Okay, a very brief linkage of some of the points of interest we saw during yesterday’s recovery time:
§ Douglas Wolk reviewed >ASTERIOS POLYP for the NY Times, in a review Scott McCloud deemed “insightful.”
§ This Booth Babe business is pretty annoying.
§ Here’s that letter by Chuck Rozanski everyone is talking about.
§ i09 asks Who Won Comic Con’s Buzz Wars? and doesn’t mention a single comic book. However, this quote is worth parsing for its implications;
Look at last year — Comic Con 2008 had a clear winner (Watchmen) and a clear loser (The Spirit). And the bad exposure at Comic Con definitely hurt The Spirit, but it’s hard to argue the event helped Watchmen all that much. Meanwhile, Star Trek stayed away from Comic Con 2008, and did better than almost any movie that actually did panels there. (Looking back, Wolverine did a panel, and it grossed less than Trek domestically.)
§ ComicMix has a few #SDCC: Overheard at San Diego Comic type posts. We LOVE those!
§ Letterer extraordinare Todd Klein posts a series of >“What I did at the con” styles that make it very, very clear why going to the show IS still cool:
My last event of the con was a panel by writer/artist Bryan Talbot about his upcoming new graphic novel, Grandville. Here he is holding an advance copy, it will be out this fall. Of all the new projects I heard about at the con, I think this is the one I’m most looking forward to reading. As Bryan described it, imagine a detective along the lines of Sherlock Holmes, but in turn of the century France, and in a story that might have been directed by Quentin Tarantino, but with the lush, detailed art no one can do so well as Bryan. And, the characters are anthropomorphized animals. Bryan’s talk was on all the influences and similar approaches that inspired him, from 18th-century political broadsides to Beatrix Potter, to Rupert the Bear, and right up through Dave Sim’s Cerebus. Bryan’s work on the 98-page story is incredible, and I urge you not to miss it.
§ This fan — who spent $50 on babysitting for a panel they would never get in to — had a pretty crap time at Comic-Con. Even allowing for post con bitching and moaning, this experience doesn’t sound like much fun:
have to have spent the ENTIRE day in one room if I wanted to see this panel. In essence I could have to have been there for SIX hours with no chance of doing anything else at the con. I know true fans will say that camping out is a tradition, and that I’m being a whiny baby. I say anyone paying fifty bucks for a single day ticket, and another fifty for daycare should be entitled to more than sore feet and lingering bitterness.
§ And yet…Keith Chow had a SWELL time!
When I did manage to navigate through hordes trying to get free swag and gawking at various booth babes and celebs, it was pretty maddening. (Quick tip: when trying to blow some steam off after being stressed out, walking the exhibit halls is not the way to go.) They’re not exaggerating about this place being packed to the gills. Making your way to, say, Artists’ Alley requires planning, preparation and patience. And blisters on your feet. Fortunately, being an exhibitor allowed me to gain access to the halls before the doors were open, and this was the best time to check out all the studios’ elaborate booths, though they were not open to offering their free (or even not free) swag until doors opened. Boo!
§ Perhaps Ming Doyle’s way is the best.