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• Apple is getting in on the Comic-Con pre-show hype by highlighting all their comic book applications within iTunes. In their “App Spotlight” newsletter, they wrote: “We’re dusting off our Klingon costumes — it’s time for Comic-Con. From Marvel Comics favorites to more recent releases such as Twilight: The Graphic Novel, you can now enjoy comics and graphic novels from past and present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.”
• The Comic-Con International site this year introduced a scheduling feature that allows you to pick and choose the panels, films, etc. you’d like to attend, and then export them to your mobile device of choice. In addition, it also shows you how many people have indicated which panels they plan to attend, which is a fun way to see how popular certain panels are.
My wife used it over the weekend; it took her about half an hour to set up, browse the extensive schedule, make her selections and subscribe to it so she gets updates directly on her iPhone calendar (the bulk of that time was going through the schedule and deciding what she wanted to attend). At the time, it looked the Glee and Joss Whedon panels were the most popular.
• Top Shelf Comix has posted information on the new books they’re bringing to the show, as well as who will be at their booth. Their guest list includes Jeff Lemire, Kathryn & Stuart Immonen, James Kochalka, Matt Kindt, Jeffrey Brown and more. New books include Ax Vol. 1, The Playwright and Fingerprints.
• Sparkplug sent details on what will be going down at their booth:
Sparkplug Comic Books is headed to the San Diego Comic-Con July 21st-25th with two new books:
Lemon Styles by David King
The Heavy Hand by Chris Cilla
Both are for sale on the Sparkplug on-line bookstore.
We’ll be bringing them and hundreds of other new and old comics to San Diego for our typical flea market style approach. Sparkplug will be carrying tons of of great self-published comix and zines including work by Noah Van Sciver, Benjamin Marra, Carrie McNinch, Steve Ditko, Aron Steinke, Jason T. Miles, Annie Murphy, Katie Skelly, Matthew Thurber and hundreds more. We’ll even have some old comics.
Our booth number is 1630, right next to Drawn and Quarterly and Last Gasp. We are sharing it with Tom Neely, Shawn Cheng, Levon Jihanian, Landry Walker and Eric Jones as well as more people!
Chris Cilla will be at the Sparkplug booth on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 2-6pm. David King will be at the booth Thursday through Sunday 10am-2pm. We also have Shannon O’Leary and Tim Goodyear there.
• Here is the signing schedule for Oni Press:
10:00 – 11:20 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Rafael Albuquerque, Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt
12:00 – 1:00 ONI PRESS PANELMONIUM 2010
1:20 – 2:20 Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt, Marc Guggenheim & Justin Greenwood, Joe Harris
2:30 – 3:50 Nico Hitori De, Jeff Wamester, Phil Gelatt, Robbi Rodriguez, Greg Rucka & Matthew Southworth
4:00 – 5:20 Rick Spears & Chuck BB, Lars Brown, Matt Loux, Ray Fawkes
5:30 – 6:50 Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir, Christopher Mitten, Ross Campbell, J. Torres
10:00 – 11:20 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Hurtt & Cullen Bunn
11:30 – 12:50 Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis, Jeff Wamester, Greg Rucka, Ande Parks
1:00 – 2:20 Marc Guggenheim & Justin Greenwood, Joe Harris, Lars Brown, Robbi Rodriguez, Hunter Clark
2:30 – 3:50 Rick Spears & Chuck BB, Ross Campbell, Brian Hurtt & Cullen Bunn
4:00 – 5:20 Phil Gellat, J. Torres, Ray Fawkes, Matt Loux
5:30 – 6:50 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Nico Hitori De, Rafael Albuquerque
10:00 – 11:20 Hunter Clark, Greg Erb & Jason Oremland, J. Torres, Marc Guggenheim & Justin Greenwood, Rafael Albuquerque
11:30 – 12:50 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jarrett Williams, Robbi Rodriguez, Joe Harris, Ross Campbell
1:00 – 2:20 Brian Hurtt & Cullen Bunn, Greg Rucka & Matthew Southworth, Ande Parks, Nico Hitori De
2:30 – 3:50 DJ Lance Rock, Matt Loux, Ray Fawkes
4:00 – 5:20 Brian Hurtt & Cullen Bunn, Chuck BB & Rick Spears, Phil Gelatt, Rafael Albuquerque
5:30 – 6:50 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jarrett Williams, Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis, Jeff Wamester, Chris Mitten
10:00 – 11:20 Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jarrett Williams, Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis. Jeff Wamester, Chris Mitten
11:30 – 12:50 Brian Hurtt, Greg Rucka, Lars Brown, Joe Harris
1:00 – 2:20 Chuck BB & Rick Spears, Rafael Albuquerque, Ray Fawkes, Matt Loux
2:30 – 3:50 Jarrett Williams, Hunter Clark, Brian Hurtt, Robbi Rodriguez
• Smith Micro Software, Inc. (who I should point out is one of this blog’s sponsors) is bringing Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons to Comic-Con to greet fans at booth #5238 for exclusive signings. Gibbons creates his characters and storylines using Smith Micro’s Manga Studio software, and he will use Manga Studio to design an all-new, limited edition poster created specifically for Comic-Con 2010 attendees. Here’s a tease: