With the New York Comic Con coming up this weekend, we’re posting information on the various things fans can do and see at the show. If you’re a publisher, creator, retailer or otherwise exhibiting at the show, feel free to drop me an email with your plans for the show before Friday.
• Unfortunately, Final Crisis writer Grant Morrison has had to pull out of the con. In a statement, Morrison said, “As a result of family issues, I won’t be able to make it to the New York Comic Con this week. My apologies to everyone, and particularly to the readers I won’t get a chance to meet this time around due to circumstances beyond my control. See you next time.”
NYCC’s Lance Fensterman provides a little more detail at his blog, saying that “this is a really unfortunate situation with his mother that is far more important that NYCC.”
• Disney/Pixar will show the first 50 minutes of their summer release, UP, at the show.
• Colleen Doran sent over an update of her plans for the show:
I’ll be in Artists Alley at table G10.
Basically, go inside the front door, go to the extreme right until you hit the wall, TURN LEFT keep walking. I’m in the right hand corner next to The Artists Choice display. Bad sale location, great for security.
My panels are:
Writers on Writing with Chris Claremont, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tom DeFalco
Friday 5:45-6:45 Room 1A18
Men are from Krypton, Women are from Paradise Island with Jimmy Palmiotti, Jamal Igle, Barb Kesel
Saturday 4:15-5:15 1 A17
Free Creator Resources list for 300 participants. Insurance, legal, online resources.
There will be a small snippet preview of the new GN I am drawing for Vertigo at the Vertigo panel, but I can’t recall when that is.
• Many other comics creators have posted their schedules, including: Greg Rucka, C.B. Cebulski, Alex Robinson, Colleen Coover, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, Cliff Chiang, Sean McKeever, J.M. DeMatteis and David Petersen.
• Laura Hudson says that while the final issue of Comics Foundry comes out Feb. 18, they’ll have a 16-page sampler at the show for $1.
• The Timony Twins, creators of the Zuda comic The Night Owls, sent over their schedule and something about secret codes in their comic this week. How cool is that?
Hey everybody! The New York Comic Con is next weekend. If anyone plans on attending and wants to know where they can find the Timony Twins, here is our schedule!
FRIDAY, We will be speaking at the Zuda Comics Panel from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1A06! Joining us at this panel will be the following fellow Zuda creators:
Johnny Zito (THE BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, writer)
Tony Trov (THE BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, writer)
Sacha Borisich (THE BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, artist)
John Dallaire (THE BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, colorist)
Dean Haspiel (STREET CODE, writer/artist)
David Gallaher (HIGH MOON, writer)
Steve Ellis (HIGH MOON, artist)
Daniel Govar (AZURE, writer/artist)
Caanan Grall (CELADORE, writer/artist)
Kevin Colden (I RULE THE NIGHT , writer/artist)
Gus Higuera (RE-EVOLUTION, writer)
Also on Friday, we will be at the DC booth signing stuff and doing free sketches from 4:30-5:30! It’s a huge mega-booth for DC, you can’t miss it, but just in case, it is booth #1641.
SATURDAY, Our DC signing is scheduled for 12:00-1:00!
SUNDAY, We’re pulling a double shift, and you can find us at the DC booth from 3:00-5:00!
ALL WEEKEND!!! When we are not at the places described above, you can find us either wandering aimlessly through the con, OR you can look for us at our very own table, which isn’t our very own technically, because there you can also find the creators of HIGH MOON, David Gallaher and Steve Ellis! Look for booth #2340!
If you have a decoder wheel, bust it out on Tuesday! There will be a secret code word hidden in the comic! Anyone who approaches our booth or one of the Timony Twins in person and tells us the secret code word will get an EXCLUSIVE FREE GIFT, available to Night Owls Code Breakers ONLY!!!
If you do not have a code wheel or don’t know where your code wheel is, please respond to this message and I will happily resend the file to you. Or, stop by our booth and pick up a laminated one for free (while supplies last!)
• Zero Friends will have a limited edition Watchmen print at their booth.
• Keith Chow, one of the editors of the upcoming anthology Secret Identities, sent over some information on the panels they’re hosting:
SECRET IDENTITIES: ASIAN AMERICANS & SUPERHEROES (Saturday)
It seems as if Asians and Asian Americans have always been a significant part of comics. In fact, Detective Comics #1 featured the Fu Manchu-like villain Ching Lung on its historic cover. Like Ching Lung, however, Asians—and by extension, Asian Americans—have not always been positively portrayed in the four-color world of comics. Too often, Asians were reduced to the easy stereotypes of the “yellow peril,” “mystical martial artist,” “female seductress,” or “comic relief.”
Behind the scenes was a different story. Even though Asian American characters were not breaking through on the page, Asian American creators were shattering glass ceilings all over the industry. Pioneers such as Larry Hama, Stan Sakai, Ron Lim, and Jim Lee were making names for themselves as brilliant writers and artists. Today, some of the industry’s biggest names are Greg Pak, Bernard Chang, Frank Cho, Cliff Chiang, Dustin Nguyen, and Jae Lee. And while there has been some progress in bringing viable Asian American characters into mainstream comics, there is still a dearth of compelling Asian American superheroes to inspire new generations of comics readers.
The editors of Secret Identities have set out to rectify that shortage. Pooling together some of the biggest names in comics, up-and-coming talent, and voices from film, literature, and television, Secret Identities’ is the first-ever graphic novel collection of original stories exploring the universe of masked marvels and caped crusaders from the perspective of the nation’s fastest-growing and most dynamic emerging community. This panel will discuss the origins of the project, explain the editors’ and contributors’ reasons for participating, and illustrate the need for a more diverse set of heroes.
THE MULTICULTURAL MASK (Sunday)
Over the past decade, publishers and creators have made an aggressive push to diversify the pages of the comic books—eliminating antiquated, stereotypical representations of race and sexuality, while adding characters whose backgrounds and identities are a truer, and certainly richer reflection of our social reality. In the process, some fan-favorite heroes have met with untimely ends and come back with new, different, and multicultural identities; others have become suddenly open about their sexual orientations.
The changes have been met with both loud applause and scathing criticism—but is radical integration of the comics really necessary? And if so, what’s the best way to make comics look like America (and the world) while preserving cherished characters and already overstretched continuities? This panel would bring together creators who stand out as pioneers of the new Inclusiveness in comics to talk about what works, what doesn’t, and why it matters—from both a cultural and economic perspective.
Moderator: Jeff Yang, co-editor of Secret Identities
• And finally, Molly Crabapple says, “I’ll also be at New York Comic-Con, signing at the Comic News Insider Booth on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Signing times TBA. The Comic News Insider booth is in the Podcast Arena.” She also has a piece on display in an exhibit called “All that Glitters Is Gold,” at the McCaig Welles Gallery in Brooklyn. The exhibit opens Saturday night at 7 p.m.
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