Because we are fortunate enough to be located near Portland, Oregon, we are lucky enough to have Periscope Studio, an amazing collective of comic book talent, right in our backyard! So when we heard that one of our favorite writers, Jeff Parker (Atlas, Underground), was taking over Hulk this week with issue #25, we dropped by for a visit to talk to him about it. Besides telling us that Hulk is now going to feature “Sharing, and love, and understanding,” (yeah right!) he also assured us that there will be plenty of smashing, and that Red Hulk is going to have a hard time getting along with his new mission partners–namely, Iron Man and Thor!
Parker also talked to us about the end of his amazing Atlas series and how Man-Thing is fitting into Thunderbolts. Plus, Jeremy Barlow (Metalocalypse/Dethklok) and Dustin Weaver (S.H.I.E.L.D.) make guest appearances. Because they’re working right near our interview. Because Periscope is literally packed with talent, which brings me back to us being very lucky. But enough about us–watch the interview!
Brian Michael Bendis and Jeff Parker headlined our fantastic Avengers Day Party, celebrating the release of Avengers #1 and Atlas #1, at our Hollywood store May 19! Not only was there a line going through the store and out the door before the party even started, but the entire evening was crowded with enthusiastic, excited comics fans–not the least of whom were Bendis and Parker themselves.
Bendis and Parker started things off with an hour-long question and answer session, where they talked about their respective “Mona Lisa” projects (Bendis doesn’t feel like he’s had his yet, citing various examples of people announcing their “masterpieces” and then falling on their faces–Terence Trent D’Arby–while Parker cited Underground), how to break into comics, and what they’re excited about next. Bendis also talked enthusiastically about his upcoming creator-owned series with Alex Maleev, Scarlet, out July 7, promising (tongue-in-cheek) that Scarlet “will shoot lasers out of her butt.”
Here’s the first part of their hilarious, informative, off-the-cuff Q & A:
Stay tuned for more video!
We want to thank Brian Michael Bendis and Jeff Parker for coming out to our store, interacting with the fans (and us!), and patiently signing hundreds of comics. It was a special night for everyone, and their love for comics was awesome to see. Special thanks also go out to Steve Lieber (Underground, Whiteout), who thought he was coming as a guest and was instead instantly recognized and asked for autographs as well.
Of course, our Avengers Day Party wouldn’t have been half as successful without our customers, comics fans, and members of the Portland comics community, who turned out in droves! Attendees enjoyed free beer (with ID) and complimentary food from Clean Plate Catering; we enjoyed hanging out and getting to know them.