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Conventional Wisdom

Conventional Wisdom

As we all gear up for the 2007 convention season, what with Len Wein’s Phoenix Cactus Comicon report and Heidi MacDonald’s heads-up regarding a rumor of limited NYCC publisher passes for pros and the news that the San Diego Comic Con International’s Artist’s Alley is already at capacity, the one post I found most buoying was Kathleen David’s about appreciating all the effort that goes into organizing a convention. Granted, Kath is more likely discussing smaller, non-professional cons, but it’s a good set of rules to remember no matter where you find yourself traveling this year.

Warren Ellis and Tom Spurgeon talk about certain instances where there’s no love lost between attendees and organizers, particularly regarding a certain upcoming event.

Comics companies gear up for Toy Fair

Comics companies gear up for Toy Fair

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? 

The Beat has Day 1 pictures.

Mike Gold: The Editor Babbles

Welcome to ComicMix — well, phase one of ComicMix.

This is the part where I’m supposed to explain who and what we are. In order to do so, I’m going to have to do something I rarely do and generally avoid: I’m going to speak seriously.

I’d like to say "welcome to the 21st Century," but I’m seven years late and not quite that pretentious. So I’ll get down to the details. Phase one of ComicMix is a community based around news, information, opinion and blogging, covering the entire range of the comic art medium and those elements in the broader media that we all tend to enjoy. We add this because, contrary to old-time fan thinking, we do not live in a vacuum.

We post the news continuously, we post our columns daily, we post our information and background stuff incessantly, we post our all-new podcasts thrice-weekly (starting Tuesday, February 13th; as they used to say in Pogo, "Friday the 13th falls on a Tuesday this month"), and we run our blogs continuously and irrepressibly.

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Bear no longer with us

Here’s part of what happened: there was a security hole from one of our vendor’s products that exposed a lot of private company data that would only have gotten worse after launching. So rather than put all that at risk, we waited until we could completely fix the problem. Now that we’re safe and secure, we’re happy to say hi.

Special thanks to Steve Horton for pointing out the initial problem. Take a look at his strip, Grounded Angel.

On coming a long way

On coming a long way

Cheryl Lynn decides to commemorate Black History Month by making "a list of all of the fabulous black women writers, artists and editors I know of who are kicking ass and taking names at Marvel, MAX, DC, MINX, CMX, Vertigo, Wildstorm, Image, Dark Horse, Oni Press, Fantagraphics, First Second, Avatar, SLG, Devil’s Due, Drawn & Quarterly, Tokyopop, VIZ and Del Rey."

The entire list is two names.

Can anyone else add to it? I’m out of practice since moving on from my Women Doing Comics list maintenance, but dang, there have to be more than two black women working for or at these companies.

Stardust reappears

Catch it whilst you can! Neil Gaiman reports that the more-or-less authorized Stardust movie website is back up. Stardust, of course, ties into Stardust the graphic novel by Neil and artist Charles Vess. Neil has also announced that Paramount has moved up the official release date of the Stardust movie to August 10 of this year. Considering the San Diego Comic-Con International is on July 26-29, I should think a debut showing there isn’t entirely out of the question.

And speaking of works by Neil, IESB’s Robert Sanchez asked director Joel Schumacher yesterday which comic book character he’d most love to tackle. "The response – Neil Gaiman’s Sandman!"

The Return of Nexus

The Return of Nexus

Cosmic avenger Nexus returns in July in his most intense story ever. After a ten year hiatus creators Mike Baron and Steve Rude have forged a Nexus that will take its place among the greatest comic book stories ever told. "Space Opera" unfolds on a galactic scale: a tale of life, love, hate, death, war, peace, betrayal, resurrection and the nature of faith. The first issue of "Space Opera" sees the birth of Horatio’s and Sundra’s child and the return of old enemies.

"Learning that Nexus is coming back is like hearing you’re going home again after years in the wilderness." — Neil Gaiman. Space Opera will be self-published.

Baby’s First Mythos

Baby’s First Mythos

C.J. Henderson (Batman: Joker’s Apprentice) has come out with an exceptionally twisted book called Baby’s First Mythos. With its cardboard cover and binding, it feels like my old Super Grover kids book (oh, like you didn’t have one) but it reads like a children’s primer to H.P. Lovecraft. Think Edward Gorey meets Cthulhu.

The price is $9.99, not counting years of therapy bills for the young recipients — unless, of course, they are the last sane ones left when the Old Ones come to devour us…

Colleen Doran’s Nightmare

Colleen Doran’s Nightmare

Colleen Doran’s newest project has been revealed – and Heidi MacDonald is editing it! The Nightmare Factory is a horror anthology put out by FoxAtomic featuring adaptations of three of horror author Thomas Ligotti’s short stories by writers Stuart Moore and Joe Harris and art by Colleen, Ben Templesmith, Michael Gaydos and a cover by Ashley Wood.

Considering the acclaim with which the Stephen King Dark Tower adaptation was met, there’s a good chance this antho will garner similar successes, particularly around Hallowe’en time (the in-store month is October).

Black comics panel leads into NYCC

Black comics panel leads into NYCC

If you’re looking for things to do in the week leading up to the NY Comic Convention, Keith Knight wants to remind readers that the Black Comics panel in Harlem is still scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, but will now be held at the Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 106 (The Law School) on 435 West 116th Street rather than the Studio Museum at 144 West 125th Street due to the anticipated attendance.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still swing by the Studio Museum to see their nifty Africa Comics exhibition going on through March 18! After all, it’s billed as "the first-ever exhibition in the United States dedicated exclusively to comic art from across the African continent," so it’s well worth checking out!