Friday, January 4, 2019


The North Texas Comic Book Show is my first convention appearance of the new year. It will be held on February 2 and 3 at the Irving Convention Center, 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard in Irving, Texas. This event prides itself on “putting comics back into comic cons” and will host a fantastic roster of comic-book writers and artists. That guest list includes a “Kraven’s Last Hunt” reunion of writer J.M. DeMatteis, penciler Mike Zeck and inker Bob McLeod. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” is one of the most renown Spider-Man sagas of all time. The story is available in several different volumes, which should make getting a copy of one of them before the convention a pretty easy task.

Neal Adams leads the rest of the guest list. Currently scheduled to appear are Joe Staton, Larry Hama, Keith Pollard, Al Milgrom, Randy Emberlin, Graham Nolan, Denys Cowan, Aaron Lopresti, John Beatty, Rudy Nebres, Larry Stroman, Scott Koblish, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, Tim Vigil, Amy Chu, Bill Reinhold, Linda Lessmann Reinhold, Elliot S! Maggin and Arthur Mangum. Also in attendance will be ace cosplayers British Pixie and Doctor Cosplay.

While I don’t have a panel schedule at this time, I suspect I may be one or two panels during the weekend. The rest of the time, at least when I’m not chatting with the many old friends on the guest list, I’ll be sitting behind my table signing Tony Isabella stuff and selling whatever Tony Isabella items I was able to fit into a suitcase or two. These items will likely include Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, Black Lightning, Black Lightning Volume Two, July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella and an assortment of posters and prints. I do charge for my signature, but I think my prices are very reasonable:

Any items purchased from me: no charge.

Any one item not purchased from me: no charge.

Additional items: $5 each.

Items signed in front of a grading company witness: $10 each.

Photos are free.

As always, I can make myself available to be interviewed by local media and others. The same goes for comics editors or publishers who want to work with me. I ask you e-mail me well before the con to schedule any interviews and meetings.

The general admission hours of the North Texas Comic Book Show are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Two-day tickets are $35. One-day tickets are $20 per day. Kids twelve and under are free. On Sunday, active military, police and firefighters get a $5 discount.

If you want to take advantage of the show’s early-bird admission on Saturday with entry between 9:15 and 9:45 am, that ticket will be $55 (including general admission). You can get the Saturday early-bird admission with two-day general admission for $65. Barring any unexpected circumstances, I should be at my table in time for the early-bird crowd.

This is my first appearance in Texas in decades. How many decades? I can’t remember. Maybe sometime in the 1980s? Your guess is almost certainly as good as mine. I’m looking forward to this event and to meeting my readers. Hope to see you there.

For more information on the event, go to the official North Texas Comic Book Show website:

This will be the last bloggy thing for a while. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be on the road for several days. When I return home, I’ll be devoting most of my energy to various matters that have been on the back burner for far too long. While I will write and post the odd bloggy thing here and there, you won’t see a return to full-scale blogging until February.

I’ll be back as soon as possible with more stuff.

© 2019 Tony Isabella


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