SDCC11: Yoe! Books!

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Given the huge crowds at Comic-Con International, it’s not surprising that an artist or publisher will promote The Latest and Greatest at the show. With all the buzz, the media, the fans… it’s an excellent opportunity for a publisher to debut something amazing, something they hope will generate a lot of interest and lead to sales through the holiday season.

So regular con-goers shouldn’t be surprised that Craig Yoe, Eisner-Award winning author and designer, will have a new book to showcase. Not only are his history books beautifully designed and researched, but they are also fun to read. He even finds little gems, like Elvis reading a copy of “Betty and Veronica”, to spice up his books.

Russ Manning Award Spotlight: Nate Simpson

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None of this year’s Russ Manning Award nominees created a bigger splash than Nate Simpson with the debut of his comic Non-Player. With it’s gorgeous, fully imagined artwork it was the toast of the internet for a few weeks and sold out right away.

LIke may recent Manning nominees, Simpson works in video game design — not only artwork but character and story concepts; his resume includes Demigod, Space Siege, Supreme Commander 2, GoPets. the Starfleet Command series and dozens more.

Russ Manning Award Spotlight: Paul Roman Martinez

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Continuing our look at this year’s Russ Manning Award nominees, we come to Paul Roman Martinez, aka Kopetkai. He’s the creator of the dieselpunk webcomic The Adventures of the 19XX. According to his bio, he’s a California-based graphic designer/web designer who works on his comics in his spare time. The 19xx combines his interests in art and history with a pretty nifty premise:

SDCC11: CBLDF has t-shirts, posters, perfume, party, auction

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The Beat endorses the CBLDF — the freedom you save may be your own. Clothe yourself, smell good, bid on some great art and then hang out at one of the best parties Comic-Con has to offer.

The Comic-Con Virgin Diaries: Ali C. Day 2

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hours to flight: 32 (minus at least 8 hours of work and like 10 for sleeping (2 nights))
hours of work-work to do before I leave: 12
pre-con to do list items: 17
number of scotches consumed: 3 (v. bad)

The Comic-Con Virgin Diaries: Nate C. Day 2

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So as you’re reading this, I’m either on Delta flight 547 eating a Clif Bar, or I’ve already landed in beeyootiful San Diego, California. Figured I should get there a few days before SDCC, see some sights, see if San Diego PBR tastes different from New York PBR.

The convention experience has evolved for me throughout the years. I’ve had four cycles:

Bob Burden’s Mystery Men return at Dark Horse

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Despite a multiiplayer title war with Marvel, Universal and even Dynamite, the ORIGINAL MYstery Men, as created by Bob Burden are BACK. And they have come with trading cards.

Top Shelf signs with iVerse

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The digital teaming up is coming fast and furious as Top Shelf has signed with iVerse for digital distro. The idea of reading Nate Powell, James Kochalka, and Renee French on a tablet sounds very tasty indeed.

SDCC11: Who ordered a bunny taco?

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Jesus it was only yesterday we were saying how much we liked going to the Tin Fish to get a fish taco and a brew and relax. But now it seems even this functional area is being taken over by marketing — NBC to be exact:

SDCC11: Exhibit A Press

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Exhibit A Press is publishing its first-ever full-color book: The Life-Partner of Frankenstein: A Supernatural Law Book by Batton Lash (60 pages, $10.95).

SDCC11: ELEPHANTMEN

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Handsome art, handsome books — Active Images never disappoints:

SDCC11: the Beguiling Art Sale

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Looking to buy some amazing original art at San Diego? Stop by the D&Q booth for the Beguiling art sale. Details below. Art above by Farel Dalrymple, from Meathaus: SOS; below, Paul Pope for Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Beguiling: Original Comics Art at San Diego Comic Con!

SDCC11: Ponent Mon

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Can there ever be enough Jiro Taniguchi? Not really — and a new book is on its way for Comic-Con:

SDCC11: The vastly overblown spectacle has already begun

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Apparently people are ALREADY LINED UP for the Twilight Panel on Thursday. I hope they found a place to pee!
Also, the Hilton wrap, as expected, is COWBOYS & ALIENS. So much for Universal getting spooked by SCOTT PILGRIM. With the big red carpet premiere and this it shows that huge displays at Comic-Con are like Pringles –you can’t have just one.