Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Fan Expo 2017

Another year, another Fan Expo. Like most of this decade, I hummed and hawed about going. In the end I decided it was worth the trip as my nine-year old son John hadn’t been before; he’s been to all the other shows in Ontario but not “the big one”. We planned for the Friday as it was a full day but wouldn’t be crazy. Friday price: $35 for adults, $10 for children. $20 for parking close by, gas and lunch additional. I should preface my interest and level of interaction for “comic” shows first off: I don’t read current...

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Kirby 100: My First Kirby

Jack Kirby would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year, today in fact, and as deserved it’s a comic book celebration. I started collecting comics in 1980 and lucked into finding a great back issue resource at a local flea market. Right away I was buying Invaders back issues, mostly because of the Kirby covers. Being 8 creator names had no impact on me: I was reading comics based on characters, and found Marvel Triple Action shortly thereafter. I then discovered a string of comic shops on James Street in Hamilton, and while perusing I was stopped dead in...

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