Motor City Comic Con
Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. Although this installment is a little late — curse you, technical problems! — we’re still left with plenty of time to prepare for this weekend’s Motor City Comic Con, Dallas Comic Con and the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention.
What’s more, our contributors have cast their eyes over Wednesday’s releases, singling out such favorites as Battlestar Galactica #1, Betelgeuse, Vol. 1, and The New Warriors Omnibus.
Publishing | The drop in year-over-year sales in the direct market slowed in April, with periodicals slipping 1.75 percent and graphic novels just .84 percent. Overall sales were down 1.46 percent for April and 6.5 percent for the first four months of the year. Marvel topped Diamond’s comics chart with Fear Itself #1, while DC led the graphic novel category with the 15th volume of Fables. [ICv2.com]
Crime | Police evacuated the bus terminal in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, Friday afternoon after a suspicious package was discovered across the street. The Michigan State Police bomb squad was called in, and it was determined the mysterious package was merely a briefcase-shaped media kit promoting Acura’s involvement with Marvel’s Thor. A writer for Automobile, whose offices are next to the terminal, had discarded the “S.H.I.E.L.D. Assessment Test” kit in the recycling bin, but it wasn’t picked up — apparently because it isn’t recyclable. [WXYZ, Jalopnik]
The event, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Friday, features a substantial lineup of comics guests, including Sergio Aragones, Avatar Press, Art Baltazar, Darryl Banks, Jeremy Bastian, Joe Benitez, Max Brooks, Guy Davis, Greg Horn, J.T. Krul, John Layman, Mike McKone, Dan Parent, David Petersen, Darick Robertson, Don Rosa, Stan Sakai, Herb Trimpe and Ethan Van Sciver.
Media guests include Martina Sirtis, Linda Blair, Todd Bridges, Tia Carrere, Herb Jefferson Jr., Daniel Logan, Ray Park, Eric Roberts, Lindsay Wagner, Adam West and the guy who said “Those aren’t the droids we’re looking for” in Star Wars: A New Hope.