Conventions | The Rhode Island Convention Center exceeded capacity Saturday for what may be the first time in its history, leading the state fire marshal to temporarily bar entry to Rhode Island Comic Con. At one point, about 1,500 attendees were left out in the rain, including some people who stepped out for a minute and couldn’t get back in. Organizers sold a reported 23,000 tickets for a venue that holds just 17,000, and the way the show was configured reduced the capacity to about 15,000. They apologized Saturday afternoon for the “hiccup.” [Providence Journal]
Comics | Joshua Rivera picks the best comics and graphic novels of October. [Entertainment Weekly]
Creators | Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick discusses her vision for Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers: “I felt like my challenge was to nudge her character back to someone who would be easy to cheer for, someone who could carry a solo book and be indisputably the hero. So my pitch was, ‘Carol Danvers as Chuck Yeager. She has kind of a dorky sense of humor that’s a good, fun thing to play up with her. She’s short-tempered; that’s something most of us can relate to at one time or another in our lives. She means well. I think if you focus on that stuff and you focus on the fact that she’s incredibly driven, she wants to win, she’s unapologetic about wanting to win — if you focus on all of that stuff, then she’s an incredibly American hero. She’s very easy to root for in that way.” [IGN]
Creators | In an interview published on Halloween, naturally, Henry Hanks talks to four comics writers whose output includes horror: Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Wytches), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife With Archie) and Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter). [CNN]
Creators | Buzzfeed presents its interview with Wytches writer Scott Snyder in list form. [Buzzfeed]
Creators | Tim Hodler talks to Charles Burns, who recently wrapped up his trilogy with Sugar Skull. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Andi Watson chats about horror and his children’s book Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula. [GalleyCat]
Creators | Robin McConnell and Brandon Graham interview Emily Carroll and Eleanor Davis. [Inkstuds]
History | William Breathes unearths a 1948 column comparing comics to weed, written by George Bowra, who was a witness in a famous UFO incident (but later admitted he made it up). [Westword]
Conventions | Michael Sangiacamo marvels at the number of Harley Quinns at Wizard World Ohio, chats with local artist Sean Forney, whose Scarlet Hunter is an adult reboot of “Little Red Riding Hood,” and gets an explanation as to why Neal Adams wasn’t there (he was at the Rhode Island con). [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Conventions | Tracy Brown pays a visit to Stan Lee’s Comikaze. [Hero Complex]
Retailing | Casey Bruce and Frank Hussey explain how they turned around Danger Room Comics, in Olympia, Washington, after purchasing the failing business from its previous owner. Their recipe for success: Variety, including all-ages, nonfiction, LGBTQ comics and works from local artists. “It is always fun to meet an open-minded person who has never been to the store before and has no interest in comics,” Bruce says. “We like to help those people find their first comic. We also enjoy helping long-time comic fans find new comics from a variety of genres. Our goal is to get everyone interested in comics. There is something out there for everyone.” [Thurston Talk]
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