Boom!/Archaia/KaBOOM! Announce New Titles

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Fall approaches, which means that publishers are releasing new titles! Boom! Studios and Archia have announced a new list of titles via catalog site Edelweiss, offering some interesting and fun titles for Winter gift giving! (Yes, you can give yourself a gift!  You’re a good person, and what better way to celebrate the end of […]

National Book Festival 2014: Lots of Graphic Novels!

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Celebrating it’s 14th year, the National Book Festival moves to the Washington Convention Center this Saturday, offering twelve hours of bibliophila!  (The National Park Service says the hordes of eager readers, some 200,000, was damaging the lawn.) Started in 2001 by librarian and First Lady Laura Bush with support from the Library of Congress, the […]

NYCC13: New York Super Week: Tickets On Sale Now!

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Yes, it’s still August.  There are a few days left until Labor Day ends another Summer of Fun! So that means it’s time for the Fall Season of (unofficial) comic cons! Hey!  New York Comic Con is in October!  I wonder what’s up at their site? Lots of guests being announced. MAJOR guests! Oh, and […]

SDCC 2014: Watchtower Saturday

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  Movie Wars: Saturday Edition *YAWN* DC wins, barely.  They showed the new Wonder Woman costume, and what sounds like an awesome trailer. Marvel?  More cast for “Antman”, the announcement of “GotG 2″, and a teaser peek for “Age of Ultron”. DC didn’t announce anything from other movies (as rumored by Nikki Finke.  Here’s her […]

SDCC 2014: Movie Poll!

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And now… time for a reader poll!

SDCC 2014: Watchtower Thursday: Surfing the Tsunami Online

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*  We’ve won!  Politicians officially open Comic-Con! On Thursday, to mark the official opening of Comic-Con International 2014, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria harnessed their inner superheroes and flew through the air on a zip-line near the downtown Convention Center. Gloria was the interim Mayor after the […]

SDCC 2014: Watchtower Friday: Ensconced and Embargoed

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From Friday evening until Saturday evening, I was in an undisclosed location, part of the Commerce Department’s program of keeping random individuals as “designated survivors”.  Given the billions of dollars generated by America’s pop culture complex, they feel that during Comic-Con and other large events, select journalists, bloggers, and other internet individuals should be ensconced […]

SDCC 2014: Watchtower Wednesday: Gathering Steam

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With the time difference and the fact that Preview Night doesn’t start until about 9 PM Eastern Time, there’s not a lot to report from Wednesday’s news feed. Movie War Update: I’m seeing on Yahoo News that DC unveiled the latest Batsuit, but that will have to wait for tomorrow’s feed. Sony blinked, pushing back […]

SDCC 2014: Watchtower Tuesday: Preview of Preview Night

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This 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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For 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

The backlog.  Some series, three to five issues!

I 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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The 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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[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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Building 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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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 night, […]

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

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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]