It’s funny, for such a unique fanbase and how until recently comics were really looked down on by mainstream America — which is another reason we wanted to start this company, and bring it more mainstream — there’s a lot of comic snobs out there, it seems to me. People who just go, ‘I won’t read that because there’s a scantily clad Red Riding Hood on the cover.’ Yet if you look at a Marvel comic or a DC comic, and it has a female character in it, they’re portrayed very much the same way, in my opinion.
So it does bother me a little bit. But then, at the same time, you can’t please everybody. I think the biggest success that we have is through word of mouth — people telling other people, ‘Hey, this is a good book, pick it up.’ Those fans will bring more fans to our brand, and if that wasn’t happening, we wouldn’t be in business. It is a little bothersome, but at the same time, I understand it, too.”
– Zenescope President Joe Brusha, addressing the perception of his company as simply a T&A publisher
Comic-Con International kicked into full gear Friday in a bustling second day that was capped off last night with the presentation of the 24th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Here’s the highlights of the announcements emerging from the second day — and a few holdovers from the first day — of the San Diego convention:
• During its annual “Cup O’ Joe” panel, Marvel teased post-Avengers Vs. X-Men plans that include: A+X, described as “the opposite of [AvX: VS],” by such creators as Jeph Loeb, Dan Slott, Dale Keown and Ron Garney; Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences, a five-issue miniseries written by Kieron Gillen that addresses the effects of the summer crossover; Marvel NOW! Point One, featuring Nick Fury Jr.; and an October one-shot called Avengers Vs. X-Men: Babies, by Skottie Young.
• After initially dismissing Kickstarter as a potential source of money for the stalled Goon animated movie, creator Eric Powell teased he plans to launch a campaign on the crowd-funding website.