If you’re the New York Comic Con, you put up a webpage on MySpace and pretend you’re a 28 year old female.
Now that’s the way to drum up business. And it’s a good thing too, because I was worried about the convention being underattended.
Colleen Doran will be there (and posts her panel schedule). Keith Champagne will be there. The Chemistry Set webcomics collective will be there. Becky Cloonan will be there. It’s getting easier to enumerate who won’t be at the New York Comic Convention than who will be!
Some words of advice: At this point a lot of pre-planning may be in order – take some time this week to print out the panel schedule and circle the ones you want to attend; to contact folks you want to meet there and specify day, time and place (either at someone’s booth or, even better, a less hectic spot in the Javits Center outside the exhibition hall); and to get your gear together (water bottles, camera, currency). It’s going to be a long and crazy weekend!
And remember, it’s trade-only on Friday until 4 PM, so that’s a good time to queue up for entry and solidify any last-minute changes.
Colleen Doran reports on her blog that not only is she a featured guest at the New York Comic Con next month, but "I spoke with JMS recently, and yes, we will be going back to work on The Book of Lost Souls. I will spend the rest of the month of February wrapping up projects and then I very much look forward time with Jonathan and Mystery and the very creepy/sexy villains in the new storyline." Colleen will have art from the previous Lost Souls series with her at her NYCC booth.
Neil Kleid reports on the panel in which he’ll be participating at the New York Comic Con, "The Jewish Side of Comics." Guess what they’ll be talking about? Don’t worry, it’s not on shabbos. On the other hand, nu, would it hurt them to have bagels? Or a maidele or two like Leela Corman (to talk about Unterzachen, her graphic novel in progress about twin sisters in the turn-of-the-last-century Lower East Side)?
Prior to becoming the center of the comic book world with the New York Comic Con, the Javits Center plays host to the 2007 American International Toy Fair this week (from February 11-14), and companies with comic-book tie-in toys are gearing up for their presentations. Hasbro has various Marvel-related offerings, Diamond and Dark Horse have exhibiting booths, but curiously the Toy Fair website makes no mention of McFarlane’s vast array of merchandise.
Could Todd & co. be a no-show?