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August 8, 2005

WW Chicago Ends; Booze-Poisoned Mainstream Comics America Slinks Home

The nation's second-biggest comics convention has ended, with DC and Marvel acting out a really nerdy episode of Spy Vs. Spy in terms of publicity at their various themed panels. By not paying attention to the convention and seeing what I heard about anyway (not a scientific method, but who can resist harnassing the power of laziness?), Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark taking over for a quality run by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev on Daredevil seems to be one item of news that people have taken a fancy to. Another may be that artists Michael Turner, Leinil Francis Yu, and Joe Madrureira along with writer Jeph Loeb will each be going "exclusive" with Marvel Comics, a term that now means "a period of time not doing work for the Direct Competition unless I'm already contracted to do it." The general trend to note is that both companies are working overtime to tie their "event" series into tweaks of the regular monthly comics, I'd say DC more than Marvel. In actual news, the CBLDF raised much-needed funds for its Fall fight in the Gordon Lee case. The collective memory entry on the convention can be found here, and should swell up over the next couple of days. Both Newsarama and The Pulse covered the panels; The Beat covered the floor and the after-panels.
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