The comic book cover is a unique form of art, as it must be at once both a teaser for the story within but also a piece of art of its own. For comic book fans, the covers of classic comic books are often the only part of those comics that they will ever get a chance to read.
Comic books are not for kids. They are not for "geeks" and certainly are not for girls. They're for everyone. One of the most important things to happen in comics in the past few years has been the rise of all-ages books.
The key here is the mix of tones Spurlock achieves: a blend of boyish gee-whiz fascination and a winking sense of the absurdity of grown-ups devoting their lives to this sort of fantasy and role-playing.
Some of the most interesting sights of WonderCon were the plethora of innovative cosplay outfits worn by fans. Cosplay is short for "costume play." Here are a selection of photos I took from WonderCon 2012.
It took a full 30 seconds for the cast of Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men" to make their first penis joke. Immediately, we realized the show would do little to dispel any of the stereotypes associated with comic store owners and staff.