Dollar Bin Will Be at SC Comicon March 25 and 26

The next stop on the Dollar Bin 10 Year Anniversary World Tour will be at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC March 25 and 26 for SC Comicon!

We are excited to be set up selling our comics and zines and we are more excited to be debuting Comic Stars! issue 6! Comic Stars! is our annual themed zine that we publish through the help of friends that we have met while doing our podcast. The theme of this year’s zine is food and cooking. We are extremely proud of how this issue turned out. It features a tasty cover by Patrick Dean and includes long-time and first-time contributors like Archer Ballenger, Duane Ballenger, Carolyn Belefski, Joe Carabeo, Kris Black, Stacey Black, Jeremy Brooks, John Burgin, J Chris Campbell, Bridgit Connell, Jared Cullum, J.T. Davidson, Henry Eudy, Andy Finkle, Alexander Lay, Brandon Padgett, Eraklis Petmezas, Phouthong Phimmarath, Mitch Rogers, Matthew D. Smith, Shannon Smith, and Enoch Vaughn!

Art by Kris Black

Art by Kris Black

The Dollar Bin is bringing along a few of our friends this year. We will be sharing our table with Kris Black who will be selling his Visionaries trading cards series. Also, Joey Weiser will be joining us selling his comics. I’m sure you have heard us sing his praises on Joey's SpongeBob Comics, Mermin, and Monster Isle. Shawn Daughhetee will be there selling concept art from her story for the Sweaty Palms Anthology. Be sure to stop by Artist Alley table 1025 to say “hi” and pick up some books, zines, t-shirts, buttons, stickers, cards, or art!

We are looking forward to hanging out with friends, digging through comics and toys, and meeting the guests and creators. We are always happy to stop by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, Purgatory Comics, Ssalefish Comics, Richard’s Comics and Collectables, and tons of other awesome vendors at the show. We can’t wait to talk to Mark Waid, Mike Zeck, Denny O’Neil, and Mike Grell. Too many friends of the Dollar Bin are going to be there to mention, so check out the Guest List page for complete details!

There are also events and panels going on all weekend. Be sure to check out the Cosplay Contest, Kids Coloring Contest, and photo ops with celebs. On Saturday night at the Hilton stop by the Drink and Draw for awesome art for two awesome causes. Proceeds made at the Drink and Draw will go to Team Cul de Sac for Parkinson’s Research and the Hero Initiative to help support comic creators.

Book by Joey Weiser

Book by Joey Weiser

Dollar Bin is helping with panels this year and will moderate three of them. Saturday at Noon Adam Daughhetee will moderate a spotlight with Veronica Taylor focusing on her career as a voice actor. Also on Saturday, Brian Eison will moderate a panel featuring some of the prominent writers at the show including Tini Howard, Van Jensen, Ron Marz, and Mark Waid. On Sunday Shawn Daughhetee will moderate a panel on what it means to be a comic book artist with guests Frank Cho, Sanford Greene, Bart Sears, and Wilfredo Torres. Check out the Panel Schedule for more details.

SC Comicon is put on by the hardworking folks at Borderlands Comics and Games. Come out and support comics while having fun!

Stay tuned to find out where we will be attending next!

Sneak peak of Patrick Dean's art for the cover of Comic Stars! #6 debuting at SC Comicon.

Sneak peak of Patrick Dean's art for the cover of Comic Stars! #6 debuting at SC Comicon.

Episode 362: Year 10 - Interview with Shawn Daughhetee

Episode 362:  Year 10 - Interview with Shawn Daughhetee

Here comes another installment of our Year 10 - Interview series. She first entered the scene as the "Lovely Shawn Reynolds" but before you could flip the page she became Mrs. Shawn Daughhetee. Adam interviews his favorite wife about her career in comics and the important role the Dollar Bin played in shaping her life. Shawn opens up and tells rarely heard personal stories about her inspiration in Rachelle Goguen, her relationship with her father, and her early days at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find.

Episode 362:  Year 10 - Interview with Shawn Daughhetee

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Episode 361: Year 10 - Interview with J Chris Campbell

Adam of the Dollar Bin interviews J Chris Campbell

It could be claimed that J Chris Campbell is the non-direct Dollar Bin member most integral to the podcasts success and longevity.  In this interview Adam and J Chris journey through the many years of J Chris' career in comics as well as his very close, healthy, and fruitful relationship with the Dollar Bin.  Check out some of those free digital anthologies we mention here:  https://issuu.com/jchriscampbell

Episode 360: Year 10 - Interview with Adam

J Chris Campbell interviews Adam of the Dollar Bin

In the first of a series of Dollar Bin 10 year anniversary celebration interviews, J Chris Campbell turns the table on Adam and hijacks the interview to ask Adam questions about the Dollar Bin.  They discuss the secret origin of the podcast as well as its mysterious future.

Link to the first Dollar Bin episode:  Episode 1:  Creator Spotlight - Stan Lee

Midlife Comic Crisis: Following a Dream to Become a Comic Artist

Illustration by Kris Black

Illustration by Kris Black

All my life I’ve wanted to be a comic artist.

As a teenager, I wanted to draw pages like John Romita Jr., Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Mark Bagley, and Art Adams. I practiced for hours inking over my pencils hoping I’d become as good as Klaus Janson or Scott Williams.

In college, I studied the work of Bill Watterson, creator of everyone’s favorite six-year-old boy and his tiger. When I declared my major as a graphic designer I saw the art of typography and lettering with new eyes. I fell in love with comic book lettering. I wanted to be as steady as John Workman and efficient as John Roshell from Comicraft.

After graduating I knew I was a better graphic designer than a comic artist so I took my first graphic design job. Years later I shifted into web and interaction design, but I still long to be a comic artist.

I decided that 2017 is the year I pursue my dream of becoming a comic artist. Nothing too ambitious or life changing. I love my day job and career, but I want to make sure I don’t ignore my passion. I’m starting small, focused on using my skills as an interactive designer and cartoonist.

On January 28, 2017, I will exhibit at the 40th anniversary of Charlotte Mini-Con. I’ll be there promoting my creation called Visionary Creator Trading Card Series.

I won’t be going alone to Charlotte Mini-Con. Adam Daughhetee of Dollar Bin agreed to go with me. He’ll be there selling Dollar Bin merchandise.

Having attended many comic conventions as a collector and fan, I know what to expect. Yet, I can’t prepare myself for the experience of being an artist selling my own stuff. I’m so excited and can’t wait to promote my work.

A part of me is a little scared about this, but I know I’ll be okay and have a lot of fun.

I’ll post more in the coming days about the Visionary Creator series. If anyone is planning on attending Charlotte Mini-Con let us know in the comments.

Episode 359: Halloween Special 2016 Lost Footage

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Last week on the Dollar Bin podcast, the feed was interrupted by a mysterious 1962 radio drama. This caused out listeners to miss out on a portion of our Halloween book recommendations.  We have gathered the missing footage and return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Runtime 32 minutes 40 seconds

Episode 359: Halloween Special 2016

Welcome to another episode of the Dollar Bin.  This week, to rev up for Halloween and Comicsfest, Adam, Shawn, and special guest Josh, discuss some of their favorite horror, scary, spooky comics that they are reading.  Did someone say Comicsfest?  We will be at Richard's Comics and Collectables helping out, along with many guest artists, including Dollar Bin participants, J Chris Campbell, Duane Ballenger, Wes, Brooks, and Joey Weiser.

Books discussed in this episode include:  Swamp Thing, Nail Biter, Harrow County, Sixth Gun, Baltimore, Joe Golem, Fatale, Dagon, She Wolf, October Faction, Broken Moon, Wytches, Ghosts, Manifest Destiny, Cemetery Blues, Trees, and Clean Room

Runtime 1 hour 2 minutes 24 seconds

Dollar Bin Reviews: GUY GARDNER WARRIOR No. 29

As Reviewed by John Astin

Publisher: DC Comics March 1995
Writer: Beau Smith
Pencils: Phil Jimenez
Inks: John Stokes, Dan Davis

What is this: This issue takes place more than a year after the Green Lantern Corps collectively is killed and/or disbanded again (as is the cyclical nature of the franchise). At one point, Guy Gardner used to be one of Sector 2814’s many space cops (Earth is an interstellar trailer park, y’know) but after DC whacked the Green Lanterns by a rouge Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner was too popular to throw away but not enough to keep around. As a result, Guy is booted from the Corps, has his replacement gold ring removed from his days as an independent ring-slinger and, now, his human DNA by revealing him to be a member of the alien Vuldarin race who shape-shift their hands into melee weapons and have tattoos designed by finger-painting toddlers. DC editorial did manage to keep Guy Gardner's love-to-hate jackass demeanor, though.

So what happens: Guy Gardner is opening Warrior’s, his Planet Hollywood-esque restaurant and bar, with a smorgasbord of DC’s intellectual properties in attendance. And like most parties where more than five meta-human meatheads who are being served alcohol, all hell breaks loose. There’s a bar fight, penis jokes and running gags galore.

What’d you think: It’s a fun issue. Phil Jimenez, who would later jump to Wonder Woman, is spot-on in this issue. Like most guys from School of Detail (the George Perez wing, in Jimenez’s case), the coloring technology and printing capabilities hurt the art. There is a ton of detailed work and variety of characters popping up to include appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. Series writer Beau Smith did a decent job capturing the chaotic energy of a large event frequently jumping scenes but connecting them all with running gags such as the longer Tiger-Man's insistence people "pet his fur." The only beef is that I didn’t know the significance of Guy Gardner being Vuldarin, which is a big deal since Darkseid himself is spying on Warrior’s grand opening via Apokolips.

Comic book movies rule, will I like this: Probably not. If you’re a fan of the Green Lantern cartoons or film, this is very far removed from it and a bit heavy in at-the-time DC continuity with its myriad of inside jokes.

Is this online: There are a few issues of Guy Gardner: Warrior available on Comixology, but not this particular issue. Weird. This is an online or brick-and-mortar store purchase, but it’s likely to be in a quarter bin at a show.

On a side note: This issue has a special cover allowing you to open the doors to Warrior’s to see the chaos inside.

Episode 358: SPX 2016 Reviews

Episode 358:  SPX 2016 Reviews

Adam and Shawn survived another Small Press Expo (not that it was a challenge) and it was a great experience.  In this episode of the Dollar Bin (we call it a review show, but it's not like a "this was good/this was bad review, it's more of a "going over things" type review) they discuss the books they picked up.

For a list of all of the books we review, click the episode to read more.

Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes 35 seconds

Episode 358:  SPX 2016 Reviews

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Episode 356: Post HeroesCon 2016 Part 2

Free chokings at HeroesCon

Free chokings at HeroesCon

As always, HeroesCon was a blast!  Possibly the best HeroesCon ever.  So much fun.  There were friends, art, comics, and just a good good time.  Don't take my word for it.  Listen to what Adam, Shawn, Wes and Danny have to say about how awesome HeroesCon 2016 was.

Runtime 1 hour 23 minutes 59 seconds

Label by Wes Brooks.  Hot Sauce by Adam and Shawn.

Episode 356: Post HeroesCon 2016 Part 1

Work in Progress Painting by Jared Cullum

Work in Progress Painting by Jared Cullum

As always, HeroesCon was a blast!  Possibly the best HeroesCon ever.  So much fun.  There were friends, art, comics, and just a good good time.  Don't take my word for it.  Listen to what Adam, Shawn, Wes and Danny have to say about how awesome HeroesCon 2016 was.

And don't forget to check out Electric City ComiCon coming up in August.

Runtime 1 hour 19 minutes 37 seconds

Episode 357: Post Dragon Con 2016 Part 2

For the first time ever, the Dollar Bin attended Dragon Con, with a little help from their friends.  Join Adam and Shawn as they continue to discuss their adventure through the strange trippy dimension of fantasy and cosplay.  In this episode, we discuss Sunday and thank yous.  What is that mention of Instagram (@DollarBinProductions)? Also, a contest?

Runtime 1 hour 4 minutes 20 seconds

Episode 357: Post Dragon Con 2016 Part 1

For the first time ever, the Dollar Bin attended Dragon Con, with a little help from their friends.  Join Adam and Shawn as they discuss their adventure through the strange trippy dimension of fantasy and cosplay.  In this episode, we set the stage and discuss Saturday.  What is that mention of Instagram (@DollarBinProductions) Also, a contest?

Runtime 1 hour 1 minute 18 seconds

Dollar Bin Reviews: Longshot Number 1

As Reviewed by John Aston
Publisher: Marvel Comics Sept. 1985
Writer: Ann Nocenti
Pencils: Art Adams
Inks: Bill Anderson, Whilce Portacio

What is this: Longshot No. 1 debuts one of Marvel’s "third-generation" of new mutants with equally vague powers similar to the probability-shifting Scarlett Witch: he changes luck. Longshot, a 6-issue mini-series published ten years out from Giant-Size X-Men and two years after the New Mutants debuted expand the mutant menace known as the X-Men continuity.

So what happens: Longshot, primarily known as the three-fingered hero from the Mojoverse, appears in New York City on the run from enemies unknown and with a severe case of amnesia as he embarks of a fairy-tale like quest searching for a kidnapped infant taking the company of a paranoid survivalist, a mysterious anamorphic dog-like being only the main character encounters and a the missing child's single-mother. Their trek leads them to a clan of demons in their stronghold outside the city.

What’d you think: I’m actually not a fan of Longshot or the whole Mojo thing; having a reality-show themed murder world was extremely ahead of its time in the mid-80s, which is when I first began reading X-Men at the ripe old age of 9-years-old. The biting commentary regarding television network practices was lost on me at the time and nowadays been-there, heard that.

Ann Nocenti, whose comic career revived in DC’s New 52 reboot and authored an extremely underrated and overlooked Daredevil run in the 80s, seemingly cuts the book’s tether to reality. New York didn’t feel grounded in reality and as the issue progresses causing a loss of bearings as to where I am. Longshot has an intentional vagueness of a fable with general settings: city, the woods, demon world. You know you are in New York City but it doesn't feel that way.

Arthur Adams' art is a work-in-progress. He’s not the artist known for slick and beautifully rendered line work he produces today, but the pages drawn in 1985 do show a man evolving from traditional comic figures to an Americanized anime. The hyper detail is there, and at the time, rivaled George Perez. It should be noted the coloring process and technology 30 years ago was stone age quality and takes away from the visuals.

Comic book movies rule, will I like this: Longshot doesn’t seem to be involved in the X-Men films, yet. He’s not really a prominent X-Man either hitting his stride in X-Men writer and creative godfather Chris Claremont’s run during the late 80s and early, early 90s. Longshot sporadically makes appearances here and there but, really, his time was up by the time the X-Men cartoon first aired on Fox. Fans who only partake of comic-related TV and film may want to skip over this one.

Is this online: This particular Longshot mini-series (there are others) at the time of this writing is not available via legal digital download. However the mini-series was collected in a 2008 hardcover and later in 2013 in softcover. The single issues and collections are available at online comic stores and many brick-and-mortar shops.

On a side note: When I look at the 1985 Longshot art, I can see where Rob Liefeld could have been influenced visually. Also, Art Adams will be at the 2015 HeroesCon in Charlotte, N.C.

SC Comicon 2016: South Carolina Comic Creators

SC Comicon 2016:  South Carolina Comic Creators

South Carolina has a plethora of great comic book creators, including writers, artists, colorists, and more! Join moderator Adam Daughhetee of the Dollar Bin podcast and talented South Carolinians, Sanford Greene, Megan Wilson, Chad Bowers, and Chris Sims to discuss their art and comics.

Runtime 1 hour 4 minutes 8 seconds

SC Comicon 2016:  South Carolina Comic Creators

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SC Comicon 2016: The Lost Art of Paint

Painting by Joe Everson

Painting by Joe Everson

Painting was declared dead in the early 19th Century, but it is still alive and breathing here at SC Comicon! Join John Hairston Jr., Chris Hamer, Joe Everson, and Mark Poole as they discuss their love of painting. Here's hoping moderator Shawn Daughhetee doesn't paint them into a corner!

Runtime 58 minutes 58 seconds

Dollar Bin Will Be At SC Comicon April 2 and 3

We will be at SC Comicon selling our wares and promoting our podcast at table 1024! We will also be recording panels, moderating, and helping out where needed. Join us at the TD Convention Center in the lovely city of Greenville, SC April 2 and 3 for a rocking good time!

Here are the Top 10 things that we are most excited about at SC Comicon!

Helen Slater

1 - Helen Slater - Adam is a huge Supergirl fan so he is super excited to get to meet actress Helen Slater. When he was going through her film career he got more and more excited. She has been on Supernatural, Smallville, Greek, Boston Public, Caroline in the City, and Batman:The Animated Series. In other words, she has been in a lot of Adam's favorite shows!

2 - Sanford Greene - We here at the Dollar Bin have been thoroughly enjoying Power Man and Iron Fist. Sweet Christmas this book is good! Adam is especially looking forward to talking to artist Sanford Greene about his work on the book and maybe even picking up some art by him.

Art by Sanford Greene

3 - Budd Root - Shawn is super stoked to see artist Budd Root because she is finally going to commission him to do a Cavewoman piece for her. A piece by him has been on her "To Get" list for a long time now.

4 - Panels - Members and friends of the Dollar Bin will be moderating a number of panels throughout the weekend! There will be a number of spotlight panels with the likes of Greg Capullo and George Perez. Also there will be discussion panels on topics ranging from cosplay to painting. Stay tuned for more information about the Schedule of Events at SC Comicon!

Book by Joey Weiser

5 - Joey Weiser - Adam and Shawn were talking the other day about what a prolific cartoonist Joey Weiser is. He has a creator-owned series, Mermin, through Oni Press. He did a strip, Monster Isle, for years. He has several graphic novels under his belt. He is an occasional colorist. On top of all of that he works on the super popular Spongebob Comics that are published internationally. Weiser is definitely on the top of Adam and Shawn's list of favorite cartoonists!

6 - IR Harris - IR Harris is a writer and artist based in Asheville. She is such a nice and energetic person! Every interaction that the Dollar Bin has had with her has been incredibly positive. This convention we intend to remedy the fact that we have yet to read her work.

7 - Joe Everson - Joe Everson is an incredibley talented painter who happens to be local to the Greenville area. His studio is in Taylors Mill. If you are in the neighborhood you should take advantage of First Fridays there and check out the space and the other artists there. Recently at a Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey game Everson sang the national anthem while live painting. It was amazing!

Image by J Chris Campbell

8 - Wide Awake Press - A few of the members of Wide Awake Press will be present at SC Comicon. We love hanging out with these guys! J Chris Campbell, Duane Ballenger, and Wes Brooks will all be near the Dollar Bin table so if you come see us they will be very close by. Campbell is the leader and herder of Wide Awake Press. He has been creating some stellar new work so we can't wait to stop by and see what he has in store. Ballenger is one of the funniest guys in comics. His off-the-wall style is perfectly encapsulated in his mini-comics. Check out his work pronto! Brooks is the pretty face behind Undead Speed Equipment. But don't let that face fool you, he is the dark and brooding edgy side to Wide Awake. And I'm sure he will love us describing him as such! His design sense is crazy awesome! Be sure to pick up his new sketchbook and tell him that the Dollar Bin sent you!

9 - Digging - One of Shawn's favorite things to do at conventions is dig for obscure comics and oddball toys. She often does this with various members of Wide Awake Press and even her husband if they can manage to align their schedules. Looking at the vendor list it looks like there will be some quality digging to be had!

10 - Drink and Draw - Last year's Drink and Draw was a lot of fun and this year's is shaping up to be even better. It will be at the Hilton this year. We are looking forward to picking up some great pieces and contributing to Team Cul de Sac and Hero Initiative in the process.

Episode 355: Interview with Mark Alessi

Credits from Ruse issue 1

Credits from Ruse issue 1

It's been a while since our last post and they seem fewer and further in between, but when we post, we are making it count.  Case in point, this week on the Dollar Bin, Joel and Adam bring you an interview with one of the principle founders of CrossGen Entertainment, for the first time in over ten years, Mark Alessi.  In the interview Alessi shoots straight in an attempt to put an end to the inaccuracies and noise that surrounds him from his day with CrossGen.  In an effort to do such, he regales stories of Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Scot Eaton, Bart Sears, Joe QuesadaSteven Spielberg, and more.

Runtime 1 hour 12 minutes 36 seconds

Episode 354: We're Back, Ya'll!

Art by Wes Brooks

Art by Wes Brooks

What's that in the air?  Why its old man Dollar Bin here to ring in the new year.  That's right, Heather, Shaka, Brian, Wes, Ted, and Adam got together one more time to talk everything (comics(ish)).  Welcome back.

Runtime 1 hour 1 minute 15 seconds