Sorry…it’s just staggering on, and I wanted to link to a couple of reactions to my novella yesterday.
§ Don McPherson talks to the SD police to find out what REALLY happened during the con. It turns out we are a peaceful, law abiding folk after all.
Monica Munoz, media services manager with the SDPD, said there were few incident reports related to the comics and pop-culture convention last week. She said there was only one arrest at Comic-Con this year, which was for shoving an officer on duty just outside the event. The police department only recorded a single Comic-Con-related arrest in 2008 as well, and that was for being drunk in public, she said.
“This year, we had four kids who were separated from their parents, but they were all reunited with family,” Munoz said. “Other than that it was a successful event, as it is every year.”
As those limited, minor incidents suggest, the San Diego Police Department doesn’t experience a spike in criminal activity or disturbances during the convention, Munoz said, even though tens of thousands of attendees descend upon the city for a few days.
§ This blogger wonders about movie comics and why folks don’t like them:
So here are a few questions, not meant with any snark at all; I honestly don’t understand, and am curious to know. What makes a comic seem more like a movie pitch or “media property” than a “proper” comic? And why is that a problem? I don’t understand how the goal of making a comic that’s a good movie pitch or media property is inconsistent with or divergent from the goal of making a good comic, period.
§ Mark Evanier liked most of my con report, but chides me a bit for not giving more attention to the pioneers who got us here:
The place was crawling with comic book folks, past and present, and there was plenty of interest in them. They just get ignored in the fan press because, I guess, it’s more interesting to cover Robert Downey Jr than it is to cover anyone who ever drew Iron Man. I got Stan Freberg, who is kind of a legend in animation, down to the convention and he was mobbed and we turned away hundreds of folks at the Freberg panel…but that’s received nary a sentence in the convention coverage. We had a Golden Age Panel that has gone largely uncovered. I did a panel with comic creators from the seventies that has been noted on one website so far, and a particularly historic panel — the first-ever reunion of the three main “Bob Kane” ghost artists on Batman — that I’ve yet to see mentioned anywhere online…
Not to be morbid, but in the lifetimes of many of you, Geoff Johns and Bendis will be sitting on an old-timers panel, God willing, talking about what Steve Wacker was really like. We really do need to treasure the past more in the present.
§ ALSO…thanks to all for the kind notes and comments on my essay. I’m impressed that anyone got through it, and please know each was very much appreciated.