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  • Saturday at Emerald City

    So yesterday was very pleasant at Emerald City Comicon. I met lots of nice people who wanted to talk about Agents of Atlas, and got a nice healthy showing of kids at the table, often leading their parents over pointing directly at the Marvel Adventures titles. Most of them had been finding the books in their local Target and parents were happy to pick up digests of the Fantastic Four or Avengers. I arranged my table so those books were at the front and the violent sci-fi stripperfest Walk-In was too far back for their arms to reach. It’s really, really nice to not have to hear frustrated parents complain that they can’t find the heroes they liked as kids for their kids. The main obstacle being not so much mature content though as inaccessability of continuity-heavy storylines.

    Yes, I didn’t get the Marvel Zombie parade I imagined in my Parker game from an earlier post, so not many points to go around. Though a player could have cleaned up with a massive bonus award from seeing one gentleman who shuffled by the table mid-afternoon. He stopped upon noticing all the Marvel books, looked down for a minute and then looked up at me in a very gradual, mechanical motion, then spoke.

    “I find it incredible that Marvel no longer employs the talents of Roy Thomas. He gave us their greatest stories. It is unbelievable.”

    I have an answer for everything, at shows. “Actually sir, he’s writing an issue of a mini-series that I’m also a part of called Mystic Arcana, about many of the magical characters. It comes out in a couple of months.” The gentleman lowered his head and stared at the books on my table for what seemed a long time. It was probably about two minutes, actually. During the time I spoke with others who came by and said a quick hello. Then the man raised his head again and said stoically:

    “I look forward to the return of writer Roy Thomas. Good Day.” Then he walked away.

    Comments

    Comment from Sandy Jarrell
    Time: April 1, 2007, 9:30 am

    Roy Thomas made me believe an android can cry, you know.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 1, 2007, 9:46 am

    Look I just met the android, and he didn’t cry!

    Comment from Sandy Jarrell
    Time: April 1, 2007, 9:47 am

    Alas, poor Vision.

    Comment from Casey
    Time: April 1, 2007, 11:46 am

    Did he wear a cape like Wimbledon Green?

    Comment from Brian Mulcahy
    Time: April 1, 2007, 3:54 pm

    The first comic I ever read was an Avengers written by Roy Thomas so I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for him. That said, had I been standing in the vicinity of your table, I would have recommended to Mr. Thomas’s No. 1 Fan that he this Jeff Parker guy a shot as he’s a pretty good writer too.

    Comment from Beast
    Time: April 1, 2007, 4:25 pm

    Oh my god, I think it was DDM from Comic Book Resources! :D

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 1, 2007, 10:41 pm

    Thanks Brian. Yes, no dis to the Roy, I just think this guy’s presets are not rebootable at this point!

    Comment from Randy Lander
    Time: April 2, 2007, 10:52 am

    That was no robot… that was Roy Thomas himself, inhabiting a cyborg body via telepresence! It’s the only explanation for the long delay between thought and action. Maybe someone walked by with a cellphone and disrupted the link and it took a couple minutes to reboot.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 2, 2007, 3:29 pm

    Dare you mean… a LIFE MODEL DECOY!!!???