Get ready to hit refresh a few times. I’m sitting in the ballroom at the glamourous Oakland Marriott and the Image Keynote is about to begin.
Image Expo is a go. Looks like a relatively quiet Friday at a regional con, so far. Which is to say it’s going to be better access for the fans. When I arrived about 45 minutes before opening there were maybe 50 people already in line waiting to get in. With the gates open, I’m seeing a steady trickle of people arriving. Not preview night at San Diego, by any stretch of the imagination, but the Chew booth got bull rushed by at 15-20 people as soon as the doors open. A couple pictures from before the opening bell:
The industry has been asking itself some hard questions recently, and my tweets and email are full of people being depressed about things being so bad. As I always say, the comics industry can be horrid, but comics themselves are eternal. And you know what, when you get down to it the industry isn’t THAT bad either. There are some good eggs out there.
After my long post yesterday, there were a few loose ends and misstatements and yet more viewpoints that deserved some linkage.
As you may recall, Graphic.ly recent re-positioned their main product offering to be a little bit more like Smashwords is in the world of eBooks. The idea is to be a little more transparent on the branding, let the company market itself as a digital product (as opposed to the brand of the digital app/format) and then concentrate on getting the material on as many different platforms as possible. Amazon/Apple/Barnes & Noble, etc. One of the more interesting applications has been integrating the comics reader into Facebook, as shown here with Archie’s Facebook page.
by Serhend Sirkecioglu — Web comics have at least 3-4 formats, the reader (page-page), the slideshow (panel to panel), the vertical scroll and the horizontal scroll (which could be just be called the scroll and is panoptic). Personally I like the intuitive feel of the scroll over the reader; which feels more like post production 3D; and the slide show, which is just a slide show. I recently came across this comic called The First Word from Electric Sheep Comix which uses CGI models…in a way where I don’t cringe as much, but put the scroll to good use.
Our long-wished-for ERB adaptation is already, a few days before opening, the latest Hollywood disaster, with comparisons to ISHTAR and other mega bombs. The Daily Beast has a super-lengthy expose on the Game of Thrones-like studio politics of former head Dick Cook, who greenlighted the film, and current head Rich Ross, who has enemies of his own:
The next Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace, which is sometimes called the Big Apple Con but isn’t any more, will be held March 31 at the usual place (Penn Pavilion), and in addition to Stan Lee, you can meet a variety of old-time comics vets:
Tweet Archer, the wildly successful animated show that surpasses even Mad Men in the number of drinks the characters consume in a single episode has been renewed for a 4th Season. The Emmy and Annie Award nominated FX cartoon has been averaging about 2 million viewers per episode this season, up 32% from last season. [...]
§ J. Caleb Mozzocco has a lengthy look at Nancy Goldstein’s Nancy Goldstein’s Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist:
. Goldstein makes quite clear what an incredible, colorful person Ormes was, and what a fascinating life she lead, but the biographical sections are tantalizing: One may find oneself wanting much more detail, to join Ormes in the newspaper offices or society functions she covered and put on. And while there is an awful lot of comics art reproduced within its pages, but due to the special and financial limitations of this book (it’s not an archival project, after all) and the simple lack of availability of original art, original newspapers her work was published in, or even copies or microfilm of those papers, much (too much) of Ormes’ work is lost to history.