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Cherry City Comic Con

Cherry City Comic Con

Conventions | Vendors who paid the $60 deposit to exhibit at Cherry City Comic Con are clamoring for a refund after word circulated that the Salem, Oregon, convention won’t happen this spring as planned. (There appears to have been some discussion about the con being canceled on Facebook, but the convention’s Facebook page now states, “A marketing solutions company is helping us start the new year right and get us back on track to make this a successful show everyone can love.” No other posts appear on the page.) This isn’t the first round of controversy for the con: Last May, organizer Mike Martin called an exhibitor “batshit insane” on Facebook when she asked for a refund and expressed concern that the con would not be a “safe place for female cosplayers.” Martin is also the organizer of a craft fair that was canceled; some exhibitors for that event were denied refunds because of “a locked PayPal account.” [KOIN]

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Batkid throws out first pitch at Giants home opener

Already off to a 5-2 start, the San Francisco Giants received an extra boost at their home opener Tuesday afternoon: SF’s own Batkid threw out the first pitch.

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Digital comic celebrates Batkid event


A week after San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City for a day so a 5-year-old leukemia patient could live his dream of being Batman — capturing the Joker and the Penguin in the process- people are still talking about the heartwarming story of Miles Scott, aka Batkid.

To help commemorate the celebration, which drew crowds of at least 14,500 and media attention from around the world, a group of artists, designers and writers from San Francisco teamed up to create a Batkid online comic, of sorts. As AgencySpy reports, they pulled photos of the event from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, and transformed them in a comic-book narrative, complete with word balloons and old-school sound effects.

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Batkid event cost San Francisco (but not taxpayers) $105,000

batkidTransforming San Francisco into Gotham on Nov. 15 to help fulfill a 5-year-old leukemia patient’s wish to be Batman cost the city $105,000 — but none of that will come from the pockets of taxpayers.

The celebration, which saw Miles “Batkid” Scott accompany Batman as they apprehended the Penguin and the Riddler, drew crowds estimated at 14,500 — far more than the few hundred anticipated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation — and garnered international media attention. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the bill will be paid from the fees charged to conventions that use the Moscone Center. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is also reportedly seeking private donations to help reimburse the city.

Most of the money was eaten up by the last-minute rental of a sound systems, video screens and other equipment when the crowd gathered at City Hall to watch Mayor Ed Lee present Miles with a chocolate key to the city proved too large.

“What started out as a few hundred people at most on the steps of City Hall … grew into what would obviously attract a 20,000-plus crowd,” Christine Falvey, the mayor’s communications director, told The Associated Press. “They weren’t going to see anything the way we originally had it set up.”

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Woodring & Frisell to combine music & comics in San Francisco


Art and music collide in San Francisco this weekend as cartoonist Jim Woodring teams with jazz musician Bill Frisell for “a delightful live multi-media collaboration.” Woodring will join Frisell on Saturday for both an evening and matinee performance, in which Woodring will create live digital illustrations, projected on Miner Auditorium’s large video screen, to accompany and inspire the music.

This isn’t the first time the duo has collaborated: Frisell provided the soundtrack for Woodring’s Trosper, published in 2002 by Fantagraphics.

The matinee begins at 2 p.m., and the evening performance at 7:30 p.m. You can find more details on the SFJazz website.

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Location, date for WonderCon 2012 still uncertain


Despite a report that WonderCon will be held next year in Anaheim, Calif., because of renovations to San Francisco’s Moscone Center, event organizers say no final decisions have been made.

David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con International, tells The Comics Reporter that while the organization is considering the Anaheim Convention Center as one of the possible locations for 2012, it’s possible that WonderCon could remain at the Moscone Center, its home since 2003.

He explained that although organizers were initially told there would be no dates available next year because of the construction, that recently changed. Now, with Comic-Con over, officials will turn their attention to the dates and facilities included in the new proposal.

Q&A: Lauren Davis on The Comic Book Guide the Mission

The Comic Book Guide to the Mission

If there’s any neighborhood out there that deserves its own comic book, it would have to be The Mission in San Francisco, home to awesome tacos and burritos, back-alley murals and Mission San Francisco de Asís, the oldest building in the city. And now there is one — The Comic Book Guide the Mission, a guide to the San Francisco neighborhood that features stories by Mario Hernandez, Shaenon K. Garrity, Jamaica Dyer, Mike White and many more. I spoke with Lauren Davis, who edited and published the anthology.

JK: What is about The Mission that inspired you to put this guide together?

Lauren: In a lot of ways, the Mission represents a lot of what San Francisco is to me: It has a rich history, but it’s changing rapidly (and not, in everyone’s opinions, for the better). It’s easy enough to have a good time if you stick to the major thoroughfares, but has its share of secret spots. And it’s the sort of place that can easily make you feel like an anthropologist or an outsider. It’s a place I selfishly wanted to learn more about and see through other peoples’ eyes.

JK: Are all the creators involved from SF? How did you go about recruiting them?

Lauren: With the exception of Ariel Schrag, who grew up in Berkeley and has since moved away, all of the contributors live in the Bay Area.

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To do: From Mars With Love pre-release party tonight in San Francisco

Writer Jason McNamara will be at Mission Comics (3520 20th Street between Mission and Valencia) in San Francisco tonight for a pre-release party for The Martian Confederacy: From Mars With Love, which comes out next week.

“Specialty cocktails will be spilled, books will be signed and an author will read” he said in an email. “Come and be dazzled by my tales of child slave labor and horny robots.”

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