SPX announces international guests: Hanselmann, Frémok, Franz

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SPX just got more awesome with the announcement of the slate of international guests from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Iran, Colombia and more. Previously announced guests include BRandon Graham, Emily Carroll, and more more more. This is gonna be so great. Save money now!

Wizard World announces revenue growth in Q2 on increased show slate

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Wizard World just released its Q2 SEC filings, reporting income up sharply on an increased slate of shows. You’ll recall that Wizard World is a public company having gone “penny stock” a few years ago. The PR cites “higher quality events, including better organization, more programming, and an exciting list of celebrities and artists to […]

You have two hours to get your New York Comic-Con panel submissions turned in

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5pm EDT is the deadline for this year’s New York Comic-Con panel submissions. I’m sitting on a train desperately trying to be coherent and lucid enough to put together a proposal that will pass this kind of scrutiny: Panel and screening slots at NYCC are in high demand, but are extremely limited. Last year, NYCC […]

The State of Conventions in 2014 (AKA – The Annual Gripes Turn Up)

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It seems like every time SDCC rolls around, there’s a referendum on the state of comic conventions in the mainstream media and in the comics media.  Sure enough, Comic Con ’14 rolls around and the same old song repeats.  Let’s break the state of things down into the two components that get most of the […]

SDCC ’14: Ronan Farrow, Chuck Nice and Lea Delaria on sexual harassment at cons???

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MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow got comedians Chuck Nice and Lea Dearia on his show to talk about Geeks for CONsent and their campaign to get more signage and a clearer harassment policy at the SDCC. Their take on it was the usual talk show bold face talking points surrounded by awkward laughing. The Geeks for CONsent […]

SDCC ’14: The Business of Geek Fashion

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By Hannah Lodge As the popularity of geek culture and comic book movies surges, retailers have seen a significant increase in the demand for stylish, tailored geek clothing. That demand is responsible for the niche market of cosplay-centric, fandom-inspired fashion retailers, who compete to score the best licensing deals for their customer base. “When I […]

SDCC ’14: Where is the Love? The Strange Disappearance of Romance Comics — panel recap

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By Matthew Jent Friday morning, thoughts of weird love and doomed romance took over room 28 of San Diego Comic Con. Moderator Douglas Wolk was joined by author Michelle Nolan and Colleen Coover for a discussion on the Strange Disappearance of Romance Comics. Wolk offered a quick walkthrough of the romance genre’s past. First appearing […]

Comic Con: Beyond the Panels

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By Hannah Lodge For some, the real glamour of San Diego Comic Con lies beyond the confines of the convention center. For four days, the Gaslamp quarter is transformed into an outdoor festival, with parties, guest appearances, live music, free food, and entertainment happening in parallel of the announcements and panels held behind closed doors. […]

SDCC ’14: The year things didn’t get bigger

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Although it’s still overwhelming and nuts, there is a genera sense among the exhibitors, cab drivers and con vets that the massive show biz whirlwind has, if not contracted, at least stayed the same this year at Comic-Con. From conversations with many insiders and observing some of the Preview Night behavior, it seemed that the […]

The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 1: Eric Powell & Richard Starkings

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Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In day one of our special San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage, Heidi interviews Eric Powell – artist/writer creator of The Goon – about his […]

SDCC 2014: Here’s the Actual Guest List

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While we know every TV star will be at San Diego, and rafts of cartoonists, do you know who the actual GUESTS are? Here’s a compressed list. It’s a pretty impressive list; all special guests get their own spotlight panels and we urge you to check them out if you’re going to Comic-Con…these are often […]

SDCC 2014: EGADS! Wristbands for Hall H’s First Panel of the Day!

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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 day. […]

SDCC 2014: Welcome to Hell Week! And what could make it more hellish?

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It’s what I like to call Hell Week, boys and girls, the week before San Diego Comic-Con when every single thing has to get done, including all those things you thought of in January but put off saying, “I’ll get it done before July!” and now it’s July and you didn’t get it done. But […]

Ultimate when a con is crap: DashCon 2014 solicited people for money to pay the hotel bill while the con was running

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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.

When a con is crap part one: London Film and Comic Con was crowded

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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 other […]

SDCC ’14: Legends: The first thing you see when you land in San Diego will be Sean Bean

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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 Tina […]