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July 22, 2017


Go, Look: Conxita Herrero

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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Here are some thoughts and links as to things I've seen or discussed on the convention floor and in the barrooms of Comic-Con International.

* you know what there are fewer of than ever before? Security guards walking the floor making you stop talking in the aisles or whatever. I've been doing a lot of talking, but I haven't been upbraided yet. I'll take that a step further to say that I haven't seen a security person in the actual hall. I'm not sure why that is.

* a number of exhibitors to whom I spoke felt Wednesday through Friday were slow, although not debilitatingly so. A few merchandise exhibitors told me that a lot of not right-now current franchises did really well and maybe some of the top licenses of the moment performed slightly behind of expectation. That would indicate the show overall is reaching a lot of core geeks with very specific likes and dislikes.

* one surprising announcement of the day that's all-comics is we finally get the shape and scope of what Ed Piskor has been slyly working on over the last couple of years. It's a one-story history of the X-Men, and will come out over three Christmas shopping seasons. That stuff looks like a lot of fun, what I've seen, and should tap into a nice combination of the nostalgic and new-voice avenues for that beleaguered property. Great reward-gig for Piskor, if you think about artistic opportunities that way.

* I did some shopping today. I never do that at San Diego. I was reminded why. There's so much stuff at San Diego, but it can be a pretty rough experience finding things for people for which they made a specific request. With Preview Night and the exclusives driving it, it feels like you're surrounded by plenty but still starving for what uniquely satisfies: a magnification rather than a break away from typical shopping norms.

* I followed Dave Gibbons around as a mid-day panel strategy. His spotlight was a lot of fun: he has a book on craft and an autobiography coming out. He hinted that the autobiography may be the stage he's been waiting for to make a full explanation as to how he feels about all of the various Watchmen things over the year. He told a charming story about the kindness Frank Hampson showed him as an artist on Dan Dare that he extends to Before Watchmen creators.

* Gibbons was part of the Berger Books panel, fairly well-attended for a line that hasn't launched yet. The Ann Nocenti/David Aja collaboration seems the clear leader in terms of general interest. The other books struck me as solid but perhaps there will be difficulty in most of the books find a market toehold...? It's tough out there.

* most of the Berger Books stuff announced seemed to be limited series with a chance to go further if sales and creative interest demanded it. This was noteworthy because of a rumor that Dark Horse was about to kill all of its periodical offerings. Haven't seen anything back that up, though, and it would be a weird thing to do.

* three different artists told me one thing they enjoyed about San Diego this year was the forced sabbatical from constant media monitoring of the Trump presidency.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon and Chris Hatfield

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The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Queers & Comics Conference 2017: Day Two Keynote -- Gengoroh Tagame


Queers & Comics Conference 2017: Day Two AM Part One


Queers & Comics Conference 2017: Day Two AM Part Two


Queers & Comics Conference 2017: Day Two PM Part One


Queers & Comics Conference 2017: Day Two PM Part Two
 
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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2017

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July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 27
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)
* If I Were In Saint Paul, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

July 28
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

July 29
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 30
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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August 4
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 5
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 6
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Safari Festival)

August 13
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 18
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)

August 19
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)

August 20
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

August 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

August 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

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Events For September 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Apolo Cacho

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Happy 33rd Birthday, William Cardini!

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July 21, 2017


Five For Friday #483 -- Pros At Cons

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As of Friday at Noon ET, this subject is closed for entries. Thanks to all that participated.

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Go, Look: Rebecca Morgan

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Assembled Extra: Rob Salkowitz Profiles Comixology At Forbes

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This broad piece on David Steinberger and comiXology's big-picture issues snuck out at the tail end of last week when a big chunk of the comics world was getting on early planes for this weekend's SDCC or paying to D23 or desperately trying to get some work done. Articles like these can be rough but in the case of that person and that company I think a lot of the more broadly-conceived issues are the ones that have he most meaning right now.
 
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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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Here are some thoughts and links as to things I've seen or discussed on the convention floor and in the barrooms of Comic-Con International.

* my brother and I took an early Amtrak down to the show: a full train full of baffled commuters and people already in costume. LA's mass transit doesn't cover everything, but in terms of certain neighborhoods to certain landmarks, it's aces. The vast majority of people stepping off of the train in San Diego used Lyft to ride the rest of the way (we could see the still-used-but-not-as-much taxi stand from where we stood).

* we passed about four outside events with more than a block-long line, way more than I ever noticed before. The line at the Netflix thing right up near our hotel rarely diminished all day, and then only for a half-hour or so before surging back into lunacy. Most of the people there seemed from the show, although there was a lot of talk of people without badges hitting those outside things to do.

* I think this maybe the year where that element became one of the most real things of the show, if only because it changes traffic pattern both inside and outside the convention center. There are people to negotiate up next to the show everywhere and all the time. I have memories of walking up almost abandoned streets near the convention center not even 10 years old.

* had a bad registration experience, my first in a dozen years, maybe, that failed to go off without a hitch. Bottlenecked line and a lot of pushing and line crashing -- all dudes, of course. I'm told the floor was light early on, perhaps because so many folks remained outside at first.

* my brother took some terrifying photos from the press preview of the Netflix thing. The lack of substantive word/material on the fantasy cop thing Bright made it the non-comics thing most people I know mentioned, when they mentioned that kind of thing at all.

* ran into Mimi Pond, who made observations about SDCC in contrast to her report from the TCM Film Festival, mostly about who was at each and what role the medium in question played in their lives.

* saw the relatively recently health-assailed Batton Lash at a distance, who looked dapper and pleasant as ever.

* a lot of talk about the cartoonist deaths of the last three years.

* Jeff Smith announced two picture books from Scholastic on Wednesday night, and has four or so pages from his forthcoming return to Tuki at his booth. They are gorgeous, and there's a clever reformulation in there that I think should really work.

* saw the Bernie Wrightson memorial panel. There is a difference between telling a story about someone that passed and telling a story about yourself, and that difference is usually what side of the age of 50 you're on. Scott Dunbier on Wrightson's second half career was the most passionate statement there, and Dunbier recommended the Captain Sternn material as something less obvious to explore, as I would have done. Listening to the panelists it occurs to me there's a great oral history to be done on comics in 1970s New York, or at least a really fun A Nervous Splendor non-fiction novel.

* as rumored Tom Devlin was indeed selling the Marvel Benefit issue of Coober Skeber at $40 a pop as a "20 Anniversary Edition" or some other hand-selling technique which sounds unsavory.

* there are a lot of creators kids at this show, mostly at the insistence of the kid. One thing that's nice about that is the confidence it shows in the convention in terms of security and safety, which while a big subject in the days and weeks leading up to the show has barely been mentioned at all on the floor or at the parties.

* my hunch is that the broader publishing story for the show will be strong moves by the two major into non-traditional (in the absolute sense) formats: DC into OGNs, Marvel into on-line only books.

* looming convention-end story: potential of storms in the midwest could conceivably mess with anyone flying out of here that direction Saturday night to Monday morning.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon and Chris Hatfield

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2017

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July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 27
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)
* If I Were In Saint Paul, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

July 28
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

July 29
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 30
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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August 4
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 5
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 6
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Safari Festival)

August 13
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 18
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)

August 19
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)

August 20
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

August 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

August 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

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Events For September 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Malachi Ward Etsy Shop

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Johanna Draper Carlson on Glister.

* another honor for Stan Lee. These seem more significant after the passing of Joan Lee.

* Michael Dooley provides a visual guide corresponding to some of the Eisner nominees. I think. To be honest, I couldn't quite tell what he was up to, to be honest, but those articles are always well-enough illustrated you should take a look.

* don't do any of these things.

* finally, Chris Chafin unpacks some of the fun history of Comic-Con International at Rolling Stone. It'll be a movie someday.

 
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July 20, 2017


Bundled Extra: Jeff Smith Releasing His First Picture Book Through Scholastic

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Jeff Smith and Scholastic's Graphix imprint announced a first picture book for the celebrated cartoonist during last night's "Preview Night" at Comic-Con International. That continues one of comics most beneficial publisher/cartoonist partnerships of the last fifty years.

The hard-news portion of the PR:
"On Preview Night at 2017's San Diego Comic Con International, Jeff Smith announced his plans to publish his debut picture book, Smiley's Dream Book (ISBN: 978-0-545-67477-5) with Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic. David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director of Trade Publishing, and Editorial Director of Graphix acquired the book with English language publication rights in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. Smiley's Dream Book will be the first of two picture books featuring Smiley Bone and the Bone cousins, and is slated to publish in Summer 2018."
As the PR mentions, it looks like we'll get at least one more. I saw some pages of this at one point, and they're quite gorgeous.
 
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Go, Look: Tommi Parrish

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* you have until the end of September (one day before, really) to participate in the Observer/Cape/Graphica short story prize. That is indeed the kind of recognition and boost that can make a career.

* added two events to the forthcoming sections: St. Louis Small Press Expo in October and Comic Arts Brooklyn in November. It's good to see there will be a CAB this year -- it strikes me that this is a yearly decision by Gabe Fowler -- and it's great to see they'll be on a different weekend than Short Run in Seattle. A few folks do both.

* since writing that last bulleted point, Genghis Con has announced in its traditional post-Thanksgiving Sunday slot. I did that show last year representing CXC and it was fun.

* Steve Breen: Undercover.

* Koyama Press has announced a multiple creator tour for right after SPX.

* finally, the more people that enjoy Comic-Con without a pass the more people with passes enjoy Comic-Con a little bit less.
 
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Go, Look: Chris Kindred

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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This is the catch-all column for thoughts and links as to things I've seen or discussed on the convention floor and in the barrooms of Comic-Con International.

This should substantially with bullet points over the next few days. People spread their announcements all over the ten days leading up to the show, so that makes coverage sort of odd.

There were at least two stories starring first-rate talents that will be made into bullet points in the days ahead; new books from Jeff Smith and Lisa Hanawalt. That's not a bad start at all.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon and Chris Hatfield

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2017

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July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 27
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)
* If I Were In Saint Paul, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

July 28
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

July 29
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 30
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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August 4
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 5
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 6
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Safari Festival)

August 13
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 18
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)

August 19
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)

August 20
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (Terrificon Comicon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Pensacola, I'd Go To This (Pensacola Comic Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

August 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

August 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (Amazing! Hawaii Comic Con)

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Events For September 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Interdimensional Party Animal

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