Center for Cartoon Studies awarded $255,000 community development grant for Inky Solomon Center

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CCS, the much-admired cartooning school that has turned White River Junction, VT into a comics mecca, has been awarded $255,000 in community grant money to develop the Inky Solomon Center. Named for CCS’s “legendary” founder, The Inky Solomon Center will be a modern facility aimed at helping CCS alums create and develop projects.

The grant is part of a state-wide program for housing, economic development and other community development projects — other grants were given out to Guildford ($520,000) to build affordable housing; Winooski received $380,000 for a loan fund, and so on.

The Inky Solomon Center will be built in the ground floor of the existing Old Telegraph Building (above), which will be rennovated and reinforced.

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In a ceremony yesterday, Governor Shumlin announced that the Town of Hartford and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) will be awarded a $255,000 Vermont Community Development Program Implementation Grant to launch the Inky Solomon Center, a state-of-the-art industry center designed to help CCS alumni launch projects, incubate start-up companies and create jobs.

Leveraging the world-class talent already attracted to Vermont by The Center for Cartoon Studies, the Inky Solomon Center will produce comics, graphic novels, and other visual narratives for print and digital industries. Public lectures and events will highlight collaborative projects, alumni and student work.

“So many of our alumni are already producing inspired work. I’m thrilled that with The Inky Solomon Center we can support our alumni and faculty in an even more robust way,” says CCS director, James Sturm.

CCS studio projects have included an award winning graphic biography series from Disney, a line of greeting cards for Hallmark, books with prominent comics publishers like First Second and Drawn & Quarterly, and an exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York.

The Town of Hartford collaborated with CCS to submit and present the grant application. “The Town is very excited about the Inky Solomon Center. For the past six years CCS has made its home in the village of White River Junction, bringing young talent from across the country, with the majority of these students living and working in Hartford.  During this period, CCS has been an active participant in the revitalization of White River Junction, with CCS president Michelle Ollie being recognized as ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 2010. The Inky Solomon Center continues this effort by renovating the historic Old Telegraph Building and providing the resources and opportunities for CCS graduates to advance their careers in Hartford and Vermont,” said Lori Hirshfield, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Hartford.

The project involves renovations to the ground floor of White River Junction’s historic Old Telegraph Building, a space provided in-kind by The Center for Cartoon Studies’ community partner, FairPoint Communications. “This circa-1920s building in the village was once a switching station for regional calls, and has been the Center’s studio for the past five years. The Inky Solomon Center launch will include interior and exterior renovation and rehabilitation, bringing infrastructure, utility and state-of-the-art technology into the main level,” says Mike Smith, president of FairPoint in Vermont.

The Vermont Community Development Program, a division in the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, operates the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  VCDP provides grant funds to municipalities throughout Vermont for housing, economic development and other community development projects to benefit primarily low-to-moderate income persons.

Josh Hanford, Director of the Vermont Community Development Program, said, “The Vermont Community Development Program is excited to support the development of the Inky Solomon Center.  As a leader in Vermont’s creative economy movement, The Center for Cartoon Studies will continue to harness and grow some of the industry’s most talented and creative thinkers in our very own White River Junction.  The school has already had such a positive impact in the community and we are thrilled to support its growth and continued success with this new project.”

Darryl Ayo asks: Do you like comics?

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Cartoonist Darryl Ayo reminds us not to get too jaded, and provides a comics image gallery that would make anyone sit up and take notice.

I think that a lot of comics’ greatest champions are burnt out. They feel that they have seen it before, done it before, been bored of it before and it’s hard to convince them that there’s anything worth getting excited over. I see a lot of sleepiness and boredom with comics. I see a lack of emotional investment. I feel that comics’ champions–even the creators themselves–have been on the force for too long. And like a grizzled flatfoot weeks from retirement, they would rather go home and drink themselves into a coma than engage further with this soul-destroying line of work.

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Adam Sandler wins legal battle against comic book

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A comics writer who sued Adam Sandler, his production company, Judd Apatow and Sony Pictures has had his case dismissed after a judge found that using a hair dryer as a weapon was not infrangible

The Second Circuit again finds that brandishing a blow dryer as a weapon is an unprotectable idea and so too is the character’s fighting pose.

“There is no plausible basis for a reasonable jury to find that the parties’ respective expressions of the concept of a crime-fighting hairdresser are substantially similar,” says a panel of judges at the circuit.


Robert Cabell, author of The Hair-Raising Adventures of Jayms Blonde had sued claiming that You Don’t Mess with the Zohan — in which Sandler portrays an Israeli special agent who poses as a hairdresser — had been copied from his comic, which he claimed he had pitched to Columbia.

Tell us what webcomics you’re reading!

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We’ve been reprimanded by our readers for not spotlighting enough webcomics here so SCHOOL us. DROP SOME KNOWLEDGE ON US. Webcomics creators — post away! Readers — tell us what’s working! Share!

Fun new Captain America spot to sell many, many Cherry Coolatas


Dunkin Donuts and Captain America are teaming up for a plastic cup. And also a remarkably red slushee called a Cherry Coolata.

This charming, imaginative spot for the drink — and the movie — may just sell more tickets to CAPTAIN AMERICA than the regular trailers.

Captain America opens July 22nd nationwide.
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The Beat is going out to get a Coolata right now.

Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane and Japanese Music Star Yoshiki

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How many times can one man pact? Stan Lee is pushing the boundaries of human endurance with, interestingly, a story which involves “forces beyond comprehension.” This time he’s bringing along Todd McFarlane and the duo are teaming with Japanese musical/chat show star Yoshiki for a project called Blood Red Dragon. Details of the project will be announced at, where else, San Diego.

While we’re not familiar with Yoshiki’s career, based on the photos we found, it appears that Lee and McFarlane may be embarking on their first yaoi project. Which would be fantastic.

Before you pass over the boilerplate PR, it points out a couple of things: Panels will be held at the Hilton Bayfront from Thursday on (we recall they started Friday last year); and also POW! Entertainment is still in existence and making Stan Lee available for pacting, which has got to be a full-time job for about 20 people at this point.

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Stan Lee, Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment (OTCQB: POWN), music superstar and humanitarian Yoshiki, and world renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane will unveil the debut issue of the highly anticipated comic book series Blood Red Dragon at Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 21, 2011. “Lee, McFarlane and Yoshiki, on whom the comic’s central superhero is based, will present the first installment of Blood Red Dragon, which features a surprise and first-of-its-kind publishing innovation that combines the unique skills of these three world-renowned artists. Lee, McFarlane, and Yoshiki will join established and respected comic book writer Jon Goff in a panel discussion at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in the Indigo room on Thursday, July 21st from 1pm-2pm.

Blood Red Dragon Issue #0, the first in the series published by Todd McFarlane Productions, focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantle of Earth’s protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon’s energy lays in music’the melodic heart of the human spirit, they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. “As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life”and possibly the fate of the world.

“I am extremely excited about Blood Red Dragon,” said Lee. “Yoshiki’s exceptional musical abilities, visual flair and passionate humanitarianism make him an amazing and inspiring collaborator and I think readers will experience every bit of that in the comics.”

Added Yoshiki, “Working with the one-and-only Stan Lee has been an incredible experience for me. He is truly a genius and one of the best storytellers living today. I”m excited with the results of our efforts and look forward to the response from readers and music lovers around the world.”

“Being able to collaborate with creators on a global level is always a thrill,” said McFarlane. “”Working with two big names, like Yoshiki and Stan Lee, I hope I”m able to add a little bit of my touch to a book that my, Stan’s, but most importantly Yoshiki’s fans will enjoy. “At the same time, I hope this book helps introduce Yoshiki to fans that don’t know him on American shores.”

The Wimpy Kid — a $500 million franchise

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Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series gets profiled, revealing that it has now joined such publishing behemoths as Twilight and Stieg Larsson – indeed only the late Swedish author beat Kinney as the best selling author in the US last year. The piece expands a bit on how YA publishing is still strong as other genres fade:

Juvenile/YA sales now surpass adult trade fiction and nonfiction sales combined. As recently as 2006, adult trade and juvenile/YA sales were about even at 474 million and 464 million books, respectively. But in 2011, Greco projects that Americans will buy 484 million juvenile/YA books and 411 million adult trade books. He estimates that juvenile/YA revenue will rise $100 million to $3.29 billion in 2011 even as overall print book revenue declines for publishers. While e-book sales have grown more slowly than in adult trade, he projects that will change rapidly during the next two years. Greco has a simple test to drive home the growth of juvenile/YA books: He counts the shelves at bookstores like Barnes & Noble. In 2007, Greco counted 62 shelves and one display table (“dump,” in book lingo) devoted to them at a New York-area store. In April, the same store devoted 92 shelves and four dumps to books from the category.


The piece ends with a look at some of the most successful YA franchise — several of which now have graphic novel components or adaptations. Take heed!

Webcomic alert: Darryl Cunningham on Evolution

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Daryl Cunningham has finished another of his excellent comics debunking unscience, this time on Evolution. Previous comics have covered such topics as global warming and autism “research.” A book collection of these comics will be out next year.

And there was great rejoicing!

PERSONAL TO DARYL CUNNINGHAM: Your 300 dpi images totally crashed my browser every time I tried to look at your page!

Webcomic alert: Emily Carroll’s The Prince and the Sea”

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Emily Carroll has delivered a new webcomicthis one another fairy tale based on a dream and inspired by the illustrations of Henry J. Ford.

And there was great rejoicing!

Newsy bits and notes: video games are art, etc.

§ The big news: The Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot ban the sale of violent video games to minors. In the majority opinion, which alluded to the thought crimes of Wertham, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote:

“California has singled out the purveyors of video games for disfavored treatment — at least when compared to booksellers, cartoonists and movie producers — and has given no persuasive reason why.”


But he also wrote:

In contrast to hard-core pornography, Scalia said, there is no “long-standing tradition in this country of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence.”


Yes, that is true. So, so true.

While the majority agreed that video games shouldn’t be singled out, four justices had other objections, so video games may not be out of the legal woods yet.

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§ An amazing interview with Jim Woodring at TCJ, conducted by Nicole Rudick:

RUDICK: I’m curious about the frog you saw during an art history class in junior college. You experienced visions during childhood, but this one has stayed in your work, and the way you describe it makes it seem like a more profound vision.

WOODRING: It was and it has stayed with me. It’s a presence I still feel. There was a time before I saw it when I could have almost anticipated that it was coming, because I felt that I had this sort of—this sounds silly to say—a guardian presence or a spirit animal or something in attendance. And when I actually saw the thing, I thought, That’s it, that’s my companion or my benefactor or whatever it is. I don’t even know how to describe what it is, because I don’t actually feel that it helps me or interacts in my life in any way. But it’s got some relationship to me, and the expression on its face is meaningful to me in a way that I cannot put into words. I’ve drawn that thing hundreds and hundreds of times, and in fact, even as we speak, I’m looking at a model of it sitting on my mantle.

§ TIm O’Neil chats with Charles Soule writer of 27, which contains some puzzles for the faithful:

So, the puzzle in 27. Hidden across all four issues are a series of guitar chord symbols – twenty-seven in all, as you might expect. They’re stashed in the gutters of particular pages numerically related to one of the themes of the book. When you take all of the chord symbols and put them in a row, they make a sort of code. That code, when deciphered, makes a set of instructions. My original plan was to buy a plane ticket to a con for the first person who deciphered the code, to support an obviously loyal fan, but so far, despite a lot of people working on it, no one’s cracked it yet. Because of that, and because I really do want to buy that plane ticket, I’ve changed the rules slightly. I put the solution to the puzzle into the trade, which hits stores on June 29. Anyone who picks up the trade and follows the instructions within the first week after the book is out will be entered into a drawing for the prize. I’ll pick a name out of a hat, and that’ll be that! I hope lots of people enter – it’s fun, easy, and you’ll get a pretty cool book out of it, even if you don’t win the flight.


§ In Egypt, religious conservatives have been offended by the image of Mickey Mouse with a beard which they felt mocked a particularly ultraconservative branch of Islam. Minnie Mouse was also portrayed in a veil in a cartoon by a telecom magnate:

Sawiris, who is also a politician, promotes a secular Egypt. He owns media companies and after Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, he launched a political party that calls for separation of state and religion. After the cartoon posted a few days ago stirred complaints on Twitter, Sawiris tweeted an apology on Friday and claimed he was joking. “I apologize for those who don’t take this as a joke; I just thought it was a funny picture; no disrespect meant. I am sorry,” he tweeted.

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§ “Chain Reaction” an iconic statue by late cartoonist Paul Conrad, has been fenced off after authorities found it was getting wobbly. The statue, located in front of the Santa Monica Cvic Center, was erected in 1991, and was frequently climbed on and touched by kids. However,

Takiguchi found that “many of the fasteners which attach the copper tubing chain to the fiberglass core are missing or not fully imbedded, and some exhibit severe corrosion,” the statement said.


§ Back in Gotham, producers of the Spider-Man musical are cautiously optimistic about not losing millions of dollars as box office has been positive:

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” took in $1.7 million for the week ending Sunday, a little below its $1.9 million potential but well above the $1.2 million the producers have indicated they need to reach to stay viable. “So far, so good,” said Michael Cohl, who, together with Jeremiah J. Harris, is the lead producer of the $75 million musical that was retooled in April after a fitful launch in November.


You can say THAT again.

§ Here is a phrase we never thought we would right: GREEN LANTERN is this year’s SCOTT PILGRIM, a film that has prompted soul-searching, hand-wringing, and dirty looks at the comics medium. Kim Masters delivers yet another post-mortem, this one offering some good insider dope; for instance the news that a sequel was go is not exactly true: It has not been decided yet.

The situation illuminates a dilemma facing Hollywood studios so intent on launching lucrative franchises that generate multiple revenue streams, including from sources other than box office, that they might find it difficult to accept the cold reality of disappointing ticket sales. And the issue arises at a delicate time for Warners. Its new studio head Jeff Robinov is basking in the glow of The Hangover Part II ($527 million worldwide and counting) but is hungry to launch a new franchise based on its DC Comics properties to replace the Harry Potter cash cow ending this summer.


Meanwhile, Mark Millar who showed a strong pitching arm while lobbing rotten tomatoes at the film earlier — deeming it the “worst superhero movie ever” in one tweet — has now come back to defend the superhero genre itself

I’ve seen a few articles about this in the past seven days, lots of commentators wondering if this financial and critical disappointment marks the beginning of the end for the superhero movie. As someone with an obvious interest in these things, it’s something I’ve given a lot of thought. I’ve been very lucky with my first two movies, the combined theatrical grosses totalling almost $450 million and this has paved the way for five new movies I’m working on at the moment. I’ve watched mainstream adaptations help the book sales on pals’ work too – from Frank’s Sin City and 300 to Mike’s Hellboy and Robert’s Walking Dead. Done properly, it’s the greatest gift creator-owned books can get because a 100 million dollar ad from Hollywood means your little book can compete with the Big Two. Eg, Kick-Ass outsold any other graphic novel in America last year at $25 a book. Kick-Ass 2 has gone through four printings of each issue, both issues now having sold over 100K at a time when even Marvel and DC’s biggest characters can’t crack that. Walking Dead’s 14 volumes just OWN the top 50 trade list and have done for several years now. A buzz on the books has helped us, but the likes of Del Toro and Vaughn and Darabont and others have ensured that our reputations have been ENHANCED by adaptation, not detracted as was so often the case in the past.


Translation: the world is still safe for Nemesis, Superior and Chosen movies.

§ Finally, as we wind down to the final Harry Potter movie, Hero Complex takes a look at Matthew Lewis, who plays Nevlle Longbottom. Just as he grew from nebbish to hero in the books, Lewis turned out to be a big hunk of a guy, who looks back on 10 years of making the movies:

NC: I understand that you were a big fan of the books long before you were cast in the movies.

ML: I read all the books, and I said to my mom, when I was about 10 years old, I said, “If they make a film, will you take me to go see it?” But little did I know that I’d be in it. It’s pretty strange. I hope they enjoy it. I hope we got it right. The pressure’s on. We’ll see. … This film has just been so crucial for me, Neville being so integral in the story, and I just hope that everyone enjoys it. We’ve all been building up to this moment for 10 years, and being a fan of the books myself, I know I’m a part of that “everyone.”

“Cosplay Massage”: Too dirty for family conventions

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A licensed massage therapist/cosplayer named Amber is concerned by some Wizard shows where something called cosplay massage has been exhibiting, something she feels is unsuitable for a family convention. and it’s not just skimpy costumes. It’s the element of fantasy entering into a therapeutic service.

When it comes to massage therapy there are many modalities and only one of them is identified as allowing for sensual contact (That’s called Tantra if you’re really interested). No legitimate practice is going allow for sexual fantasies to be fulfilled during a massage session. It is a valid wellness care therapy and should be seen as such. It is extremely difficult to build a practice no matter how good you are. Massage is one of those expenses that is first to be eliminated when budgets are tightened. It doesn’t matter how beneficial it is for your musculoskeletal structure and circulatory system or that it’s been proven to boost mental processes in test score comparisons; it’s not usually seen as “medically necessary.”


Amber supplies the above photo of the cosplay massagers from a Wizard World.

What do you think? Is this heading down the path to an unhappy ending? Or…a happy one.

Sexism is over!

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Kate Beaton shows us how to celebrate with her Strong Female Characters®.

Crazy 8 Press publishing collective to publish David, Friedman, more

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As the business is changing, creators are getting creative about the business and finding new revenue streams. One such venture is Crazy 8 Press. Six noted SF writers—Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein—are banding together to start their own online publishing cooperative and sell direct to readers. Books will be offered on a bimonthly basis to start, with greater frequency to come. Interested readers can sign up for the newsletter at the above link.

The initial offering is The Camelot Papers by Peter David, described as “the down and dirty” story of Camelot.

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Crazy 8 Press, the new internet-based publishing venture, has unveiled plans to sell original novels and short stories by established authors directly to their readers. Crazy 8 will initially offer new titles on a bimonthly basis, with an increased publication pace to follow.

Crazy 8’s founders are veteran science fiction/fantasy authors Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein. Together they have written hundreds of books and comics over the past 30 years, with combined sales of more than 15 million copies.

Peter David, a prolific writer of successful comic books, novels, plays, screenplays, and television scripts, co-created the Nickelodeon series Space Cases and spent a decade writing The Incredible Hulk for Marvel Comics.

Michael Jan Friedman, The New York Times best-selling author of nearly 70 books based on properties from Star Trek to the Wolf Man to the X-Men, also co-created the Darkstars monthly comic book series from DC Comics.

Aaron Rosenberg has written for children, young adults, and adults with a refreshing blend of science fiction and fantasy, mystery and humor. He has recently released two novels based on the popular SyFy series Eureka, the first two books in an original middle-grade mystery series, an original space-opera novel to lead off the new Scattered Earth series, and a supernatural thriller novella to start off the O.C.L.T. franchise.

Robert Greenberger has worked in publishing as an editor or executive for thirty years; his lengthy writing credits including both fiction and non-fiction, running the gamut from the youngest readers to the oldest.

Howard Weinstein is a New York Times best-selling novelist whose writing career started with a television script for the Star Trek Animated Series. His books, articles, comics and graphic novels cover an eclectic range from outer space to dogs to baseball.

Glenn Hauman is a web innovator and author who has written both Star Trek and original fiction. He cofounded Bibliobytes, an early forerunner of today’s eBooks, and is Vice President of the pop culture website ComicMix.

“Through Crazy 8, we can be a lot more responsive to readers,” Weinstein said. “We’re not a huge publishing battleship. We can turn on a dime. If readers want a werewolf anthology, we can give it to them in a matter of months rather than years.” “It’s the future,” said Rosenberg. “Authors have to make their work available to the public in new ways. And what’s more appropriate than a pack of science fiction writers leading the way?”

Readers can visit www.crazy8press.com to join the group’s e-mail newsletter list. They can also follow the group at @Crazy8Press on Twitter.

For additional information contact Michael Jan Friedman at [email protected]

ALA news: Library wins $20,000 in graphic novels

LeVette Fuller from Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana is the lucky winner of more than $20,000 for her library in the Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway. The prize was announced at this weekend’s American Library Association conference. A video was made of the winner, above. Nearly 1500 librarians entered the contest.

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From left to right: Gretchen Herman, Vice President of Brodart; Allan Greenberg, Sales Manager for Diamond Book Distributors; Kim Patton, President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); Winner, LeVette Fuller of the Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana and Carol Fitzgerald, Founder of GraphicNovelReporter.com/President of TheBookReportNetwork.com.

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CCI: SD announced 2011 Film Festival lineup

The Comic-Con film festival has become an increasingly important part of the show, with a variety of premieres in the fiction and non-fictin categories. Of note are screenings of comics-related documentaries Superheroes, Comic Books Go to War, My Comic Shop DocumentARy, and To Romero With Love. Complete list follows:
 

Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, today announced the schedule for its 2011 Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF). CCI-IFF 2011 will be held during Comic-Con – July 21 through July 24 at the Marriott Marquis and Marina, next door to the San Diego Convention Center (adjacent to Hall A).
 
The 2011 CCI-IFF offers a full schedule of some of the finest in genre films. Included in this year’s schedule is the return of the popular “Comic-Con Film School” panels on all four days, along with an assortment of other film-oriented panel discussions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A special opening night event, the “CCI-IFF Meet and Greet” gathering, will be held on Thursday, July 21, in the foyer outside the Festival room at the Marriott. This event is open to filmmakers, attendees, and interested fans from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
 
“This year’s festival includes films from across the globe, in addition to the United States” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con.  “We are pleased to offer such a diverse slate to our attendees while also lending exposure to some very deserving filmmakers.”
 
The CCI-IFF celebrates independent film, with the emphasis on genre-related entries, including action/adventure, animation, comics-oriented, documentary (related to pop culture topics), horror/suspense, humor, and science fiction/fantasy. The Festival includes a special awards program on Sunday in Marriott Hall 1 & 2, beginning at 11:00 am. Sunday afternoon features rescreenings of the award-winning films. This year’s schedule of films has a decidedly international flavor, with submissions from Canada, China, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
 
The CCI-IFF is a juried event as respected individuals in the fields of film and popular arts view the submissions and decide which submissions will be included in the festival and those deserving of prizes and awards. The 2011 judges are:
 
Michael Gross was art director for such diverse publications as Esquire, Family Health, NY Scenes, and National Lampoon. After moving to Los Angeles in 1980, he art directed and produced films and television shows. His feature film producing credits include Heavy Metal (art director and associate producer), Ghostbusters (assoc. prod.), and Ghostbusters II, Twins, Beethoven, Legal Eagles, Kindergarten Cop, and Dave (all as producer or executive producer). His television credits as a producer include The Real Ghostbusters (ABC), Beethoven (CBS), and the prime time pilot, The First Gentleman for CBS. He also designed much of the advertising for those projects, including the famous “no ghost” logo for Ghostbusters.
 
Eric Vespe has been writing under the nom de geek “Quint” for 15 years at the movie geek mecca known as Ain’t It Cool News. He like animals, hording Blu-Rays and DVDs, and long walks in the rain.
 
USC graduate Kevin Walsh has written for diverse genres across all media, including the feature The Rally for Warner Bros., the graphic novel Salem for BOOM! Studios, numerous comedy shorts for National Lampoon, and Padmé, chosen by George Lucas as the best Star Wars fan film of 2008. As a senior story analyst for DreamWorks, he has helped develop numerous projects, including Transformers, Cowboys & Aliens, Galaxy Quest, and Road to Perdition. Most recently, Kevin produced Marwencol, the winner of the 2010 CCI-IFF Judges’ Choice and Best Documentary awards; it also received two Independent Spirit Awards and was cited by Rotten Tomatoes as the best-reviewed film of 2010.
 
Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2011 Schedule:
 
THURSDAY, JULY 21
10:00–11:00                        Comic-Con Film School 101
 
Action/Adventure
11:05–11:45                        The Debt Collector (Writer: Nate Lane, Director: Alan David Morgan)
11:45–12:20                        The Price (Writer: James St. Vincent, Directors: Zeke Pinheiro and James St. Vincent)
12:20–12:50                        6gun (Writer: Basel Owies and Jeff Robinson, Director: Hebron Simckes-Joffe)
12:50–1:15                        Red Princess Blues (Writer/Director: Alex Ferrari)
1:15–2:05                        Perspectives (Writer/Director: Tim Russ)
2:05–2:35                        Mad Dog and the Flyboy (Writer/Director: Christopher Rausch)
 
Animation
2:35–3:00                        Bait (Writer/Director: Michael Moore)
3:00–3:25                        Barko (Writer/Director: Allison Craig)
 
3:30–4:15                        PANEL—TBA
 
Animation (continued)
4:20–4:40                        Dream Giver (Writer/Director: Tyler Carter)
4:40–5:05                        Paths of Hate (Writer/Director: Damian Nenow)
5:05–5:25                        Marvin (Writer/Director: Mark Nute)
5:25–6:10                        Chaisson Rise of the Zerad (Writers: David Hoffman and Karyn Musch, Director: Kevin Ulrich)
6:10–6:25                        Fei Tian (Writer/Director: Zhang Bin)
6:25–6:40                        Secret of Mechanical City (Writer/Director: Jackie Liu)
6:40–6:55                        The Wind of the Cypress Wind (Writer/Director: Christophe Peladan)
8:30–9:35                        Port of Return            (Writer: Mike Chang and his team, Director: Mike Chang)                       
FRIDAY, JULY 22
10:00–11:00                        Comic-Con Film School 102
 
Comics-Oriented
11:05–11:40                        The Kneaded Hero (Writer/Director: Alexis Villa)
11:40–12:05                        Blue Blazes (Writer: Rick Rapher, Director: Mike Shields)
12:05–12:30                        Secret Identity (Writer/Director: Tyler McIntyre)
 
Humor
12:30–1:00                        The Dungeon Master (Writers/Directors: Rider and Shiloh Strong)
1:00–1:20                        Out-Sorcery (Writers/Directors: Edward Chamourian and Richard Duryea)
1:20–1:50                        I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Writer/Director: Paul Andrejco)
1:50–2:20                        Eugene (Writer/Director: Mark Chaput)
2:20–2:50                        Voodoo (Writer/Director: Mark Ratzlaff)
2:50–3:25                        Repeat After Me (Writers: Daniel Page and Andrew Gumm, Director: Bryan Bangerter)
 
3:30–4:15                        PANEL—TBA
4:15–5:00                        PANEL—TBA
 
Humor (continued)
5:05–5:35                        April (Writer/Director: Mike Piccirillo)
5:35–7:05                        Tracy (Writer/Director: Dan Scanlon)
 
Horror/Suspense
7:05–7:35                        Clemency Writers: (Chris Frazier and Joseph Albanese, Director: Joseph Albanese)
7:35–8:05                        The Interrogation (Writer/Director: Harry Bainbridge)
8:05–8:35                        Recollection (Writers: Federico D’Alessandro and Christopher Yeazel, Director: Federico D’Alessandro)
8:35–8:55                        Last Seen on Dolores Street (Writer/Director: Devi Snively)
8:55–9:20                        Write of Passage (Writer/Director: B.C. Jones)
9:20–9:55                        Help Wanted (Writer/Director: Waylon Bacon)
9:55–10:45                        Antidote for a Murder (Writer: Cristian Rojas, Director: Josh Blake)
 
 
SATURDAY, JULY 23
10:00–11:00                        Comic-Con Film School 103
 
Science Fiction/Fantasy
11:05–11:45                        The Man Who Knew How to Fly (Writer/Director: Robi Michael)
11:45–12:25                        The Historian Paradox (Writer/Director: Deon H. Hayman)
12:25–1:05                        New World Water (Writer/Director: J.R. Robinson)
1:05–1:30                        Cockpit The Rule of Engagement (Writer/Director: Jesse Griffith)
1:30–2:00                        Digital Antiquities (Writer/Director: JP Chan)
2:00–2:30                        Android 413 (Writer/Director: William Wall)
2:30–3:10                        Heal (Writer/Director: Mian Adnan Ahmad)
                       
3:15–4:00                        PANEL—TBA
4:00–4:45                        PANEL—TBA
 
Science Fiction/Fantasy
4:50–5:20                        Misdirection (Writer/Director: Doron Kipper)
5:20–5:50                        The Unnatural (Writer/Director: Eric Day)
5:50–6:10                        The Vortex (Writer/Director: Zach Johnson)
 
 
Documentary
6:10–7:40                        Superheroes (Writer: Theodore James and Michael Barnett, Director: Michael Barnett)
7:40–9:00                        Comic Books Go to War (Writer/Director: Mark Daniels)
9:00–10:35                        My Comic Shop DocumentARy (Writer/Director: Anthony Desiato)
10:35–11:00                        To Romero With Love (Writer: Kiel Chenier, Director: Aaron Peacock)
 
 
SUNDAY, JULY 24
10:00–11:00                        Comic-Con Film School 104
11:05–11:55                        CCI-IFF Awards Presentation
 
Documentary
12:00–1:40                        Gahan Wilson Born Dead, Still Weird (Writer/Director: Steven-Charles Jaffe)
 
1:45–3:15                        Award Winners Showcase

Who is the JLA’s mystery tumbler woman?

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The DC reveals continue apace. Over the weekend, a beverage glass manufacturer Facebooked an image of their San Diego exclusive: a JLA tumbler that seems to reveal all 15 members of the nü JLA.

Identified thus far: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Deadman, Atom, Element Woman, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Hawkman, and Mera. Element Woman is a new Jim Lee designed character from FLASHPOINT. However, the identity of the 15th character, a seemingly blonde woman on the right, remains a mystery.

She has been variously ID’d as Black Canary, Power Girl, Zealot, and more. However Geoff Johns has added to the fun with a tweet:

@TheFlashReborn That is not a blonde. (No one’s guessed the characters correctly yet.)

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So the game remains afoot.