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Comics A.M. | ICv2 conference returns to San Diego; surviving CCI

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con | ICv2 will host a Comics, Media, and Digital Conference on July 20, the afternoon before Comic-Con International kicks off in San Diego. The event will include panels on digital comics, comics in Hollywood and “Comics, Paper and Digital at Comic-Con 2013.” [press release]

Comic-Con | Comic-Con International has released the floor map for this year’s show. Heidi MacDonald helps translate it. [Comic-Con International]

Comic-Con | With just 14 until the big event, Acquanetta Ferguson offers 18 tips to surviving your first Comic-Con, while Liz Ohanesian talks with Doug Kline, author of The Unauthorized San Diego Comic-Con Survival Guide. [Examiner, LA Weekly]

Creators | Sean Witzke talks with King City creator Brandon Graham about world-building, collaborating with other writers or artists, porn and his approach to storytelling: “I’m really into the idea of conveying a story clearly enough for the reader to get all the basics while at the same time having enough information going on where you don’t necessarily get it all or even miss something on the first read through. I think it’s something that came from me reading a lot of European and Japanese comics growing up and just not always getting everything, culturally or just because of weird translations. I like that nice mystery. And there’s the idea that when a story doesn’t give you everything it forces the reader to think a little more. Turns them from being a passive reader to an active one. I think that would be my ideal destination, some kind of clear and simple with a background of complexity.” [supervillain]

G.I. Joe

Publishing | Following up his accounts of how ROM, Transformers and Dazzler came to Marvel, former Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter recounts how the company began working with Hasbro on G.I. Joe in the early 1980s. [Jim Shooter]

Publishing | The Associated Press talks to BOOM! Marketing Director Chip Mosher about the Elric minisite the publisher launched this week. [Associated Press]

Publishing | J. Caleb Mozzocco has read DC’s FAQ on their relaunch and he has some follow-up questions. [Every Day Is Like Wednesday]

Publishing | Brian Heater continues his multi-part interview with Mome editor Eric Reynolds. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | Webcomic writer and commentator T Campbell is the guest on the latest Webcomic Beacon podcast. [The Webcomic Beacon]

Comics | Ben Morse discusses event comics and how they can end. [The Cool Kids Table]

Comics | In his manga nostalgia column House of 1000 Manga, Jason Thompson takes a fond look at Wild 7, a children’s manga about a gang of rogue motorcycle cops chasing bad guys: “It’s one of the most violent children’s manga imaginable, a manga that feels like someone shouting at readers ‘Hey! Manga aren’t just for kids anymore!’ before pistol-whipping them in the face.” [Anime News Network]

Comics | Patton Oswalt dusts off some rejected Batman pitches. The “Arkham’s Arsenal one sounds kind of cool. [Patton Oswalt, via Ferret Press]



Adventure Team Commander

July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

Too bad none of the GI Joe comics published so far have featured the real (and best-selling) GI Joes — the ’70s Adventure Team Joes. Maybe that’s why very few of them have ever sold very well.

Relating to the Surviging CCI link, mind if I plug my own Tips for Comic-Con? It’s a list I’ve been building up for a couple of years now based on personal experience.

And, of course I screw up the link. That was supposed to be

Acquanetta Ferguson

July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hey thanks for linking me on here! I hope everyone enjoys the tips!

My general food tip for conventions and conferences:

Buy a box of non-chocolate-covered breakfast bars at Ralphs. Empty the box into the plastic bag they’ll give you. Toss the box, The bars are cheap ($5 a box), healthy, tasty, light, and not very messy. You can snack as you wander, avoiding lines, and saving time and money. If you aren’t concerned about nutrition, you can do the same with Hostess or Little Debbie, but the cereal bars are not as fragile or messy.

I usually purchase a 20 oz. bottle of Mountain Dew at the same time, and then refill that throughout the day. Adrenaline will usually power me until dinner.

Another option, if you’re not too concerned about storage (not generally a problem… indoors, 70 degrees):
Buy a hero/sub. Eat half for breakfast, the other half for lunch.

If budget/time allow, get up early, and meet some friends for breakfast at one of the hotels. They’ll usually have a buffet, and you can carb up for the day ahead. (And possibly sneak some fruit out in your backpack.) Since you’ll be walking miles, you’ll burn off all those calories! No guilt!

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