Photography: Carrie Crockett
Rhode Island Comic Con 2016 in one of the best conventions you can find in Rhode Island each year. The convention returned in a big way this time, offering many places to go, people to see, and more comics than you could wish for. With so many things to see, we here at Game Rampage decided to create some awards for those we felt deserved some extra recognition at this years Con.
While we had selected these particular winners for our awards, every pass holder from RI Comic Con was able to escape into a new world of comics, super heroes and other nerdy things, even if it was just for a few hours.
We attended all three days of Rhode Island Comic Con 2016 and we're sure glad Altered Reality Entertainment gave us the chance to take everything in. We created eight categories for our awards and we truly feel that those we selected, deserved them. With so many awards, we also felt that we had to break up our presentation of them. So, without further ado, let's get to the first half of our award winners at Rhode Island Comic Con 2016.
Starting off at #1 we have Best New Comic. While you won't be hard pressed to find comics at a comic convention, it is not very easy to find an artist with their own unique idea. Many create artwork for characters that are preexisting in the comic realm. It sure was magical when we found a fresh new comic that isn't afraid to take some risks. The sci-fi experience of Pat Broderick's Nibiru and the Legend of the Anunnaki storms onto the fray with sleek visuals, a great art style and interesting dialogue between characters.
While Pat Broderick is most well known for being an artist for Marvel's Micronauts, Green Lantern, as well as DC's Batman: Year Three, we were far more interested in his own personal comic creations. Namely, the comic of Nibiru. Broderick based his comic on ancient Sumerian legends on the origins on man. This work takes place in an ancient world where near immortal Gods live, prosper, struggle, and battle as the world around them starts to crumble.
While we only had the chance to get our hands on the first issue of Nibiru, we can assure you that it's worth taking the chance to get to know what it's all about. If interested you can go to his official website and take a look at his stunning art. For more up to date information, please be sure to visit his facebook page.
Having previously worked in the creation process for several toy companies, you have probably played with the toys he designed without ever considering who put the effort into making them. He mentioned only a small number of the toys he designed, including the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as a few from Batman, including Batman: The Animated Series.
After taking a break from his work in creating sculptures of your favorite comic book heroes, Larry Elig returned to Rhode Island Comic Con 2016 with a more terrifying assortment. The amount of fine details in the works we saw were amazing, and we couldn't help but purchase a bust of Vincent Price, the king of horror. After feasting our eyes on his fine handy work, we knew this man had to win the Best Artist Award. Be sure to check out his website for many examples of how work, as well as his contact information. You can also get more up to date images of his more recent work here.
Laura has a lot to say and is not afraid of sharing her opinions with others. Her interests range from video games, to anime, books, to many forms of fandoms. When asked what her favorite game was, she always says Zelda, however she also greatly enjoys other games like Portal and the Assassins Creed series (because sneaking and killing in games is much fun, even in our own opinion).
We talked about a wide rage of topics and there was always something informative or witty for her to say. She can even build her own gaming computers with the best specs for a given budget, how many of us can say that? It's not common to meet with someone you click with as well as Laura, so she is truly deserving of our Coolest Girl Award.
Now since those comics are a favorite of some of our staff, there may have been a little bias in our decision, but this is not the only reason he was given our top pick for Coolest Guy at the convention. We could not find a better person for this award. Not only was this man offering free signatures to fans of his work, he had a donation jar at his table that was to go to The Hero Initiative. This is an organization that aims to help comic creators, writers, and artists in need, specifically in the areas of health, medical, and quality of life assistance.
We here at Game Rampage are big fans of both Iron First and Dr. Strange, so we simply could not pass up the opportunity. If you wish to support Roy Thomas and his endeavors you can through The Hero Initiative's website. It seems that the old saying rings true, not all heroes wear capes.
What do you think of our choices for awards? Is there anyone you think should be recognized as well? Leave a comment below.