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    State of Comics: Texas

    By Jordan Cooper

    YIPPEE KI YAY
    As the adage goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and Texas’ involvement in the comic book medium is certainly no exception. This month, the State of Comics pays homage to Spaghetti Westerns, 72 oz. steaks and the Saint of Killers.

    TOP 3 RESIDENT CREATORS
    1) Scott Kurtz

    Creator of one of the most popular web comics on the Internet, Kurtz started PvP in 1998. The web comic is released in black and white Monday through Thursday with fully colored strips appearing every Friday. To sustain the avid fan, sketches are released on Saturday and Sunday when new strips are not posted.

    2) Michael Lark

    Lark has quickly become a tour de force in the world of comic books. Starting with issue 82, Lark and scribe Ed Brubaker took over Marvel’s Daredevil after the critically acclaimed run of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Prior to that, Lark was the regular artist for the better part of DC’s Gotham City Police Department title Gotham Central.

    3) Terry Moore
    A frontrunner of the self-publishing trend of the early 1990s, Moore has been publishing his fan-favorite title Strangers in Paradise for more than ten years. The first issues of the series came out in 1993 under Antarctic Press and subsequent volumes were released on Moore’s own imprint, Abstract Studios, and the joint-owned imprint, Homage Comics.

    TOP 3 CONVENTIONS
    1) Wizard World: Texas

    Wizard World: Texas is the last stop of Wizard Magazine’s famous comic book convention tour, typically occurring in early November at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington.
    2) STAPLE!
    STAPLE! is a convention that celebrates the works and practices of independent comic books. The convention usually takes place in early March at the Red Oak Ballroom in Austin.
    3) Dallas Comicon
    This late April comic convention occurs in Dallas at the Plano Center.

    TOP 3 COMIC SHOPS

    In the vein of Texas being bigger, all of our featured comic shops this month have several locations.
    1) Bedrock City Comics
    Store 1
    6517 WESTHEIMER
    HOUSTON , TEXAS 77057
    Phone: (713) 780-0675

    Store 2
    4683 FM 1960 W.
    HOUSTON , TEXAS 77069
    Phone: (281) 444-9763

    Store 3
    106 W. BAY AREA BLVD.
    WEBSTER , TEXAS 77598
    Phone: (281) 557-2748

    Store 4
    10910 OLD KATY RD.
    HOUSTON , TEXAS 77043
    Phone: (713) 365-0063

    2) Dragon’s Lair Comics
    Store 1
    6111 Burnet Rd.
    Austin, TX 78757

    Store 2
    S I H 35
    Round Rock, TX 78664

    Store 3
    7959 Fredericksburg Rd.
    San Antonio, TX 78229

    3) Keith’s Comics
    Store 1
    5400 E. Mockingbird Ln.
    Suite 120
    Dallas, TX 75206

    Store 2
    4043 Trinity Mills # 119
    Carrollton, TX 75006

    Store 3
    3250 W. Pleasant Run Rd.
    Suite 235
    Lancaster, TX 75146

    Store 4
    1220 W. Hickory
    Denton, TX 76201

    TOP COMICS ORGANIZATION
    Fanboy Radio

    A weekly radio show that caters to the fan boy in all of us, Fanboy Radio operates out of Fort Worth’s KTCU 88.7 FM radio station and broadcasts a live show every Sunday at 6 p.m. CST as well as a pre-recorded show every Wednesday at 1 p.m. CST.

    Posted by Tim Leong on May 5th, 2006 filed in Story Archive |

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