Links on the Chicago Con

As if my three posts weren’t enough, here’s some other links: Heidi MacDonald sums up some links and concludes “Really, WW Chicago is a major regional show, but any pretense that it is even in the same league as San Diego’s multi media Conmageddon is silly.” Kris Dresen sounds about how I feel (link no longer available): It was all just so disappointing to me. I remember having a table at the last three (and first Wizard World) Chicago Cons. […]

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Wizard World Chicago 2006: Good Times

Contrary to expectations I might have previously created, there were some good bits at the Chicago con. I found a few things to buy. At the Top Shelf booth, I got Lost Girls (part of my reason to drive to the Midwest instead of flying) and a replacement Owly shirt (they come in pink now!). I was introduced to the Theater Hopper web comic, and because it tickled me immensely, I bought their Spoiler t-shirt. I had a great time […]

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Wizard World Chicago 2006: Problems

I just saw something that suggests Wizard is claiming 200,000 people attended their show over all four days. (Wizard probably follows the method of counting a three-day pass as three attendances. Or, come to think of it, four, considering Preview Night.) I sure hope I misread that, because it’s nowhere near the truth, based on what I saw Thursday and Friday and what a retailer friend told me about business the rest of the weekend. Preview Night, Thursday from 4-7, […]

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Wizard World Chicago 2006: Peter, Paul, and Bill

I only went Friday to Wizard World Chicago, and that was plenty for me. I was hoping to have a writeup up already, but I’ve been visiting old friends and going to a wedding instead, so Bill beat me to it in getting up his experiences. Bill mentions a sketch Paul Sizer did for me as a surprise, of me with a giant “hammer of snark”. I couldn’t have gotten through the show without Paul, and I really appreciate having […]

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No Plans for Milestone, Contrary to DC’s Statement

Don’t believe everything you hear reported from Wizard World Chicago… here’s one example. From Newsarama’s coverage of the DCU panel (link no longer available), during a section responding to audience questions: [Any plans for] Static or other Milestone characters? [Paul] Levitz: “We keep talking about it. Nothing’s come together yet. Dwayne McDuffie has been talking to Dan about bringing him into the DCU. But Dwayne’s had some health issues.” Dwayne McDuffie’s response (link no longer available), as posted on his […]

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Snark: Ronée Returns

Speaking of Friends of Lulu, Ronée is now “Retail Communications and Customer Service Manager” for “TightLip Entertainment (site no longer exists), a company that is dedicated to bringing the world of comic-book entertainment beyond the present day normal” (whatever that means). As a result, she’s no longer Comic News Editor for PopCultureShock. (I hope they’ll be able to get someone capable to replace her.) Here she is bitching about how her PR announcement didn’t get run (link no longer available). […]

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Ragmop Returns!

I loved Rob Walton’s Ragmop. It was a crazy blend of Warner animation-style art and paranoid political conspiracy theories and wacky ideas. I don’t remember plot details at this point (it was ten years ago now that the series was published), but I have vague recollections of a really smart woman facing off against the Pope, and there were dinosaurs in there somehow. Anyway, the exciting news of the day is that Ragmop is returning! Via Rob Walton’s blog: Far […]

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Small Publisher Decisions: Athena Voltaire

Athena Voltaire, originally a webcomic, started in print from the now-dead publisher Speakeasy, where the first issue sold out. (I know, in a world where many publishers print to order, that may not mean much, but it does indicate demand.) Here’s the creator’s description: Athena Voltaire follows the globetrotting adventures of a 1930s aviatrix as she crosses paths with Nazis and battles occult forces against a diverse backdrop of exotic locales. Debuting online in 2002, the series received a 2005 […]

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