Larry Roberts

Pix 2017: the Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo

If you grew up with Marvel and DC comics, no matter how heroic the characters were or how interesting were their flaws as anti-heroes, they were still the creations of large publishers seeking the mass audiences ten cents, or 25 cents or a buck. Then came Robert Crumb and his infinitely layered worlds and such visionaries as Art Spiegelman and Harvey Pekar , who reached the international and national stage, and who helped make comics ( or graphic novels ) a way to release pent-up angst and deal with complex social issues. At Pix 2017, the Pittsburgh Indy Comic Expo, one could see how comics take on an intensely personal twist while artists still tried to reach a visually sophisticated audience with their art, an increasingly shocking pantheon of twisted humans and creatures trying to fit into a society that maybe is just not quite ready for them. But for the crowds who searched the tables for art and words which pulled them into the artist’s or writer’s worlds, the event was worth every moment spent looking and seeing and talking and buying. View The Gallery >

Costumes rule at Steel City Con

A number of years ago, William Shatner, the captain of the Enterprise (aka James Tiberius Kirk), appeared on a television comedy and faced Starfleet-costumed fans of his series at a convention and told them to get a life. He later backed off on his rant, but the “get a life” statement has long been applied to the obsessed fans of any television show, movie or computer game who try to dress up like a character, speak in a created language or role play. View The Gallery >