Wednesday Morning – Comic Con Attendees Not A Superstititious Or Cowardly Lot

Posted by August 5, 2009 Comment

More local press for local shops and local creators as Art Baltazar talks about Tiny Titans – “We want to make the book funny and suitable for kids, but we also like to include stuff that older readers will get,” he said. “Little nods to past story lines, things like that.”.

The Los Angeles Museum launches a comic book competition in line with its exhibition of Indian comic books.

wizarduniverse_2061_261046970And as an industry barely gets over its San Diego hangover, Chicago Comic Con kicks up a gear as the press releases go into overdrive. It is a little more relaxed though, consider it a kind of hair of the dog for comic book people, and you can still get discount deals. There appear to be no eBay scalpers yet…

Don MacPherson points out how calm, unruly and considered the Comic Con attendees were, with one arrest for pushing an officer from the 120,000 attendees of the Twilight San Diego Comic Con.

Maybe the Wizard Chicago Comic Con attendees could see this as a challenge and try to get at least two arrests? And just note the Wizardless-logo this year… is this a taste of things to come? 

But before Wizard Chicago Comic Con coverage kicks off, why not consider an even more relaxed venue? The details for CAPTION 2009, the UK very-very-very small press convention, with guests punching above its weight, has released its own schedule. If you want a convention where you can just sit down for a pint with your favourite comics creator, this is probably the one.

Saturday 15th August
10:00 Caption opens: Meet and Greet & Art Activity
12:30 – 2:30 Zine Workshop
1:00 – 2:00 Talk on the history of gay & queer comics by Sina Shamsavari
3:00 – 5:00 Manga Workshop with Asia Alfasi
2:30 – 3:30 Karen Rubins talks about her V&A Residency
4:00 – 5:00 Dude, where’s my con? Discussion panel on comics events.
5:30 – 6:30 Rainbow Orchid: from small press to Egmont talk by Garen Ewing
7:00 – 8:30 Charity Art Auction
9:00 – 10:00 “Mad Scientists and Rampaging Robots” quiz with Tony Hitchman

Sunday 16th August
10:00 CAPTION opens
12:00 – 1:00 Scriptwriting Workshop with Jon Spira
12:30 – 1:30 Comics and Picture books: crossing the divide talk by Sarah McIntyre
2:00 – 3:00 Asia Alfasi talks about her manga titles and experience in the comics industry.
2:00 – 4:00 Automatic Drawing Workshop with Al Davison
3:30 – 4:30 In Conversation with Mark Stafford (Cherubs, tbc) and Jamie McKelvie (Suburban Glamour, Phonogram).

This year’s Caption t-shirt has been designed by Terry Wiley.

The ony panel conflicts are with time spent at the bar doodling and talking about Jack Kirby. Anyone else joining us at East Oxford Community Centre? Maybe we can start some sort of riot? Show our American cousins how crowd control is meant to be done.

(Last Updated August 5, 2009 3:32 am )