§ I hope to have more thoughts on the NC Comicon, DICE in Durham, reports from CAB and MORE in the next few days, but while I try to catch up on much needed sleep, here’s a few notes:
§ If you had said ten years ago that the comics event season would still be hopping coast to coast on the second weekend in November, it would be hard to believe. But it is.
§ I jealously followed Comic Arts Brooklyn from afar and obviously the passion and camaraderie (and great comics) that was bursting previous indie focused events was in Brooklyn, too. We’re not slowing down, people.
§ NC Comicon doubled in size and took it all in stride. It was just the right size, the show staff kept everything running smoothly, sales were brisk, and Durham’s reputation as “The #1 foodie city in America” kept all the attendees well sated. Seriously, there is some great food in Durham.
§ DICE, the indie show going on at the same time, was a small, very interactive event that seemed in the brief time I was there, to be a big social gathering as much as a comics event. There is a very big, crafty “Maker” community in the area, and that fit well with the goals of an indie comics show.
§ Anyway more on all of that later.
§ People continue to reel from the death of internet pioneer Joey Manley. The number of significant creators in the Modern Era of comics that he helped is really astounding. I think those who knew him will be touched by this tweet:
Just left the memorial for my uncle Joey Manley. It is great to see all the love from the webcomic community. Thank you all, so much.
— Clay Logsdon-Tolbert (@ASocialOutcast) November 10, 2013
§ And with that, a few more links:
§ There was also a show in Portland Maine this weekend, Coast City Comicon, and here’s a brief report.
§ David Brothers on some very important matters.
§ Hic and Hoc’s Matt Moses has the very first CAB Scene Report
§ And they also are not having enough films that pass the Bechdel test, although you kew that:
The release of the new cinematic litmus test in Sweden comes as more than a few movies on either side of this spectrum are hitting theaters. Ender’s Game, for example, has three named female characters – Petra (Hailee Steinfeld), Valentine (Abigail Breslin), and Major Gwen Anderson (Viola Davis, whose character was gender-swapped from her book’s counterpart) – but they never interact with one another. On the other end of the spectrum is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which hoists up Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as its sole heroine and is poised to further crack the cinematic glass ceiling its predecessor did when it proved last year that a movie with a female protagonist could break box office records.
§ If the new Star Wars movie doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test, I will scream.
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.