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Over the last five years, the North American graphic novel market has welcomed a wave of new readers. At NYCC 2018, a group of comics professionals focused on identifying some of the consumer and cultural trends driving this growth.
This week the MTC cohosts recap the news and events at New York Comic Con 2018, including record attendance, the revamped Harvey Awards, the debut of Anime Fest @ NYCC, panels, book and comics news, interviews from the show floor, parties and much more.
More than 250,000 fans purchased tickets to attend New York Comic Con, held October 4-7 at the Javits Convention Center, marking another year of impressive growth for the show. NYCC reported about 200,000 fans in attendance a year ago.
Japanese and Asian pop culture had a big presence in the exhibit hall floor at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center; while uptown at Pier 94 ReedPop launched a new anime and manga festival to mixed reviews from fans and exhibitors.
On October 5 at New York Comic Con, Scholastic pulled back the curtain on Guts, a new graphic memoir that will be released in September 2019 with a first printing of one million copies. Guts has a similar cover to Smile and Sisters, Telgemeier’s previous autobiographical works, and it looks like it will have a similar vibe as well. Instead of dental drama or sibling rivalry, though, Guts will weave issues of anxiety and food intolerance into a slice-of-life middle-school story. Scholastic also announced another Telgemeier book, a how-to journal titled Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story, which is due out next April. The first printing will be 500,000 copies.
New York Comic Con 2018, held October 4-7 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center and at nearby venues, attracted throngs of fans to a weekend of comics, graphic novels and pop culture of all kinds. PW was on hand to capture images of artists, editors, publishers and fans at the biggest pop culture event on the East coast.
Monstress by writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda, an epic fantasy work about a teenage girl with a monstrous demonic power, was named Book of the Year at the 30th annual Harvey Awards, held October 5 at New York Comic Con
Black Crown, Shelly Bond’s newly launched comics imprint at IDW, plans to unveil London Calling, a new installment of its Punks Not Dead series, at the IDW Panel at New York Comic con.
Throngs of fans surged through the Javits Convention Center on Thursday at the opening of New York Comic Con 2018, which will run from October 4-7. But this year’s New York Comic Con is missing an event that focuses on the business side of pop culture: Milton Griepp, CEO of ICv2, a pop culture trade news site, will not deliver his annual White Paper on the size and biggest trends of the North American graphic novel market place.
In mid-July, a few weeks after Anime Expo 2018, a major Japanese pop culture show held in Los Angeles, New York Comic Con announced a new addition to its fall pop culture lineup: Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo, a newly organized anime- and manga-focused event to be held in conjunction with NYCC at Pier 94, an exhibition space about 20 blocks north of the Javits Center.
This year’s New York Comic Con, an annual pop culture convention unfolding October 4–7 at the Jacob Javits Center and surrounding venues, will kick off with its usual selection of celebrity creators, major and indie publishers, a new Artist Alley, a newly relocated awards presentation, and a return to the New York Public Library. There’s also likely to be a bit of controversy around anime and manga at this year’s show.
This week More to Come features interviews recorded at New York Comic Con 2018. In this fourth episode Calvin Reid interviews Spanish comics artist Ana Miralles, co-creator of 'In Search of the Unicorn' (Europe Comics) and 'Djinn' (Insight Comics); and Kate Fitzsimons offers short interviews with comics creators Art Baltazar, Terry Doddson, Adriana Mello, David Petersen and Greg Pak.
This week More to Come features interviews recorded at New York Comic Con 2018. In this third episode Calvin Reid interviews comics creator Carolyn Nowak about her career and her works, including her new graphic novel 'Girl Town' (Top Shelf). Heidi interviews Man of Action founder and comics legend Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra about their upcoming graphic novel 'Jesus Freak', an irreverent take on the lost years of the historical Jesus, from Image Comics.
This week More to Come features interviews recorded at New York Comic Con 2018. In this second episode Calvin interviews Berger Books editor Karen Berger and co-writer Joel Rose about 'Hungry Ghosts,' a new collection of food ghost and horror stories created with the late chef Anthony Bourdain. Then, Heidi talks with Polish comics artist Joanna Karpowicz, creator of 'Sour Apple' and Luke Pearson, creator of the 'Hilda' series of graphic novels which inspired the new Netflix series of the same name
This week More to Come features interviews recorded at New York Comic Con 2018. In this episode Calvin interviews Milton Griepp, CEO of pop culture news site ICv2.com, about the current state of the comics and graphic novels market and and why he isn’t delivering his annual White Paper at the show. Then, Calvin talks with Gina Gagliano, publishing director of Random House Graphic, a newly launched kids and YA graphic novel imprint at Random House Childrens Books, about her new job and new acquisitions.
This week the More to Come crew—Calvin Reid, Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons—preview the upcoming New York Comic Con; update other convention news like the new Keystone Comic Con, discuss ‘Petit Paul,’ a disturbing erotic comic by Bastien Vives; and new comics lines at Abrams ComicArts and Workman. Plus a new episode of Star Gazing with graphic novel reviews editor Meg Lemke.
In an announcement from New York Comic Con 2018, comics publisher Lion Forge unveiled plans to publish The Underfoot!, an epic anthropomorphic sci-fi series co-written by Ben Fisher and Emily S. Whitten with art by Michelle Nguyen.
Continuing efforts to expand its editorial catalog, French-owned, Los Angeles based Humanoids has named Eisner Award-winning comics artist John Cassaday its first chief creative officer.