ROGER’S COMIC RAMBLINGS: how I spent MY summer holiday
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by Roger Ash
So, you know that I work for Westfield and have read various blog posts, interviews, and you’ve seen the work I, along with Brook, Sean, and others do for the print Worlds of Westfield and the Westfield web Site. but that is hardly where my involvement with comics ends. I’ve been doing some freelance writing for TwoMorrows the last few years and this fall I undertook a new adventure as I programmed the panels for the Baltimore Comic-Con.
I’ll talk a lot more about upcoming work from TwoMorrows at a later date – look for a Power pack interview with Louise Simonson, June Brigman, and Jon Bogdanove in Back issue #38 as well as as an post in #39 – as I want to focus on the Baltimore Comic-Con this time.
Last year, convention organizer Marc Nathan asked if I’d be interested in programming the panels for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. After thinking about it for a while, I said yes as I thought it would be fun and interesting. and it was fun and iteresting. It was also a ton of work.
Don’t get me wrong, I expected it to be a lot of work. and I’m not complaining, simply stating a fact. I always knew that putting together a convention was a major undertaking, but until I did this, I had no idea how much w0rk was involved and all I knew was my little corner of the convention. What Marc – along with folks like Brad Tree and Andie Trahan – goes through to put the Baltimore Comic-Con together is mind boggling. When you attend the convention as a guest you have no idea how much has gone on behind the scenes and that’s as it must be.
My goal for the panels this year was to have something that any individual attending the convention could enjoy. I’m not sure if I succeeded, but the panels were packed on Saturday so I’m hoping that indicates that I did. The guests who agreed to be on the panels were terrific to work with. My on site co-workers – Tim, David, and Kevin – made my job so much fun and made things run smoothly.
Comic Rewind: The 70s panel (left to right: mark Waid, Walter Simonson, Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, Chris Claremont (leaning back), and Steve Englehart.)
There were lots of terrific moments for me during the weekend, but one that was special to me was attending the Comic Rewind: The 70s panel. I started reading comics in the 70s and hearing Steve Englehart, Chris Claremont, Bernie Wrightson, Len Wein, and Walter Simonson, along with moderator mark Waid, talk about the comics of that era made me feel like a kid again. It was wonderful.
Every panel had special moments and I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make it a memorable weekend. I look forward to doing this again in the future.
Now, go read a comic!