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The San Diego Comic-Con is almost upon us … watch for a few more updates later today.
Wi-fi | I think I swore after last year’s con that I’d go see that Eagle Eye movie because they sponsored free wi-fi access at the con last year … pretty decent wi-fi, from what I remember. Never saw the movie, though; I think it’s been showing on HBO, so I’ll go set the TiVo once I’m done here. This year’s access is sponsored by iGoogle, which I won’t have a problem supporting; Google is where I keep all my internet stuff.
Booths | The con folks have posted an “Around the Booths” document that details what various exhibitors have going on on the floor of the show.
Creators | Man of Action Studios, the creative collective of Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle – creators of the Ben-10 franchise and the upcoming Generator Rex for Cartoon Network, as well as countless comic books, will return to booth 2007 at CCI. MOA will be stocked with all of the Ben 10 DVDS as well as a full selection of this year’s new Man Of Action Comics (published through Image). Series artists Marco Cinello (Soul Kiss), Max Fiumara (Four Eyes), as well as Rouleau (The Great Unknown) will be signing – check the booth for schedules. Kelly and Seagle appear Thursday at 4:30 on the panel: Workshop – Creating Creator Owned Comics The Image Comics Way (Room 7A/B). Casey will appear on the Marvel Comics : Dark Reign panel Saturday at 11:30 (Room 6A). Each Man of Action will be announcing a new series at the con and the company is actively seeking artists for a variety of new projects, so bring portfolios by for review.
Creators | Brian Wood posted his schedule for the con; as previously mentioned, he’s sharing a booth with Becky Cloonan, Jill Thompson, Cliff Chiang, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. He’ll also have patches, postcards, rarities and other stuff for sale.
Creators | Several creators have posted their booth, signing and/or panel schedules: Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones, Rob Guillory and John Layman, Peter and Bobby Timony, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Dustin Nguyen, Francis Manapul, Cameron Stewart, Greg Rucka, Steve Lieber, Marc Bernardin Larry Marder and Paul Dini.
Publishers | Titan Books has released info on its con activities, which include appearances by Roman Dirge, Official Simon & Kirby Library editor Steve Saffel and more.
Exclusives | Topless Robot provides a rundown of Hasbro’s exclusive toys at the con, which include Invaders figures, a superhero-themed My Little Pony and smiling Luke Skywalker.
Breaking in | Larry Young posts advice on how to pitch a book to him at the con.
After hours | Pop Candy’s Whitney Matheson will host a meetup starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
After hours | The HBO TV show True Blood is sponsoring a few happy hour events the week of the con:
On Thursday (7/23) there will be two happy hour events, both from 7-9PM. One will be at Rock Bottom and the other will be at Prohibition and you’re welcome to come to both. They’re open to the general public and complimentary food and beverages will be served. We’ll also be giving away limited edition True Blood memorabilia including pint glasses, T-shirts and posters.
On Friday (7/24) there will also be two happy hours – one at Rock Bottom and one at Prohibition.
On Saturday (7/25) the happy hour will be at Bondi Bar from 7-10PM and include complimentary food and beverages and a special “reveal.” You definitely don’t want to miss it.