2013 WonderCon will be in Anaheim — or maybe San Francisco

This answers some questions yet raises more:

For months a huge question mark has loomed over the location of 2013’s WonderCon, one of the largest comics conventions in the United States. In an exclusive interview with Comic-Con International’s v-p of marketing and public relations David Glanzer, he revealed that the answer is Anaheim—but that could change, as Comic-Con International, the non-profit organization that runs the show, may still get dates in the fall for a Bay Area show. In which case that show will be WonderCon and the Anaheim show will be rebranded an as-yet unnamed new SoCal show.

But as of right now, WonderCon is slated to be held March 29-31, 2013 in Anaheim—which also happens to be Easter weekend.

More details in the link at Publishers Weekly.

MUST LISTEN: Audio of the 1954 Senate Comic Book hearings

While the finding of the check for $130 which National presented to Siegel and Shuster might have been a high point of this year’s comic history, here’s a strong contender for another: the actual audio of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings on comic books. [Read more…]

Preview: Popeye #4

Apropos of absolutely nothing apart from it just made me laugh, cackle and cough, here are some preview pages for issue #4 of IDW’s Popeye miniseries. Released next Wednesday, the creative team for this are Roger Langridge, Tom Neely, Luke McDonnell,and Vince Musacchia.

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Cartoonists doing things: MariNaomi goes to the Galapagos

If you think all indie cartoonists ever do is brush their teeth and gaze at their drawing board, MariNaomi’s diary this week at TCJ should disprove that as she travels around South America and goes to the Galapagos Islands!

Sherlock Holmes Gets Reinvented In Harlem For a New Digital Series

By Todd Allen

I found something unexpected in my in-box yesterday.  A digital comic called “Watson and Holmes.”  That title might not always catch my attention, but I recognized the name of Rick Leonardi (Spider-Man 2099, Uncanny X-Men, Nightwing) and writer Karl Bollers seemed like a name I’d heard before (Emma Frost, X-51, Sonic the Hedgehog), so I downloaded it.  And it was good.

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Doctor Who Season 7 (Part I) Episode Titles and Posters

By Todd Allen

It’s that time again.  Doctor Who starts up again on Saturday (BBC America if you’re stateside).  There are some posters out to promote the first five episodes.

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HYPE: ICv2 Announces Conference on Comics & Digital II

More details on ICv2’s Conference on Comics and Digital have been revealed, along with preliminary speakers. The Beat is co-sponsoring this conference, and all the topics being covered are MUST DOs as far as we’re concerned. The conference will be held the day before New York Comic-Con (that’s Wednesday)

ICv2 has announced that it will host the ICv2 Conference on Comics & Digital II at New York Comic Con, a special half day event where executives and thought leaders from the comics and digital realms will discuss the accelerating changes that are impacting the customers, the medium, and the business of comics and graphic novels. PR below:

“Digital comics is one of the destabilizing forces that are transforming comics and graphic novels, but it’s certainly not the only one,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said.  “Whether it’s the rapid changes in retail and libraries, in who the customer is, in how the business works, or in the art form of comics, it’s tough to find an aspect of the comics and graphic novel world that isn’t evolving rapidly.  We thought it was important to offer an event that helps the industry adapt to those destabilizing forces at this critical juncture.”

The Conference, which will be held at the Javits Center on Wednesday, October 10th on the eve of New York Comic Con, will kick off with the ICv2 White Paper, which will focus on the industry’s changes in the last 18 months as these new forces have taken hold.

In “Kids–The Future of Everything,” panelists from the publishing, retail and library worlds will look at the fastest growing segment of graphic novel publishing, and how you can take advantage of this huge change in the audience for comics.

“Comics–The New Medium” brings together creators and entrepreneurs to discuss the forces changing the comics art form, and how the essence of sequential storytelling using words and pictures will change in the process.

And the panelists in “Comics–The Transforming Business Model” will talk about their visions of the future for the business of comics in a world in which digital is exploding, crowdfunding is producing a new source of financing, the retail and library channels are changing rapidly, and media exploitation of comics is now an important part of the business.

Speakers announced to date include Toon Books Publisher Françoise Mouly, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, comiXology CEO David Steinberger, Thrillbent’s Mark Waid, and Scholastic Book Fairs’ Ed Masessa, among others.

Moderators include Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), and Scott Robins (A Parent‘s Guide to the Best Kids Comics).

The initial sponsor roster includes New York Comic Con, Publishers Weekly and Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat.

Preview: Think Tank #2 by Hawkins and Ekedal

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Top Cow’s President Matt Hawkins has gone back to the keyboard as the co-creator and writer of THINK TANK, an ongoing B&W series about a government scientist who starts coming up with some tech that is too hot to handle. The artist is Rahsan Ekedal, who previously drew ECHOES and THE CRAZIES for Top Cow. The book is part of their more experimental Minotaur line, and so far it’s a pretty taut thriller. Issue #2 comes out next week. Here’s a preview of issue #1.
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Marvel Tease the Return of Dark Phoenix

By Steve Morris

Subject of one of the most famous X-Men stories ever told and perpetual fear for Jean Grey fans around the World, Marvel have released a new Adam Kubert-drawn teaser image for AvX which suggests that Dark Phoenix is finally coming back.

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Marvel showcases Scarlet Witch on covers by Manara and Granov

Marvel has released a couple of variant covers for UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 and #2, and if you like the Scarlet Witch, well, you are very happy right now.
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Preview: The Odyssey by Seymour Chwast

Revered designer Seymour Chwast has been romping in the graphic novel field of late, with his own versions of The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. Now he’s doing The Odyssey…and here’s a sample, in the dread Issu format.


Preview: Pope Hats #3

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Ethan Rilly’s POPE HATS is a throwback to the golden era of indie comic books—a time undreamed of when LOVE AND ROCKETS and EIGHTBALL and HATE and YUMMY FUR came out every two months or so, and the comics periodical was an actual discrete unit of entertainment. It’s also a reference to the finely observed, beautifully drawn comics…and yeah, it only comes out once a year or so, but it’s worth waiting for. The book follows law clerk Frances Scarland and her daily adventures in the perilous world of downtown Toronto.

POPE HATS #2 came out a year ago and since won the Doug Wright award and has been nominated for the Ignatz Award. And POPE HATS #3 will be out for this year’s SPX—and it’s a full 40 pages long. [Read more…]

Steve Ditko is NOT attending the London Supercon

The very unlikely news that notorious recluse and legendary artist Steve Ditko would be attending the London Super Con has now been announced to be false:


Basically Comicconventions.com and Millarworld picked up on a FAKE press release and Bleeding Cool ran it as fact.

Sorry, kids.

Hours of fun: Nevins' The Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes

Comics Scholar Jess Nevins is all the way up to Doctor Doom (I) in the Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes which is…just what it sounds like, and already has hundreds of entries. Best known for his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen annotations, and other detailed annotations for revered comics series, this encyclopedia looks to be even more time consuming. [Read more…]

Whedon-driven SHIELD pilot a go at ABC

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Showing that they were anxious to pass the Hollywood IQ test about spinning off a popular movie into a TV show run by an experienced TV vet who also directed the popular movie, ABC has ordered a pilot for a SHIELD TV show, to be guided by AVENGERS director Joss Whedon, Deadline reports. Whedon will co-write the pilot along with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (who is Jed’s wife). This is the trio responsible for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and other Whedon-verse projects, so get ready to start that letter writing campaign right now.
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Alternate opening for The Avengers

Via Alyssa Rosenberg:

Yahoo’s got an alternate look at what could have been the beginning of The Avengers, and what would have been a striking, and fascinatingly, different movie: One of the most underdeveloped elements of The Avengers—or one of the most interesting pieces of setup for a future film, depending on how it’s played—was Nick Fury’s relationship with the S.H.I.E.L.D. Council, a shadowy, multi-national organization that apparently has access to nuclear weapons, and has some power to oversee his work. It wasn’t clear who they were or what authority they had, or what ability they have now to call The Avengers to account. Those tensions are all fascinating story engines that Fury essentially blew off or ignored simply by acting as he wished in the face of great danger. It’s one of the reasons that an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show would be so interesting—it could fill in all the spaces between the big battles with smaller bureaucratic fights and the consequences that follow a throwdown like the one between Loki and his forces and the men and woman at Fury’s command.

A little more dramatic, no?