Coming Attractions, Fall 2011: Macmillan

Okay… continuing on with Fall previews, we move to one of the Big Six pubishers. No, not comics, the mainstream Big Six, the ones which dominate American and English bookselling. Macmillan is part of of the Holtzbrinck Group, and includes such marques as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt, St. Martin’s, Tor, Scientific American, and, of particular interest to comics fans, First Second Books.

Today to do: The Long Beach Comic and Horror Con

Long Beach Comic and Horror Con is kicking off in Long Beach, CA today. This is a full service con with a great comics guest list including Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner and David Finch on the comics side, and Thomas Jane and John Carpenter on the media/horror side. Spotlights include Robot Chicken, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, and the debut of Cooke’s Parker: Martini Edition. A masquerade, lots of films and a full programming slate add to the festivities. Follow along at #lbcc on Twitter or watch live streaming here!

31 Days of Halloween: James Kochalka

Simple but this should get you in the mood.

Kochalka tells us he drew this map for the Halloween party at son Eli’s school. It lists the various activities, but some abstractly. “For  instance, ‘silly windsi is a ping pong ball race where you blow the ping pong balls with a straw.”