Today is getaway day. Saturday and Sunday always turn into frantic catch-up adventures with little posting time, and I won’t be able to get my final con thoughts up until tonight, but it was a pretty good show. No one lost an eye. The big question was whether the time economy of con — people coming just for the entertainment stuff — and the economy of the Real World — it’s a recession! — combined to slow sales on the floor.
For a show that gets “bigger and bigger” every year, no publishers we talked to were experiencing bigger and bigger sales. That’s the real problem.
Odin’s throne at the Marvel booth was a real hit, however. The actual prop taken from the film, the great doors opened to reveal the Destroyer armor behind it. The display was so popular that even the Teamsters and convention personnel who were quickly breaking down the hall wouldn’t let the throne get taken down until they all had their picture taken with it. It was a new benchmark for a comics publishing booth at Comic-Con — in an environment that is one big theme park, it’s getting to be the only way to stand out.
More later from the road. BIG, BIG ups to Kate and Torsten for manning the home internet.
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.