Monday, July 14, 2008

After Action Report: Atlanta Comic Convention, July '08

After Action Report: Atlanta Comic Convention July '08

Every 4 months or so, Atlanta is host to the Atlanta Comic Convention, a smallish, one-day show in the outskirts of the city. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this con. Their website is very 90's, the location wasn't exactly glamorous, and hey, its a one day show!

In this case, I'm very glad to be proven wrong. While the show really wasn't that large (it filled up a hotel ballroom) it had a large number of quality dealers. In fact, I found out about a new shop, called The Book Nook, not too far from my place. Their booth had a great selection, so I'm anxious to check them out.

Now, as far as my acquisitions...I got a TON of books. The great thing is, most of the dealers there had discount bins. I didn't buy a single issue for more than $.50! I was also shopping for ljacone, so he got some books out of the deal as well.


Doctor Strange: Not much for the Sorcerer Supreme this time out, I found only a single issue, 87 of Vol. 3. The issues I need are all towards the end of the series, when print runs were small, so its going to be slow going from here.

ROM: Spaceknight: The Galadoran Gladiator was well represented at the show, I grabbed copies of issues 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 37, and 38. Unfortunately for me, I accidentally bought extra copies of issues 21 and 26. More free comics for ljacone, I suppose!

Moon Knight: I made a little progress in my quest to own every single Moon Knight book in existence. My acquisition of issues 3, 6, 8, 32, and 35 of vol. 2 and issues 1 and 2 of the Fist of Khonshu miniseries get me within a hairsbreadth of succeeding.

Defenders: I inched closer to completing my run on this series with issues 119 and 128. Unfortunately, all the issues I need to finish my run are from the first 15 issues, which cost a pretty penny no matter how you look at it. Luckily, those issues are covered by Essential Defenders vol.1, which I own. At least I can start reading the series right from the beginning now!

Submariner: Only two issues for Subbie, issue #3 of his 80's miniseries, plus 26 of his 90's ongoing.

Kamandi: Man, considering he's the last boy on Earth, Kamandi sure does get around! I got issues 36, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, and 58 of his first series.

Jemm, Son of Saturn: In honor of poor, poor Martian Manhunter, I grabbed more issues starring the last member of his sister race, Jemm! Issues 1 and 4 were pruchased in tribute.

Blue Devil: Just one issue of Blue Devil this time, number 17. I could have sworn I got more, but I guess I was imagining things.

Firestorm: Not nearly as much Ronnie Raymond action at this show, but I did get a few things, namly issues 17, 31, 48, 59, and 60 of the second ongoing.

Who's Who: Wow, I never expected such a bounty of information! There were tons of issues of Who's Who running around for some reason. I got 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, and several issues of the later updates. Info ahoy!

Justice League: Curse you, Rob Kelly! I knew if I read your blog long enough I'd start buying Justice League. And buy I did. I got issues 218, 225, 227, 229, 233, 234, 235, 236, 242, and Annuals 1 and 2.

Random Stuff: Only a few utterly random issues found there way to me at the show. I got issues 6-11 of the Marvel Doctor Who series, which should be interesting. I picked up a couple random issues of the original Marvel Transformers as well. Who doesn't like giant robots?

And now, of course, we come to our favorite Emerald Archer, Green Arrow!

I got a ton of stuff for GA, although most of it was fairly recent.

Green Arrow vol. 2 (1988-1998): 78, 90, 99, 110, 111, 112, 115, 121, 131, 132, 135, 1000000 and Annuals 1 and 2.

I also grabbed Secret Origins #38, detailed the secret origins of both GA and Speedy.

And of course, there's the one that got away. As I was sitting down, looking through the $.50 bins at the Book Nook booth, someone came up and asked if they had a copy of Green Arrow 101 (where Ollie gets blowed up). They did. For cheap. I never thought to ask, and that was their only one. ::sigh::

Overall, the show was really impressive for a small, one day affair. I also had the pleasure to meet Scott, other wise known as New Fun #6 on the CGS forums, and his son (whose name I'm terribly rude in not remembering). They were great company, and I'm glad we finally got to meet!


Anonymous said...

Very nice!!
Yay im going to begin trying to collect every issue ant-man has been in.
Hey do you know of any conventions in florida?
nice list btw

Rick L. Phillips said...

I will keep an eye out for Green Arrow 101 for you. Any others that you might want if I see them?