Monday, July 30, 2012

Five Star Creators at the River City Comic Con

This was the week for the second annual River City Comic Con, and Larry Blake and Terence Hanley were on hand to sell their books and original art. Jordan Lowe was there as well, and it's a good thing because he was the man in charge. Attendance was good and the convention hall was a big change over last year. Everyone remembers the sweltering heat at the fairgrounds in Marietta last year. Despite the weather, everyone stuck it out and had fun. This year's show took place across town in the ballroom of the Lafayette Hotel, right next to the Ohio River. There was a river boat out front at the start of the show. The boat was so big it looked like someone had laid a building sideways on the water--a reminder of days gone by and why Marietta is called the River City. There's plenty of foot traffic in Marietta on weekends. Some of those people must have found their way into the Lafayette Hotel and its room full of art, artists, and comic books because attendance was excellent (and so was the atmosphere). There was even a celebrity guest, Ian Petrella, who played Randy, the little brother, in The Christmas Story (1983). And guess what--he had a leg lamp with him!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Robert Sodaro Reviews Five Star on The Comics Examiner

Writer and reviewer Robert Sodaro has reviewed Five Star Comics #1 on a website called The Examiner. Mr. Sodaro's title is "Comic Book Examiner," and you could fairly say that he has examined Five Star Comics in depth. Among his comments:
If you are looking for a modern-day comic that delivers a Golden Age feeling, then you’ll just need to get your hands on . . . 5 Star Comics. In a comicbook world populated by mainstream sameness and Indie Wannabes, 5 Star Comics is a delightful breath of fresh air. . . .
Each of the five stories evokes a feeling of classic comics that this reviewer hasn’t had in years. Everything from the style of art to the storytelling itself evokes such an amazing feel that you wonder why other creators cannot successfully emulate this style and return to simply creating good comics. . . .
All throughout the comic, the reader is treated to the pure delights of rapidly-told tales that hit the ground running and don’t waste a single panel or line of dialogue. Each story has something to say and does it in a fashion that makes the reading of it quite enjoyable indeed. So, if you are looking for a good read, then you’ll want to check out . . . 5 Star Comics, you’ll be glad you did (we certainly were).
That sounds like a comic book we would like to read! In any case, you can read Mr. Sodaro's review in its entirety by clicking here.

Original text copyright 2012 Five Star Comics

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Convention News Roundup

June was a good month for comic book conventions and Five Star creators Larry Blake and Terence Hanley. On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Larry and Terence drove to Huntington, West Virginia, for the Tri-State Comic Con. Held in a cavernous arena, the Tri-State Comic Con is the first comic convention to be held in Huntington in almost thirty years. The gang in charge of the convention did a good job advertising and promoting the show. The turnout was great and West Virginians showed once again that they know their monsters! Terence sold plenty of Mothman coloring books and the first issue of Five Star Comics, which features not one but two Mothmen on the cover. The Tri-State Comic Con is a go for next year. It will take place on April 6, 2013, once again at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. See the website here.

Terence made a return to the Derby City Comic Con to end the month. This was his second time at the Louisville show. It's a family-friendly convention and there were plenty of kids on hand. Terence sold Five Star Comics, Lucky Girl comics, coloring books, posters, and original art. He also met a man who had a first-hand encounter with something strange and unexplainable, just like the people depicted in Terence's coloring books. The Derby City Comic Con will also return next year. The date is June 29, 2013, the place is the Kentucky International Convention Center, and the website is here.

Text copyright 2012 Five Star Comics