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July 21, 2006

Your 2006 San Diego Con Update

The year's biggest gathering of professional cartoonists and comics industry folk as well as an increasingly popular showcase for television, film, genre prose and toymakers, Comic-Con International, celebrated its first -- and some say the best -- day Thursday in a frightening business-as-usual sense.

You know, while I enjoy going to the San Diego Con, I'm never quite sure how it should be covered. There is usually some angle of covering the show as a business, like registration issues and the yearly rumors that the convention may move to Los Angeles; there is publishing news, although it's mostly of the pr-driven "Creator X Doing Comic Y" variety; the Eisner Awards are certainly a legitimate event, but they make a strange impression -- although I remember two people told stories about comics pros in bathrooms I couldn't tell you who won a single 2005 Eisner by name and category; and being more interested in art and business than people and personalities, I have a hard time working up much enthusiasm for "comics culture."

So what's left? There are still backroom discussions and some deal-making, and a lot of the kind of socializing that can later lead to work. It certainly has a touchstone quality, being a convention that's run the length of comics growth out of dead-end obscurity into a vital art form and along the life paths of that great generation of fans-turned-pros. But beyond, I'm kind of lost. Is this just a PR stage? Is covering it a waste of time? Is CCI a commercial event that people wish meaning onto in order to inject some status into an extended social occasion? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Live Blogging
* Man of Action

News Reports
* Associated Press Preview
* Augie De Blieck Day Zero
* Chat With First Guy in Line by Union-Tribune
* Local SD Fox Affiliate Preview
* LA Times on How to Get Swag
* Newsarama: DC Nation Panel
* Newsarama: Marvel's Civil War Panel
* Newsarama: New Avengers Title
* Newsarama: Preview Night Finds
* Newsarama: Samurai Comic Sequel
* Wizard Universe Interviews Mark Siegel

Blogs and On-Line Diaries
* Bully Says on Preview Night
* Irene Gallo on Preview Night
* Irene Gallo on Thursday
* Kushi Tan on Preview Night
* Louie Del Carmen on Preview Night
* Matt Maxwell Day Zero
* Meticulous Nonsense Skips Preview Night
* Newsarama's Blog First Hand Reportage Report One
* Newsarama: James Lucas Jones Report One
* Newsarama: Overall Con Preview
* Newsarama on Preview Night
* Oni: San Diego Virgin Day 1
* Schlock Mercenary on Preview Night
* Tempura-Chan: Steve Purcell and Glen Danzig
* Newsarama: Wolverine News

* Big Time Attic on Preview Night
* Comic Book Resources' Preview Night Photo Parade
* Display Photos
* Group Pool Started by Kelly Sue DeConnick


For supplemental coverage, particularly of the publishing news emerging from the show, I recommend my peers at The Beat, Newsarama, Comic Book Resources and The Pulse.
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