§ DC bought a mock-up, on different paper stock from the finished product, of the eagerly awaited WEDNESDAY COMICS #1. DC wants fans and retailers to be aware of the size of the project, and here you can see it relative to the size of a VP of sales — it is quite large. We were allowed to look through the mock-up and this is an amazingly lovingly assembled project, with an attention to detail in addition to the stellar lineup of talent — some we’d never even heard of before. Editor Mark Chiarello has truly outdone himself. WEDNESDAY COMICS #1 goes on sale July 8.
The big question….will there be a collected “Chiarello’s Ergot” edition? DC’s Bob Wayne would only say that any reprint is being very carefully considered.
§ Former Wizard staffer Steve Hoveke getting barred from the show on Saturday. Hoveke, who is also a former bouncer, was selling sketchbooks for Walt Simonson and Howard Chaykin all day Friday before being told he wasn’t allowed to enter on the second day of the con. Hoveke is also working for the Long Beach Comic-Con, which, despite its regional non-competition, is seen by some as a rival show to Wizard because organizers include many former Wizard staffers. Hoveke mentioned this theory on his Twitter feed, but said he wasn’t working for LBCC at the show. It was a strange incident for a strange show but we’ll have more on that after some French Toast.