Local Comic News and Events

Velocity Comics is hosting a signing tomorrow. Ryan Kelly unfortunately can’t make it, but the others, including Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, are still go!

They’re predicting the possibility of snow, which makes me nervous, because Southerners don’t know how to drive in it. Probably nothing will happen, though. If you see a brunette with shoulder-length hair and glasses carrying a purple-and-black comic bag, that’s me — please say hi.

In other sorta-local shop news, the Washington City Paper covers the dispute between Big Planet and Big Monkey over comic shop names. This is local to me only because Big Monkey was originally supposed to open in Richmond, but we already have plenty of good stores, so they started elsewhere.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting principals involved in both businesses, and I’m sorry it had to come to this. I know the Big Monkey guys think it’s ridiculous, to the extent of unprofessionally ridiculing their competition on their blog, but when a store has unprompted customers confusing the names, that’s the definition of trademark dilution. Hopefully a sufficient compromise of some kind can be made.

One Response to “Local Comic News and Events”

  1. James Schee Says:

    I’m not sure I understand this. We have sotres here called Super Wal-Marts and Super-Targets and the like.

    Yet two shops are fighting because they both use the word Big in their title? Weird!

    There just seems so much difference in the words Monkey and Planet that I don’t see how things could get so odd between them.

    Odd too that they are sort of fighting over jursidiction too. I shopped for comics in what I bet is a much smaller area that had 3 shops in a 1 mile area. The ones who offered the best comics (for most of the readers who went in) and service survived.




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