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Conventions | The inaugural Indiana Comic Con, held over the weekend at the Indianapolis Convention Center, attracted nearly 15,000 attendees, and it sold out on Saturday. Guests included comics creators Joe Eisma, Steve Englehart, Geof Isherwood, Joelle Jones, Don Kramer, Cary Nord and George Perez, and actors Evan Peters, Caity Lotz, Maisie Williams and Daniel Cudmore. [WRTV]
Comics sales | Comics sales in the direct market were down in February for the second time in two months, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. John Jackson Miller runs the numbers: Sales of comics and graphic novels combined are down 10.39 percent from February 2013 in terms of dollars, 14.77 percent in units. Because January sales were also anemic, year-to-date sales are down as well. Still, Miller notes, total dollars are up 3 percent from February 2012. February is traditionally a low month for comic sales, and the number of releases is the lowest in months, with just 692 new products (comics, graphic novels and magazines) being shipped last month. [Comichron]
The 13th annual Planet Comicon, billed as the biggest one ever, kicks off Saturday morning in Overland Park, Kansas, bringing more than 150 comics creators to the Overland Park International Trade Center.
“This is the biggest and best Planet Comicon ever,” promoter Christopher Jackson tells The Kansas City Star. “We’ve got the most celebrities, the largest array of creators and a large exhibitor area filled with collectibles for sale. There will be stage presentations throughout the day featuring the celebrities, artists, writers, illustrators and more.”
The comics lineup includes Jason Aaron, Jeremy Bastian, Cullen Bunn, Blair Butler, Gary Friedrich, Michael Golden, Jeremy Haun, Phil Hester, Brian Hurtt, Dave Johnson, Joe Kelly, Jason Latour, John Layman, Mike McKone, Kevin Mellon, B. Clay Moore, Mike Norton, Phil Noto, Dan Parent, Rick Remender, Duncan Rouleau, Tim Sale, Steven T. Seagle, Cat Staggs, Joe Staton, Arthur Suydam, Ben Templesmith, Bernie Wrightson and Skottie Young.
The Star also has a profile of Butler, who has Kansas City roots.
Convention season kicked off two weeks ago, but this weekend it kicks into full gear with no less than three events. First on our list is Kansas City’s Planet Comicon, held Saturday and Sunday at the Overland Park International Trade Center. The Kansas City Star has a preview.
Comics guests include Jason Aaron, Rick Burchett, Michael Golden, Jeremy Haun, Phil Hester, Matt Kindt, Sean McKeever, B. Clay Moore, Jai Nitz, Ande Parks, Don Rosa, Stephane Roux, Chris Sprouse and Cat Staggs. If your tastes run toward the “pop culture” arena, the event also features the likes of Lou Ferrigno, Helen Slater and Jane Wiedlin.