Recession Watch: Wizard layoffs, more on Viz layoffs, first newspaper closing

§ The Beat has obtained more information on recent layoffs at Viz. The two editors laid off were long-time vet Ian Robertson and Carol Fox, who also worked at Tokyopop in the past. Several other people from production were hit, including designer Carolina Ugalde. Despite the unrelated departure of editor Marc Weidenbaum a few weeks […]

Big weekend: WonderCon and MegaCon

Both coasts of the US get their con on this weekend as WonderCon and MegaCon both strut their stuff. § We’ve been spotlighting WonderCon, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, all morning. Guests include Brian Azzarello, Jim Lee, Trina Robbins, Dave Johnson, Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragones and Matt Fraction. There’s a special screening of WATCHMEN […]

Marvel ends open submission policy

Marvel has ended its policy of accepting unsolicited art submissions, according to a press release, below. However, Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski talked about it early in the week at Comic Book Club; audio here. Due to an unprecedented number of unsolicited art and writing submissions, Marvel has altered its open submissions policy effective immediately. Marvel […]

WonderCon party poop

Maybe it’s just because we’re not going, so no one thought to invite us, but our notes on WonderCon parties are more scattered than ever. Please feel free to chime in in the comments with additional events: FRIDAY: CBLDF’s Drink & Draw Welcome Party! Ring in WonderCon this Friday at the world famous 111 Minna […]

WonderCon: Viz — #835

Viz Is a last minute surprise at WonderCon: VIZ Media has received a last minute opportunity to support the WonderCon show (sister-show to San Deigo Comic-Con) in San Francisco this weekend as an exhibitor this year. VIZ Media will be in booth # 835 highlighting our two expanding imprints – the VIZ Signature imprint and […]

WonderCon: CBLDF — #725

In addition to their Drink ‘n Draw Welcome party on Friday, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has plenty of stuff going on at WonderCon: Saturday: CBLDF Live Art Jam! Witness live art created before your eyes at the CBLDF Live Art Jam! Jim Lee (Batman), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), Jill Thompson (Magic Trixie), Wendy […]

WonderCon: Image — #407

Image has a big show planned with a WonderCon Exclusive edition of SAVAGE DRAGON #145 which features the most popular president currently in charge of the US taking on a dirty rotten terrorist. Won’t someone save us a copy? This weekend thousands of comic fans will flood San Francisco’s Moscone Hall for WonderCon 2009 to […]

WonderCon: Hero Initiative — #913

The Hero Initiative announced today its plans for WonderCon, the West Coast’s second largest comics convention, taking place at the Moscone Center South from Feb. 27 to March 1 in San Francisco. Celebrated artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan, Wolverine) will make the Hero booth (#913) his home away from home at WonderCon, appearing for […]