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]

Events: Tying together the strands of Comics and Medicine

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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 […]

Wizard expands to a “minimum” of 22 shows in 2015

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TweetAs we reported the other day, in 2015 Wizard’s convention schedule is expanding even more, and they are adding nine new territories in 2015, including San Jose, Calif.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Cleveland, OH Raleigh, N.C.; Indianapolis, IN Las Vegas, NV Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wis.; Greenville, S.C. Additional cities (new and returning) may also be […]

Heroes Con 2014 Was So Nice That Two Couples Got Engaged

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Tweetby Alexander Añe I’ve been going to conventions for years, and the only thing that’s been the same is that one person who says, “But you really have to go to Heroes Con.” There’s always someone praising Heroes Con, and now, I am one of them.

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 […]

Live from HeroesCon plus cosplay photos

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Tweet HeroesCon Day Two wound up a little while ago. The shot above is from opening yesterday around noon. The crowds have increased quite a bit since then. 

As usual it’s a laid back show. Most of the talk from fans and pros alike is how much they enjoy the show. Not very much newsworthy […]

HeroesCon has kicked off — here’s where you’ll find The Beat

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Tweet HeroesCon is well underway! Held at the Charlotte Convention Center, it runs until Sunday. Guests span the gamut from mainstream superstars—Fraction and DeConnick—to the book world—Jeff Smith—to alt.comix icons—The Hernandez Bros. So there is something for everyone here. It’s part of what makes this one of th eocmic book parties of the year. Among […]

More and more and more comic cons are on their way

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Are con wars just heating up? Calvin Reid and I surveyed the showrunners after this weekend’s three con pile-up and it sounds like things are just getting started.

In particular, it turns out Special Edition: NYC was just a warm-up for what could be smaller comics shows everywhere.

To do tonight: Pope, Haspiel, Fingerman, Bertozzi, Miskiewicz

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TweetForbdden panet is hosting a fairly epic singing tonight with PAUL POPE / DEAN HASPIEL / NICK BERTOZZI / CHRIS MISKIEWICZ / BOB FINGERMAN signing and it’s a fairly epic line-up of debuts — please note the Pope signing has special rules as seen in the link. Shaleton! Fear my Dear!   Thomas Alsop!   […]

HeroesCon unveils harassment policy

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Tweet This weekend is HeroesCon in Charlotte, everyone’s favorite stop on the convention circuit, and in advance of the show, a statement on harassment has been unveiled. Apparently there wasn’t one before, but this is the kind of strong public statement that people in charge need to make to effect a change in how we […]

Interview: Kids Read Comics Enters its Sixth Year

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TweetBy Dave Carter This coming weekend (June 21-22, 2014) will mark the sixth annual Kids Read Comics Festival. KRC brings together kids (and their families) and cartoonists for two days of comic-centered fun, combining a tradition comics convention with hand-on workshops and other activities. Last week via email I interviewed one of the KRC founders, […]

Denver Comic Con grows, as do table fees, vexing retailers

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Tweet This weekend’s Denver Comic Con experienced the kind of exponential growth that one expects these days: up to a reported 84,000 people from 63,000 last year. However with growth comes expenses, and some dealers were not thrilled about the rise in table costs. According to one who wrote to The Beat: I’m a dealer […]

New York’s big calm convention weekend

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TweetIt was a busy weekend for comics in and around New York City, with EternalCon, New York Comic Fest and Special Edition: New York all taking place, as well as a few satellite events. All three cons were a success, judging by comments from participants, and online reports. I think it’s fair to say that […]

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, […]