The Strand announces STRANDICON comics afternoon

It’s billed as the world’s largest book store, with 18 MILES of books, but The Strand — New York City’s legendary used book store — is increasingly comics friendly and on Friday, April 8th, they’ll make it official with Strandicon, a full afternoon of talks by such greats as Ben Katchor, Brecht Evans, Joe Ollmann, Jillian Tamaki, Pascal Girard, R. Sikoryak, and Dash Shaw, capped off by a panel on the past and future of The Comics Journal, which is worth the trip all by itself.

STRANDICON presents a Celebration of The Comics Journal: A Conversation with Gary Groth, Kim Deitch, Tim Hodler and Dan Nadel

April 8: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

The Comics Journal has been the leading voice in comics criticism for nearly four decades. It launched its first full-fledged website in March 2011, and in celebration its editors, Tim Hodler and Dan Nadel, will lead a discussion on the history of the magazine and the medium of comics criticism with founding editor Gary Groth and longtime cartoonist and TCJ interviewee Kim Deitch.

This is the day before MoCCA, so you can look at it as an extra day of fantastic events, a kick-off or its own thing. And it’s all FREE!

WonderCon programming announced

If you’d like to go to San Diego without actually going to San Diego, WonderCon is your best bet. Held up the coast a bit in San Francisco, you’ll get a scaled down version of the big show with tons of great panels, cartoonists, and even movie stars but with plenty of passes, hotel rooms, and lot of room to just jump up and click your heels! The programming has just been released, and there’s too much good stuff to possibly see it all, but we’ve pulled some of our favorites in the jump. To avoid stress, you can go here and make your own schedule. There’s also an app for that.

As previously mentioned, we’ll be at the show, but in a more observational capacity. Come up and say hi!

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the parent company of WonderCon, today released the much anticipated program schedule for the event, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 1–3, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The popular convention features every major comic book publisher, as well as major Hollywood movie studios and stars of comics, movies, and television.
“This year’s lineup is pretty spectacular,” commented David Glanzer, WonderCon’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “Programming is always at the heart of our shows, and I think this year’s slate will prove to be among the most exciting yet.”

Originally considered a regional show for Northern California, in recent years WonderCon has followed her sister event, the San Diego Comic-Con, in becoming a full-fledged national show attracting attendees and media from all over the country.

WonderCon 2011 features some of the premier stars of the comics world including Jason Aaron, Sergio Aragones, Berkeley Breathed, Tony Daniel, Mark Evanier, Adam Hughes, Robert Kirkman, Hope Larson, Bob Layton, Paul Levitz, Jeremy Love, Francis Manapul, Carla Speed McNeil, Terry Moore, Ryan Ottley, Joe Quesada, Frank Quitely, Amy Reeder, James Robinson, Seth, Bill Sienkiewicz, Len Wein, F. Paul Wison, Judd Winick, and Marv Wolfman.

Hollywood has a major presence at WonderCon this year as well, joining the action with an exclusive peek at Green Lantern with stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard; a Cowboys & Aliens discussion with director Jon Favreau; a special presentation on the movie Immortals featuring Henry Cavill (the new Superman) and Kellan Lutz; and appearances by V’s Elizabeth Mitchell, Priest’s Paul Bettany, Super’s Rainn Wilson,  Human Target’s Mark Valley, and Breaking In’s Christian Slater.

The complete WonderCon programming schedule can be found at WonderCon ticketing details and additional information about the Comic-Con family of conventions can be found at

[Read more…]

To do tonight: Carousel at Parsons

The events surrounding Cartoon Polymaths end with a bang with an outing for the comics slideshow series, Carousel. Someone go and report!

C2E2 2011 in pictures

We’ll have our full report in tomorrow’s PW Comics Week, but for now, a few notes:

The show was much improved from last year’s; rough attendance is about 34,000, according to Lance Fensterman, definitely up from last year.

This was a fun, well run show without a lot of bells and whistles. There wasn’t any one thing that made it stand out, but it was definitely a good show with all the elements that achieved “con.” The crowd was young and energetic and seemed to be having the time they expected out of a comic-con, (a supposition backed up by happy tweets).

Sales were strongest in Artist Alley where lots of folks sold out. The sales were mostly smaller items, though — a lot of artists mentioned not selling original art to us. However, one fellow was telling us in the bar that he made $5k selling originals; different strokes.

We’ll have the news roundup and more info later on — for now, here’s a photo gallery:

ROCKETEER splash page by John Cassaday for a new anthology series featuring the character. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the family of the late creator Dave Stevens, and a charity. Covers are by Alex Ross.


Dark Horse debuted a new booth with lots of interactive areas.


Archaia’s booth featured cute little stools!


This guy was pretty much the king of the show.


We don’t know what these standalone letters were for but they were kind of cool.


Retailers rappin': Chicago Comics Eric Kirssamer and Revolution’s Jim Mortensen.




I think you could fit all of Williamsburg inside the McCormick Place.


Remains of cute — and delicious — dragon roll from dinner on Friday.




The cute stools of Archaia were put to good use.


MOUSE GUARD’s David Petersen signs.


Top Shelf’s Chris Staros talks to a customer.


Jai Nitz strikes a pose by the DC Booth.


Fuzzy picture of the adorable Quidditch players roaming the floor.


ComiXology showed off a video of a guy showing off their app to Jimmy Fallon.


Importantly, we learned that comiXology’s Trace Cohen, right, is a guy.


Some of the Avengers 100 covers at the Hero Initiative reception on Saturday.




The Hero Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin.





Cartoonist Jamal Igle’s daughter Catherine demonstrates the future.


Chris Samnee and Mike Norton discover they are mirror images of one another at the Marvel party.


Thor mighty movie lobby display set off the Marvel booth.


Nice view!


The Rock Band stage in the lobby provided a strange soundtrack for the weekend.


Not quite sure what is going on here. Sure that we don’t want to know.


On Friday at least, there was no danger the autograph area would overwhelm the comics.


Jill Pantozzi, Justin Tyler and Bill Willingham at the Newsarama TV studio.


The strange world of Denis Calero.


Only at a Comic-Con will you experience Pirates of the Navibbean.


Peak time Saturday.


DC’s Kwanza Johnson at the super secret after party.


The swanky john at the super secret after party.


In the ’60s, children were protected by Halloween costumes that were flame retarded.