SDCC’16: Watchtower Saturday: Hollywood Goes South, as Marvel Battles DC for the Hearts and Dollars of Fans

Saturday? Sunday? We’re headed to the finish line, with the Dead Dog Party on the horizon! We’ll have more posts today, tomorrow, and the next week. For now, here are the highlights from Saturday, and lots of pictures! Enjoy! Who won the battle of the fans Saturday? Marvel or DC? Marvel v DC: Who Walked […]

SDCC’16: Warner Brothers Offers A Record 18 Different Official Comic-Con Bags!


For the seventh year in a row, Warner Brothers once again has the official bags for Comic-Con International! Over 135,000 bags have been produced in 18 designs, including two “mystery” designs for Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Each bag has a flap which features a unique design, with a second graphic beneath. Secret content […]

SDCC’16: Watchtower Friday: Eisners, Celebrities, and the Usual Suspects

 Is this Saturday? Friday? Do I account for the time zone shift?  Do I only look at stuff from Friday, or from Noon, when I started this column? Are you even reading this? Whatever… here are the highlights, discovered via Google News: Comic Con gives a big boost to San Diego each year, data shows […]

SDCC’16: Scholastic Announces Contest To Discover The Next Graphix Author-Artists

GRX000 Graphix Logo Lockup

Scholastic Graphix, publishers of perennial bestselling authors such as Raina Telgemeier, Jeff Smith, and Kazu Kibuishi, announced today a contest to find up to five new, never-before-published comics creators. The winner(s) will be awarded a $15,000 advance; $5000 at the announcement, $5000 for the final manuscript, and $5000 upon publication. That also will require signing the publisher’s standard […]

SDCC’16: Watchtower Thursday: No Major Headlines, Just the Unusual Stuff That Happens Every Year


One day down! Three more to go! What happened? Lots! Let’s get to it! The top news of the day: Comic-Con 2016: Mayor, city officials welcome attendees to ‘Starship San Diego’ Donning uniforms from the original “Star Trek” television series, city officials Thursday helped open the 47th annual Comic-Con International by welcoming attendees to “Starship […]

SDCC’16: Watchtower Wednesday: Preview Night, the Next Day

It’s 5:30 AM here in New York City, but only 2:30 AM in San Diego, which means that Bar-Con is approaching closing time. As our stalwart staff slumbers, recharging for our first full day of coverage, a skeleton crew remains in New York City and other locales to bring you up-to-the-minute (or hour) information! So… […]

SDCC’16: Marvel Announces New Graphic Novels for 2017

Marvel Tiki

Marvel has just released their latest graphic novel catalog online! The following titles are scheduled to hit store shelves sometime in early 2017 (January-April). Since this data has just been released, there are no covers, and everything is subject to change! One interesting tidbit… you can see the actual print runs for each title! Were […]

Con Wars: Wizard World Lauches/Scuttles “Wizard World Cruise” to the Bahamas


  [UPDATE: “Unfortunately, due to multiple talent having new filming schedule conflicts beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Wizard World Cruise.”  Wow… I was at Wizard World Philly, and they were promoting this then. Methinks there wasn’t enough interest.]   Wizard World, known for their many fan conventions hosted across the […]

ALA-Orlando: Margaret Atwood Charms Librarians, Comics Fans at the American Library Association Annual Conference!


The American Library Association offered an impressive schedule of graphic novel panels at their annual conference in Orlando, and the most impressive was undoubtedly Margaret Atwood! Known for her prose writing, she has a lifelong relationship with comics, having taught herself to read the “funny papers” of the Golden Age. (“Orphan Annie freaked me out. […]