Award winning comic book author Mark Waid makes a rare Ohio appearance at Lake Erie College in Painesville to explain “Why Superman Matters.”
Waid should know, he has written some of the most important and canonical Superman stories such as “Birthright” ever created. He has also penned thousands of stories for every major comic company for characters like Spider-Man, Flash, Captain America and is even turning the eternal teenager Archie into a relevant character. He also writes his own creations like the villain-turned-hero in “Incorruptible” and a hero-turned-villain in “Irredeemable,” two incredible series. Check out his Wikipedia entry, he’s a one-man comic company.
He’ll talk about Superman and why he is one of the most well known fictional characters in history and now, almost 85 years after his debut, “Why Superman Matters.” I’m sure he’ll also talk about other characters as well, but Waid has always had a soft spot for the Man of Steel, even the silly stories of the 1950s.
The lecture is 7 p.m., Oct. 11, with a mere $5 admission fee at the college, 391 W. Washington St., Painesville. Don’t miss it.
Waid knows more about comics than just about about anyone. I know that first hand. For the past four years, I have gone up against Waid in a Silver Age Trivia Contest as part of a team of four or five very sharp comic readers at the C2E2 comic con in Chicago. He whipped us like a rented mule every time, though we got pretty close a time or two.
Waid has never lectured in Northeast Ohio, so this will be a real treat. He’s worked for all the big guys and knows all the secrets, which hopefully he will spill.
He’ll sign comics afterwards, so bring huge, huge stacks of books for him to autograph and regale him with your opinions about his work. And tell him I suggested it.
(That’s my revenge for my humiliating defeats over the years.)
For more information on Waid’s upcoming appearance, contact Dr. Jennifer Swartz-Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-375-7456.
And if you happen to be at the Cleveland Public Library on the afternoon of Oct. 12, you might see Waid wandering the halls of the three-floor Superman exhibit.
Speaking of the library, the splendid Coffee and Comics programs continues Oct. 7 with “Making Comics with Marc Sumerak” at 10 a.m. Sumerak has written hundreds of comics for Marvel including the Fantastic Four, Avengers, Thor and many others.
On Oct. 21 at 10 a.m., Christopher Darling will also about how he makes comics, at least draws them. He has a Masters of Fine Arts in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has created artwork for the New York Museum of Natural History, Sony Music Entertainment and the United Nations Refugee Agency. He is currently on the faculty of Kent State University in the School of Visual Communication and Design.
MAKE MINE MARVEL!
Yet another Marvel encyclopedia was released a few weeks ago, and it’s a doozy.
“Ultimate Marvel” (DK, $40) is 320 pages of full-color photos and entries covering Marvel from the beginning in 1939 through today. There is a lot of info packed into these pages not only about the characters but about their weapons, vehicles and cities where they operate.
Every book of this type (and many came from DK) is a treasure chest of info and art about the heroes, villains and supporting characters and each offers something a little different. This one squeezes a lot of information into a limited space, often to allow more space for art, but the information contained is solid.
It’s divided up chronologically and by topic and makes a perfect bathroom or coffee table book. It contains many “Oh yeah, I remember that” moments, including a wonderful tribute to the man who really started the modern superhero movement — the 1800s gunfighter Two-Gun Kid. How did he do that? You’ll just have to read his entry to find out.