Hasslein Blog: June 2016


Hasslein Blog

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hasslein Books Needs Your Help With 2009's Watchmen: The Mobile Game

By Rich Handley

If you're a fan of Watchmen, DC Comics' iconic 12-issue 1986 comic book miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (and, really, how could you not be?), then chances are you've watched the 2009 film adaptation directed by Zack Snyder. You're probably also well aware of DC's controversial 2012 prequel line Before Watchmen, which spanned 37 issues and divided the comics industry regarding whether or not additional Watchmen stories should even be told without Moore's involvement. (I refuse to take a stance here on that debate.)

More recently, you're no doubt aware that the Watchmen characters are being ported over into mainstream continuity, as part of (indeed, at the crux of) this year's company-wide Rebirth reboot concept. Chances are, you've read more than one scandalized rant on that very subject. You may even have written one yourself. (Again, I'm avoiding that debate as well.)

What you might not be aware of is that there has actually been a good deal more. There have been a number of viral videos, a trio of Watchmen-themed role-playing game books published as part of Mayfair Games' DC Heroes Role-Playing Game, in-universe websites, promotional newspapers, four different Watchmen video games, and other odds and ends.

Wait. Four video games?


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

EternalCon 2016: And a Good Time Was Had By All...

By Rich Handley

The weekend's done now and we've all gone back to our usual routines, but we at Hasslein Books had a funtastic time at EternalCon 2016, which was held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y. We met a lot of fellow fans and talented individuals, sold and signed some books, and had many conversations with enthusiastic con-goers.

We shared a booth on Sunday with cosplayer Sofia Sivan, who signed photos of herself in costume and drew more people to the booth than our books did; laughed frequently with neighboring vendor Erica Lin, who kept us up to our elbows in free potato chips, and who we will miss now that she's on her way back to Taiwan; and met other talented cosplayers, such as the hilarious Robert Franzese (the Real Life Peter Griffin, though he was dressed as Sergeant Slaughter this time out), Scarlet SpyderQueen (Sofia's assistant and a great cosplayer in her own right), and EmmaPool, who sported a fantastic costume and a wonderfully punny name.

Best of all, we got to see several friends from last year's convention, including photographer David Schlaich and Big Apple Conventions' Zorikh Lequidre, and I was excited to reunite with an old college buddy, Hart Sastrowardoyo (or Ben, as I have always known him), and finally meet his adorable daughter.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cosplayer Sofia Sivan Joining the Hasslein Booth Team on Sunday

Hasslein Books is pleased to announce that the lovely and talented cosplayer Sofia Sivan will be sharing our booth with us on Sunday at EternalCon 2016, taking place this weekend at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y. Come on down and meet us all.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Hasslein Books Geeks Out in Garden City—Come Meet Us at EternalCon

And so it begins...

Come on down to EternalCon, where you can see Hasslein Books' Paul Giachetti and Rich Handley epitomizing the term "nerds." In fact... we're giving out Nerds, as you can see near the front of the table.

EternalCon 2016
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Garden City, N.Y.
June 10-12


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