Conventions | Organizers of the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum announced this week they’ve been in talks with Comic-Con International about establishing a comics-focused museum in the city’s Balboa Park. The report notes that “details remain sketchy,” even though discussions have been under way for the past year. “There’s no hurry to move it along,” said Hall of Champions board member Dan Shea. As the report notes, this isn’t the first time a Comic-Con museum has been discussed: Stalled expansion plans for the current San Diego Convention Center called for a museum celebrating the event. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
Conventions | Following last week’s Space City Comic Con meltdown, veteran Houston con-goer Jef Rouner posts five warning signs that a convention is going to be a disaster. [Houston Press]
Creators | James Waugh, director of story and creative development at Blizzard, explains how the original story for the Warcraft film went through significant changes, leaving room for a graphic novel prequel. [Nerdist]
Creators | Actor and writer Ethan Hawke talks about his graphic novel Indeh, which tells the story of the Apache Wars, and his efforts to avoid cliches and tell a complex story: “I kind of felt like it was a weird line to walk between feeling like the story needs to be told and wanting to avoid all the obvious places to fall. And one of the keys to that is actually the subject matter itself. Which is Geronimo. He’s a very complicated person. He had a lot of his own demons. You avoid the cliche of the Hallmark card of the Indian crying on the hill. Geronimo went down swinging every step. He killed a lot of people. He was a lot of different things. He could be a great man; he could be a terrible man. When I was pitching this idea to [artist Greg Ruth] I was telling him what a Shakespearean figure he is.” [Men’s Journal]
Creators | New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast discusses her life and the spaces she has lived in, including the apartment building in Brooklyn where she grew up (depicted in Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?) and her current residence, a house in Connecticut: “Our four-bedroom home is a small colonial that looks like a house a child would draw. We even have an old TV antenna on the roof we haven’t taken down. It isn’t connected to anything, but it’s like folk art.” [The Wall Street Journal]
Creators | Kelly Thompson, who co-wrote the final issue of Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps with Kelly Sue DeConnick and went on to pen Jem and the Holograms and the current arc of A-Force, talks about her work and her influences. [Vox]
Comics | Abraham Riesman looks back at the black-and-white comics bubble and discusses its origins in the unexpected popularity of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic and the speculation that followed. [Vulture]
Commentary | A visit to an unwelcoming comic shop has David R. Henson making an interesting analogy between comic stores and churches — and the danger to both of being hostile to newcomers: “A culture dies when it can’t welcome the unfettered wonder of a child or the curiosity of newcomer. It dies when it won’t include those new, who might not know the rules, but who nonetheless walk through the doors for the first time eager to be a part of its promise of wonder. It dies when we respond to someone’s wonder, curiosity, and excitement with an annoyed, ‘Don’t touch.’ Don’t touch communicates one thing very clearly: This experience doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to me.” [Patheos]
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