And oh yeah, one more thing…Spider-Man is dying!

It happens to every one of us. And Batman, Captain America (twice), Superman, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Martian Manhunter, and so on.

And so it must happen to Spidey.

A circulation boosting death of some kind, as announced on the cover of Marvel’s February Previews catalog.

We predict a future link to the NY Daily News!

SD Convention Center unveils expansion plans

In five years we’ll be sunning ourselves outside on the San Diego convention center roof park while we complain about douchebags.

Plans were unveiled today for the planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. Denver-based architect Curt Fentress won a design competition for upgrade, with a plan that includes an additional 780,000 sq. ft of meeting, exhibit and ballroom space. Budgeted at $710 million dollars, the expansion is a key element in keeping Comic-Con International in San Diego beyond the 2015 currently contracted — the expansion could possibly open in time for the 2015 Con.

Kochman promoted at Abrams

Via email, word that Charles Kochman, whose Abrams ComicArts imprint has been putting out high quality books of comics and comics history for several years, has been promoted to editorial director of Abrams ComicArts. In his new role he will report directly to Susan Van Metre, who has also been promoted to senior vice president […]

America's Greatest Otaku

Tokyopop have revealed the teaser trailer for their new show debuting on Hulu in December. You can watch the trailer here on YouTube. The show features Tokyopop’s Stu Levy and his team of interns (the Otaku 6) criss-crossing the USA, visiting anime events and trying to find greatest Otaku. What is an Otaku? Deb Aoki […]

King Con: the report

In the runup to King Con, the Brooklyn-based comics show held at the Lyceum in Park Slope this weekend, it was asked many times, “Do we NEED another New York comics show?” Starting with the Big Apple Con back on October 1, running through New York Comic Con the next week and on to the Brooklyn Comics and Graphic Fest on December 4, King Con made a total of four cons in three months, not really a heavy workload for a comics town as huge as NYC, but definitely a strain on the wallets of attendees, especially after the NYCC epic. (New York’s fifth show is MoCCA Fest in April.) So from the outset you have a show with big questions hanging over it.

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Friends had asked me to come out for various events and I was slotted for the Kids Comics panel on Sunday morning so I ended up going out on three out of four days. What I saw was a scene with enough energy to overcome a lot of logistical mistakes and misconceptions to still create a fun and informative afternoon activity. But it didn’t answer the fundamental question of what King Con’s mission should be.