Ok, not really. But yeah really. One of the guests scheduled to attend SiouxperCONLINE is Dave Wheeler. Not only is Dave the creater and writer of The Misadventures of Wonderboy; I happen to think he is secretly Wonderboy himself. Woderboys real name is Dave Wheelan. Cmon Dave, your gonna have to work harder to hide your secret identity. Anyway Wheeler is a great guest for SiouxperCONLINE. He has been apparently been a part of every SiouxperCon and will be a guest for SiouxperCONLINE.
Wheeler is the co-founder and Head Editor for Mind Wave Comics (MWC). MWC focuses on family-friendly comics that are fun. Here is what I found on their website:
We are all about creating comics for the young and young at heart! Enough with the doom and gloom in comics, we’re bringing back the rad vs. bad!Mind Wave Comics
I have to admit I like some doom and gloom here and there. But at the same time, I think the doom and gloom thing has been overdone (for at least a few decades…). Someone forgot to tell most comic books nowadays that grunge went out with the ’90s (ok, I still listen to Nirvana too). MWV appears to be trying to spread that message.
Misadventures of Wonderboy
I have read volume 1 of The Misadventures of Wonderboy (pictured in this post). This volume includes the first two issues of the comic, plus some cool extras in the back. I have to admit Wheeler did write a fun comic that I enjoyed. I mean, how can you go wrong with a Nazi dinosaur and a toaster being two critical characters in a story? Plus, it isn’t written like a “kid comic.” I think sometimes family-friendly gets taken to mean it is not meant for adults. Wheeler does a great job of writing a story that any age can enjoy. Actually, I was kind of hoping to grab more MWV comics this year at SiouxperCon. I guess I’ll have to order them online. Not the same, but at least I can get my comic fix that way.
On a side-note. The pencils in this volume were masterfully done by Samir Barrett, who is also a guest at SiouxperCONLINE. I will be doing a separate post on him in the near future.
Wheeler is a super nice guy
Last year while attending SiouxperCon, I had a chance to speak with Wheeler for a few minutes. He did a great job getting me interested in Wonderboy (enough so I bought the book). But what really stuck out to me was him asking whether I wanted him to sign the book. I immediately said yes! He then said he has to ask because he knows some people don’t like their comics written on and wanted to make sure I was OK with it. That surprised me a bit. I mean, who wouldn’t want one of the people who made the comic signing it? Well, anyway, due to that conversion, I can’t help but say that Dave is a super nice guy (or is that Wonder guy?)
Looking forward to seeing what Wheeler says during the Q&A
There will be a Q&A session with Wheeler. I look forward to what he has to say. Maybe then we will find out if he really is Wonderboy.
Song of the day: Breaking the Ice
Ok, I’m going to date myself with this song. But I remember back in the mid-’80s watching a movie called Rad. I don’t remember much about the film, other than the main character who wanted to win a big BMX thing. And since the Wonderboy comic (and MWC website) feature the word rad a lot, I couldn’t help but highlight this song from the movie Rad. It’s a pretty typical 80’s soundtrack song performed by John Farnham.
Bonus Song: We Will Rock You
Ok, I am stretching really hard to get a Queen song here. But rad is mentioned a lot, as I noted above. In the movie Dodgeball, the character Pepper famously says, “that’s rad.” We Will Rock You was on the Dodgeball soundtrack. Therefore the bonus song for this post comes from Queen: