You don’t need a con report here – everything of any significance has been said at Pulse, Newsarama and here at Comic Book Resources. I was only in for a couple days, didn’t attend any panels (except the Reassessing Stan Lee panel I was on, which was more interesting and better attended than I expected) or parties or even make it up to the secret Marvel hospitality suite, and didn’t see (I mean I didn’t even see) as many editors as I’d hoped, but got some business done for a change anyway, and thanks to Larry Young and Mimi Rosenheim, William Christensen and Diamond Distributors for their hospitality. The one thing probably not many people are going to mention is that the con is now too damn big, and I hear next year it’s going to get even bigger, with plans to take over the scant remaining floor space and open a second dealer’s room upstairs. The huge action there was in the many manga booths, and anyone who says there are no comics for kids haven’t been paying attention to the hordes of kids – specifically girls – swooping in to buy up manga. For years it has been a tenet of American comics that neither kids nor girls buy comics, but, like most tenets of American comics, that turns out to have been sheer laziness on our part and now we’re paying for it.
Courtesy of a tiny little low-res digital camera, here’s this year’s Comic-Con International – or some of it, anyway… (click to enlarge)
Things are sounding awfully Nixonian all of a sudden.
But when the going gets tough, the tough obviously stand their tenuous ground. The Hand Puppet has been handling adversity with amazing dexterity, answering the issue of falsified Iraqi nuke reports by categorically stating they will find plutonium in Iraq, just like they will find the “weapons of mass destruction” that daily recede further and further from consensus reality. Last week, he insisted to reporters that we had to invade Iraq because we “gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power, along with other nations, so as to make sure he was not a threat to the United States and our friends and allies in the region.” Conveniently forgetting, of course, that by the time we rallied an invasion force, Saddam was letting inspectors in, on their terms. Sure, he was grousing about it, and dancing this little dance where he’d complain about them, and declare resistance, and then get the out of their way, and that we were the ones who kicked them out because we didn’t like the result. But that’s the logic this administration specializes in.
Not that the American public isn’t capable of conveniently forgetting either. Certainly the press is. As amusing as the administration’s current tribulations are – and I’m not even including the collapsed job market, the inanity of pretending you can give away the US treasury and beat an ever mounting deficit while dumping a tax crisis on the states, or the health care crisis that just won’t go away – a second term for the Hand Puppet remains the strongest likelihood.
If that happens, then we really get to see Nixonian.
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