Phoenix Comicon 2011 – Local Talent Rocks The Con (Part 2)
By Libbi Rich

Yes, Stan Lee was there.  And big guns from Marvel and DC.  Of course, Todd McFarlane is a local dude, but he gets enough press already.

But aisle after aisle after aisle (this ended up being a VERY BIG CONVENTION) was filled with incredible artists, writers, publishers, and one very special retailer (we’re getting there … I promise) from right here in the high and dry state of Arizona; most of them from the Phoenix metro, itself.

Let us continue on our journey of discovery:

Glen T. Curren

Glen Curren has been writing pithy, profane, audacious (and sometimes adolescent) prose in one form or another since his days as the Empathetic Misanthrope on MySpace (No, not the current “Empathetic Misanthrope on MySpace” — somebody hijacked the moniker).  Illustrated by the illustrious Madame M, Major Mediocrity brings us the hilarious misadventures of the most mediocre of superheroes in a cul-de-sac filled with superheroes, and his sidekick, Apathy Lad.  The comic is ridiculous: anything can (and does) happen, and the most deliriously snarky characters abound.  Curren’s brand of quirky, often scatological, humor will crack you up, and then you’ll feel bad about cracking up, and then you’ll read more, and laugh more, and realize that “mediocrity” is pretty damned wonderful.

H.L. Martin

H.L. Martin is the creator of Fallen, Inc., which Martin describes as “a gothic/horror comic book series (about) the disturbing and often humorous misadventures of a group of demons posing as ‘Paranormal Exterminators'”.  Martin’s art is a unique blending of Japanese manga and American comics.  Sensual, fluid, and lushly colored, the illustrations beg for long observation.  Martin’s scripts compliment the art; the story is engaging, thrilling, funny, sexy, and addictive.

Justin Miller

Justin Miller’s work has been featured in Fiction House Mafia’s Robot (Heart) Kaiju #1, and Alien (Heart) Bigfoot.  Miller also produces the dark, dank, and dreary webcomic, Dark, Dank and Dreary. Miller renders the usual pantheon of superheroes, heroines, and villians in his own quirky way; bunny slippers are often featured.  Miller debuted his weird and whimsical Rabid Anime Bunny Girls at PCC.  As with his other work, Bunny Girls is capricious, humorous, and downright hawt!

 

Part 3, Coming Soon!

 

 

 

Libbi Rich (40 Posts)

Middle-aged punk princess; pop culture hound; geekgirl; liberal activist and general shit-stirrer; reader of nanopunk/cyberpunk/comics/ anything-I-can-get-my-hands-on; wife and mom.








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  • mary

    Great article. You are right, these folks are super talented. I still crack up over Major Mediocrity even though I’ve read it a hundred times.