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Showing posts from July, 2008

Back to the Grind

As I settle in and get back to work on things, I reflect on just how awesome San Diego Comic-Con was. It rocked! And now it is about following up and catching up with colleagues back in New York. I’ve already met a few colleagues, just on Monday night, where we discussed the state of the publishing industry, among many other devious things, at both Old Town Bar as well as McSorley’s Old Ale House.

With Comic-Con here and gone, it’s time to focus on the rest of the summer. I know many industry insiders are heading out to World Con in Denver in a few weeks. I, myself, will not hit a big convention again until the industry-focused World Fantasy Con in Calgary in the late Fall.

In the meantime, it will be all about reading books, completing freelance assignments and staying on top of the comics and gaming scene. There are so many amazing looking Fall and Winter videogames, it’ll take a maximum effort to balance my reading and gaming time. Such is life.
I always try to remember that, "C…

And at the last hour

I write from the airport in San Diego. It would have been impossible for the trip to go off without a hitch, as just as we were seated on our plane to return to rainy New York, we were told we'd be getting back off of the plane because of a six hour delay. We had to get out our various carry-on items, and go back into the terminal until much later. So close...
Honestly, with so many other flights cancelled (and ours not guaranteed not to be cancelled - knocking on wood as I write) there is little I can do aside from read the Times and drink some more coffee and try to relax.

Last night ended with a tasty meal at the Harbor House resturant near the Hyatt with friends, some first-time SDCC initiates, all of us weary from long lines, but glad to have been part of the madess.

Ah, I just rec'd a text from Frank, my friend who is still walking the hallowed halls of the convention floor (his flight isn't until tomorrow), he mentioned discounts on some of the amazing Revoltech toys …

Comic Con is insane

Hello friends, I write to you from the Hyatt, as I've had difficulties writing from my phone on-site. The con has been a blast. It's been crowded, crazy and fun.

As hectic as things have been, and they have been if you're a GI Joe fan, the show has been all about commerce. The one thing that I've come away with so far is that no matter where this country is right now in terms of a recession with all of us cutting back to save a dime here or Comic Con - entertainment rules.

Booths have been jam-packed, and from what I hear from retailer friends, is that they've seen record sales so far. That is inspiring news considering how we've all had to pinch pennies this year. Fans love their comics, games, toys and movies/tv. And in this world of fandom it is easy to forget just how obsessive everyone gets and how much they want to embrace the things they love.

And I did eventually get my con exclusive Cobra Commander, Batman & Joker as well as Conan. And sur…

San Diego bound

To the few, the proud, who actually read this blog; ms Fo and I will be off to San Diego and the all encompassing Comic Con tomorrow. This will be my 9th or 10th comic con (I just can't remember) and it is sure to be bigger than ever. But no matter how big the show gets- and it is HUGE - it is always a good time, with friends of course, as well as and the best creators in the industry.

I'll do my best to blog/post/report in from the road on my trusty cell phone or on Stevzie II (thats my laptop's name). Stevzie II will be joining us in SD this year and he's very happy about that (I just know). I'm also glad to have my friends: Frank, Nancy, Jon, Joe & Jen joining us. It's going to be awesome. (Cue 'thumbs up' from some Biker Scouts)

I plan on bringing home some SDCC exclusive toys (and report about them) as well as attend as many comics/books/movies panels I can handle. Plus, I've always taken these kooky photos and have only tortured my closest f…

a villain for the ages

There is a new online-only video series by creator Joss Whedon as reported by the good folks at Comic Foundry.
It stars Neil Patrick Harris along with a few other great performances and is already being compared to Soon I Will Be Invincible as well as to Dr. Evil, himself. It is called Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and it's about 13 minutes long. Check it out here. Simply more Whedon genius.
It is perfect for a Friday afternoon distraction. Enjoy.

King of the Impossible

As some of you may know, one of my favorite books in recent memory is Austen Grossman’s 2006 novel, Soon I Will Be Invincible. I was happy to select it as a featured alternate when I worked for the Science Fiction Book Club as an editor of the Altiverse segment, which focused on comics, and many books superhero-related. This is the book I had been waiting for. Check out more details at the author’s own blog.

I wish I still had the manuscript. I remember what the publisher used as a watermark on the title page, it was an Alex Raymond illustration of Ming the Merciless from his famous comic strips of the 1930s. I already loved the title, and then with the manuscript in hand I devoured a book I wish only I had been clever enough to have written. Defeated again! Oh, I identified with the main character Dr. Impossible from the get go. It seemed as if every element of this book spoke to me.

Recently, the good folks at the Gallycat blog mentioned a new book trailer by the uber-…