Scalped SDCC tickets

It had to happen. Tom McLean reports: Right now, there are about a dozen or so auctions up on eBay for Comic-Con passes. Prices on completed auctions show people willing to pay more than $100 for a sold-out one-day Saturday pass that originally sold for $35. Four-day passes, which originally cost $75 each and have […]

ADV sells furniture, anime

The news that ADV was selling off a bunch of office furniture drew the expected cries of alarm: From : Thurs., June 26 at 10:00 am: Consolidation of Large Video / DVD Co. 10501 Kipp Way Dr., Suite 300, Houston, TX Very large quantity of oak, walnut & Ikea style office furniture, computers, servers, […]

LInks of note

§ Don McPherson finds writing about comics subscriptions is no easy task: Yes, it would have made for an interesting feature, tapping not only into nostalgia but examining how the business of comics publishing has changed in recent years. Alas, such a story won’t be found on this site. Jenna Pagliuca, who’s in charge of […]

Breaking news: DJ Coffman paid

DJ Coffman has closed the books on Platinum: Fed Ex showed up with a check from Platinum paying me up to date anything that was owed to me, so that whole issue is over with. I’m glad they paid me, and honestly none of this would have blown up for me if I hadn’t nearly […]

People in Chicago

§ Warren Ellis Went out to dinner with William and Ariana last night at a remote and relatively ancient steakhouse, which was offering dinners-for-two for $39 to celebrate their 39th year in business. Across the road, next to the Des Plaines Chamber Of Commerce, were stores called THE BAREFOOT HAWAIIAN and REBEL’S TROPHYS (sic). The […]

Selling indie comics at cons

Ben Towle wraps up Heroes Con with a detailed list of observations and he confronts what many people saw as low sales for indies at the show in a very constructive way: Smile! It’s probably a bit of a regional bias, but I definitely saw some residents of Indie Island who really gave off a […]

HANCOCK thoughts

[NOTE TO COMMENTERS: PLEASE NO SPOILERS!] Before you see HANCOCK, the new Will Smith movie about a dissolute superhero, I advise you to heed two terrible words of warning: AKIVA GOLDSMAN!!! It also invokes Heidi’s Law of Movies: The quality of a film will be in inverse proportion to the number of short films based […]