BREAKING: San Diego Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego!

It’s official, via a press release. After long, complex negotiations that involved serious offers from Los Angeles and Anaheim, Comic-Con International: San Diego has just announced they will stay in the city they are named for.

With the Con’s contract with the convention center expiring in 2012, and the facilities MAXED out for space, everyone has been wondering if the con would move to a different city that offered more perks, The city of San Diego has been seen as indifferent to the biggest civilian convention of the year, although that has changed in the last couple of years.

Linkie Winkies — 9/30/10

From all over: § Chris Sims rates the DC snack cakes: Beneath the icing, they’re just the standard Hostess Cupcakes, and guys, cupcakes are already covered (see below). Yes, you could make a joke about how they’re guaranteed to “go fast” at your Halloween party, but that’s beneath all of us. § Gosh! Comics surveys […]

Wimpy Kid joins Macy's parade

Jeff Kinney’s best-selling Wimpy Kid is about to get another honor reserved for only the greatest of kids entertainment legends — this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include a Greg Heffley balloon. This honor is reserved for only the greatest icons of cartooning, including Bart Simpson, Garfield, Snoopy, and of course Spider-Man.

“I’m incredibly excited that Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been chosen to be a part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Jeff Kinney. “When I think of all of the iconic characters that have flown in years past, I feel humbled and honored that my character will be a part of the Parade’s history.”

With 37 million copies of his first six books already sold, the next Wimpy Kid book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth goes on sale on November 9th and a second WImpy Kid movie is due in March, 2011.

To celebrate the dawn of the Wimpy balloon, publisher Abrams has just started a contest for one winner and three friends to come to New York for the parade.

While debating whether Diary of a Wimpy Kid constitutes being a comic book character or not — the books are mostly prose but include comics interstitials, and creator Kinney considers himself a cartoonist — we say just embrace success and enjoy the sight of the helium giant floating down Broadway.

Report says 25% of comics readers are over 65

We’ve often commented that a scientifically conducted reader survey of comics readership — age, sex, race, income — would be a very useful thing, especially now that there are more comics than ever, all with smaller readerships. Maybe it would show how that whole forty-year-old-virgin thing is going. Well according to this press release, maybe they are now 65 year old virgins. Simba Information has released the second edition of its ”Overview of the U.S. Comic Book and Graphic Novel Market” report and used the finding that 1 in 4 comics reader is over the age of 65 as their attention-grabbing headline.