A much bigger crowd descended on C2E2 yesterday, Saturday, and more people seemed to be buying. With folks parading around in costume and announcements from Marvel and DC panels, there was definitely the feeling that we had achieved con. Also, folks seemed to know their way around some more, so there was less standing around looking confused. One big fail, however, is that panel rooms are just too big, even for popular panels like DC Nation and Cup O’ Joe — the smallest panel rooms are auditoriums at the vast facility. You could fit 8 or 9 Hall H’s into the food court at McCormick.
We’ll have to have a fairly brief report for now, as time has predictably crunched yet again. It should be noted that last night’s bar con was particularly lively, reminiscent of some of the great days at the Knuckles of yore, so that’s another point for Chicago.
News announcements of note from yesterday:
§ CASANOVA is coming back at Icon: Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon’s stylish espionage tale (originally published at Image) will be Matt recollected, remastered, relettered and recolored. Dustin Harbin is doing the new lettering. Instead of the duotone of the first printings, the new editions will be full color:
“We wanted to sort of re-master the book as it stands and re-release and re-introduce it to the world, and Icon was a great platform for that as well,” remarks the writer. “There will [also] be some additional bonus material, different than [in the first volume]. But it’ll be in full dress, in full color, in full size. Done in two four-issue arcs to get everybody up to speed, because quite frankly retailers and readers alike ignored the book [due to] the format [as] it was 16 pages and one color. It had a lot of trouble finding its place in the world. I think anybody who looks at [the color art] will agree it looks phenomenal.”
§ Wildstorm announced Tony Harris’s new project, now that EX MACHINA is winding up: The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull which will be written by B. Clay Moore.
“The Further Adventures of The Whistling Skull is a pulpy 1940’s noir, wartime London story starring The Whistling Skull and Brickfist, who are like Sherlock Holmes and Watson on mescalin, with a healthy dose of Nazis, and Science Fiction! And I am drawing the pictures! And Clay is writing the words! And together they make a comic book!” – Tony Harris
“The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull is a thoroughly modern book with dark, twisted roots. Its pulp inspirations are buried in landfills with original copies of PHANTOM DETECTIVE and WEIRD MYSTERY, but the book digs a little deeper into its characters than your grandfather’s pulps ever did. And in our world, a guy who wears a skull for a face is the closest thing to normal you’ll find.” – B. Clay Moore
Sounds like something we’d like to see Tony Harris draw!
§ ComiXology is getting a lot of buzz at the show and announced a new
Comics4Kids app for the iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices.
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.