Sunday, September 27, 2015

Greg Capullo rocks the Guilderland Public Library for #BatmanDay

If you’ve been following my Times Union comic book blog with any regularity over the last month, no doubt you’ve noticed a plethora of posts related to the Guilderland Public Library’s series of comic book events “The Art of Being Super.” Yesterday was the third such event which featured Schenectady native Greg Capullo performing a question and answer session for well over 100 people. This was an official DC Comics-sanctioned event as part of the inaugural International Batman Day.

Capullo has been the lead artist for the Batman comic book series ever since DC launched “The New 52” back in 2011. Prior to that, he had a lengthy run on Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, and also worked on various X-Men titles for Marvel throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. I think it’s safe to say that Capullo is one of the “rock stars” of today’s comic book artists and has been for the last two decades.

But I’m not going to retell his biography in this blog post. There are plenty of sites already containing that information. In fact, Greg sums up his life and career in the first 15 minutes of the video below. If you’d like to know how he came to be the man he is today, I highly recommend listening to him tell his story (and for even more details, listen to his appearance on Kevin Smith’s Fat Man on Batman podcast: Part 1. Part 2.). As for the Q&A, well, there were a lot of questions from many different fans. I didn’t film every answer to every question, though I think I got a lot of interesting and entertaining footage in this video:
As you can see, Greg really knows how to work a room. He is extremely funny and seems completely at ease in front of a crowd. I’ll bet he would make a great stand-up comedian, an actor, or a radio or podcast host. Despite his imposing appearance (he really has that bouncer/biker/MMA fighter look down pat), he’s very friendly – especially to little kids.

I was genuinely surprised by how diverse and large the crowd was. The ages ranged from 8 to 80 and there seemed to be a three-to-one, adult-to-kid ratio. There were plenty of people that fit the bill as far as the stereotypical comic book geek, but plenty that did not. Perhaps you can get a sense of the crowd’s makeup from the video above or the photo gallery below.








After Greg’s Q&A session, he sat down to do a free autograph session. What sucked was, due to the way the line was setup, I was stuck at the back as soon as it formed. I didn’t mind, though. In fact, I bought a small Batman poster from his wife for only $10 and he signed it along with the Batman Endgame: Special Edition comic book that was complimentary for all attendees.

I should mention that prior to the Capullo Q&A, the GPL had another Batman-related event. Actor Ritchie Coster, who played “The Chechen” in The Dark Knight introduced a showing of the film. I wasn’t able to make this event, so if anyone would like to let us know how it went – please do so in the comments section.

Next week (October 3rd): Mark McKenna will demonstrate the process of making comics in a 90-minute presentation beginning at 11am.

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