SDCC11: Live blogging the Eisners

Hooray we are here at the Eisners! It’s festive and glamourous here at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton.
Bill Morisson comes out thanking everyone for coming out out joking that thry have 52 awards to give out, this year called “First issues.” Haha!

The Watchtower: Comic-Con — Sex, Rock’n’Roll, and Even Crazier Stuff!

Well, the second full day of Comic-Con is coming to an end, and there’s been lots of amazing stuff announced! I’ve diligently sat deep in Stately Beat Manor, watching the news feeds, so you don’t have to! Read on!

SDCC Manga Giants Announce, For Free & Legal Digital Manga

In an effort to compete with the huge ad-supported pirated manga aggregator sites, the Japanese Digital Comics Association has announced that this August they will be unveiling, a new English-language digital manga site with free content.

SDCC11: This year, it’s all about the security

This year’s con is wilder than ever — everywhere you look there’s a parade or a circus breaking out. IGN has some kind of incredibly annoying and loud installation right by the Hilton Gaslamp; Marvel’s Monster trucks are roaming down Harbor Ave., loud as a jet fighter. We haven’t been on the floor since Preview Night — preferring to skulk in the alley ways and panel rooms of Old Con.

One of the big changes this year is the use of wristbands for exhibitors. This has cracked down on the people who would just borrow an exhibitor’s badge to get in early or stay late. It’s one of those little perks that rule benders have been taking advantage of for years — and it’s about to end.

SDCC IDW Announces Popeye Comics

Crack open the spinach cans, because he’s back! Popeye the Sailor is getting his own comic coming out from IDW Publishing. The Popeye ongoing series will be an all-ages book suitable for children, featuring all the classic Popeye characters and go on sale in 2012.

Exclusive CHEW #20 preview and BIG LEAGUE CHEW cover

From today’s just concluded Image panel, Chew #20 includes 8 extra pages at no extra cost. We’ve been given an exclusive preview of pages from the issue, below. In addition, Chew #23 has been announced with the title “Big League Chew” — it’s out in October and includes a zombie-fied front cover.

The Watchtower: Comic-Con — Do-It-Yourself Edition

As the temperature outside hits 312 degrees Kelvin, I sit here in the cool subterranean basements deep in Stately Beat Manor, keeping watch over the reportage coming east from San Diego. While scanning the umpteenth cosplay photo, I got to thinking… perhaps our readers would care to look behind the curtain and see how we actually conglomerate the myriad data feeds which stream into our data center.

SDCC11: Eisners get a revamp

Tonight’s Eisner Award ceremony will be a bit different: the con has hired a producer to help tighten up the show and keep things moving along.

Previous Eisner Award ceremony, although a much loved comics tradition, have been, shall we say…lengthy. The new producer, who has a background in television and live events, is familiar with live awards shows and plays. According to con spokesman David Glanzer, there won’t be monumental changes, but “by tightening things up, we’ll see thigns run a littlr smoother, and hopefully help make it the event that people really do want to attend.”

Plans call for some trimming from the obituaries and other staging elements that will cut as much as a half hour from the show.

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retail Award nominees announced

Seven amazing comics retailers were nominated for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer award, including stores from all over the United States. We have personal knowledge of many of these retailers and can testify that they all exemplify the passion and love of comics that is the heartbeat of the industry

The winner will be announced tonight at the Eisner Awards.

SDCC X-Men Panel: X-Books going Day & Date Digital, X-23 vs. Fantastic Four, X-Men: Schism, Wolverine vs. Cyclops = Xavier vs. Magneto and more

Since Uncanny X-Men just got renumbered – oh, I’m sorry, “ended” and “restarted” – today’s X-Men panel was pretty sure to bring interesting news.

It’s been pretty clear for the last few weeks that Marvel’s big push this convention was probably going to be X-Men, which makes sense, since the line has been losing visibility for years, overtaken by the various Avengers. And now, with a successful new X-Men movie under their belt, the time must have looked right. So what’s up?

SDCC Thursday Big Two: Runaways, The Unwritten, Avengers Origins, Evil Deadpool, Return to Perdition & More

Today, DC’s Vertigo imprint had its big panel of the convention. At it, Max Collins, creator of the graphic novel The Road to Perdition wil be doing a third (and last) graphic novel in the series for Vertigo entitled Return to Perdition.Ongoing series The Unwritten will be moving to an unusual twice a month format, with full numbered issues (32, 33, 34 etc) detailing the main plot alternating with decimal issues (32.5, 33.5, 34.5 and so on) exploring other characters and storylines in the same world. John Constantine’s ongoing title Hellblazer will not end, despite the character’s ventures into the mainstream DCU.