Heroes Con Presentation: Defective Comics


As we’ve done for the past two years, Craig Fischer and I will be giving another one of our mega-panels at Heroes Con this year.  The topic this go ’round will be DEFECTIVE COMICS: A Celebration Of Superhero Oddness and it’ll be held Saturday at 3:00 pm in Room 208AB.  Here’s the official skinny:

Defective  Comics: A Celebration of Superhero Oddness

Let’s face it: superheroes can be kinda dopey. For every cultural icon like Superman or Spider-Man, there’s five thousand off-beat B-listers (Bwana Beast? Sonny Sumo? Razorback?) lining up to die in the next big crossover event. For Heroescon 2010, Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean cartoonist Ben Towle and Thought Balloonist blogger Craig Fischer host a lovingly critical look at just how bizarre the superhero genre can be.

The event will include a presentation by Towle on the sad-sack super-man in Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library; a panel discussion with Colleen Coover, Evan Dorkin, Jeff Parker and Chris Pitzer; a talk by Crogan Adventures creator Chris Schweizer about art-comix creators crossing over into mainstream superhero comics; and clips from some of the weirdest and worst superhero films of all time. Excelsior?

If you’re going to be at Heroes Con this year (and you really should be, you know) please check it out.


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  1. Isaac says:

    Hey, Ben — Do you know that there’s an essay on Chris Ware’s “Super-Man” in the new Ball / Kuhlman essay collection on Chris Ware?

  2. Ben says:

    No, I had no idea. I guess at this point, there’s probably no way I can get a copy in time to read before I put this talk together, unfortunately….

  3. Ben Cohen says:

    You are getting some mainstream comics coverage (aka still underground). http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/06/heroes-con-defective-comics/

    I really wish I could be there. The discussion is right up my ally; as someone with unflinching love for heroes in tights and capes, and an unflinching love for the comics stories of depressed characters that loath life. Hardy har.

    Have fun, bring the love and carry a big intellectual stick.

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