Countdown to Comic Con: 4 days

Start spreading the news! In just 4 days, a who’s who of comics creators and fandom will head to the Big Apple for the 2009 New York Comic Con.  The Near Mint Comic Show will be there … will you?  While fanboys and fangirls everywhere count the hours until the big show, we will be posting articles here at nearmintcomicshow.com every day to get you ready for the show. All this leading up to thursday night, we’ll get together to record a pre-Con episode of the podcast that you can take with you on your long drive from wherever.  So be sure to sync your iPod on Friday morning for some podcasty-goodness that might spare you from singing 100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall on your way to the Con.

not Joe Quesada
not Joe Quesada

2008 – What a year!

If you listened to last episode, you heard everything we had to say about the year that was in comics.  A lot of big things took place in the ’08, not the least being the debut of Ben & Josh’s Near Mint Comic Show.  But it was our trip to last year’s New York Comic Con that set the wheels in motion and set us down the dark path to superfandom.

Last year, we stood in the presence of Stan “the Man” Lee and heard news of his big renaissance at Virgin Comics … which since closed shop on all US operations never to be heard from again.

Last year, the world was abuzz with wide-eyed Skrull-mania.  You couldn’t swing a homemade Lightsaber without hitting someone in a Skrull mask.

Last year, we met Marc Guggenheim and saw exclusive video from the set of Eli Stone (see Virgin Comics).

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Last year, we hung out with fellow fans … like SNL’s Bill Heder.

Last year, we saw mysterious images of a dark figure who Joe Quesada told us to expect big things from.  The mystery man turn out to be Randall Flagg from the comics adaptation of Steven King’s The Stand.

Last year, we experienced Jim McCann, Marvel’s Marketing Guru/Cheerleader who puts the POW! in Powerpoint.

(l to r) Tom Brevoort, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Dan Slott, Brian Reed, Marc Guggenheim, Mark Guggenheim, C.B. Sebulski, Jim McCann
(l to r) Tom Brevoort, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Dan Slott, Brian Reed, Marc Guggenheim, Mark Guggenheim, C.B. Sebulski, Jim McCann

Last year, we walked 18 blocks to the world’s greatest dive bar, the Blarney Stone.

A lot happened at the ’08 Con and Josh wrote a great recap right after the show. Click Here to get the blow-by-blow from joshnason.com. Needless to say, we had a great time in New York last year and we’re as psyched as you are to go back.

What’s in store for this year?  Well, check back in the next few days and we’ll preview some of the panels, guests we’re looking forward, remind you of some Con-ing do’s and don’ts And, of course, we’ll be dropping a new podcast on Friday AM to keep you company on your way to the show.  If you’re not going to New York this weekend, I’m sorry (and you should be ashamed of yourself), but if you are maybe we’ll bump into you … if you’re crowding those 50-cent bins, you can bet on it.

Oh yeah, in case you wanna say hi, I look like this …

Ben (hatless) with Darwyn Cooke at NYCC'08

and Josh Looks like this …

Josh (looking nonchalant) with Marc Guggenheim, Bill Heder and Tom Brevoort

… Is it Friday yet?

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