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Comics A.M. | Avatar convention trailer stolen; WonderCon hopes for return to San Francisco

Avatar Press

Crime | A trailer filled with convention set-up and inventory of Avatar Press was stolen from the parking lot of Corner Store Comics in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday as the publisher prepared to head to Seattle for the Emerald City Comicon. The trailer contained cases of several graphic novels, including Neonomicon, Crossed, Freakangels, Night of the Living Dead and Fevre Dream, as well as limited-edition copies created specifically for conventions and large quantities of books by author Max Brooks. Avatar founder William Christensen asked West Coast retailers to keep an eye out for anyone looking to sell large quantities of Avatar books as they continue to work with local law enforcement. “Needless to say, this is a significant setback for us in terms of lost inventory, but I want to assure everyone that we have additional inventory of the graphic novels warehoused and available for restock to comic retailers and bookstores. As word of this has spread and people have been asking me what they could do to help, the other thing I’ve been mentioning is to simply keep asking your local retailer for books from Avatar Press. As for upcoming conventions, we will still be attending every con on our schedule, so we hope to see you at upcoming shows as well.” Any information on the stolen books can be sent to info@avatarpress.net. [Bleeding Cool]

WonderCon

Conventions | Comic-Con International wishes to return WonderCon to San Francisco next year, but the Moscone Center, the event’s usual home in the Bay Area, has not given them dates for 2013 yet. “[T]he show has been around the Bay Area for 25 years. It gets a lot of press,” said CCI’s David Glanzer. “I think one of the things that San Diego realized is that the heads in beds is very important, and maybe San Francisco doesn’t need this, but the news coverage is very important too. I don’t know if you’ve been following it, Anaheim is getting a lot of press out of this show. And when WonderCon is in SF gets a lot of press. We’ll see what happens. My real hope is that the show will have done well enough, that SF will say wow, we’d rather not lose that and give them dates farther out.” [The Beat]

Creators | Bongo Comics reports that new issues of Sergio Aragonés Funnies have been delayed while Aragonés recuperates from some recent back trouble. “Bear with us while Sergio puts the finishing touches on Sergio Aragonés Funnies #8. We guarantee it’ll be well worth waiting for! We’ll post a new release date on the blog as soon as the issue is ready for soliciting.” [Bongo Comics]

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Creators | Batman: The Dark Knight artist David Finch discusses his career, his work process and a new character he is working on in his spare time: “It’s gonna be set a hundred years into the future. That’s because I’m a huge fan of Syd Mead, who designed Blade Runner, which for me is the greatest movie of all time. It’ll be like a dark, dystopian Robin Hood story, essentially. The lead character will be wearing a volto mask, like in the Victorian times—an archetypical mask with a big cloak, cool costume.” [Rappler]

Creators | Bryan Q. Miller discusses his work on the upcoming Smallville comic book. [IGN]

Creators | The Charlotte Observer profiles cartoonist Dustin Harbin. [Charlotte Observer]

Digital | PC Magazine reports that Amazon updated its Kindle for Android app this week to add support for graphic novels, comic books and children’s illustrated stories. [PC Magazine]

Conventions | David Burger previews this weekend’s SLCNerd. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

Conventions | John Cheves previews this weekend’s Lexington Comic and Toy Convention. [LexGo]

Comics | Alan Scherstuhl counts down 10 highlights from the Marvel/Star Comics series Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos. [SFWeekly]

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Sorry to hear about Sergio. For some reason, I didn’t think that ANYTHING could cause that man to slow down. (I always sort of pictured him as being able to turn out a full 32-page comic in a couple of days even with both arms and both legs broken and in a full body cast, and still have time to do a full issue’s worth of Mad Marginals, then hop on a plane to go to a comic convention on the other side of the world.)

This was my third time at WonderCon (first time in 02 and second time in 05) and I had a blast this past weekend in Anaheim. I really think Anaheim should be the new home of WonderCon. Plenty of Parking in convention and Angel Stadium, Lots of walking space, and good free wi-fi. The only downside would be food (the hilton cafe is rather small) to buy. I do understand the Bay Area want their own comic con but they have APE. I’m willing to bet that if it wasn’t for the weather this past weekend the event would have been nearly sold out. A lot of people missed out on the SDCC badges this year and most likely next. So WonderCon would be a suitable substitude for many in Anaheim.

It’s a disservice to attendents making them go to Anaheim instead of San Francisco. San Francisco is the best part of wondercon!

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