A popular “X-Men” creator is coming to Oklahoma City as part of SoonerCon, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Sheraton Downtown Oklahoma City, 1 N Broadway Ave. The event will also feature a zombie walk, a time-travelers’ ball and steampunk-related programming.
Con organizers say the event has grown each year since restarting in 2006.
“Oklahoma’s going through a huge resurgence in independent art, and it all sort of ties together,” said Jerry Wall, chairman of SoonerCon.
This year, well-known comics artist Michael Golden will appear as the artist guest of honor. Golden co-created the character Rogue from the X-Men, as played by Anna Paquin in three feature films.
The 1981 “Avengers Annual” No. 10 featured the character’s first appearance, in an issue written by longtime “X-Men” writer Chris Claremont. In 1983, he worked on an annual edition for the “X-Men” as well.
“The ‘Uncanny X-Men’ most people, when they think about what the X-Men are, they think about the characters that Michael Golden was involved with,” Wall said.
Golden worked on other popular Marvel properties in the 1980s, including “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe” and “Doctor Strange.”
This month, Golden provided a variant cover to “Before Watchmen: Minutemen” No. 1, the first issue in the new prequel to the “Watchmen” graphic novel.
Golden’s art is examined in the book “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” and in two recent sketchbooks, “Heroes and Villains,” and “MORE Heroes and Villains.” An extensive interview with Golden, as well as a tutorial, is featured in the DVD release “Creator Chronicles: Michael Golden.”
“I always wanted to tell stories,” Golden says in a YouTube video for the “Creator Chronicles” DVD. “This is the thing that I really enjoy doing. So invariably, either by virtue of the comic-book companies contacting me, or me just sort of like being in contact with certain people in the industry, I would end up doing these bits and pieces.”
The 21st SoonerCon also will welcome writers Eric Flint, Selena Rosen and Peter S. Beagle to the convention.
There will be a zombie walk again at noon Saturday.
“People have this real fascination with zombies,” Wall said. “Maybe we all have a little bit of the undead inside of us that wants to get out … it’s grown up make-believe.”
Grown-up make believe will also be on hand for the time traveler’s ball at 9 p.m. Saturday, and for the steampunk track of programming, including the “Steampunk Apocalyptic Survival Guide” and the “Steampunk Leather Workshop.”
Steampunk is an alternate-history science fiction genre that frequently features anachronistic technology.
SoonerCon will also screen a full-length film, made in Oklahoma, described as a “small-town superhero flick.” “The Unusual Calling of Charlie Christmas” will screen at 4 p.m. Friday and at 7 p.m. Saturday at the convention.
by Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman