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U.S. comics publishing is being transformed by a new generation of readers, especially by young women and fans of color. But comics have also been changed, for the better, by the book format—graphic novels—and by book industry practices.
Over the last few years, manga publishers have been shifting their focus and exhibition marketing dollars to Anime Expo, a major show focused on manga, anime and Japanese pop culture based in L.A., over the San Diego Comic-Con international. The trend continued this year.
This week on More To Come,we have a recording of PW's Comic-Con panel, 'Selling Graphic Novels to a Diverse Audience', moderated by Calvin Reid, which features comics and bookstore retailers Kristen Parraz, Chris Butcher, Terence Irvins and Jennifer Haines, on how to serve and encourage a new generation of comics readers that include women, people of color and fans interested in genres other than superhero comics. Then, Calvin interviews Eisner-nominee John Allison, creator of 'Giant Days' and 'Bad Machinery.'
In this week's podcast Heidi and Calvin recap this year’s San Diego Comic-Con experience, from publishing news to the show’s growing crowds, massive lines and bewildering number of offsite promotional-activations. Plus Heidi interviews Nilah Magruder about her new graphic novel, ‘MFK’, an award-winning webcomic that will be published in a print edition this fall by Insight Comics
This year's show marked continuing demand for graphic novels, driven by children's graphic novels and highlighted by the launch of new imprints at comics houses and at traditional New York trade book houses.
Sonic the Hedgehog has a new home, Yen Press has a new youth imprint, and the Lunch Lady creator is working on a memoir. Children’s comics, particularly graphic novels, continue to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the industry, and they were well represented in San Diego.
The San Diego Comic-Con International, held July 19-23, brings together the full range of the international pop culture world from comics, graphic novels and manga to films, TV, animation and videogames. Publishers Weekly was there to capture images of the events, artists, publishers and fans attending the biggest pop culture festival in North America.
At the San Diego Comic-Con, Yen Press announced plans to launch JY, a middle grade graphic novel imprint in fall 2017, named after Yen deputy publisher JuYoun Lee, who will curate and edit the new line.
In Part 1 of More to Come's San Diego Comic Con 2017 special, Calvin Reid interviews Publisher and Co-Founder Kurt Hassler and Editor-in-Chief JuYoun Lee of manga publisher Yen Press about Borders, manga, the origin and history of Yen Press, and the career of their hit author Svetlana Chmakova, creator of 'Awkward' and 'Brave'; and also interviews Nidhi Chanani, the creator of 'Pashmina' an upcoming graphic novel from First Second about magic, growing up and the immigrant experience.
In Part 2 of More to Come's San Diego Comic Con 2017 special, Heidi interviews David Steinberger of Comixology; Calvin talks with Eisner award-winning comics creator Sonny Liew of 'Charlie Chan Hock Chye' and many more; Heidi interviews 'Venture Brothers' creator Jackson Publick and 'Go Team Venture!" author Ken Plume; and Heidi speaks to Oscar-winner John Ridley, who is also the creator of 'The American Way', about the power of representation in comics.
In Part 3 of More to Come's San Diego Comic Con 2017 special, Calvin Reid interviews legendary Vertigo Comics editor Karen Berger, now creator of Dark Horse's Berger Books imprint; graphic novelist Tillie Walden, creator of the upcoming graphic novel 'Spinning' and comic creator Landis Blair of 'The Hunting Accident'.
In Part 4 of More to Come's San Diego Comic Con 2017 special, Calvin Reid interviews author Scott Westerfeld, creator of the graphic novel 'Spill Zone' with First Second; Josh Frankel, co-publisher of Z2 Comics; Oni Press co-founder Joe Nozemack and editor in chief James Lucas Jones; and acclaimed European comics creators and collaborators Jean Dufaux and Jose Luis Munuera.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, held July 19-23, DC Entertainment was one of a number of publishers unveiling new projects with its announcement of a new series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the character Harley Quinn.
Jill Thompson's 'Wonder Woman: the True Amazon,' John Lewis' 'March Book Three,' and Sonny Liew's 'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye,' were among the graphic novels awarded Eisners at Friday night's ceremony.
Although the San Diego Comic-Con, which will run from July 19-23, has reached a deal to stay in San Diego through 2021, there are other concerns to face. A troubling event at a Phoenix Con has raised the scrutiny of cosplayers at all the pop culture shows. Our feature looks at how San Diego and other cons manage security.
Once again the San Diego Public Library and Comic-Con International are partnering to host the Comic Conference for Librarians and Educators, which runs July 19–23 at the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library, a state-of-the-art facility a few blocks away from the San Diego Convention Center. Here is a select listing of panels for each day of the conference. A complete schedule can be found at the San Diego Public Library website.
Highlights at this year's SDCC include a celebration of the Jack Kirby Centennial that features a souvenir book and a new Kirby hardcover reprint volume from IDW, as well as debut books from Fantagraphics, First Second, Top Shelf and others.
Sonny Liew’s virtuosic graphic novel Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon) was nominated in six categories to top the slate of comics and graphic novels nominated for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Fantagraphics Books led publishers with 20 nominations (among them Dan Clowes’s Patience and The Complete Wimmen’s Comix anthology), followed by Dark Horse (10 nominations), Marvel (9), DC (8), and Pantheon and Drawn & Quarterly (7 each).