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October 29, 2019

We pushed through the double doors with our cart full of equipment and trudged down that long familiar hallway covered with the best / worst green 70’s carpet. As we got to our booth spot I looked over at Tomisina and just said “Chewie… We’re home.” Then she punched me...

February 9, 2019


So I kind of consider myself a Claremont X-Men purist. I grew up in the 80’s and was addicted to the decades spanning X-Men run of Chris Claremont. To me that is and has always been the Bible of X. The stories from that era were timeless and re...

October 16, 2018

If you’ve been watching our site you’ll know that this year’s (and part of last year’s) October Cosplay Spotlight was shot at The Haunted Forest at Panic Point in Youngsville, NC. We love us some Halloween here at the Variant and October always gives our cosplayers a c...

May 17, 2018

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a panel about Avengers: Infinity War. I was filming the panel for the host but I was also listening to it. During the panel I kept hearing a recurring theme in what the hosts were saying. Basically it amounted to Thanos was...

September 12, 2017

Personally I like smaller conventions. I like the feeling of seeing something different you might not see at a larger con because generally larger cons have the same vendors show up at every show or the guests are bigger names that may not be interested in doing smalle...

August 6, 2017

Three years ago I was told about a store signing and writer’s workshop at my local comic book store. I was just starting to put my toe in the icy waters of becoming a comics writer and even though I wasn’t familiar with the writer in question, I went anyway because lea...

June 7, 2017

Cosplayers are Venom. Yeah I said it, but it’s not what you think I mean. Before you get out the pitchforks and torches just read a little bit more as I want to explain that statement right there.

In the Marvel Universe, Venom is a symbiote that attaches itself to its h...

February 4, 2017

So imagine just for a moment that Pacific Rim was real. That Kaiju (giant scary monsters) just started popping up all over the planet. Now imagine if we didn’t have giant robots to fight them, but instead the Avengers showed up to save us all. Then the X-Men showed up...

October 12, 2016

So I’ve been reading Amazing Spider-Man for a while now. On and off most of my life really, but since right before the Superior Spider-Man arc kicked in I became a steady reader. After last summer's Secret Wars event something felt off.

Spider-Man / Peter Parker became...

October 6, 2016

I was standing in my local comic book shop last night talking to the owner who is a buddy of mine, and right before we got accosted by a street-line painter selling keychains I told him that I missed the Bronze Age of Comics. I was looking at a Michael Golden print (or...

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