Regrettable Sidekicks, with Jon Morris
Here's our challenge: Dress up as your favorite sidekick (or make one up!), and join us for some pre-Halloween fun when author Jon Morris comes to talk about his new book, The League of Regrettable Sidekicks. He'll be at EHBC on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30pm. And don't worry, we will be dressed up, too!
A hilarious spotlight on the strangest second bananas in superhero comics, including junior partners, animal assistants, and even heinous henchmen (sidekicks of the villain world).
Batman has Robin. Captain America has Bucky. And Yankee Doodle had Dandy.
Being a superhero is hard work, which is why so many comics characters rely on a sidekick for help. Someone who can watch the hero's back, help search for clues, or, if nothing else, give the hero someone to talk to. But just as not every superhero achieves the glory of Batman, not all sidekicks are as capable as the Boy Wonder. In The League of Regrettable Sidekicks, Morris discusses some of the strangest iterations of the sidekick phenomenon, and in the process explores how important these characters were to comic book storytelling. You'll meet plucky but forgotten helpers like Thunderfoot (explosive-soled assistant to the Human Bomb), heroic super-pets (like Frosting, polar bear pal of space hero Norge Benson), fan favorites (say hello to Rick Jones, sidekick to half of the Marvel Universe), and obscure partners of iconic heroes (Superman Junior's career barely got off the ground). Plus: pernicious profiles of regrettable henchmen and minions, the sidekicks of the supervillain world. Vintage art from the comics completes the experience.
Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Sidekicks celebrates characters and stories that haven't seen the light of day in decades, pulling from defunct and long-forgotten comics publishers as well as DC and Marvel. In this third volume of his Regrettable series (The League of Regrettable Superheroes, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains) Jon Morris provides insight and context, as well as his signature mockery of and affection for these overlooked treasures from comic book history.
Jon Morris is a cartoonist and graphic designer. He's the author of The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Spring 2015), which sold nearly 20K in its first six months, and the follow-up The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains. Since the late 1990's, he's operated the blog Gone&Forgotten, an irreverent, in-depth look at the worst, the lowliest and most unfortunate stories and characters comic books have offered. In 2001, he was invited to participate on a superheroes-themed episode of the public radio program This American Life, which remains a popular and frequently-rebroadcast episode.
Jon also operates The Chronological Superman, a blog dedicated to chronicling every appearance of Superman beginning in 1938 through the end of 1949. He's a frequent contributor and contest judge on Project: Rooftop, a site dedicated to superhero redesigns, and has curated such comic book-related collaborative online events as DC FIFTY-TOO, CORNERED, THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: REDUXE EDITION and others. He also writes about television, music and popular culture in general. His webcomic Jeremy: Just Turned Nine was nominated for the industry's Ignatz Award in 2001, and he is currently the editor for, and contributor to, the annual Halloween comic book event BOO! Halloween Stories, available through Comixology.