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Comics A.M. | Could WonderCon’s Anaheim move be permanent?

Anaheim Convention Center

Conventions | WonderCon was held in Anaheim, California, this year because the traditional venue, San Francisco’s Moscone Center, was closed for renovations. Heidi MacDonald wonders whether the shift will be permanent, and a lively debate ensues in comments. SFBay, meanwhile, informally surveyed exhibitors, and found many retailers saw a steep drop in sales from last year, while many artists saw an increase in revenue. [The Beat]

Retailing | ICv2 sees an uptick in manga sales in comics stores and speculates that the Borders bankruptcy has led readers to a variety of different channels, including the direct market, which could be an opportunity for comics stores to expand their customer base. [ICv2]

Digital comics | Digital distributor comiXology will offer HD versions of all its comics for readers who use the new third-generation iPad, and Jason Snell says the new retina display and the HD comics make for a much better reading experience. [Macworld UK]

Digital comics | The blogger known as Ekko gives a pretty good overview of the digital comics scene and what needs to happen next, at least from a comics reader’s point of view. [Berkeley Place]

Battlepug

Creators | Drew McCabe talks to Mike Norton about his creation, the webcomic Battlepug, soon to be published in print form by Dark Horse. [Comic Attack]

Creators | Scott Lobdell is planning to throw some twists into DC Comics’ Red Hood, starting with Issue 7, and there will be some surprises as well in a “Night of the Owls” crossover. “This is what would happen if you were hanging out with your friends, and your friends just happen to be essentially outlaws,” he says. “It’s not a series where they sit around and wait for the Bat signal to go up or wait for Jimmy Olsen’s watch to go off.” [USA Today]

Creators | Speaking of “Night of the Owls,” writer Scott Snyder talks about how he has rethought the relationship between Batman and Gotham City in this latest story arc: “He’s at a point in his life where he’s established himself as the singular legend and hero of Gotham, he feels confident and at home there and he has all this knowledge of it but all of a sudden this mystery begins to open up there with the Court of Owls that makes him feel like this city — the place from which he draws all of his confidence and his strength — might actually be a total stranger and enemy to him.” [Hero Complex]

Stan Lee's Mighty 7 #1

Creators | Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, a six-issue miniseries that was developed in partnership with Archie Comics, debuts this week with a cast of characters that includes not only space aliens but also Stan Lee himself and Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. Other real-life celebrities will drop in as well, Lee says. And while Stan Lee the character worries about being able to create more comics, the real-life Stan Lee says that’s not a problem: “”It’s like working on a puzzle — you’ve got the elements, now you have to figure out what’s missing, what’s the one thing that is unexpected and will be exciting to the reader.” [USA Today]

Creators | Blair Butler talks about crossing over from critic to creator for her first comic, Heart, a story about Mixed Martial Arts. [Multiversity Comics]

Comics | David Brothers and Sean Witzke discuss the unique place of Watchmen in the comics canon—and why we talk about it so much. [4thletter!]

Reviews | Rob Clough reviews Lance Ward’s Kmart Shoes, a painful memoir about growing up poor. [The Comics Journal]

Criticism | Ed Sizemore kicks off the Manga Moveable Feast, a weeklong celebration of Jiro Taniguchi (The Walking Man, A Zoo in Winter). The MMF is a monthly roundup in which bloggers and reviewers write about a particular series or creator, and all the posts are archived at the host site. [Manga Worth Reading]

Satire | Check this out before someone makes them take it down: What if other comic strips followed Garry Trudeau’s lead and made comics about the Texas sonogram bill? [Hair Balls]

Exhibits | Sarah Boslaugh reports on Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics, an exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. [Playback stl]

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Simon DelMonte

March 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

I think it would be lousy for Wondercon to move south for good and essentially become SDCC Spring. From what I can tell, Wondercon has a large and loyal local following, and it would be a slap in their collective face to abandon them.

Come on face it guys, the decision whether they stay in Anaheim or go back to SF has to do entirely with where they make the most profit, if they make more of a profit in Anaheim they will keep it there if not back to SF, as to what Simon Delmonte said above having a local and large following doesnt matter to the the executives because if they make no profit theres no point, some say Wondercon/Comic Con are non profit organizations but lets face it guys it has to do with money especially in these trying economic times, Im sorry to conclude that if WonderCon has been more succesful in Anaheim they will stay there, sorry SF we just need NoCAli for water.

This was my first trip to Wonder Con, thanks to its move this year. I really enjoyed it, but I’m going to assume it will move back to SF next year. I only hope that its promoters think about putting on other events here, maybe later in the year so it doesn’t compete with either Wonder Con or SDCC. They did a great job and everyone I spoke to seemed to have a good time.

I will be going to The Big WOW in San Jose, Ca. from now on Wonder con has become more along the lines as the Comic con more about hollywood and movies. I was with every show of Wonder con but its lost its touch from the original start and The Big Wow is more for the true comic book fan.

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