KATE LETH AND KELLY SUE DECONNICK’S CAROL CORPS MEMORIES
By Kate Leth
Last week’s Emerald City Comicon kicked off, for me, with the Carol Corps Celebration at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by a bevy of nerdy Captain Marvel enthusiasts and featuring some of the finest cosplay I saw all weekend, proceeds from tickets and exclusive merchandise went to benefit the Girls Leadership Institute. It’s a rare thing for fans and creators to celebrate a superhero character in such a thematically specific and highly interactive way — Carol Danvers is a military pilot, after all, and the new Ms. Marvel is herself a member of the Carol Corps — and a woman superhero at that. But the event was an absolutely joyful experience that spoke to the good work being done in these comics and readers’ enthusiasm for great women heroes (both fictional and real-life).
Kate Leth: Were there any stand-out moments for you or any of the other creators attending?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: I was really nervous about attendance because it was offsite the night before [the convention began]. There were a lot of people trying to figure out transportation and a lot who had already bought their ticket when the event was announced — but we still got something like 300 attendees, which, frankly, blew my mind.
The stand out moment would have to be the dance party in the airplane. I actually missed it but I heard about it from a bunch of other people. I’m crazy jealous.
I loved having so many creators there too! This was the first opportunity that Willow and I had to do an event together. I like her so much.
KL: Why do you think Carol Corps is such a massive, enthusiastic, kickass group?
KSD: Because that’s how Carol is. Especially the massive part.
BIZARRO BACK ISSUES: CAPTAIN MARVEL BATTLES SIR MARVEL! (1946)
By Chris Sims
f you’ve been reading ComicsAlliance for a while, then you’ve probably noticed that when it comes to back issues, I tend to gravitate towards the ones where really weird stuff happens. Power Man and Iron Fist battling the Daleks, Godzilla traveling through time to battle dinosaurs, an entire robot Smallville being constructed specifically to fool aliens into nuking the wrong city — that’s all stuff that’s just inherently bizarre, and I love them. But sometimes, it’s not the events that are strange, it’s how they’re presented.
Take, for instance, what the fine folks at Fawcett did back in 1946, when they took a story that, by itself, was nothing special, and then skewed it just far enough that it’s one of the most mind-boggling comics I’ve ever read
By Betty Felon
Fashion brand Shoes of Prey used its customizable design website to style some superhero-inspired heels and flats as examples of footwear that customers can tweak and purchase for themselves with the Shoes of Prey 3D Designer, which gives the wearer selection of colors, materials, and alter various detailing parameters such as heel height, toe and heel detailing.. Each pair of shoes is handmade to fit the customer’s chosen aesthetics and run at least $100 per pair.
As a fan of both Shoes of Prey and comics, customer Mandy Kerr designed some heels and flats inspired by Batman, Iron Man, and more (seen in the grahguc below). Inspired by Kerr’s excellent Robin-inspired oxfords, I utilized the Shoes of Prey 3D Designer to create a few of my own shoe designs, including flats and platformed wedges inspired by Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Batwoman, and more.
By Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
The New York Times broke news today of a new solo superhero title launching from Marvel early next year — and this one comes as a welcome change of pace for readers who want to see more diversity in their super-books.
Ms Marvel #1, from writer G. Willow Wilson (Cairo) and artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways), introduces the world to the young Muslim woman who takes on the mantle of Ms. Marvel formerly held by Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel. The new Ms. Marvel will be the first Muslim character to get her own ongoing solo series at Marvel, one of a growing number of female solo leads, and the only person of color headlining a solo book.
I was pleasantly surprised by just how much pure comics news came out of New York Comic Con this year. It really felt like a show that seemed to revolve around comics (I say as an online observer who didn’t attend). Even the panels about non-comics stuff, for example, the Batman: Arkham Origins panel, included moments like readings from The Killing Joke.
As for the comics news itself, well, it was more of a mixed bag. On the one hand, a ton of new series with tons of potential got announced. On the other, we had announcements like the one about Captain Marvel, a book that’s only been coming out for about 15 months, restarting with a new number one issue. I’m more than pleased that Captain Marvel will continue. But that odd announcement—and the fact that nearly every other announcement was about a new first issue of a series—got me thinking about what a number-one issue of a comic even means anymore.