Calgary Expo turns into Calgary Stampede with too many fans

What was that we were just saying about the term “Comic-Con” meaning entertainment?

Some 50,000 people showed up to the Calgary Expo this weekend to hear the complete Star Trek: The Next Generation cast reunite to share a cup of Earl Grey tea, and also perhaps spot Kate Beaton or Peter David. Although it wasn’t really a riot, there were wayyyyy too many people Saturday, and the Fire Marshal shut things down, leading to many people not getting in and the show offering ticket refunds for those who were shut out. People who showed up to buy tickets on site were turned away, say reports.

Retailers differ on banning cell phones and Before Watchmen

Alex Zalben has a fine write-up on MoCCA’s ‘To Run A Comic Shop’ panel, which included Tucker Stone of Bergen Street Comics, Gabe Fowler of Desert Island, Robert Conte of Manhattan Comics and Brooklyn Comics, Thor Parker of Midtown Comics and moderator (and former retailer) Alex Cox, currently of the CBLDF. As usual that’s a very smart, modern lineup of merchants, and sure enough there was some interesting talk. For instance, some stores actually frown on cell phones when they are used to order comics online—using the brick and mortar store as a showroom of sorts:

Area man surprised to find SPIDER-MAN cartoon aimed at children

When do you let go of that childhood dream? Jim Mroczkowski at iFanboy looks at the fannish habit of holding on to something you hate in hopes of something improving vis a vis the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon on Disney XD, of which he writes:

Kirby-inspired fashions hit the runway in Australia

For Australian Fashion Week, Romance Was Born designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales went all Jack Kirby with an “exuberant” mix of stripes and patterns.

RIP: Cory Marder

Over the weekend, Cory Marder passed away after a long illness. The wife of Beanworld creator Larry Marder, Cory was best known to a small group in the industry, but loved by everyone she touched. Charles Brownstein has a beautiful tribute here that says everything. My heart goes out to Larry on this irreplaceable loss.

MoCCAFest 2012 wraps up in pictures

Well, we had a swell (and swollen) time at this year’s MoCCA Fest as usual. We’ll be along with some observations and books we got presently, but for the full flava here’s aphotoset assembled by Jeff Newelt covering the show as well as two events for Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND. MoCCA photos are by Shahriar Shadab, Strand photos are by Winslow Porter.

2012 Stumptown Award Winners: Jonathan Case takes home two

Saturday night saw the Stumptown Awards handed out by host Bobby “Fatboy” Roberts as part of the annual festival. And here they are!

Take back Nerd Prom!

Washington has stolen our buzzwords! And we won’t take it lying down!