The comics fiscal year has ended as Brigadoon folded up its tents and Freeman loaded up the crates.
We’ll have detailed thoughts tomorrow (fingers crossed) but this was a huge year for Monkeybrain, Lego, Skybound, digital, Superman, and people who like sleeping out over night to see panels.
Image had a huge new booth with thick carpeting, and more structured signings. Boom had a bigger booth as well —2 Guns was a lucrative deal both for Boom and Steven Grant.
Panels were often underattended. The offsites are immense and many people went just to see them even without a badge. Sunday’s shopping day was insanely busy. I have never seen so many people on the floor when the 5 o’ clock con ending whistle went off. And they lingered for a long time. There wasn’t enough time to get all the shopping in and the show could have stayed open for hours more. (Not that it should have.)
Similarly, as we walked from dinner to a dead dog party on Sunday night —the same walk we’ve made for 10 years in a row—I have never seen so many people STILL WEARING THEIR BADGES AT 10 PM ON SUNDAY NIGHT. The show is expanding in both physical and temporal aspects.
Above: Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin and Rep. John Lewis at the top Shelf booth where they sold more copies of MARCH than of any book they have ever brought to the show. Perhaps Rep. Lewis put it best when we moronically joked “Which is harder Comic-Con or marching for Civil Rights?” and he said, with deadpan delivery, “I believe the march for civil rights.”
So yeah. Perspective.
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.