So it’s Zack Snyder who’s been tapped to direct the next Superman movie. Evidently, the vacation Snyder took directing a movie about feisty little owls wearing helmets put him back in the mood for a comic book movie, following 300 and WATCHMEN.
And our second press release about a comics retailer getting another job in as many minutes, Alex Cox, formerly of the much-missed comics shop Rocketship in Brooklyn, has joined the CBLDF as Development Manager. Just to tie up all the loose ends, Shy Allott, who formerly held the position, has joined Dr. Sketchy’s as Sponsorship Coordinator. Congrats to everyone who is now employed!
While everyone we know is in a tizzy getting ready for New York Comic Con — and the certain to be epic drinking fest surrounding NYCC — the Wizard Big Apple Comic-Con was held this weekend, and nobody really noticed. You may recall that there was outrage and anxiety last year when Wizard announced it would hold the show the very same weekend as New York Comic Con. However, in the spring it was announced the Wizard show would move to the week ahead of NYCC, and also change venues from the huge Pier 94 facility to the much smaller Penn Plaza Pavilion, traditional site of the Big Apple Con.
Now THIS is interesting. The other day we were talking about how the lack of strong demographic readership info is definitely felt in the comics space. It’s not a scientific survey, but Kelly Thompson at She Has No Head has started something called the Ladies Comics Project where she asks her female friends — some comics readers some not — to pick and read a comic previously unknown to them and give their thoughts.
As rumored for months, Kodansha, the Japanese publishing giant, is shifting its relationship with Random House. Del Rey Manga is shutting down, but Kodansha Comics will remain, to be distributed by Random House. Del Rey Manga’s associate publisher, Dallas Middaugh, will move over to Random House Publisher Services to act as the liaison for Kodansha.
Raina Telgemeier has had a busy year promoting her graphic novel SMILE — which was just picked as an Honor Book for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. She shares some of her pictures, including stops in Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and Queens. Here’s Telegemier at the Dumbo Arts Festival just a week ago.
Veteran artist Ronn Sutton was long the artist on the long-gone Claypool’s Elvira comic and here’s a nice tribute to the Mistress of the Dark, who just relaunched her movie weekends.