Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OHIO COMIC CON (October 31-November 2)

I will be a guest at Wizard World’s Ohio Comic Con, Friday through Sunday, October 31 to November 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 500 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio. The show hours are:

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 3-8 pm
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 11 am - 5 pm

Ohio Comic Con has a pretty spiffy guest list. Among the actors, I spotted personal favorites of mine like Emma Caufield, Nicholas Brendon, Karl Urban, Bruce Campbell and Giancarlo Esposito. Comics guests include Barry Kitson, Kevin Maguire, Michael Golden, Danny Fingeroth and Thom Zahler. I’m hoping to get some quality time with these fine folks and others.

Former Marvel Comics editor and comics scholar Danny Fingeroth has put together and is hosting a terrific line-up of comics-oriented panels to edify and entertain the comics fans throughout the three days of the show. I’ll be on three of them:


5:00–5:45 PM
How to Write Comics with Black Lightning’s Tony Isabella, Love and Capes’ Thom Zahler and Spider-Man's Danny Fingeroth (C111)


4:00 – 4:45 PM 1939:
Batman’s Beginning and the Year That Changed Everything (C114)

75 years ago, as fateful events that would lead to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 were coming together in Europe, the U.S.A. was experiencing, in the same year, an explosion of popular culture. In 1939, Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27; Timely (later Marvel) Comics released Marvel Comics #1, showcasing the first Marvel superheroes, Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch; and Hollywood produced classic films including The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, Stagecoach and the classic animated film, the Fleischer Brothers' Gulliver's Travels. Discussing historical and cultural factors that made that year so important is a panel including Tony Isabella (Black Lightning; Ghost Rider), Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society; The Stan Lee Universe) and a couple of surprise guests. 

5:00–5:45 PM
From Cap’s Shield to Agents of Shield to Groot! Marvel Comics at 75 with Danny Fingeroth and Tony Isabella (C111)

The Wizard World folks are always exceedingly kind to me and mine. They always arrange for me to have a table in Artists Alley. This year, you’ll find me at Booth B-1.

I always enjoy myself at the show and so do the many thousands of fans who attend it. This year, however, outside of 1000 Comic Books You Must Be and maybe a few Isabella-written comics, I won’t be selling anything to sell at the booth. Instead...

I’ll schedule times when I will be at the table to sign your comics and answer your questions. We’re probably looking at two or three hours on Friday night and four to five hours on Saturday and two or so hours on Sunday. I’ll post the exact times online when I nail them down more and have them posted at my booth as well.

I’ll also make myself available to meet with artists or publishers, to appear on podcasts, etc. If you want to set up times for these, sent me an e-mail and we’ll work it out. Even without any advance appointment, I’ll do my best to accommodate you. But, obviously, I won’t be able to guarantee that.

When I’m not at my table, I’ll be wandering the convention or just relaxing in my hotel room or at the food court. Never be shy about approaching me, but please understand that I might be involved in something private.

I’m looking forward to this convention and I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones there.

© 2014 Tony Isabella


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Monday, October 20, 2014


My next comics convention appearance will be this one-day event,  Sunday, October 26, 10 am to 7 pm at the Doubletree Cleveland, 6200 Quary Lane, Independence, Ohio. Guests include Paul Kupperberg, Bob Wiacek, Mark Pennington, Budd Root, Darryl Banks, Bill Reinhold, Linda Lessmann Reinhold and me. There will be other comics guests as well and cosplay guest and judge Ninja Shani.

I’ll be sitting next to Kupperberg, a dear friend of four decades.  Paul and I were arguably the funniest and rudest members of our Brooklyn-based group of younger comics professionals back in the 1970s. It’ll be interesting to see if we have retained those gifts.

I’m also looking forward to see Linda, who I worked with back in my Marvel Bullpen days. I’ve seen her and husband Bill at a number of other conventions, but it’s been quite a few years since I had the pleasure of their company.

There will be a “Tony’s Tips Live!” panel at 1 pm. This is like my Comics Buyer’s Guide columns: a little bit of this, a little bit of that, news, views and reviews. I’ll answer your questions about me and my work and anything else that interests you.

I’ll be appearing on a second panel as well, the format of which is not yet settled. It’s scheduled for 4 pm.

Before, between and after the panels, I’ll be at my table. Except when I’m visiting with other guests.

I don’t know what I’ll bring to sell at the convention. My best guess: copies of my award-deserving 1000 Comic Books You Must Read, a box of Isabella-written comics and stuff, a box of the rare two-sided Superman posters made for the 1988 International Superman  Exposition held in Cleveland and maybe a box of older comics from my garage sale.

As always, and this applies to all my convention appearances, I’m happy to sign anything I’ve written at no charge. I’m also happy to sign Black Lightning merchandise for which DC Comics has paid me my contracted percentage. Unfortunately, DC hasn’t paid me for most of what’s been done with my creation.

Since I’m being a bit of dick here, I also won’t sign any DC Comics history books. Because the writers lie a lot in them and sometimes the lies involve me or things I worked on.

Wow, that took a dark turn.

Don’t worry. I am an incredibly friendly guy and you’ll have a ball meeting me and talking with me...and I expect to have just as much fun meeting and talking with you.

For more information, visit the convention home page.

© 2014 Tony Isabella


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...More Original Sin commentary and reviews.

R.I.P. Louis A. Isabella

RIP Louis A. Isabella (March 16, 1925 - October 14, 2014). Dad passed peacefully Tuesday morning at around 1:30 am. My thanks to the Holy Family Home hospice for their loving care of my father and the comfort they brought to my family. My thanks to all of you who kept us in your thoughts and prayers. Many things to attend to right now, but I'll have more to say later.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...I review the Original Sin series from Marvel Comics. Check it out.