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While talking about the financial difficulty of hitting a lot of big conventions during the year, a group of comics writers came up with a potential new way to make creator appearances more frequent and cost-effective.
Jimmy Palmiotti started the conversation by noting that when most creators attend a convention, they do so on their own dime. And for writers it’s especially tough, as they’re unable to sell artwork to recoup costs. Ron Marz noted that even when the table is free, he still loses money unless the convention at least pays for travel and hotel expenses, while Steve Niles added that recovery time after conventions is also a factor. Time spent at a show (or being sick after a show) is time not spent on creating comics.
None of these creators prefers to stay home and miss meeting readers and other industry people, so Niles shared how, because he wasn’t able to attend Comic-Con International this year, he Skyped into a panel and had a good experience. “I wish we could do this at stores to meet fans,” he wrote. And then the conversation took off.
We don’t cover a lot of store signings, but this seems like kind of a big deal for a couple of reasons. Bill Willingham and Adam Hughes are kicking off the hotly anticipated Fairest series with a launch party/signing at The Source Comics and Games in Falcon Heights, Minnesota (a suburb of Saint Paul) on Wednesday, March 7.
Coming at a time when many readers are looking for comics that feature great female characters, Fairest focuses on the fairy tale women of Bill Willingham’s Fables. Willingham is writing the book; Hughes provides the covers.
Friday: WonderCon kicks off at noon at San Francisco’s Moscone Center South. The three-day convention features creator spotlights and signings, panel discussions, screenings and more (the complete programming schedule can be found here).
Special guests include Murphy Anderson, Sergio Aragones, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Colleen Doran, Mark Evanier, David Finch, Adam Hughes, Geoff Johns, Adam Kubert, Joe Kubert, Jimmy Palmiotti, Darick Robertson, James Robinson, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Kevin Smith, Ethan Van Sciver and Judd Winick.
Friday: Golden Apple Comics and Comic Book Resources play host to a cocktail party and book signing with actress-writer Felicia Day (The Guild) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Golden Apple Comics, 7018 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.
Friday: For WonderCon attendees looking for evening fun, artist Dave Johnson is joining with Isotope owner James Sime for a tiki-bar crawl through San Francisco. It gets rolling at 8 p.m. at Bamboo Hut, 479 Broadway.
Saturday: Isotope and iFanboy present “100 Proof Hex,” a party featuring Jonah Hex collaborators Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and Darwyn Cooke. The event will be from 7 p.m. to midnight at Isotope, 326 Fell St., San Francisco.