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Video corner: Independent Sources covers Diversity in Comics at NYCC

Independent Sources is a local to NYC show that spotlights ethnic and local news. Hosted by Zyphus Lebrun, it's put together by CUNY (City University of New York ) and runs on their cable station. Last week's episode, covers various aspects of diversity in comics, with thoughtful interviews with Marvel's Sana Amanat, Image's David Brothers, Morgan Dubin from Abrams Comic Arts, Jonathan Gray, Assistant Professor of English, John Jay College, artist Dexter Vines and yours truly. Aside from my having to terrifyingly reënect walking into a comic shop, it's a sprightly look at the basic issues of diversity and the widening audience for comics. There's also a nice segment on a cosplayer who designed a Rita Repulsa costume and others for curvier women.

NYCC ’14 wrap-up: on the clearing of rooms and who’s bigger

I know there are a few panel wrap ups still coming down the pike here and there, but I wanted to essentially wrap up...

NYCC ’14: God is Disappointed in You, but Shannon Wheeler and...

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Who else but the hipster indie publisher Top Shelf could possibly put out a book entitled God is Disappointed in You. Written...

NYCC ’14: God is Disappointed in You, but Shannon Wheeler and...

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Who else but the hipster indie publisher Top Shelf could possibly put out a book entitled God is Disappointed in You. Written by Mark Russell with illustrations by Shannon Wheeler of “Too Much Coffee Man” fame God is Disappointed in You is the Bible boiled down to its essential elements.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 10/20/14: Gary Groth is a Stranger Genius

§ Congrats to Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth for winning the Stranger's Genius Award for Literature. Many would say Gary is strange, many a genius...

$2000 statue and more stolen at New York Comic Con

While the harassment problems seems to have been put under control, by and large, there are a rather alarming number of reports of theft from the show, including this one, about a hand painted "Dunny" statue worth $2000 being stolen from a booth. The culprit was caught on tape taking the items at 7:25 after the show closed and fled on foot. I also saw tweets indicating that writer Amy Chu's laptop was stolen, and there's a report of an artist having some pages stolen as well. Thievery doesn't invite the same kind of "they were asking for it" response as other kinds of claims, but unfortunately, these incidents are a reminder that leaving valuable things lying around is not a good idea at a crowded con. It's also a sad comment on an otherwise peaceful crowd.

Irwin Hasen given Eisner Award at NYCC 2014

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson -- One of my favorite events at New York Comic Con was the Thursday night tribute and presentation to Irwin Hasen, 96 years old. Irwin has been drawing comics since 1940 beginning at Harry A. Chesler’s shop and then going on to DC drawing The Green Hornet, The Flash, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and creating Wildcat. Irwin then went on to co-create the long-running newspaper strip Dondi. Irwin is much loved and revered in the comics community and it was a poignant moment for all of us there to see him honored.

NYCC ’14: All The Beat’s coverage

As you may have noticed, there were a lot of stories coming out of NYCC.  Here's a convenient list of what we covered, separated...

NYCC ’14: Marvel fans loved their sneak peak at tonight’s episode...

By Edie Nugent     If the response from the fans at NYCC is anything to go by, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should delight viewers with “Face...

New York Comic Con 2014 was the biggest US comic con...

With attendance of 151,000, this year's NYCC is now the biggest reported North American comics convention, surpassing the San Diego Comic Con's 130,000. According to show runner Lance Fensterman, the increase of 20,000 from last year was due to selling tickets for a full day Thursday, which was previously a half-day "pro day. I'm told neither number includes pros and exhibitors and 'industry support" however, so the exact number of numb and yet enthused people wandering the halls of either Comic-Con has not been released. Given the number of lookie-loos who hang around in San Diego, that event would still seem to be the biggest. Many people wondered how NYCC could be bigger than SDCC when the Javits Center is smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. I'm sure Torsten can give us the exact dimensions, but on most lists I've ever seen, the Javits is actually larger than SD Convetion Center. This stat is misleading however.

NYCC ’14: Teasers, terror and a few tears: Inside AMC’s Walking...

by Edie Nugent AMC’s The Walking Dead panel was packed nearly past capacity on Saturday afternoon at NYCC. When the 3500 floor seats of the...

NYCC ’14: Oni Press Shows Down With Upcoming Lineup

by Zachary Clemente NYCC started all a-bluster with large announcements, crazy crowds, fantastic costuming, crowds, swathes of booths manned by insightful and fun comics publishers...