SDCC 2014: Watchtower Tuesday: Preview of Preview Night

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TweetThis is shaping up to be an epic San Diego, as the media blitz begins weeks before the actual Comic Carnival begins. Who will win the battle for Hall H?  Marvel Studios or DC Entertainment? 

Clallam Bay Comicon 2014: Comics and Camping on the Olympic Peninsula

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TweetFor the third year in a row, Donna Barr, creator of the Desert Peach and local activist, hosted the Clallam Bay Comicon in her local town of Clallam Bay, Washington, July 13-14. How difficult is it to stage a show in a town of 363? 

The Big Read: Spending the Fourth of July Weekend Catching Up On Comics

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TweetI work in the book publishing industry, and I’ve made many contacts as a comics evangelist.  Thus, between the review copies which flow into my office building everyday and the digital copies available online, I could spend 24/7/366 reading comics.

Library Con! Pictures!

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TweetThe following is a gallery of photos I took this weekend in Vegas, while attending the annual conference of the American Library Association. Mostly, it’s covers of books, to remind me of titles to investigate further. Taken from my cellphone, so please ignore the quality.

Library Con: My Vegas Diary

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Tweet[Caveat:  embarrassing and/or salacious events have been bowdlerized.] Today marks the end of the annual conference of the American Library Association, held June 26-July 1 near Las Vegas, Nevada.  Since it offered a large amount of comics programming as well as a more bibliophiliac experience than BookExpo America, I made my plans to attend months […]

Library Con: Stan Lee: “…I practically won the war…”

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TweetBuilding Creative Bridges has an insightful recap of Stan Lee’s talk at the American Library Association’s annual conference. The most hyperbolic quote? He and his colleagues, for example, prepared materials teaching soldiers how to disassemble and reassemble guns: “We were able to increase the speed of the training by about 30%…I never told you, but […]

Library Con!: Artist Alley at ALA-Vegas!

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Tweet The annual conference of the American Library Association kicks into high gear today (It’s been running since Thursday!), with the first full day of the exhibition hall being open. Like BookExpo America, publishers are displaying their new titles, and scheduling authors to sign books!  Gene Yang signed his new book from First Second last […]

Library Con!: All the Comics Programming at ALA-Vegas! Now With Stan Lee!

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Tweet Every Winter, the American Library Association holds a conference in an arctic clime (Philadelphia, Boston) where awards are announced and some networking and training is held.   In the Summer, it’s usually someplace sweltering (although DC in June is not that bad).  Last year, it was held in Chicago.  This year, Vegas. [1]

Trick-or-Treat! Diamond Reveals Halloween ComicFest Titles!

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TweetYes, Summer officially started last Friday.  You’re probably haven’t even done your grocery shopping for the Fourth of July cookout!  Or started packing for San Diego! But for retailers and publishers, they think months in advance!  Comics shipping in October must be ordered in August.  Publishers usually try to think six months in advance! So […]

The Winners of the Max und Moritz-Preis for Best German Comics

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TweetEvery two years, the city of Erlangen, Germany hosts the Erlangen Comics Salon. In a nutshell, it’s the German version of Angoulême.  It’s not as crazy or as big, as the German comics scene is about ten years behind the United States in development.  (Which is curious, giving the ubiquitous  Franco-Belgian and American comics found […]

Special Edition NYC 2014: My Opinion

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TweetYesterday, I was up in Westchester.  Today, I was at the Javits Convention Center, attending ReedPOP’s Special Edition NYC.  The show was a condensed, comics-only version of the much larger New York Comic Con, The North Hall, which usually houses Artist Alley, hosted a diverse selection of retailers, creators, and related exhibitors. My goal?  Spectate, […]

New York Comic Fest 2014: My Opinion

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TweetCaveat:  I am not a journalist.  What little journalism training I have was learned in the Eighth Grade, and all I really remember is the inverted pyramid.  My observation skills are easily distracted, and my people skills will never be healthy enough that I can ask strangers pointed questions.  I bury ledes like Montresor. What […]

Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Fauntleroy Duck!

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TweetToday marks the official 80th birthday of Donald Duck! First appearing in 1934, Donald Duck quickly became one of the marquee stars of the Disney Studio system, rivaling Mickey Mouse in popularity!

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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TweetEveryone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

C2E2 Is Bigger Than New York Comic Con! (And Can Grow Even Bigger than San Diego!)

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Tweet“What?  Is he nuts?  NYCC is bursting at the seams!  130,000 attendees.  Massive crowds!  Sold out weeks in advance!  Crazy media coverage!” Yes, but there’s one metric which is very important.  It’s a concern at New York, it’s a political football in San Diego, and it will soon be a concern for other large shows:

FCBD 2104: Read It or Leave It? Part Three

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TweetAnd here are the final 24 (of 60) Free Comic Book Day titles!