San Diego Comic-Con #hoteloween 2016: the terror of the random


The San Diego hotel room lottery, known variously as #hoteloween (by a few old timers) and #hotelpocalypse (by the current generation), took place this morning and it was a terrifying new version that found the randomization previously used for badges not applied to hotel rooms. Travelplanners, now renamed On Peak is still handling the process, […]

C2E2: Viz Media Announces Amano, Miyazaki, and New Streaming Line-up


Viz media announces new Yoshitaka Amano and Hayao Miyazaki art books, in addition to picking up Terra Formars and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure for their streaming collection.

Tolja! WonderCon cracking down on copyright violators


The great unsanctioned print crackdown we predicted a few weeks ago may be roaring down the highway. The following letter has been sent to exhibitors and Artist Alley tablers for next week’s WonderCon: Dear xxxx, WonderCon takes the issue of copyright infringement very seriously. Exhibitors who violate copyright law run the risk of arrest and […]

The basics of tabling at conventions: #3 is something most people don’t know


With convention season swinging in high gear with C2E2 this weekend, followed by WonderCon, MoCCA and ECCC, let’s review a little bit of convention exhibiting basics, shall we. With the flood of smaller shows, the economics of attending have to be examined closely. If you’re a writer, even more so.   Matt Hawkins is the […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 2/29/16: San Diego conventer center CONspiracy theory


§ Mark Fiore won this year’s Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. Already a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Fiore is the first to win for creating video content which run on the the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site,,,,, NPR’s web site and is currently being featured on online news sites ranging […]

French publishers threaten to start their own festival as Minister of Culture agrees to meet with them


L’Affaire de Angoulême continues and will not stop. As we reported yesterday, 40 French publishers — basically all the important players in France— have said they will boycott the 2017 festival if changes are not made. According to an interview in Le Monde, Guy Delcourt, owner of Delcourt, one of the biggest French publishers and head […]

San Diego Comic-Con not on board with Chargers plans for new downtown stadium


Really, the entire saga of San Diego’s downtown, Comic-Con and the Chargers is one of those local stories that will go on as long as one old timer is around to yap about it on Snapchat.

And as long as people can dream and make architectural renderings, there will be ideas for what kind of bizarro Brandon Graham-type building to put up in beautiful downtown San Diego. Like the above rendering of a proposed stadium that looks like a bunch of nesting tables stacked up wily nilly.

Tomorrow is the great San Diego Comic-Con Ticket sale—FOR THE ALLIANCE!


Tomorrow at 9 am pst, noon est, tickets for this year’s open registration for the San Diego Comic-Con takes place. There’s a detailed FAQ in the above link, a video here, and an explanation of this year’s RFID technology here. RFID, already in use by New York Comic-Con, means each badge is trackable, and should […]