And after a day spent curled up playing Hearthstone and eating ice cream….we’re back! And ready to rock and roll!
§ In the most important election news, Measure C was defeated in San Diego – this was the Chargers-led initiative that would have used a hotel tax to fund a new stadium for the football team (with a built in convention center, much as one adds a linen closet to an apartment). Without a new stadium it’s possible the Chargers could move to a different city.
Spanos, in a message to Chargers fans early Wednesday, thanked everyone who supported the measure, and said the team’s future hasn’t yet been decided. “In terms of what comes next for the Chargers, it’s just too early to give you an answer,” Spanos said. “We are going to diligently explore and weigh our options, and do what is needed to maintain our options, but no decision will be announced until after the football season concludes and no decision will be made in haste.”
Just what this has to do with the eternally proposed expansion of the SD Convention Center for Comic-Con, is not yet clear. However,
Measure D, which would have redirected tourism financing in San Diego, barred an onsite expansion of the convention center and set aside Qualcomm Stadium for educational and park uses if it’s abandoned by the Chargers, was also handily rejected by voters.
So anything could happen!
§ I wrote about Comic Arts Brooklyn for PW: Comic Arts Brooklyn Scales Down Size, Not Sales
Because the show was planned a bit later than usual, there were fewer debut books. Indie mainstays Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly were represented by artists like Drew Friedman and Adrian Tomine, but did not have booths. Nevertheless the books that did make it sold out quickly, including several very limited editions from even smaller publishers, such as the third volume of Connor Willumsen’s Treasure Island, an experimental comic from Breakdown Press; and Charles Burns’ Free Shit from French art publisher Le Dernier Cri.
And Nick Gazin has a photo filled wrap up at Vice:
There are dozens of comic cons, art-book fairs, and small-press expos these days—but the only one that needs to exist is Comic Arts Brooklyn, a carefully curated, free, single-day event that takes place yearly at Brooklyn’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel church gymnasium.
§ This is a link from 2014, but Tyler James’s The Creator & Small Publisher’s Guide to the Diamond Distribution Cycle at Comixtribe is a very lucid and clear guide to the many steps of the distribution process.
One example of this is that we need to submit any new series we’d like to publish to our Diamond reps for distribution consideration. No matter how many beers you buy me at a convention (Guinness, please), if my Diamond rep tells me that they can’t sell your book, ComixTribe can’t distribute it through Diamond for you. Sorry. While no doubt some good books fail to make it through the Diamond screening process, it’s a fair one. The team that reviews new series submitted is composed of former retailers and comic market veterans with their pulse on the market. If they say retailers won’t buy a book, they probably know better than you or I.
§ Here is a list of The 75 Best Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga by Female Creators which has many great great books on it but there is even MORE out there!
The other thing to remember is that this list can only include books that I’ve read. Did I include Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs or Lynda Barry’s One Hundred Demons? I did not because I’ve yet to read them. Additionally, if you don’t see a favourite book listed, either I didn’t read it or I have different tastes from you :) While it’s fine if this makes you mad, maybe instead take this as an opportunity to celebrate there being 75 other great books out there in addition to your personal favourite. That’s really a lovely position to be in!
§ Greg Hunter interviews the artist Trungles for the Comic Book Decalogue podcast.
§ Hm I don’t know anything about this but the writer sounds important:
In her debut graphic novel, Stardust Nation, two-time Man Booker Prize shortlister, Deborah Levy, returns once again to the fore. In an adaptation of one of her earliest works, an original short story from her collection, Black Vodka, Levy proves her worth as she explores the human psychology within her literature.
§ Robber break in to steal a mans comics and he dies of a heart attack. No it isn’t a variant universe Uncle Ben, but a real man and a real crime. And sentences have been handed down:
Albert William Parsons, 47, who was convicted of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Two co-defendants, Rico Vendetti and Arlene Combs, hired three men to travel from Rochester to the Medina home of Homer Marciniak, 78, to steal Marciniak’s valuable comic book collection. The three men, Parsons, Donald Griffin and Juan Javier, were to be paid $1,000.
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.