Hope Larson (Salamander Dreams, Chiggers), Abby Denson (Tough Love, Dolltopia), Paige Pumphrey, Monica Gallagher (Gods and Undergrads), Katie Skelly (Nurse Nurse!!), Colleen Frakes (Tragic Relief, Woman King), Lucy Kinsley (Radiator Days, French Milk) and Rachel Freire sign on THURSDAY, APRIL 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM hosted by Jim Hanley’s Universe! More information on their blog.
Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
SATURDAY, APRIL 10 â— 1–3pm Every second Saturday the Schulz Museum hosts a new Cartoonist-in-Residence! This month meet, watch, and talk to cartoonist, journalist and lawyer Phil Witte. Witte’s cartoons often have an editorial slant and have appeared in national newspapers and magazines, including The San Francisco Chronicle.
I did not want to let the month of March go by without acknowledging that this is actually the 10 year anniversary of the launch of Comic Book Conventions.com, the predecessor of Convention Scene. In the next couple of months, I hope to start a dialogue with everyone about what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong, but for now, let’s celebrate with a look back at how it all began,and if you have time to post a response, let us know how long you have been following my sites or share a memory of your own.
It all started with a poster. Seriously. My foray into the World Wide Web began with an assignment to create a poster for a class in Photoshop I was taking, back around 1998. Having had the idea for a while to start a website listing all the events going on in Florida, I used the assignment as an opportunity to create a nice collage of images of celebrities taken at conventions (mostly by resident Convention Scene photographer Dwayne Gill) and launch my first website…FASN, The Florida Autograph Seekers’ Network. Located at GeoCities, the site is long gone, and I don’t even have a screenshot of it, but it paved the way for everything to follow.
My next launch came in March 0f 2000: Comic Book Conventions.com. This was my first attempt at using actual web design software – Adobe GoLive. Made from scratch myself,
the site was primitive, largely ignored at first, and often went months without an update.
I considered Comic Book Conventions.com just a warmup, though. My real target was my next website – Autograph Alliance, launched in August of 2000. Replacing FASN, Autograph Alliance was supposed to do for the whole country what FASN did for Florida. And it worked. For awhile.
Thinking to create a network of sites under one central domain, I moved Autograph Alliance under the domain of Massive Universe and made plans to do the same thing for Comic Book Conventions.com.
But a funny thing happened along the way. In 2002, I decided to buy a template and do a redesign of Comic Book Conventions.com. And lo and behold, I got an advertiser…Capital Associates. Still with us today in the form of Capicons.com. And I got more advertisers.
Comic Book Conventions.com was making money. Autograph Alliance was taking a tremendous amount of time and wasn’t making money. The writing was on the wall. It only made sense to concentrate my efforts on what was working, and that meant Comic Book Conventions.com. And so I did.
And Comic Book Conventions.com had a great run. The site grew in popularity and word of it spread throughout the industry. Slowly but surely it became the place to check when you were planning your convention schedule for the year. But as the years went on, I felt like the site was stuck. While I watched other sites grow and evolve, I felt trapped by Comic Book Conventions.com stagnant HTML, riddled with bad code that I could never hope to clean up. Sure, I rolled out a few changes and
improvements as time went on, but I knew the site could be more. I wanted it to be more. I knew it would be more.
For years, I began making plans, always telling my friends, “Next year. You’ll see. A whole new relaunch.” But funds set aside for programmers always ended up going for something else. So I waited. I waited until I found the right pieces of technology that I could knit together myself to create a superior site, one with a database of events, and a true archive, and RSS feeds for whatever you could possibly want.
So in late 2008 I began putting it together. While things did not come together in time to launch it for MegaCon 2009, I finally pulled the trigger in May of 2009 and Convention Scene was born, the latest in a long line of my internet endeavors. And I know Convention Scene has its detractors, those who long for the simplicity of Comic Book Conventions.com. But while I’m taking a look down memory lane today, I’m also looking ahead to the future. I still believe Convention Scene is only reaching the tip of the iceberg of its potential. But that’s a conversation for another day. For now, I hope you enjoyed this look back and will stay with us for the ride to come.
DASH SHAW explores BodyWorld in conversation with PAUL KARASIK
Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist and animator DASH SHAW to talk about his new book, BodyWorld, with fellow cartoonist PAUL KARASIK.
Originally published serially on Dash Shaw\’s website from 2007 to 2009, BodyWorld is an unusual blend of science fiction and the classic high school drama.
It’s 2060, and a devastating civil war has left the country in shambles. Professor Paulie Panther–botanist, writer, and hopeless romantic–arrives in the experimental forest town of Boney Borough to research a strange plant growing behind the high school. As he conducts his research, he befriends some of the local residents: Miss Jem, the alluring science teacher; Billy Borg, Boney Borough’s star athlete; and Pearl Peach, the rebellious schoolgirl. Paulie soon discovers that the plant, when smoked, imparts telepathic powers. But when he shares this remarkable drug with his new friends, he finds that they’re not interested in mind-expansion. In fact, it appears that Paulie’s brash individualism might not be at all welcome in a town that prefers conformity to eccentricity.
Dash Shaw grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and studied at the School of Visual Arts. A prolific cartoonist and animator, he is the author of the 2008 graphic novel Bottomless Belly Button. He lives in Brooklyn.
Paul Karasik is the co-author (along with David Mazzucchelli) of the perennial graphic novel classic City of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster’s novel, as well as How to Read Nancy (with Mark Newgarden). He is also the editor of You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation! and I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!, two acclaimed books about the Golden Age comic book artist Fletcher Hanks.
DATE: Wednesday, April 21st
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
TICKETS: This event is free; no tickets are required
Denny O’Neil, Marc Sumerak, and more speak at Lakeland Community College’s 7th Annual Comics Symposium on April 1-3, 2010.
Master of Ceremonies:
Dr. Peter M. Coogan is the director of the St. Louis-based Institute for Comics Studies. He is cofounder and co-chair of the Comic Arts Conference, held during the San Diego Comic-Con International and the San Francisco WonderCon.
Brooke Keesling is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, educator, and overall lover of life. She has worked in visual effects for nearly a decade and is currently the Director of Development at New Deal Studios, a full-service visual effects commercial and film production studio, located in Los Angeles, CA, best known for their work on feature films such as The Dark Knight, The Aviator, Iron Man, I Am Legend, The Departed, Watchmen, Alice in Wonderland, and Shutter Island.
Dennis O’Neil began as Stan Lee’s editorial assistant in the mid-1960s. He wrote comic stories for Batman starting in the 1970s, and was one of the guiding forces behind returning the Batman character to its dark roots from the campiness of the 60s. O’Neil has also written several novels, comics, short stories, reviews and teleplays, including the novelization of the movie Batman Begins.
Some of his best-known works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Mike Kaluta, and The Question with Denys Cowan, all of which were hailed for their sophisticated stories that expanded the artistic potential of the mainstream portion of the medium. As an editor, he is principally known for editing the various Batman titles. Today, he sits on the board of directors of the charity, The Hero Initiative.
Cleveland-based writer Marc Sumerak has worked professionally in the comic book industry for over a decade. What started as an editorial internship during his Junior year at Bowling Green State University soon transformed into an Assistant Editor position at Marvel Comics in NYC. Four years and five hundred publications later, Sumerak left Marvel’s editorial staff to pursue a freelance writing career. As both an editor and a writer, Sumerak has helped chart the course for a number of today’s most popular characters, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and many more.
Some of Sumerak’s recent writing work includes Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man, Hulk Team-Up, Weapon X: First Class, and a highly-publicized story starring Iron Man and fashion icon Tim Gunn. In 2005, Sumerak helmed the successful relaunch of Marvel’s Power Pack franchise. His work as co-writer on Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius earned him an Eisner Award nomination (2006) and two Harvey Award nominations (2006 & 2008). Sumerak has also written material for DC Comics, American Greetings, the Elks, SAMHSA, PBS Kids, Pepperidge Farm, Tyson Foods, Triple-A Baseball, SEGA, and the U.S. Army.
Discussion Session Facilitators:
Matthew J. Smith teaches courses in media studies at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, including “Graphic Storytelling: Comic Books as Culture,” “The Graphic Novels of Alan Moore,” and a week-long field study at Comic-Con International each summer (details of the latter may be found at www.powerofcomics.com/fieldstudy). In 2009, Wittenberg University’s Alumni Association recognized him with its Distinguished Teaching Award. Along with Randy Duncan, he is co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form & Culture (Continuum, 2009), a textbook for college-level comics arts studies courses (www.powerofcomics.com). The two are also editing the forthcoming Comics Criticism: Methods and Applications.
Mervi Miettinen is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her dissertation focuses on superhero comics and their political and ideological dimensions, especially the status of the superhero as a liminal character existing both outside and inside the juridical order. Watchmen remains one of her all-time favorite comic books, and the movie isn’t that bad, either.
She is currently working on her dissertation as an ASLA/Fulbright Scholar at Bowling Green State University.
Mark Bernard is a Ph.D. Candidate in the American Culture Studies program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is currently working on his dissertation, tentatively titled, “Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film.” His work has appeared in Scope: An Online Journal of Film and TV Studies, The Projector: Film and Media Journal, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.
Charles Coletta earned both his BA and MA in Literature from John Carroll University and his doctorate in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. He has taught in the Department of Popular Culture at BGSU since 2000. In 2008 he co-chaired the “Comic Books in Popular Culture” conference at BGSU. In 2006, he assisted Eva Marie Saint in her preparing for her role as “Ma Kent” in Superman Returns. He most recently served as a contributing writer for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Comic Books & Graphic Novels.
Kim Deitch speaks at Johns Hopkins University on April 26
The Homewood Art Workshops wraps up its 35th anniversary celebration with a slide talk by legendary cartoonist Kim Deitch on Monday, April 26. Deitch’s talk, “The Search for Smilin’ Ed and Other Tales,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
Along with Robert Crumb, Bill Griffith and Art Spiegelman, Deitch transformed the art of cartooning in the psychedelic late 1960s. Combining a love of early 20th century comic strips and animation with the media-savvy satire of mid-century MAD Magazine, these artists gave a raucously subversive jolt to a nearly moribund medium.
Deitch, 65, began doing comic strips for the New York underground newspaper, the East Village Other in 1967. Since then, his work has appeared in dozens of publications, including RAW, Pictopia, Details, Nickelodeon Magazine, and Little Lit. Among his groundbreaking comic books and graphic novels are Hollywoodland, The Mishkin Files, A Shroud for Waldo, The Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Alias the Cat! His latest book, The Search for Smilin’ Ed, will be published by Fantagraphics in June. Deitch will sign advance copies of Smilin’ Ed at the Johns Hopkins Barnes & Noble, 3330 St. Paul Street, on Sunday, April 25, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Deitch has been recognized with the comics industry’s highest honors, including an Eisner Award, an Inkpot Award and a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in 2008. He lives in New York City with his wife, Pam.
“The Search for Smilin’ Ed and Other Tales” is co-sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops and Homewood Arts Programs. Visitor parking on campus is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-516-6705.
Annual Book Convention Welcomes Show Business Legend on Opening Night
Norwalk, CT, March 30, 2010: Barbra Streisand, the legendary actress, singer, and director, will appear at this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) at the Opening Night Keynote Reception on Tuesday, May 25th. She will be interviewed before thousands of booksellers and book industry professionals about My Passion for Design, to be published by Viking on November 16, 2010. It will be Ms. Streisand’s first appearance on behalf of the book.
“We are honored to welcome Barbra Streisand to our stage,” notes Steven Rosato, Event Director for BookExpo America. “One of the truly exceptional things about having a distinguished guest like Ms. Streisand headline our event for us is that it calls attention to the strength, vitality, and excitement that is so much part of the book industry. We are deeply grateful to Ms. Streisand for committing her time and energy to what is certain to be a stellar moment at BEA.”
In her first book, My Passion for Design, Barbra Streisand reveals another aspect of her talent: the taste and style that have inspired her extraordinary homes and collections. “My Passion for Design” will focus on the architecture and construction of her newest homes, the dream refuge that she has longed for since the days when she shared a small Brooklyn apartment with her mother, brother, and grandparents.
BookExpo America will take place May 25th – May 27th at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. It is a business convention, open only to members of the book trade. The Opening Night Keynote Reception will be in the Special Events Hall and all registered attendees will be admitted.
For more information about BEA please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com and connect with BEA on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Timely/Marvel legend Allen Bellman signs on May 1st at Zaldiva Comics.
Zaldiva Comics, 331 E. Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334
|Convention||Super Hero, Sci Fi, toy & horror, comic book COLLECTORFEST|
|Venue Name||quality inn|
|Venue Address||90 RT 300
newburgh, ny 12550
|Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables||50|
|What category best describes your convention?||Comic Books|
|What other categories might be appropriate for your convention?||- Anime
– Science Fiction and Fantasy
Nicholas Brendon of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer makes a special guest appearance at Packrat Comics for Free Comic Book Day. An Exclusive Xander Action Figure is available in limited supply and a free Buffy comic for the first 100 people in line. Free Concert with stand up comedians to follow during annual Nerd Night. Check out the website to stay informed of all the upcoming events at Packrat Comics!
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday May 1, 2010 beginning at 10am
Industry Professionals – Chris Sprouse, Darryl Banks, Josh Medors, Uko Smith and more!
Bouncy Castle for the kiddies!
Video Game Tournament
Nerd Night begins at 5pm
Stand Up Comics
Comic Book Trivia Contest
Charity Comic Book Poker
And Much More!
Join us for an afternoon of Free Fun for All Ages!
Packrat Comics, 3864 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026