§ Alex Toth car comics at Comics Comics. Can’t ALL comics just look like this?
There are several editorial cartoonists here, but fewer than previous years, according to Nick Anderson, the Houston Chronicle’s editorial cartoonist and president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Anderson said he figured about 10 of his colleagues are at the conventions. That’s fewer than four years ago, he said, adding that the group also had a small turnout at its convention in San Antonio this year.
Bateman also said he’s seen few of his fellow cartoonists. “Newspaper budgets being what they are,” he said, “they are lucky to have jobs.”
§ Emmett Furey rounds up Comic Book Resources > the latest on lateness:
Wowio snagged Verizon and Electronic Arts as their first two sponsors, which added to the burgeoning company’s credibility, but additional sponsors were not quick to follow. “I began to hear rumors that Wowio was burning through investment capital in order to pay publishers,” Campbell said.
Platinum Studios acquired Wowio in 2008
Williams confirmed Campbell’s concern. “Wowio paid publishers out of pocket for the books that had no sponsors,” Bill Williams told CBR News. “If they had simply not given away the books without sponsors, and invited customers to pay for the privilege, they would have been much better off.”
§ A podcast interview with Ross Campbell (WATER BABY and THE ABANDONED).
§ Boing Boing suggests something so practical it will never happen. Our own pet peeve is all the publishers who put up cover art sans logos, meaning that their own branding isn’t even ON the cover artwork.
Here’s a lazyweb idea for publishers: I often blog books here and when I do, I like to put up a picture of the cover. Normally I get these off of Amazon or Amazon UK, but it’s often the case that Amazon’s covers are grainy, missing, too small, or otherwise unsuitable (for some reason, an enormous number of Vertigo graphic novels have the wrong cover on Amazon). So here’s the idea: publishers should create default directories called “covers” at their server-root (e.g., tor.com/covers, harpercollins.co.uk/covers, etc) filled with high-rez PNGs or JPGs (or both) named after the book’s ISBN — for Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book, it would be http://harpercollins.co.uk/0060530928.png. Tweak your robots.txt file to make sure the search-engines all crawl these directories, so when you search on images.google.com or images.yahoo.com for an ISBN, the publisher’s high-rez would be right there at the top.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.