another column…

August 14th, 2007

Katalin H. Korossy does not want to be a geek.

When The Washington Post coverage of the annual San Diego Comic-Con referred to attendants as “geeks,” Korossy, of Kensington, Md., was upset enough to write a letter to the editor.

“How nice of (Washington Post writer Lisa de Moraes) to patronize those of us who travel to conventions not for pay as she does but at our own cost out of love for television shows,” Korossy wrote.

So she traveled across the country to a comic book show because she loves television.

Read that sentence again.

Okay, okay… the San Diego Comic-Con has become more of a pop-culture event than strictly a comic book show. But, it’s still called “Comic-Con.” Not “TV Con” or “Movie Con”—and the shows and movies—like “Heroes” or “Iron Man” previewed have a large comic book influence.

You’re not going to get a first look at shows like “Ugly Betty” or “American Idol” at Comic-Con. You’re probably there for stuff like “Lost” or “Prison Break”—and if that’s the case, I’m willing to bet you like good serialized fiction—and will fall hard for some comic books.

If you’re going to Comic-Con, don’t be afraid to let your geek flag fly, Ms. Korossy. Don’t be afraid to leave the television panels (really, just extended commercials and fan relations PR) and check out the reason the party exists—comic books.

If you like “Lost” you’ll love “Y: The Last Man” (DC/Vertigo)—and not just because “Y” creator Brian K. Vaughan recently joined the writing staff of the popular ABC show. “Y,” about a mysterious plague that wipes out every male species on Earth, except for one goofball and his pet monkey. It’s big on cliffhangers and revealing flashbacks.

If you like “24” you’ll love “The Ultimates” and “Ultimates 2” (Marvel). Sure, it’s a superhero story without the real-time gimmickry, but everything that makes “24” a compelling show—the double crossing, the terrorist plots, the big action pieces, the political scheming—is all there, along with modernized takes on familiar Marvel heroes.

If you like anything by Joss Whedon—“Buffy,” “Angel,” “Serenity,” “Firefly”— you’ll love, well, anything by Joss Whedon “Astonishing X-Men” (Marvel), “Runaways” (Marvel) and even “Buffy: Season 8” (Dark Horse). Whedon understands characterization and strong female leads—after all, Buffy’s just a riff on the X-Men’s Kitty Pryde.

If you like “Prison Break,” you’ll love “The Walking Dead” (Image). This one’s a bit of a stretch. Yes, the big set piece for Image’s ongoing zombie nightmare for the past couple years has been a prison, but it’s really about a group of different people who’ve banded together on the run, trying to survive. Oh, there’s a scene with a spoon that’s more vicious than anything you’re going to see on network television. Consider yourself warned.

If you like(d) “The Sopranos,” you’ll love “Scalped” (DC/Vertigo), and not just because the pitch for this book is “Sopranos” on an Indian reservation. It’s a dark and gritty take on an undercover FBI agent who has returned to his reservation to take down a corrupt tribal leader—with plenty of shootouts, action and raunchy sex.

If you like “Heroes” you’ll love—just about anything. Start with “Powers” (Marvel/Icon), a mature-readers cop drama set in a world of superheroes.

Try “Batman: The Long Halloween” (DC), which, for my money, is the best Batman story to date—and has “Heroes” co-executive producer Jeph Loeb writing and Tim Sale, who does the artwork for “Heroes” drawing.

Try “The Watchmen” (DC), widely considered one of the best comics ever published, before branching out into non-superhero stuff, like “Fables” (DC/Vertigo) “Bone” (Cartoon Books) or “Strangers in Paradise” (Abstract Studio).

Besides, many of these properties are already headed for the big screen. “Disturbia” director D.J. Caruso is rumored to be attached to “Y: The Last Man.” Why wait for the Comic-Con panel?

Staff writer Josh Eiserike can be reached at 703-878-8072.

2 comments to “another column…”

  1. Just came across this–was surprised to see myself quoted! It’s a little out of context; the Post reviewer was talking about info on the upcoming TV season that had been shared with the “geeks” at Comic-Con before the–gasp!–TV critics. I self-ident as a geek, but not when it’s said so patronizingly. And I didn’t mention Comic-Con specifically myself because I’ve traveled to many TV-show related cons, too.
    Actually, though, I enjoy comics as well, most recently the Amazing Spider-Man arcs J Michael Straczynski’s been doing. I’m not a total comic-geek, but I do have subscriptions at the local comic shop. I’m more than just my letter!

  2. ha! Hi Katalin,

    Thanks for posting! If I remember your letter– which was a long time ago, so my memory might not be that sharp, but my reaction was pretty much that San Diego has become more about TV and pop-culture rather than comics. Indeed, living in Los Angeles now my friends as me if I want to go with them to ComicCon and I typically reply, “nah, because I like comics.” Your letter just got me thinking about that– it was pretty interesting, at least in the context I saw it in the Post.