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Toronto Comic Arts Festival organizer Christopher Butcher opened the 2014 show by announcing the “unspoken theme” of that year’s show was spotlighting work by women creators. “Then,” I noted at the time, “Butcher did something truly amazing: He introduced a panel of three women that was not titled ‘Women in Comics.'” This year’s festival continued that theme, showcasing a diverse group of artists and spreading that diversity across the breadth and depth of the show.
In fact, the first thing I noticed when I looked over the schedule was there was no “Women in Comics” or “LGBTQ Comics” panel. There were a couple of more specialized panels — one on gay comics art in Japan, another on older women and comics — but for the most part, the diversity was just sort of there, no further comment needed. The “Art of the Travelogue” panel moderated by my con roommate Johanna Draper Carlson, for instance, featured four women and two men, and it didn’t seem like a particularly big deal until I started to write this article. This may be a watershed in the history of comics events.
With less than a month to go until the second annual Special Edition: NYC comic book festival, producer ReedPOP has provided ROBOT 6 with a first look at the event’s badges, created by some of the industry’s top artists.
Above and below you’ll see the VIP badge by Aaron McConnell, Weekend by Karl Kesel, and Artist Alley by Ron Randall, all members of Portland, Oregon’s Periscope Studio. According to ReedPOP, the illustrated badges help to underscore the show’s primary mission, “connecting fans with artists in a more personal and unique way.”
More than a year after the initial announcement, Conan O’Brien has provided a few more details about bringing his late-night show to Comic-Con International.
Although Conan typically airs Monday through Thursday on TBS, on last night’s episode he revealed that for the July 8-12 convention, it will be broadcast Wednesday through Saturday. “We’ve never done anything like that before,” O’Brien said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Last year, convention hopefuls were frustrated by glitches and rapid sellouts of multi-day passes as producer ReedPop was faced by unprecedented demand: Four-day tickets sold out in eight weeks in 2013, compared to just 40 minutes in 2014. When additional tickets were later offered at select retailers, beginning with Midtown Comics in Manhattan, thousands lined up for what was described as “a very nerdy Black Friday.”
ComiXology Submit will sponsor Artists Alley at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, held this weekend at McCormick Place.
To celebrate, comiXology’s two-year-old self-publishing portal will give away limited-edition posters of Fabian Rangel Jr.’s comiXology Submit hit Doc Unknown, as drawn by Courtney Crumrin and Princess Ugg creator Ted Naifeh. A different version of the poster, each with its own color theme, will be offered daily at the show on a first come, first serve basis. Rangel and Naifeh will be signing at the comiXology Submit booth.
Fifty fans will get a chance to relive a bit of superhero-movie history at Niagara Falls.
Superman II star Margot Kidder will return to Ontario in June for Niagara Falls Comic Con, where she’ll pose with fans in a special photo op near the Table Rock Welcome Centre, the setting of one of the 1980 film’s more memorable scenes. Presumably this time she won’t take a leap into the Niagara River.
Beth Widera, who’s owned the 22-year-old Florida convention since purchasing it in 2003 from CrossGen, confirmed the sale to the Orlando Sentinel. She will remain as executive director. Continue Reading »
The planned April 3 presentation was to feature host Chris Gore and other comedians reading “aloud the weirdest and wildest fan fiction found on the Internet,” a description that was met with a barrage of angry tweets and blog posts over the past several days.
“Hey WonderCon, mocking fanfiction isn’t mocking words on a page,” one person tweeted. “It’s mocking the people who wrote it. You know … BULLYING?” Another wrote, “If you wish to have a panel on fanfiction, it should be to celebrate not mock it. Fanfic is a vital part of fan culture.”
However, both WonderCon organizers and Gore stressed that the purpose of “Fan Fic Theatre” was never to mock the authors or their work.
ReedPOP, which produces such events as New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and Star Wars Celebration, is expanding its global reach with Shanghai Comic Convention, to be held May 16-17 in China.
The event is only the company’s latest move on the international stage, following the additions of Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention, India Comic Con, Australia’s Oz Comic Con, PAX Australia, Star Wars Celebration Europe and, as announced last fall, Paris Comic Con.
After listening to feedback from past attendees, Emerald City Comic Con will make an effort to be more inclusive by offering gender-neutral bathrooms, in addition to men’s and women’s restrooms.
In an official statement on the convention’s Tumblr account, the showrunners explained:
El Paso Comic Con, once characterized by its founder as “the most scrutinized comic con in the country,” has been canceled “indefinitely.” The event was scheduled for Sept. 4-6.
The announcement arrived this week in a Facebook page, but no explanation was provided.
“We’d like to announce El Paso Comic Con is being cancelled indefinitely,” reads the statement. “We’d like to thank everyone who supported us throughout years … the vendors, the guests, the partners, sponsors, the venues, but most importantly the volunteers and the FANS. We couldn’t have done it without you. It has no doubt been a great ride and a life changing experience. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. As we move forward and get back to our interests and the things we love to do – writing, music, publishing, and our professional ventures – we go shaped by this incredible event. Thank you again for coming along and participating in this life long passion. Remember, it’s not a trend but a culture. It’s a way of life.”
Batgirl heads from Burnside to Anaheim with series artist Babs Tarr’s program cover for WonderCon 2015.
The convention’s Toucan blog unveils the cover, along with a glimpse into Tarr’s creative process — and a hint that a T-shirt may be on the way. The program books will be given free to attendees at WonderCon Anaheim, held April 3-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
As promised, the online floodgates opened this morning to get tickets to Comic-Con International in San Diego. And while the past several years have often seen anger-inducing hoops to winning a chance at attending America’s biggest pop culture event pop up, the show seems to be locked in to a workable — if still flooded — system for its 2015 outing.
With the show’s Open Online Registration window being the chief way to gain access to Comic-Con one day at a time, hopeful attendees are refreshing browser windows loaded to the EPIC Registration page and checking both the SDCC Twitter account and the #SDCCOOR hashtag.
But amidst the typical outcry over frustrating load times and missed opportunities, many have also picked up the banner of the positive accentuating hashtag #BeTheCheerio. Seemingly originating from SDCC blogger An Englishman In San Diego, the phrase is meant to keep hopeful attendees’ eyes focused on the prize. As you wait to see if you made it in, check out some of our favorite Twitter responses to this year’s madness below the jump.
[Update: As we note below, the show sold out of badges in one hour, besting the previous year’s record by nearly 30 minutes.]
With the record-breaking attendance at New York Comic Con 2014 and the hit parade of Comic-Con International, it’s no doubt that comic conventions are big business. But as some who attend these events can attest, it can sometimes be difficult to find the comics amid the multimedia blitz. Not so with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. The event is celebrating its 10th consecutive year May 8-10, with ambitious plans for the fiture.
If you had already had plans for Saturday morning, you’ll probably want to change them — at least if you’re hoping to buy badges for Comic-Con International.
Open online registration will begin shortly before 9 a.m. PT, although the EPIC Registration landing page will be accessible starting at 8 a.m. to allow hopefuls to enter their personal registration code and authorize their device or browser to enter the waiting room.