§ This promo piece for Heroes in Crisis has everyone buzzing that the Crisis Era is back, and grimdark deaths are coming. It’s well known that someone is going to die so horribly from a gunshot would that all of DC’s superheroes will be sent into therpy for their PTSD in this upcoming mini series, […]
§ Nice Art: Indie comics festival Comic Arts Brooklyn 2017 has a poster (and Guests: Chris Ware, Jules Feiffer and Emil Ferris.) And the poster is by Emil “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” Ferris. V. cool. § Like everyone on earth, I have a Google news alert set to my name, and lately it’s been […]
Well I asked for a spy at the panel where current publishing scandal It Girl Lani Sarem told folks how to “Break In and Get Noticed” but it seems Sarem found the one place where no one would care about the accusations that her YA novel Handbook for Mortals gamed the system to get on […]
The drama that’s rocking the YA and publishing world today is the YA novel Handbook for Mortals, an out of nowhere book that suddenly debuted atop the NY Times bestseller list. And thanks to some sleuthing by YA authors and bookstore clerks on, detailed on Pajiba, the book has been removed from the list. It […]
Citing both a decline in convention attendance and the number of shows, Wizard World’s latest SEC filings show a 50% drop in revenue for the first half of the year.
Wizard World has been the subject of scrutiny after Tom Spurgeon reported that gun dealer DS Arms, Inc. would be attending the Chicago show as a vendor. The news prompted a series of back-and-forth moves – that DS Arms was attending, not attending, attending, and as of today back to not attending, according to Bleeding Cool.
Spurgeon’s report also mentioned that the dealer was rumored to be attending Dragon Con in Atlanta, which seemed to be confirmed by DS Arms’ Facebook page:
A happy camper @WizardWorld #ChicagoComicCon ! XX pic.twitter.com/Jo4ZR63UGs — Elvira (@TheRealElvira) August 23, 2014 Wizard World Chicago was this weekend, a now four-day extravaganza of mostly nerdlebrity stuff, but still, and it’s said to be a great place to sell art to the midwest’s large and eager fan base. It’s also the show where nerdlebrities […]
Okay we don’t run too many contests here at The Beat, but when the prize is as awesome as this—a piece of original art created for you by Neal Adams—it is something we can’t pass up offering Beat readers a shot at.
There’s always been something a bit disappointing about Sundays. It’s like on a primal level every part of our body understands that workaday Monday is round the corner. Fun is coming to an end. And what little fun there remains is overshadowed by the infinite promise of Friday and Saturday just gone. That is certainly the reputation they have at conventions. By Sunday, the hardcore attendees, the exhibitors and guests have already been there a day or two. The enthusiasm they started with has met with the reality of spending an extended period of time in what is effectively a large warehouse-type space, and perhaps also the reality staying up a little past their respective bedtimes. Any big announcements there might have been have all been made, and most attendees have already spent most of the money they planned to spend. Indeed, when I told Heidi I’d be at Wizard World Chicago on a Sunday she did remind me “Sunday is probably the quietest day…”
The “under new management” Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con was held this past weekend, and even without the Situation on hand, we heard from all that it was very well attended. Industry analyst Milton Griepp also attended, and had some observations on the show make-up: