Camp Twilight packs its tents

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From our hotel window, we can see that Camp Twilight has folded its tents and moved inside, after a grueling night spent sleeping on concrete and swatting giant cockroaches with shoes. Seriously, boys, could YOU handle spending a night outside fighting bugs and rats just to meet Kevin Smith? Hope the panel is as good […]

EXCLUSIVE: More BONE on the way from Scholastic

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Our report for PW Daily on Day 0 is up here, with some notes on the ICv2 conference. The big news, via PR, is that there will be more BONE material on the way from Scholastic, written by creator Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski and drawn by Smith. Elsewhere, it was announced that Jeff Smith […]

Google announces Comics Themes

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iGoogle has just unleashed a huge slate of Comics Themes for users’ home pages. Themes include Vertigo, Zuda, Daniel Clowes, Mutts, Jaime Hernandez, Renee French, Jeffrey Brown, Rumiko Takahashi, Children of the Sea and more. In honor of the day, Jim Lee has the artwork on the Google homepage, which, as he twittered, “It will […]

San Diego DAY 0 report

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Beat Action HQ is The new Bayfront Hilton this year, a hotel that it is impossible to gain ingress or egress to unless you are “IN THE KNOW.” Seriously, we’d heard some people telling us it was hard to find the entrance, but we didn’t expect to have to wander around for two minutes before […]

Day 0 initial report

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Only a little time to check in here, so no time to go to a news roundup. Last night was a peaceful one, as folks straggled into town. But cabdrivers are dreading the oncoming crush. Much talk about the future of the con, as you can imagine. We’re off to the ICv2 conference for the […]

SD09: Who are the people who really matter?

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As we walk around and read our email and check Twitter tag #sdcc, maybe it’s just because of the explosion of the social networking, but this year, like no other, it seems comics have been left sitting by the side of the road waiting to get a ride to the big show. Of course it […]

Right now at the show

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§ One of several posts we’ve seen Twittered purporting to be First Images from Comic Con 09 Floor!! § The authors urged us to blog this post from the SF Weekly on 10 Must See Panels at Comic-Con 2009 and we’ll oblige because several of them are actually about comics!

San Diego Day -1

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Been on the ground for a while, following a flight that was jammed with Comic-Con personnel…many of them unknown to me, and working for street teams and book publishers and so on. Well, even The Beat can’t keep track of 125,000 people. By pure chance, our row on the plane included the charming John Nee, […]

JetBlue Con begins!

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JetBlue’s direct flights to San Diego are popular amongst the comics crowd headed to con and we’re on the 9:40 am. Unfortunately, it’s delayed, and we’re stuck at the gate while they put in a new onboard computer. HOWEVER, the Wi-Fi from the terminal reaches all the way out here! For the first time ever, […]

EXCLUSIVE: Disney's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time GN

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A few people noted that San Diego’s schedule included a Disney Press panel that included Jordan Mechner, creator of the acclaimed Prince of Persia video game series, and such comics folk as Todd McFarlane. While some might have connected the dots already, we can officially confirm that Disney will be publishing a PRINCE OF PERSIA; […]

SD09: Creators who's what

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Okay, quick links to people you may want to see. All kinds of exclusives and news stuff…clink links! § James Jean and his new Kindling book will be at the Chronicle booth. § Zuda Comics §Paul Dini § Greg Rucka § Bryan Lee O’Malley § Colleen Coover § Hope Larson § David Malki Mark Texiera […]

Where to find the REALLY good stuff in San Diego

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SD09: Archie Comics

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Archie doesn’t have a booth, but they have lots of stuff going on: See Archie Creators at the following Panels:  Thursday, July 23 11:30-12:30 Archie Comics: Archie Marries Veronica— It’s the wedding of the century, but that is just the start, with plenty of surprise announcements about the future of Archie Comics, including the latest […]

SD09: IDW

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IDW has released their signing schedule, below: Wednesday Darwyn Cooke signing, 5 – 7.30 pm     Thursday Tony Lee (Doctor Who) signing, 11-12 noon IDW 10th Anniversary panel, 11-12 noon, Room 10 Ben Templesmith and Chris Ryall (Groom Lake) signing, 12 noon – 1 pm Robert Atkins signing (G.I. JOE) signing, 1 – 2 […]

SD09: Man of Action Studios — #2007

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Steven Seagle writes to tell us: Man of Action Studios, the creative collective of Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle – creators of the hit BEN 10 franchise and the upcoming GENERATOR REX both for Cartoon Network as well as countless cult comic books will return to booth 2007 at CCI. […]

SD09: Sparkplug Books — #1531

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Sparkplug Comic Books will be at two shows this week, the Port Zine Symposium (July 24-26) and San Diego Comic Con (July 22-26). Info below: We’ll be premiering 3 new books:The Shortest Interval – by David King Sausage Hand – by Andrew Smith (published with Teenage Dinosaur) Neptune – by Aron Nels Steinke (published with […]