Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 78: Kids Love Comics at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con

Episode 78 Website CoverFor the second year in a row, I took Brett to the Baltimore Comic-Con.  This time, dressed as Captain America, he once again conquered the Kids Love Comics pavilion as well as sat in on a panel about the Amulet series of graphic novels.  Hear what we learned about creating comics, who we met at the con, and what we bought!

You can listen here:

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And here are links to the creators featured in this episode:



Leon, Protector of the Playground by Jamar Nicholas


Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

And here’s a photo gallery of cosplay from the con!

A quick note:  My apologies for my rather lackluster voice in my segments; I’m fighting that beginning of the school year thing where I come home with a perpetually scratchy voice.  And I hope the echo in the Amulet panel segment isn’t too distracting–the room was quite large.

Tune in next episode for part two of my coverage, when I talk to Gene Hendricks about our con experiences!

Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 66: Like a Kid in a Comic Store

episode66websitecoverIt’s that time of year again–time for the Baltimore Comic-Con! And this time, I’m not alone!

In the first of two episodes covering this year’s convention, I am joined by my son, Brett, as we take a look at the Kids Love Comics portion of the Baltimore Comic-Con and he experiences his very first convention. Along the way, we have footage from the “Create Your Own Superhero Logo” session as well as the “Scribble Scramble” competition. Plus, creator interviews with Franco (Aw Yeah, Superman Family Adventures, Tiny Titans) and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf). AND … Brett winds up on TV! Come check it out; it’s loads of all-ages fun!!!

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If you’re interested in the people who were on the podcast, either as panelists/session hosts or who were interviewed, here are some links to their sites:

Carolyn Belefski, who hosted the “Draw Your Own Superhero Logo” session.

Mark Mariano, host of the Scribble Scramble

Franco, artist of many comics including Tiny Titans.

Kid Beowulf by Alexis Fajardo

Plus, below the jump are some pictures of cosplay and the convention from this past Saturday. Thanks again to the Baltimore Comic-Con for putting on such a great show!


It’s like West Side Story but with trains!

My son turns three today and while I actually did buy him a real birthday present (a NY Mets shirt–gotta start him early!), I wanted to write an entry about something in pop culture that he likes.  Now, three-year-olds are not exactly discerning consumers.  He’ll sit and stare at the most random crap for at least ten minutes before he gets distracted by one of his toys.  However, since last Christmas, he definitely has had a love of Thomas and Friends, the British-produced, PBS-aired television show where model trains get into all sorts of adventures.  He has several of the motorized train toys and a mile or two of tracks which I can configure several hundred ways.  He’s also got several DVDs, most of which are collections of various episodes from the series.

One of his favorite DVDs, Calling All Engines, is a “full-length” episode of the show, meaning that it’s an entire hour as opposed to several stories in the span of 30-60 minutes.  The story is pretty simple–of course, it has to be considering it’s geared toward preschoolers–a new airport is going to be build on the Island or Sodor (where every episode takes place and which has weather patterns so varied that it must take up half of the Western Hemisphere) and Sir Topham Hatt wants all of his engines to aid in construction.  The steam engines get to work but them run afoul of the deisel engines.  They all fight, get reprimanded after nothing gets done, but then pull together at the end.