Today’s Comics Guide: April 8, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011


• Today’s the day! OK, maybe it’s not the day for you, but for participants in The World’s Largest Trivia Contest, including me, tonight at 6 p.m. C.T., the annual 54-hour event that benefits the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point radio station begins, running through midnight Sunday. More than 10,000 people play on some 400 teams, mostly in Stevens Point and the surrounding area, although there are a few teams that play over the Internet from further away. We answer eight to 10 questions per hour dealing with all aspects of pop culture from comics to TV to movies to sports to advertising and beyond. (For more Trivia-related fun, check out Comics-related Media below.) If you listen in (and there is an Internet stream available), the team I play on is named Yaargh! & Refresh & Watch Wiki Change! (Brent Frankenhoff)

• As an added note (and a caution that most don’t really need), public online encyclopedias like Wikipedia can rapidly change during the contest as some teams delight in changing the information to mess with other teams. So, take anything read there with a big ol’ grain of salt. Just sayin’. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer

Leeja Claine’s first line in comics was “I am through having machines tell me what I can and cannot do!” She said it in Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 (Feb 63).

Today’s Panel Quiz

It’s a twofer, as we’re looking for two characters today. The first character’s first line in comics was, “When are you getting your wings, XX?” where XX is the name of the second character who says, as their first line in the same panel, “I guess my mother’s got ’em finished by now.”

Born Today

Michele Wolfman, comics colorist

Martin Powell (1959), comics artist and writer

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now

Steve Englehart (1947), comics writer

Larry Mahlstedt (1956), comics writer

Timothy Dzon (1965), science-fiction writer


Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.

April 9 Ohio: Elyria. Show.

April 9 South Carolina: Greenville. Greenville Comic Book and Sports Car d Show.

April 9 Virginia: Richmond. Virginia Comicon.

April 9-10 North Carolina: Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem Toy and Comic Book Show.

April 9-10 Ontario: Toronto. Toronto ComicCon Fan Appreciation Event.

April 9-10 United Kingdom: London. Kapow! Comic Con.

April 10 North Carolina: Raleigh. Comic Book Convention.

April 10 Ohio: Northwood. Comics show.

April 10 Virginia: Dunn Loring. Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con.

Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to or mail it to Show Calendars, Comics Buyer’s Guide, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. If you have a creator appearance scheduled, let us know by e-mail to

Question of the Week

What comics-related movie are you most looking forward to this year?

Comics-Related Media

Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast airs today from National Public Radio’s “Monkey See” blog.

• Twentieth Century Fox releases the DVD and Blu-ray editions of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader today. (Brent Frankenhoff)

• For those players in The World’s Largest Trivia Contest who missed the Trivia movie April 1 or 2, it’s airing at 6 a.m. E.T. tomorrow morning on Turner Classic Movies. Hey, many of those players will be awake! Oh, the name of the film? You Can’t Take It With You. (1938)

• For those of you not interested in screwball comedies (although You Can’t Take It With You is really fun), TCM is airing a pair of SF/horror movies earlier on Saturday morning. Galaxy of Terror (1981) starts at 2:15 a.m. E.T. and The Green Slime (1969) follows at 4 a.m. E.T.

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