National Book Festival 2016: The Archive of Cartoonist Interviews!

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Your tax dollars at work! Not only does the Library of Congress sponsor the annual National Book Festival, but they archive lots of digital material online! (And if that doesn’t knock your socks off, the Library also collects and archives multimedia in a variety of formats… an original print of Star Wars: A New Hope… […]

National Book Festival 2016: Everything You Need To Know, Comics Edition!

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The 2016 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center. Originally sited on the Mall, it was relocated a few years ago due to concern about the thousands of attendees effect on the grounds. Who’s appearing from the wonder world of comics? […]

Brooklyn Book Festival 2016: Lots of Graphic Novel Goodness!

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Fall approaches, and once again, the Brooklyn Book Festival will take place this weekend at Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding locales! Held since 2006, this literary festival has always had a strong graphic novel presence, and this year offers another strong mix of creators! You can easily spend the entire day just at the graphic […]

Bob Kane and Neil Gaiman Among Winners at Worldcon 2016!

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Last weekend,  MidAmeriCon II hosted the 2016 Worldcon, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Every year, the big gala is the Hugo Awards banquet. What makes the Hugos different from other awards is that it is voted on by fans, specifically those who have purchased memberships to Worldcon. The members vote on the nominees, usually receive […]

Iowa State Fair 2016: Farm Con Ends After Eleven Days of Fun for Everyone (even Steven Tyler)!

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With over a million turnstile visitors, the 2016 Iowa State Fair concluded eleven days of amazing, unbelievable, outrageous fun that is so incredible, it’s on many travelers’ bucket lists! Food on a stick. Grandstand performances. Animal judging. Food judging. People judging (talent show, twins, triplets, hair…) But the really GEEKY competitions can be found here! […]

In Iowa, “Comic Con” is known as “The Iowa State Fair”

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It’s listed in 1000 Places To Visit Before You Die (the international version). It offers a variety of gastronomic “gastrocities” and many local delights. Over a million people attend over eleven days in August. There’s the Midway, Grandstand, campgrounds (no hotelween here, nosiree!), and numerous displays, competitions, and other distractions. It is the Iowa State Fair, and […]

SDCC’16: Watchtower Roundup: Slouching Towards Gomorrah, We Stop and Pick Up Swag

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Okay… we’re straightening up here at the Undisclosed Location in Brooklyn (where I spent the weekend dog/house sitting… mmmm…. air conditioning…), and here are the remnants of reports from Comic-Con. It’s been a crazy five days, with lots of Zeitgeists in the air, but we’ll leave that to our crack ground crew who surfed the panel […]

SDCC’16: Disney Announces the First Marvel Ride in California!

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With the announcement of Star Wars Land last year at the D23 Expo, fans have been wondering… When will Disney start adding new attractions featuring Marvel’s popular characters to their theme parks? Unlike Disney World, Disneyland is not constrained by Universal’s contract with Marvel regarding their Islands of Adventure rides and exclusive use of certain characters. Disneyland […]