We here at The Quarter Bin have had a pretty good year. It seems like only yesterday we posted our first What to Watch for Wednesday. It’s been a long strange trip, and I’m going to go back and look at some of the things we did this past year in The Quarter Bin Recap. Hit the jump to join the ride down memory lane.
We began our coverage of the comic book world just weeks before NYCC 08, which is where we had our coming out party, so to speak. Not only did we get to meet up with a ton of creators that we admired, but we also got to meet some of the people that work behind the scenes to make the convention experience what it is. Of course, meeting and interviewing Neal Adams will always be my fondest memory from that particular trip.
From that point on, we started covering more than just what comics to buy every week, and branched out into news as well as opinion pieces. Our first Obligatory Fanboy Review for Iron Man was well received, so we began making that a standard feature. We may have missed one or two movies along the way <cough>The Spirit<cough>, but we certainly try our best to cover as many different aspects of comicdom for you guys as we can.
Before long, it was off to Wizard World Philadelphia 08, where we met the awesome people at NECA, the Cole Train, and after exchanging comments back and forth online for a few months, we also got to meet The Nerdy Bird herself, Jill Pantozzi, in person. Jill’s good people, and we recommend checking her blog daily for another perspective on the things we comic fans love and adore. Wizard World Philly is also where we got to meet one of our favorite local boys who hit the big time, Duane Swierczynski. Aside from being one of our favorite modern crime novelists, his turns on Iron Fist and Cable have been must reads each time they hit shelves.
The rest of 2008′s summer was jam packed with event comics and announcements from Mortal Kombat vs DC the video game, to the movie version of Wanted getting a video game, to Top Cow’s Broken Trinity and DC’s Final Crisis. There was hardly a dull moment during those hot months, and I’m looking forward to what the summer has in store for us in 09. Particularly since this year we’ll be attending the San Diego Comic Con.
Just as fall was starting to descend upon us, we had a chance to speak with both Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jacen Burrows (Crossed), both of whom are pretty cool dudes. We had a chance to meet Georges in person at NYCC 09, and it was cool to meet the guy responsible for much of the current state of affairs in the Whedonverse. Early October meant it was time for our first trip to the Baltimore Comic Con, where we had a chance to meet up with Mike Hawthorne, Dennis Calero, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ron Garney, Dan Slott, Adam Hughes… the list was nearly endless. Though, perhaps the highlight of the whole Con was the Bendis/Kirkman debate, which was a nice treat for fans of both writers.
Towards the end of November, our friends at NECA invited us out to their home offices in northern Jersey to see what a day at NECA was like. Randy and the whole team of sculptors and artists were more than welcoming, giving us an inside look into how our favorite figures get made. In addition to watching them sculpt the latest figures for their Gears of War and Terminator 2 lines, we got early looks at a few lines that we’re still not allowed to talk about. Just trust us when we say the wait will be worth it. We’re looking forward to what those guys have in store for us in 09, and hope we can head back out there sometime soon to get another look at what’s coming down the pipe.
Christmas came and went, and before we knew it, Heath Ledger was winning an Oscar for his turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight. It’s really something how far comic movies have come. But before any of that happened, we trekked back up to New York for the 2009 NYCC, where we got to catch up with some creators we hadn’t seen for a few months, and even got to meet and interview industry legends like Jim Lee and Bruce Timm.
That just about brings us up to date. We’ve got a lot in store for you guys this year, and I promise you this: we may be one year old already, but we are just getting started. Stay tuned.