Interview: The coming of BookCon

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This Saturday the previously business only trade show Book Expo America will turn into the very first BookCon, an event that is open to the public (8000 advance tickets have been sold) and very much modelled on the successful New York Comic-Con. Both shows are run by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s biggest business-to-business (B2B) event […]

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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Everyone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

REAL throwback Thursday: Comics Fandom 1969

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I stole this link from Tom Spurgeon, and I’m just as fascinated by it as he is: it’s a photo of the 1969 Comic Art Convention Luncheon Photo, July 5, 1969 at the Statler Hilton Hotel as annotated and archived by old time fanzine artist John Fantucchio. (Hit the link for a big version — […]

CBR introduces new zero tolerance message boards — who else will follow suit?

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People are mad about CBR’s forum getting civilized, but it’s only the latest move in a long battle over internet discussions. Which side are YOU on?

We Are Comics tumblr is a hit!

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It’s Monday morning and if you are feeling cranky I guarantee that browsing the We Are Comics tumblr will make you feel better. As reported by Steve Morris over the weekend, this is a Tumblr run by Rachel Edidin, Arturo Garcia, Elle Collins, and Sigrid Ellis, with social media help by Jen Vaughn, where people simply tell their stories about reading comics. All kinds of people, all ages, colors, genders…because comics ARE for everybody. I loved scrolling through and reading readers origin stories…they are so varied and enthusiastic and feel of love for imagination and creativity.

Demographic research: They like Magic the Gathering in Alaska

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Well is seems that those Facebook demographic analysis that our own Brett Schenker has been delving into, can be used for just about anything. Estately has used FB demos to come up with The Nerdiest States In America – to do it they analyzed the percentage of users in 12 foundational categories: Star Trek:  The […]

Salt Lake CIty’s FanX drew 100,000

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Well it’s seems the Salt Lake City con hits its goal with 100,00 attendees, according to a press release. That would make it the third biggest show in the US. Show Runner Dan Farr is very bullish on the show.

Singapore cosplayer finds room for all his mecha parts in amazing Ikea ad

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Okay this is an ad for Ikea, but it is also a fantasy for most of us. Like, a Sex in the City/Axe ad level fantasy.

Photos: 1980’s cosplay was just as sexy, but they seemingly didn’t know how to sew

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This gallery of photos from a 1980’s SF Convention has been floating around for a while, but it just crossed my timestream. While all convention photos from every era share a few things—gaudy hotel carpet backgrounds, at least one ill at ease looking guy with a pencil mustache, women with flaming red hair—this one does prove a few things. Although they didn’t call it “cosplay” back then —I believe the term was costuming—obviously people liked dressing just as scantily.

How others really see us, via The Huffington Post

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Man, you think the comics world is hot shit, and then you see this headline at HuffPo: 70-Year-Old Woman Auctions Off $1 Million Worth Of Comics. Which means Maggie Thompson is selling her comics. Thompson, 70, has been collecting comic books since she was a girl in the 1940s. She married another comic book collector, […]

Fangasm wrap-up: can we just retire the words “nerd” and “geek” for a while?

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Fangasm, the reality show about nerds and their amazing lives, ended its run this week with a two hour season finale. I have to confess I’ve only seen the first two episodes because life has been so hectic and we had to catch up with the Ultimate Fighter first. I’ll have a marathon at some […]

New York Comic-Con 2013: creepy camera crews, Arizona’s big cans, and harassment

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While stock is still being taken of the record crowd at this year’s New York Comic-Con—a crowd by and large peaceful and fun loving, and if my eyeball guess was right, perhaps 50% under the age of 21—it may be seen as a watershed for the continuing issue of harassment at cons. The issue of […]

PalmConGate envelops all in its path

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It started, as we noted the other day, when Allie Conti, a writer for Vice, The Atlantic and New Times in Florida, wrote a review of a small local con and deemed it “depressing”. More than 200 commenters disagreed, calling for everything from Conti to be fired or perhaps kill herself to the New Times […]

Graphic Policy: Facebook Fandom Spotlight: The Comic Company Employees!

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by Brett Schenker — It’s Monday, which means it’s a new edition of Facebook Fandom Spotlight, where I break down the demographics of a particular group of fans. For this week I attempt to figure out who exactly is creating and delivering us out comic books. That’s right, I attempt to break down those employed in the comic book industry. We’ll compare this group to the greater comic fandom.

More on the Facebook demographics that reveal a surprising number of female comics fans

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By Brett Schenker Two years and some months ago, I posted the first study of what Facebook told us about comic book fans. 45 or so posts later on the subject, I’m still gathering data with various breakdowns of not just comic fans but other fandoms as well. At Small Press Expo, I talked with […]

Facebook stats: 40% of comics fans are women

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In all the gender controversies rattling the comics world, one of the most frequently cited paradoxes is that although research such as DC’s 2011 reader survey showed only 7% of comics readers were female, yet when you walk around any comicksy event you see a lot more than 7% women. Women make up a lot of tweeters, tumblrs, and cosplayers and cartoonists. Why this disparity?