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Comic-Con featured the usual mobs of fans searching for movie and TV stars but the show also reflects ongoing change in the fan community, and publishers are presenting a broader selection of titles aimed at women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.
While manga and anime aren’t the main focus of San Diego Comic-Con International, fans of both made their presence known as they greeted star manga artist Kohei Horikoshi, creator of My Hero Academia, one of the most popular and best-selling comics series in North America.
While Scholastic’s Graphix imprint generally dominates the kids’ comics category, the big news around children’s graphic novels at Comic-Con International earlier this month came from the Big Two of traditional comics publishers: Marvel and DC Entertainment.
The San Diego Comic-Con International, held July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center, is a showcase for global pop culture 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.
In an awards ceremony dominated by women, creators of color and LGBTQ-themed works, Emil Ferris’ surprise bestselling hit, My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics), won three Eisner awards including Best New Graphic Novel. And writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda’s Monstress (Image), an epic fantasy work about a teenage girl with a monstrous demonic power, won a total of five Eisner Awards, among them best writer, best multimedia artist and best work for teens.
Among other announcements at San Diego Comic-Con, comics writer Gail Simone is joining Lion Forge, and Marvel is teaming with IDW to create comics and graphic novels for middle grade readers
An ever-increasing number of comics and pop culture conventions are taxing publishers’ exhibition budgets and turning artists into nomads, on the road signing autographs in a different city or country every weekend.
The San Diego Public Library is once again teaming with Comic-Con International to organize the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians. CCEL will be held July 18–22 at the Shiley Special Events Suite at the San Diego Central Library, a few blocks away from the San Diego Convention Center.
More than 110,000 anime and manga fans braved skin-blistering temperatures and long lines to attend the 26th Anime Expo, held July 4-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. AX has become the premier showcase for Asian pop culture releases in North America and it continues to lure manga publishers away from San Diego Comic-Con, which opens next week.
This week on More to Come Heidi and Calvin recap their time at, and reactions to, Comic-Con 2018; the MTC crew also discuss the impending shutdown of Koyama Press, Ted Adams stepping down from CEO of IDW, the shuttering Of Bongo Comics, and yet another WorldCon/Hugo Awards controversy: excluding nominated non-white and LGBTQ authors from panels.
More to Come, recorded at the San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews writer and podcaster Travis McElroy and artist Carey Pietsch about their hit new comic 'The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins', an adventure-comedy romp from First Second based on the popular podcast; while Calvin Reid interviews acclaimed comic creator and DC Comics stalwart Scott Snyder at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
More to Come, recorded at the San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Calvin Reid interviews comic creators Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti about 'Harley Quinn'; Eurocomics creators Efa of 'Monet: Itinerant of Light' and Zerocalcare of 'Kobane Calling'; and writer Gail Simone about Lion Forge's 'Catalyst Prime' universe; while Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews storyboard & concept artists Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton about 'David's Drawings' their new Alien Covenant art book at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
More to Come, recorded at the San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald interviews Senior V.P. and Editor-in-Chief of Skybound, Sean Mackiewicz; and Calvin interviews SF author Nalo Hopkinson and artist Domonike Stanton about their upcoming Sandman Universe comic 'House of Whispers'; and famed Argentine comics creator Liniers about 'Macanudo' and his other works at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
More to Come, recorded at the San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Calvin interviews novelist and comics creator Max Allan Collins about adapting Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer into a graphic novel; Heidi interviews Mad Magazine’s Bill Morrison about turning the Beatle’s 'Yellow Submarine' into a graphic novel; Calvin talks with IDW’s Dirk Wood, editor of the comics and culture quarterly 'Full Bleed'; and Gary Thompson the lead editor of Dead Reckoning, the new graphic novel imprint of Naval Institute Press.
This week the More to Come Crew - Calvin Reid, Heidi "The Beat" MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons – remember the late, great Marvel comics artist Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and other classic Marvel heroes; preview the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con; recap Anime Expo 2018, and discuss Robert Kirkman's surprise comics series Die! Die! Die!, and how the 'New York Times' “Spoiled” Batman's wedding to Catwoman. Plus Meg talks about starred reviews in a new Star Gazing segment.