This past weekend of the 19th and 20th May, Comic Con Revolution was an event that took over the Ontario Convention Center in California in fine style – Atomic Crush Events brought an amazing collection of Special Guests to a show that a casual observer couldn’t pin down in terms of what could be its primary focus. Was it comics, was it pop culture, was it cosplay, was it gaming? All and every element was served with much aplomb and even those of us that observed via social media was impress with how well it was curated.
While Yours Truly wasn’t able to make it across t’pond to attend this year, this did mean our regular West Coast correspondent – and convention ‘man on the ground’ – Dan Berry did check out the show, taking a bunch of pics and recording a number of the panels, including a very special one in which legendary cartoonist Stan Sakai was honoured with the inaugural Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award. It’s a privilege to have had this presentation recorded and to have been in the room for the Award’s debut.
Before we dive into the multimedia stuff, here Dan gives his impression of the show:
Dan Berry: “This past weekend I went to a fairly new comic con up in Ontario, California- COMIC CON REVOLUTION! Being that this con was in it’s second year (and last year only being a one day show), I really didn’t know what to expect.
Needless to say, I was quite impressed by the guests they had lined up and the panels they put on. The Artist Alley was impressive and included veterans such as Todd Nauck, Art Thibert, Howard Chaykin, and many more.
The panels were also a highlight for me – some of the ones I managed to see and record included ‘What Made Batman: The Animated Series, Iconic?’ which not only featured the voices of Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Robin (Loren Lester) but Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing) as well as one of the Producers for the show (Andrea Romano). So much fun!
And speaking of Mr. Chaykin, the panel ‘An Hour Alone with Howard Victor Chaykin’ was also a good one- albeit very NSFW! I also managed to attend the first ever Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award Ceremony, which honored Stan Sakai as the first recipient of the award. And last but certainly not least for the panels I attended was ‘Taking Comics to Screen’ which had acclaimed comics writers Jason Aaron and Christos Gage, discussing exactly how a contemporary comic book makes the long and convoluted transition from the page to the screen.
Of course, no convention now days is complete without a Cosplay Contest, and I was blown away by some of the work and effort that were presented that night.
All in all, for a second year con just establishing itself, this was a great show and I can’t wait to go back in 2019 (May 18th and 19th).”
CCR 2018: Taking Comics To Screen (Hosted by Joelle Monique. Featuring Jason Aaron and Christos Gage)
CCR 2018: What Made BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES So Iconic? (Hosted by Byron Burton. Featuring Kevin Conroy, Andrea Romano, Diane Pershing, Loren Lester)
CCR 2018: ‘An Hour Alone’ with Howard Victor Chaykin
NOTE: This panel recording is VERY NSFW! Be warned!
CCR 2018: The Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award Presentation