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While the show is as big and as bursting with attendees and new events as ever, there is concern over San Diego Comic-Con’s future. Many comics professionals are openly concerned that Comic-Con is simply becoming too big for small publishers—indeed many believe the show is already too big.
The North American manga market is back and stronger than ever. Perhaps the best place to measure the resurgence over the past few weeks was in Southern California—first at Anime Expo in Los Angeles over the July 4th weekend, and this past weekend in San Diego at Comic-Con International 2015.
130,000 or so pop culture fans descended on San Diego July 8-12 and PW Comics World was around all weekend at Comic-Con Internattional: San Diego, the biggest pop culture convention in North America. Here are some of the images we captured of the artists, publishers, and events and fans at the annual comics and pop culture festival.
From the Eisner Awards to an unusual recreation of Rep. John Lewis’ historic march across the Edmund Pettus bridge, Comic-Con International was the place to find great kids’ and YA comics.
Total sales at Diamond Comics Distributors rose 10% in the first six months of 2015 over the same period in 2014, according to figures released at Diamond's annual Retailer Appreciation Lunch at San Diego Comic-Con International. The number of stores also continued to creep upwards.
One of the biggest announcements came on the final day when bestselling author Raina Telgemeier (Sisters, Smile) tweeted the name and cover for her next graphic novel: Ghosts. And director/writer Joss Whedon announced he’s back to comics with Twist, a new title to be published by Dark Horse, described as a "female Victorian Batman."
This One Summer (First Second), cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s beautifully rendered tale of a pre-adolescent summer, received the Eisner Award for the Best New Graphic Novel of the year at the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, in a ceremony July 10 at the San Diego Comic-Con International. Indeed it was ladies night at this year’s Eisner Awards—the National Book Awards of the comics industry—with women creators taking home quite a few prizes.
Every day of the convention, we've sought out new and exciting interviews with artists, writers and publishers recorded live at the San Diego Comic-Con 2015 by Heidi MacDonald and Calvin Reid.
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Interviews with Fantagraphics editor Kristy Valenti about some of their newest comics from around the world and the historical context of indie comics, author Sara Ryan about her graphic novel Bad Houses, and Richard Taylor - head of WETA, plus the director Duncan Jones, about their upcoming Warcraft movie.
Heidi MacDonald interviews comics legend Grant Morrison about his comics past and present, their shared comic-con history and being a superhero for charity through Humble Bundle.
Calvin Reid talks to Gene Yang, two-time NBA nominee and new writer for Superman, former DC president Paul Levitz on his book on Will Eisner, actress Erika Alexander and artist Tony Puryear, creators of the acclaimed Concrete Park graphic novel, designer/editor Chip Kidd on his upcoming Peanuts tribute book, and John Shableski on his new job at Udon.
Direct from the floor of Comic-Con, interviews with acclaimed comics writer Mark Waid, currently writing the hot reboot of Archie #1, Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Comics, Archie Chief Creative Director Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Abrams ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman.
In our final SDCC interview podcast, Calvin Reid interviews the Batgirl creative team of Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, & Branden Fletcher, Rod Espinosa about Courageous Princess: The Unremembered Lands, Leah Hayes about her new book Not Funny Ha Ha, a remarkable book about abortion, Heidi talks to Marisa Acocella Marchetto about her upcoming graphic novel Anna Tenna and to comics creator Kevin Shinick direct from Comic-Con.
One of the biggest stories at the San Diego Comic-Con is the continuing push, from publishers, to release more diverse material for a wider audience. Barnes & Noble also announced that it is doubling the size of the Graphic Novels and Manga sections in all its stores.
While forthcoming blockbuster movies like Star Wars and Batman vs Superman, and new TV Shows like Supergirl and Heroes Reborn dominate the hype (and the outdoor signage) at Comic-Con, there’s plenty of old-fashioned book publishing and marketing going on.
Keep up with the More To Come crew at San Diego Comic-Con on tumblr, with cosplay, comics creators, podcast interviews and more!San Diego Comic-Con 2015: Is Comic-Con Too Big for Small Publishers?
With Comic-Con International: San Diego (informally known as SDCC) a week away, its staff and comics publishers are grappling with critical questions about the value and location of the country’s largest comics and pop culture convention. Run by the nonprofit Comic-Con International (CCI), SDCC is expected to draw more than 130,000 attendees to downtown San Diego and the San Diego Convention Center from Thursday, July 9, to Sunday, July 12. In February, badges for SDCC sold out in about an hour, reportedly the fastest sell-out time yet.San Diego Comic-Con 2015: The Librarians are Coming!
Librarians—nerdrarians?—are no stranger to the SDCC pop culture extravaganza. The show has always provided a rich slate of programming and panels focused on the role of graphic novels in libraries and the classroom. But this year will take it to another level, hosting three days of programming designed specifically for librarians (as well as teachers) that begins on Wednesday, then jumps to Friday and Saturday.