FashionWatch: Comic conventions as catwalks? That's the narrative the New York Times is spinning. I may steal it later today…
IndyWatch: There may be complaints about the lack of NYCC indie-cred, but Pittsburgh is stepping up this weekend with PIX – the Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo. I'll even forgive that stretch of an acronym for such a great name. Anyone going?
"[Kevin Huizenga] started out self-publishing mini-comics, then got the attention of major publishers, and is now published by Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics, the two largest of the independent comic book publishers in North America," says Boichel. "He also still does self-published comics, which is unusual. He publishes several mini-comics every year that you can only get from him, or a few people, like Copacetic."
ReturnWatch: Diana Gabaldon's new graphic novel The Exile, to follow her book series Outlander, isn't a departure for her – it's a return to roots, Because she started out writing Disney Comics. And what's more? She got that job sending a pre-internet flaming rant to the editor complaining how bad their comic books were. Looks like there could be room for Jesse Baker and Mike Daniels in comics after all.
This is The Bleeding Cool ComicChron Robot speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
I'm pleased with the first issue. It lays the majority of our key cards on the table, without feeling cramped. Even from the fragment that we show here, you can sort of see some of the hooks. The issue introduces all five of the lights, each getting a chance to make their personality clear in a similar way to our 14-year old Idie does here (And yeah – 14, not 12. Storm was – er – mistaken in the issue of Uncanny). There's a the interaction, both with each other and the established X-men. There's the closeness they share, and the edge of creepiness to it. And then there's an example of the scales of the threats that they have to face when they go to stabilise a mutant.
At the "Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way" panel (emulating the limited 2009 series of the same name) at NYCC, talent scout C.B. Cebulski led a group of Marvel writers and artists in talking about the different paths that brought them to the famed comics house. Despite their varied backgrounds, there were several common themes that stuck:
My father was partners with Jack Liebowitz, who then became the primary moving force at DC, but he was partners with Jack Liebowitz in the AA group (Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern). But he didn't get along with him for various reasons. Primarily I think the fight was over advertising. I think the DC people wanted to put more ads in the book than my father wanted. For one reason or another they didn't get along. So finally he said, "Either you buy me out or let me buy you out," so they bought him out.
The first image (displayed to your upper right) parallels Kobe Bryant's five-ringed mitt with the Infinity Gauntlet, from the comic of the same name. Also pictured are LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, and a handful of Marvel types all vying for what could be Kobe's sixth. Additionally, we have a LeBron James-themed recreation of a famous Spider-Man frame:
The initial presentation gave an overview of 2010 to-date in comics sales (figures which I take with large grains of salt, since ICV2's numbers are based on interviews and survey responders — so basically the same self-selected data that has always plagued accurate accounting of game industry sales in publications like COMICS & GAMES RETAILER). The take-away from all of this is that (to no one's surprise) individual issue sales are still dropping (having entered the vicious circle where lower print runs mean higher production costs, leading to higher retail prices, further lowering sales, etc.), and graphic novel sales, which have buoyed the industry for the past few years as the only growth segment (thanks to increased penetration into bookstores), had plummeted as well — by a staggering amount (20% — Approximatly 9% when talking about comic shops, but 30% when discussing bookstores).
YouTube – NYCC 2010 DC Artists Showcase 1/3 – Jim Lee, Francis Manapul, Tony Daniel, David Finch.
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