San Diego Comic-Con Tickets Sell Out

After many technical difficulties, San Diego Comic-Con finally sold tickets to this year's show online. Indeed tickets for the pop culture extravanganza soldout completely in seven hours. Sales began at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on February 5 and immediately ran into trouble, as the site hung up on the constant demand and sometimes took hours to process requests. Unlike previous attempts, however, despite difficulties, the site remained quasi-functional and all four day tickets sold. Much to the chagrin of would-be attendees, previous attempts this year overwhelmed servers with the enormous demand. More details here.

Congressman John Lewis Writes Graphic Novel

Representative John Lewis of Georgia has inked a deal with Top Shelf to write an autobiographical graphic novel focusing on his experiences in the Civil Rights movement in the 60's. This will be the first graphic novel ever written by a member of Congress while in office. More details are available here.

George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Becomes Comic

Fantasy author George R. R. Martin's bestselling series, due to come out as an HBO series this April, will now also become a comic book. The first issue of the monthly Song of Ice and Fire comic will arrive from Dynamite Entertainment this spring and the book will be collected into graphic novels by Bantam Books. Previously, comics based upon his short stories had been made into mini-series by the now semi-defunct Dabel Brothers comic company, and one of them, The Hedge Knight was their first notable success.

Kids Comic Con Seeks Creators for Ronald McDonald House Mini-Con

Kids Comic Con, the organizers of popular children's comics events, has announced that they are doing a special free mini-convention for the children with cancer whose families are staying at the Ronald McDonald House on March 19. They are seeking comics creators interested in volunteering as guests at this event. Interested parties should contact Alex Simmons through the KCC website here.

This Week @ The Beat

This week PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat covered the December Marvel month-to-month comics sales numbers, discussed a rare new interview with Wizard mastermind Gareb Shamus, and a talk with IDW head Ted Allen.