THREE big conventions took place this weekend! Down in Texas, Wizard World Texas made its appointed rounds, although Hero’s mechanical bull fund raiser contributed the expected awkward moments. David Hopkins sent us a link to his Flickr stream from which we stole this picture. [email protected] has lots of coverage as well, and some news crumbs leaked out.
MEANWHILE, in New York, the Big Apple Con excited autograph collectors with appearances by Hayden Panettiere and Kristin Bell, and VIRGIL!!! and had some Valiant news:
Saturday’s Valiant Comics panel at the Big Apple Con ended with the revelation of Valiant Entertainment’s next project: a hardcover collection of “X-O Manowar” with a new story by Bob Layton. Sean Chen will be the cover artist, while the as-yet unnamed interior artist will be inked by Layton.
NY1 has a brief report which even squeezed in some mention of comic books:
“Comic books, artists, celebrities, actors, actresses, it’s great,” said Michael Carbonaro of Big Apple Comic-Con. “There’s lots of stuff going on. Hayden Panettiere from “Heroes,” [was here.] Kristin Bell will be here all day tomorrow, as will Val Kilmer from “Batman.” “[I’m here] comic books,” said one fan. “[My friends are] here for Val Kilmer. That was the only way I could get them here.” “Today and probably tomorrow I’ll be here because I’m going to try out that costumes contest, because me looking like Wolverine, I got the costume for it,” said another.
Mike Cavallero also has a brief report. Mark Evanier has a quick but thorough write-up as well. Evanier makes mention of the bad conditions at the Hotel Pennsylvania, which is sad since it was once a real landmark. The hotel is still slated to be torn down, but, according to the scuttlebutt we heard, not for a couple of years. The sad thing is that the property really has been let go so far that tearing it down would be tons cheaper than restoring it.
Across the pond, there was a convention in Dublin, Ireland this weekend, with Jim Lee, Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and more as guests. Millarworld has a thread but apparently everyone is still too drunk to post anything coherent about it. A Newsarama poster had some news tidbits (Marvel hopes to hire female artists!) Kieron Gillen posted but admitted he was still to drunk to post properly. And so it goes.
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