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Piracy

Piracy

Digital piracy | Although some have credited, or blamed, Rich Johnston for bringing pirate website HTMLcomics.com to the attention of publishers, Harlan Ellison has stepped forward to gleefully suggest he may have had something to do with its exposure: “Several months ago, if you recall, we were advised of an internet pirate who was posting — along with about 30,000 other pages — DC, Marvel, Archie, Dark Horse, and on and on — my stories from HARLAN ELLISON’S DREAM CORRIDOR. When we advised him to cease and desist, he essentially told me to go fuck myself, and urged me to sue him. Just like every one of them, all the way back to my AOL suit, he told me he couldn’t be found, he was impregnable, I could go fuck myself. … I warned him. … I asked four members of The Flying Blue Monkey Squad to help me. They found him in one day, unsnarled all his shunting devices, tracked his footprint back to his main server, we got his name, his location in Tampa, Florida, and sent that data on to, well, friends of friends.”

Johanna Draper Carlson, Alan Kistler, Gia Manry, Simon Jones, Jaime Weinman and Douglas Wolk have additional commentary. [Robot 6]

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

Conventions | As three cities make bids for Comic-Con International, Michael Reicher considers whether the the pop-culture event is really worth all the fuss: “Comic-Con attendees might drive in from Hollywood, eat at a burger joint and party at a bar, whereas doctors from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons might fly in from Chicago, stay at the Hilton and eat at the White House in Anaheim — and spend three times the amount as Comic-Con devotees, industry leaders say.” [Orange County Local News Network]

Business | Five months after the company’s purchase by Disney, Marvel merchandise has begun appearing at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. For now Disney is selling the merchandise only at its D Street store at the Downtown Disney District outside the theme park. [The Orange County Register]

Business | Not comics, but distantly related: Upper Deck, the collectible-card company that produced trading-card games based on Marvel and DC Comics properties, has eliminated 119 employees. Last summer the company was dealt a financial blow when it lost its license with Major League Baseball to rival Topps. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

Bone: The Dragonslayer

Bone: The Dragonslayer

Libraries | The editorial board of the Rosemount, Minnesota, newspaper throws its support behind a local school district’s decision to keep Jeff Smith’s Bone series on library shelves: “There is nothing wrong with a parent objecting to her child reading these books. Each parent has different standards for his or her child. But there are better solutions than removing the book from in front of all students. We believe many students can get something positive out of these books, and we’re glad they’ll still have the opportunity.” [Rosemount Town Pages]

Awards | Suvudu continues its rundown of Eisner Award nominees with a look at the contenders for best limited series or story arc. [Suvudu.com]

Retailing | Columnist Thomas Heath profiles Thomas and James Wu, owners of Barbarian Comics in Wheaton, Maryland. [The Washington Post]

Art by Jim Zubkavich

Art by Jim Zubkavich

Creators | The National Post keeps chugging along with those Q&As with creators attending this weekend’s Toronto Comics Art Festival: Dustin Harbin; Erika Moen; Nick Marinkovich; Joey Weiser; Jordyn Bochon; Jim Woodring; Maryanna Hardy; Jeff Ellis and the Cloudscape Comics Collective; David Huyck; Joy Ang; Jim Zubkavich; and Nick Thornborrow. [Toronto Comics Art Festival]

Creators | Vanessa Farquharson profiles Jeff Lemire. [National Post]

Creators | Audio interviews from Stumptown Comics Fest with Graham Annable, Joelle Jones and Nicolas Hitore De, Matthew Southworth, James Sturm, and Steve Lieber. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | Michel Fiffe talks at length with artist Juan Bobillo. [The Beat]

Creators | David Harper chats with Caanan Grall, creator of the Zuda Comics series Celadore. [Multiversity Comics]

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10 Comments

RE: Not worth Comic Con: what are the attendance numbers like at a Orthopedic Surgeons convention? What’s the publicity like for a Orthopedic Surgeons convention? Will TV networks cover a doctor’s convention?

Andres is right — to measure the success of Comic-Con JUST in dollars is really doing a massive disservice to the convention. The only real way to measure Comic-Con’s success is overall IMPACT — not just on the local economy, but on the value it brings to a city/convention center, the value it offers its exhibitors in terms of access to a critical mass of fans as well as the value it lends to guests (comics publishers, studios, game companies, etc.) as a publicity tool

And I’m sorry, but I still believe that the dollars spent by con goers in the local economy is higher than what is usually attributed. Evidence of that is in the fact that every article I’ve read with estimates in the last year has shown a different number in each one, usually higher than the previous. Tells me that these local leaders aren’t capable of counting the exact economic impact a convention like CCI has. Just as I believe those numbers for other conventions are often over inflated.

Keep in mind those economic numbers are a TOOL used by the convention promoters in the hopes of gaining more advantage with their partners (exhibitors ,the con center, attendees, local businesses). Ultimately the key thing here is Comic-Con is an internationally known brand that brings a LOT of value and weight to the table.

Mysterious Stranger

May 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

“Will TV networks cover a doctor’s convention?”

Only if the doctors dress like Superman and the nurses dress like Slave Leia.

Simon DelMonte

May 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

For the love of all that is good in the world, don’t dare Harlan Ellison to sue you!

RE: Not worth Comic Con:

I’m no MBA, but it seems like restricting access to your convention area solely to the annual American Society of Wealthy Fatcats meeting can’t be a great business strategy.

To add a bit to above: Marvel merchandise had been sold in “downtown Disney” via Hasbro, prior to the acquisition. Since the acquisition; it’s begun to show up in both the mainstreet Walt Disney World merchandise location ( within the park), and in the main Disney merchandise location in Downtown Disney. The assortment includes comic books and graphic novels as well as t shirts, and (continued) Hasbro merchandise. I can verify this from seeing it in person just last week, and as early as several weeks ago.

For a cautionary tale:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1159241/index.htm
“The Last Iconic Baseball Card
Twenty years ago one teenager made a bet on the stardom of another teen, whose rookie card would become one of a kind. It would also signal the beginning of the end of a once-thriving industry”

“For the love of all that is good in the world, don’t dare Harlan Ellison to sue you!”

Hell, opening your mouth with him in the room is a dangerous proposition…

Heh, have to tell the owner of dreamhaven bookstore about these comments on Ellison, cause he knows him personally.

Bert Duckwall

May 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm

htmlcomics.com was a cool site. The guy should bring it back and charge $1.00 to read each book and split the money with the publishers.Napster came back legally They were getting ready to do htmlmagazines.com, too.

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