Legal Danger: Comics in Britain!

Comics fans fear that two new British anti-pornography laws ‘could make comic books illegal’. The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act would make possessing “extreme pornography” – defined as any “extreme image” produced “solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal” – illegal. Oddly: Films given an official classification are exempt from the new law, […]

San Diego: Your feet will hurt even more

A story from last week we didn’t have time for: San Diego has announced a planned 300,000 sq. ft expansion of their existing convention center, adding to the 525,000 sq. ft. existing floor space. The Convention Center expansion has long been mentioned by SDCC organizers as a necessity for the show to remain in the […]

Brief links

§ John Jakala runs into the kind of people who reflexively defend the superhero genre while observing: The superhero comics that do stand out are generally well-written and have something interesting to say about the human condition other than “Wouldn’t it be cool if we brought back a bunch of old characters no one’s seen […]

The very last links

§ Just for the record. Everyone — but everyone — sent us these links to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at SDCC. Part 1 and Part 2. § Charlie Chu’s photo set of cartoonist portraits is totally excellent. Above, Ivan Brandon. § Have you always wanted to go to the Eisners but not been able […]

The future of The Land of Wanders

Graeme McMillan rounds up all of the complaints and dark sides and whatnot in a fairly brilliant post all should read: It was the con that, it seemed, confounded a lot of people. Press shut out of panels, celebrities turned away from parties, comic publishers vowing never to return and 125,000 fans all in one […]

SDCC: a few last nibbles

Gordon Bennett! It takes a whole week just to catch up with all the Comic-Con stuff online! We are done after this — we absolutely promise…unless there is something else really cool and smart that catches our eye. § It seems that the tumult and jacked-up atmosphere at the con led to a lot more […]

SDCC: Scrum facts

In a sad reminder of declining faculties, it is no longer possible forThe Beat to write a cogent, well-reasoned essay about anything longer than a 30 minute sitcom. So I’m reduced to bullet points. Yes, that’s what it’s come to. Frankly. it’s Friday and everyone has said everything that needs to be said. I’ve lost […]

More thoughts, more memories

You can’t stop after just 300. Just some random linkage and so on; by reading a few of these, you begin to see the elephant: § Caleb Monroe attempts the greatest experiment of all with a pedometer: So, since my feet sure feel the mileage every year, this year I thought I’d find out just […]

Seek the DVD set

Apparently there was some kind of viral game for AMC’S PRISONER remake going on at Comic-Con, and they were responsible for the skywriting: AMC played their own little marketing game (Fox also did this with Fringe) at Comic Con to create buzz for their remake of the 1960’s cult classic The Prisoner. Attendees were provided […]

Why we fight

When you see a picture like this, it is really impossible not to want to go to San Diego, despite the crowds and expense, isn’t it? Via Dean Trippe.

Rorschach’s SDCC journal: Ha, bloody, ha

RECOMMENDED: Neil Kleid does Rorschach’s SDCC Journal: Meeting with Warners left bad taste in mouth. Pampered and decadent, betraying even their own shallow, poor understanding of the comic book industry. Comics industry as bad. Flabby failure that sits whimpering in mothers’ basement. Why are so few of us in this industry active, healthy and without […]

SD08 Pictures

Okay, we lied. We’re going to put good photo sets we find in this one link, so keep checking. First up, Beaucoup Kevin’s always excellent photos. § NEW! (I think) Hip Flask’s photos. § Royal Flush and Jah Furry!

This is the con that was

If you are like us, you are very, very sick of San Diego. We’ll have some thoughts, some photos and this link roundup, but unless something of bold and shocking content suddenly appears, that’s it. We’re moving forward! § Hip flask photo set with lots of us and FMB! §Sean T. Collins has many excellent […]

“Comic Con: With Great Money comes Great Responsibility to fans”

Longtime Beat pal Steve Marmel gave us permission to repost his Facebook rant on Comic-Con. We found it of some interest because Steve is what we’d term a card-carrying nerd-lebrity — he’s got his own fairly lengthy IMDb page, has starred in at least one TV show and several Comedy Central Specials, and has written […]

Scoop! The con is moving to Chula Vista!

…or at least that’s what our cabbie told us. On the ride to the airport, this 25-year vet of San Diego confided that the mayor was going to build a brand new convention center and hotel complex with an airport in Chula Vista (just south of SD) to host the convention. This canny fellow — […]

Other cons, other voices

Just a few… § Ian Brill: Before that the strangest thing to happen at the booth was having Stephen Baldwin and Mark Waid signing at the same time. Baldwin was on “stage left” and Waid to the opposite end. On one side you had people bring out their camera phones as if unseen puppet strings […]