§ Citizen blogger gives you the 411 on the 616 and a dozen other pocket Mravel universes. Useful for those of us who are behind the times.
§ Kaiju Shakedown, our favorite blog about Asian movies, has returned, Grady Hendrix tells us. For now the direct url isn’t working but you can do this:
1) Go to http://www.varietyasiaonline.com/
2) Go to the menubar where it says “Departments”
3) Pull that down and click on “Kaiju Shakedown”
§ Answer: Social networking with FIGHTING: a new online RPG called Duels.
Question: What is a nerdgasm?
§ Over at Flog Eric Reynolds reviews comics–including some he publishes!!!– and yet does it gracefully and interestingly, showing why he’s the Roberto Clemente of comics. We know we need to stop sucking up to Eric here at Stately Beat Manor — but we just can’t stop ourselves. Eric, where is OUR copy of FLETCHER HANKS???????
§ Speaking of San Diego and SLG, Award-winning Jennifer DeGuzman has some very funny observations:
* We’ve been trading Hollywood Guy stories. As I predicted, one came by and wanted me to educate him on the entirety of our line, asking annoying questions without identifying himself as One of Those Hollywood Guys, but he nevertheless gave himself away by being so effin’ Hollywood in his demeanor. This is intolerable to someone from the Bay Area. I narrowed my eyes at him and demanded that he tell me to what the hell his questions portained.
* An artist from Mexico tried to kiss me on the cheek after I gave him a portfolio review. Don’t do that.
* Make sure you don’t stink before you get a portfolio review. Otherwise, the editor will only be able to think about how she wants you to get the heck away from her so the stink will stop.
* Don’t come to the booth and ask people working there to give messages or cards to artists. We’re not their personal secretaries.
* Don’t put your lame-ass promo stuff on publishers’ tables expecting that maybe they won’t notice. Jeezus.
We would dispute Point #4 actually — if someone is headquartered at a booth and they are not there, it is common procedure at some booth to take a business card, anyway — but the rest can’t be said often enough.
§ Otakon announced their attendance:
Otakon 2007’s official membership attendance number of 22,852 is computed strictly from the number of memberships sold through the end of the 3-day event. Since we do not offer 1-day passes we do not consider attendance for individual days. The rest of the statistics for Otakon 2007 will be available shortly in our history section. Thank you to all of our members for their contributions to the success of Otakon 2007!
§ Richard Bruton At Forbidden Planet reviews rom-com comics and some of them may surprise you.