TweetYou probably already heard, but Quentin Tarantino is co-plotting a Django (Unchained)/Zorro cross-over with Matt Wagner. If you’ve seen his movies, you’ll find plenty of comics references in him, so it should be no surprise to you Tarantino is into the medium. He’ll be on Dynamite’s panel at the San Diego Comicon on (Sunday) July […]
Tweet Hall H camping at Comic-Con became a huge thing over the last five years or so, with thousands lined up all night, and for years people have been saying “Why don’t they give out tickets?” And finally, something like that is happening:Wristbands will be given out for the first Hall H panel of the […]
Ultimate when a con is crap: DashCon 2014 solicited people for money to pay the hotel bill while the con was running
This will almost certainly be the ultimate Con Disaster story for our times, as least for a year or so. DashCon held over the weekend in Schaumberg, IL, was a first year show aimed at Tumblr culture, planned as a meet-up for Tumblr users and such favorites as Welcome to Night Vale, a transmedia podcast that is sort of a Lake Woebegone for Tumblr-ites, Baker Street Babes, cartoonists such as Noelle Stevenson and…Doug Jones? You know the guy who was in Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth.
Tweet As we’ve been reporting, as comic-cons become bigger and bigger business, more and more under qualified con-runners are getting into the biz, easing to more and more unsatisfactory convention experiences. This weekend’s London Film and Comic Con was a thrill for many, of the “Ohmigod I got my photo with Stan Lee!’ variety. But […]
Tweet So far this year’s San Diego has been sounding pretty routine—no radical new venues or marketing efforts. But that was with 12 days to go. TNT just kicked it up a notch with the first ever AIRPORT takeover, this time for LEGENDS, a new spy show starring Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and […]
From Betty White to Scott McCloud. I counted 216 programs here. And they’ve expanded to the Marriott and….the Horton Grand Theater. Make sure to grab a toasted cheese sandwich while you’re there.
Most of the big movie announcements are still on ice, but some amazing comics folks, including McCloud, Gene Luen Yang, Eleanor Davis, a spotlight on Bill Finger and MORE MORE MORE. Can you feel the feels?
Tweet Using numbers from this (itself very interesting) ReedPOP media kit, Janelle Asselin ran numbers on New York Comic-Con demographics, with an eye to growth by gender. The result: Men 2010: 65% of 96,000 total = 62,400 men 2013: 59% of 133,000 total = 78,470 men 16,070 more men in 3 years 26% growth rate […]
Tweet OK, it is happening. A comics-themed off-site the Wednesday of Preview Night, this time Image’s huge Image Expo event. Expect announcements and Image pride. Also this is why you have to get in TUESDAY these days. For the first time ever, the highly-anticipated Image Expo, a showcase for one of the biggest publishers in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. 
Tweet by Aaron Humphrey The fifth annual Comics and Medicine conference kicked off today at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in Baltimore, which raises the question: how did one of the world’s most prestigious institutes for medicine and research wind up hosting a conference about comics?? Back in 2010, The Beat covered the […]