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Since the graphic novel boom began over a decade ago, many well-known authors have dabbled in writing comics—or adapting their works to comics. Recently authors Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, and William Gibson have all written (or announced) original comics projects in the hope of gaining new fans—and sales. We talked to several at San Diego.
In this week's podcast the More to Come Crew - Heidi "The Beat" MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – recap Comic-Con 2016. Heidi and Calvin discuss Hollywood's incremental retreat from the show; big books, Vertigo, Eisner winner Rep. John Lewis, campy Eisner host John Barrowman, Pokemon Go, and exclusive interviews with Margaret Atwood and William Gibson; all while Kate keeps the podcast running back home.
The show added RFID technology to cut back on counterfeit badges and reduce traffic on the floor, but the show also reflected a growing and optimistic comics marketplace with an influx of new readers including women and girls.
Manga and anime aren't the main focus of Comic-Con, but the show featured an abundance of Japanese pop culture for manga and anime fans including a visit by the Pokemon manga creators.
The San Diego Comic-Con International, held July 21-24, brings together the full spectrum of the pop culture world from comics and graphic novels to movies, TV and animation. Publishers Weekly was there to capture images of the events, artists, publishers and fans attending the biggest pop culture festival in North America.
From Comic-Con guests like Cece Bell and Noelle Stevenson to the debut of new series and new imprints, children's and YA graphic novels continue to have a strong presence at the mammoth pop culture festival.
To the delight of the audience at the Eisner ceremonies, John Lewis's 'March Book Two' and Peter Kuper's 'Ruins' won Eisners, while Lynda Barry and Matt Groening were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In the third part of the More To Come San Diego Comic Con 2016 interview special, Calvin Reid interviews Dennis Kitchen - underground cartoonist, CBLDF founder, and publisher of the imprint Kitchen Sink Books - about his new book, a complete collection of MAD founder Harvey Kurtzman's doomed magazine Trump. Then, Calvin speaks with Professor John Jennings and 2016 Eisner-winner Dr. Damian Duffy, the comic creators adapting 'Kindred', Octavia Butler's tale of slavery and time travel, into a graphic novel.
In the third part of the More To Come San Diego Comic Con 2016 interview special, Calvin Reid interviews Fantagraphics founder and publisher Gary Groth about comics, publishing and Fantagraphics' 40th anniversary and comic creator Bryan Lee O'Malley about his new book 'Snotgirl', his upcoming LA noir graphic novel series 'Worst World', and life after 'Scott Pilgrim'.
In the second part of the More To Come San Diego Comic Con 2016 interview special, Calvin Reid interviews MK Reed, writer of 'Americus' and 'The Cute Girl Network' about her new book 'Science Comics: Dinosaurs', and multiple Eisner Award-winner and high school computer programming teacher Gene Luen Yang about his 'Secret Coders' series. Heidi interviews SF legend William Gibson about life imitating art, and his new "Nazi UFO myth" comic 'Archangel', inspired by a joke he played on a German tv exec.
In the first part of the More To Come San Diego Comic Con 2016 interview special, Heidi interviews Grant Morrison about life, his new book Avatarex and the future of humanity. Calvin interviews Cecil Castellucci about her work and her vision for her upcoming 'Shade: The Changing Girl', reenvisioning the madness of Shade through the lens of an awful 16 year old girl, and talks with Israeli comics creator Koren Shadmi about his quasi-autobio humor comic ' Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater'.
There were plenty of new graphic novels of all kinds at this year's Comic-Con, including one by acclaimed Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood.
Former Dover editor Drew Ford is launching It's Alive!, a new graphic novel reprint line at IDW Publishing designed to use Kickstarter to fund the publication of all its books. The line will be unveiled this week at the San Diego Comic-Con International.
The Simon & Schuster imprint's new line will publish graphic novels and graphic nonfiction beginning in the spring. Gallery Books senior editors Ed Schlesinger and Adam Wilson will be acquiring and editing titles for the new line.
Just ahead of the opening of San Diego Comic-Con International this week, St. Louis-based comics house Lion Forge, announced an slate of executive and staff hires that included a number of highly regarded veteran comics professionals.
B&H Kids, which is relaunching the Bibleman franchise in a newly-animated form, is premiering two complete episodes of the new series at Comic-Con International 2016, taking place in San Diego, Calif. from July 21-24. The rebooted Bibleman franchise will include DVD's, books, and toys slated to release in October.
We take stock of the changing role of comics publishers at San Diego Comic-Con in light of the ever-increasing presence at the show of film and TV studios.
The More to Come Crew react to the ICv2/Comichron report that the 2015 North American comics and graphic novel market was $1.03 billion, Heidi and Calvin preview the upcoming San Diego Comic Con; and the cohosts examine the debut of Marvel Now!, and the wildly popular weirdness of Pokemon Go.