. They are currently working on their web comic AMERICA JR. about a small town that discovers in its town charter that they joined the USA on a temporary basis, and now have to become their own country. For those who are curious, the Fraims are identical twins and Brendon is the penciler and Brian is the inker. If you want to know which twin is the evil twin, the answer is simple: They’re both evil.

And, if you didn’t recognize the name in the writer’s column, I’m pleased to introduce you to the fantastic lady that we know as Ari! She’s the fingers behind all the Blind Ferret tweets, Facebooks, Kickstarters and more, as well as one heck of a podcaster! Her name will be one that you’ll get to know pretty well in the coming years.

Have a good week, everyone! Be good and buy comics! See you back here next Wednesday!


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