Flashback Friday: historic photos of San Diego in the 80s

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While I was poking around the internet for the history of Marriott Hall the other day, I chanced upon some photos of San Diego in the 80s taken during and just after the construction of the Marriott Marquis and Marina. The first photo is prior to the hotel’s completion in 1987. I’m not enough of an expert in San Diego history to know the history of the marina, but as you can see, it bears very little resemblance to the glitzy high rise neighborhood of today. There’s no convention center, no Hyatt, no Embassy Suites, no Petco PArk, no Omni…nothing really.

The Suicide Girls’ $7500 auction for tickets to Comic-Con cancelled

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A trip to Comic-Con with a good hotel room, two passes, dinner with the Suicide Girls and VIP access to a special burlesque show — sounds like a good deal. How much would you pay for it? Suicide Girls, the website that offers saucy, consensual webcam girls as well as some excellent journalism and more, […]

SPX announces first guests: Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson

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Millennial comics superstars Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson and Noelle Stevenson have just been announced as the first guests at this year’s SPX which will spotlight creators who have only worked in the 21st Century. So get ready to write either your 6000-word think piece or your series of tweets on what this all means.

This year’s SPX will be held September 19-20, with over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 22 programming slots and countless rollaway beds. IT’s the annual Camp Comics on the schedule and this sounds like a real watershed year.

*WEDNESDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

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By: Nick Eskey It’s that time again, legion of toy lovers; The Wednesday update for the Funko toy exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con 2015. Well known for their super popular POP! Toy collection, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love […]

Laderman named EVP/GM for Comic-Con/Lionsgate SVOD service

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That nerd-themed SVOD (subscription video on demand) service from Comic-Con/Lionsgate we told you about a while ago, just got an EVP/GM in the form of Seth Laderman, formerly of Legendary and Nerdist. This new service will offer programming themed to Comic-con attendees as well as archival footage from CCI’s library. Laderman was instrumental in growing the Nerdist brand via its podcast network and on YouTube, as well as programming such as All Star Celebrity Bowling, Magic Meltdown, The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live Show and the upcoming reboot of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. At Legendary he ran operations and oversaw content acquisition and development for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party and Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry and worked with Spotify, Twtter and Xbox. So, It’s safe to say that he knows the terrain.

Interview: Comics Extraordinare Dirk Manning on Tales of Mr. Rhee and Nightmare World

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Dirk Manning is a constant feature of the Comic Con scene. This comic creator and writer extraordinaire might be one of the hardest working men in comics. He does panels at every comic con he attends, stays on the floor to greet fans, gives inspiration to those trying to get into the comic industry, and cranks […]

HeroesCon Interview: Kevin Wada Talks Style, Process, and the Future

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by Harper W. Harris Kevin Wada has been one of my favorite cover artists since he started on She-Hulk; it was one of those rare but wonderful circumstances where the cover artist seemed to really play a key role in the creative team, and his unique style was part of what made that book such […]

Interview: Jeff Lemire on the Past, Present, and Future of his Comics Career

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Jeff Lemire is one of the most prolific comics creators currently working in the industry.  Following his breakout graphic novel Essex County, Lemire has explored themes of childhood and innocence lost through contemplative and grounded graphic novels like Underwater Welder and through genre series like Sweet Tooth and the breakout hit Descender, which was recently optioned for a […]

Comics site editorial shuffle continue with Pantozzi, Arrant, Lu

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In the past 12 months, Newsarama, The Outhouse, Comics Alliance, Multiversity and Broken Frontier have all had changes at the top, with various editors in chief leaving. Well, you can add The Mary Sue to the mix, as EiC Jill Pantozzi has just announced she’s moving on. Some big news to report. July 3rd will […]

SDCC ’15: Cartoon Network and Adult Swim announce panel line-up

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For the past number of years that I’ve attended SDCC, the fine folks at Cartoon Network and their brand Adult Swim have put on some rather enjoyable programming for the show. Most notably, I’ve greatly enjoyed the Children’s Hospital panels that were held in previous years, and the 2015 iteration of their lineup looks to […]

RIP Earl Norem

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Prolific cover artist and painter Earl Norem has passed away at age 91 as reported on Facebook by family members including his daughter: As my son has so eloquently posted, it is true that my father, Earl Norem, a member of the greatest generation, has passed on. He was a true super hero to me […]

Interview: Bryan Hill in Conversation with Former Batman Editor Joseph Illidge

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By Bryan Hill I met Joseph Illidge in 2002, before I wrote my first comic book. That year was a lot of me listening to his experience as a writer, filmmaker and comic book editor — and a few arguments about which Frank Miller work was the best, who would you rather have a pint […]

*Sunday UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

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By Nick Eskey Thanks for tuning in geeky guys and gals to this Sunday update of SDCC ’15 Funko toy release. Better known for their “POP!” line, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first […]

The Beat podcasts with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins on publishing economics

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Many people ask me, “Why don’t you do a podcast?” and I reply, “I do!” It’s called More to Come and it’s produced by Publishers Weekly. This week, I chat with Matt Hawkins, president and coo of Top Cow. Matt is more than just an inimitable Facebook poster (if you’ve read his stories about standing in line at the grocery store, you know what I mean.) He’s also an industry veteran who’s seen the highest highs and the lowest lows, and in this talk he dishes on the early days of Image and much more.

*FRIDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

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By Nick Eskey Thanks for tuning in boys and girls! This is the Friday update for the newest Funko toy exclusives available at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. If you want to find any of the previously announced figures, go ahead and check back through the articles for “Funko” and “SDCC ’15.” Just as a […]

OMG these Yotsuba&! figures are so cuuuuuuuute!

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Not only are these tiny Yotsuba&! figures from Kotobukiya adorable as the dickens, they got me thinking about the place of merchandising in a creator’s business plan.