ComiCON-versation #9: Be our guest…

by Mike Scigliano

— A guest list and the expenses associated with it, like everything else involved in producing a comicon, come out of your overall budget.  You’ve got to balance the books to make the show work.  Hotel rooms and airfare add up quickly and spending all your cash on guests but next to nothing on marketing or programming needs, for instance, could lead to a train wreck pretty quickly.

Why DC and Marvel will never truly target female readers

It would almost be self-aggrandizing to praise Noelene Clark’s recent women in comics piece in the LA Times, since I”m quoted so extensively in it, but I’m happy to say that the bulk of the cartoonists she spoke with were also proponents of the idea that I often promote here: women have already had massive, historic success in the comics industry, and at this point those outlets that aren’t adapting to the wave of female readers and creators are truly out of step with the times, and not the trendsetters.

Preview: Nobrow 7 Brave New World

London based Nobrow takes inspiration from Aldous Huxley’s dystopic novel Brave New World and asks forty-five talented illustrators and cartoonist to tackle the themes of human individuality, science, and what lays in store for the future. This compendium merges both graphic storytelling and classic comic imagery, making it a visual feat that’s indefinitely something to behold.

Kick-Watcher: Wild Blue Yonder, Mike Deodato, Jr. and Flaming Carrot

Kickstarter has become an avenue for cartoonist to get funding for their projects. Lately more and more working professionals have taken full advantage of this major platform. Here are some projects that are promising and deserve support.

Two comics-themed exhibits coming to MoCA this fall

More details on Box Brown's Andre the Giant comic book biography

First Second has released official word about that Andre the Giant Roussimoff bio by Box Brown we reported on a few days ago.

"For some reason, a blue light will shoot out into the sky."

Do you feel like you’ve seen it all?

You have!

Jackson toying with a third Hobbit movie — just make The Akallabeth already, okay?

Deadline chats up Peter Jackson, who’s mulling what to do with all his extra Hobbit footage and also dreaming of all the Middle Earth material in the appendices — over a hundred pages of chronologies, genealogies, and linguistic notes. Deadline thinks an extra movie is a bad idea if it just stretches out Gandalf snooping around Dol Guldur and the daily doings of Dale, but we say…there’s certainly a lot of material there.

Marjane Satrapi's Chicken With Plums trailer is out

Already Oscar-nominated for the PERSEPOLIS film she co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi is mostly sticking to the film medium for now. The trailer and poster for a film based on her graphic novel CHICKEN WITH PLUMS is now out. Once again co-directed by Satrapi and Paronnaud (aka Winschluss), this time, instead of animation, the duo are using live action to tell the story of a violinist in 1958 Tehran:

Kibbles 'n' Bits: Terry Gilliam archives!

§ So Holly Gilliam has been going through her father Terry’s archives and is posting what she finds on Discovering Dad. I guess this internet thingie is okay after all.