SD10: FBI and Disney team for Mickey Mouse reprints

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Probably the biggest “classic comics” announcement at SD10 was a new series of reprints of Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse comic strip. Disney is partnering with Fantagraphics for the reprints, which will begin in 2011. Gottfredson’s Mickey was far from the benign company spokesman we all know and love. Rather he was a bold, dynamic adventurer, […]

Image launches DAOMU

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DAOMU, a hot Chinese graphic novel/”transmedai” series about a tomb raider, is coming to the US via Image. PR below. Image Comics and Concept Art House announced plans to release a series of Daomu comics based on one of China’s best-selling novel series. This will be Daomu’s debut in the U.S., following a successful graphic […]

SD10: The Mop-up

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Today is getaway day. Saturday and Sunday always turn into frantic catch-up adventures with little posting time, and I won’t be able to get my final con thoughts up until tonight, but it was a pretty good show. No one lost an eye. The big question was whether the time economy of con — people […]

SD10: The Piracy panel

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by special correspondent Bruce Lidl Techland Presents: Comics and Digital Piracy A “hastily thrown together” panel on the last day of the Con made for some lively discussion about the realities and moralities of pirated comics. Moderator Douglas Wolk from Techland.com, a long time music critic, is concerned that the comics industry will fall into […]

Live Blogging the 2010 Eisner Awards

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We’re back! And we have had no dinner and nothing to eat, so this may be very, very rocky. The evening gala starts with the introduction of host Bill Morrison, who lets on that “Somewhere there is a very small area that sells comics; look for it, search it out, and find some of the […]

Day 1 notes: Hobbits vs healthers

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• From what we’ve seen, this year’s show is running very, very smoothly. The improved security has led to a slightly more mellow mood, or at least not increased the misery factor. This year’s crowd, from the bit we’ve seen of it, seems to be composed mostly of professional freebie scoopers, sometimes whole families of […]

SD10: Digital comics now!

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by special Beat correspondent Bruce Lidl Late Thursday afternoon, as Comic-Con began to really hit its stride, as the shift from panel and show floor to party mode started to occur, the second annual “Digital Comics Now!” panel, hosted by Chip Mosher of BOOM! Studios got underway.  In some ways the panel is a barometer […]

Del Rey update

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In the recent manga cutbacks, one company has remained conspicuous by their silence — Del Rey’s manga line, mostly licensed from Kodansha, has been quietly downsizing for months, with fewer and fewer titles coming out, and an increased emphasis on their home-made manga-like books, such as their Avatar graphic novels. In addition, it is confirmed […]

Cosplayers make fun of Westboro Baptist Church bigots

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The biggest sociological story here at SDCC10 on Thursday was definitely the Cosplay counter protest against Westboro Baptist Church’s protest. The cosplayers outnumbered the con protesters — who had come for the health care conference goings-on at the Hyatt, and beat the bigots at their own game. Viva la fandom! Comics Alliance has all the […]

SD10: Thursday, a day crowded with incident

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And now, the news…

Comics to Screen

Joss Whedon has officially confirmed he will direct THE AVENGERS. There is now, officially, a chance in hell it will pass the Bechdel test.

San Diego admits Comic-Con brings in OODLES AND OODLES of money

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Suck it, gastroentologists! Comic-Con does SO make lots of money for the city of San Diego! At long last an in-depth survey has shown what most long suspected: the San Diego Comic-Con is a cash cow for the local economy.

While the con’s own internal estimates have the economic impact of the 130,000+ fans who attend Comic-Con every year at more than $50 million, official estimates by the local convention bureau had the show’s fiscal impact much lower — $32 million in 2008. However, an actual survey of con attendees in 2008 has revealed the stunning truth: the con brings in $163 million a year, QUADRUPLE what was thought.