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1. EXCLUSIVE!! All the Super Week Events in one post!

ny super week 592x299 EXCLUSIVE!! All the Super Week Events in one post!

Yes yes I know you are not supposed to use the word EXCLUSIVE in comics journalism, but I wanted to make sure you knew that this is the ONLY ALL TEXT listing for ALL the events of Super Week, Oct. 4-11, with all the links for tickets the venues dates times and EVERYHTING. Thanks to the awesome folks at ReedPOP for making this available to us.

Only a handful of events are strictly comics, but if its comedy theater, music and Star Trek you want, oh boy this is going to be amazing. From the Intrepid to the Natural History Museum to the Hammerstein, events of all kinds and nerdly interests are taking over NYC. Get your tickets now and rest up..you’re going to need it!






Oct 3-12, 2014

Tues – Fri at 8pm; Sat at 3pm & 8pm; Sun at 3pm & 7pm

Bedbugs!!! It’s A Musical

Arclight Theatre

$69 and $49 with NYSW card (normally $89 and $69) Discount code: BiteNYSW

“In this girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy, Carly, an exterminator, is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into blood-sucking, heavy metal rock gods. Bedbugs!!! is an original musical that the NY Times called, “…a little bit “Little Shop of Horrors” and a little bit “Rocky Horror Show,” but even more over the top.” This “*improbably entertaining” and “**wonderfully outrageous and inventive” musical is a blitz of 80’s nostalgia and a creepy-crawly love affair of massive proportions.



Oct 3-12, 2014


H.P. Lovecraft Fest

Kraine Theater


The award-winning, critically acclaimed RADIOTHEATRE continues its quest to adapt live on stage 40 classic short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. “A cult hit in the East Village!” NY TIMES.   Next up, THE 6th ANNUAL H.P. LOVECRAFT FESTIVAL OCT 2-31, 2014 at the Kraine Theater, NYC. Tales include The Dunwich Horror, Reanimator, Shadow Over Innsmouth, and more complete with great storytellers, original music score and dynamic sound design. This year, the fest also adds the best short Lovecraft films from 20 yrs of THE H.P.LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL – Portland. AND, on OCT 30/31 the live show travels to Feinstein’s in San Francisco. INFO: www.radiotheatrenyc.com



Oct 6-Oct 12, 2014


Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future

Butler Library at Columbia University


Comics have a long tradition at Columbia University, going back to the 18th century. This exhibition will showcase some of the treasures of the Rare Book & Manuscript Libraries’ comics archives, both old and new. Come visit the RBML gallery between October 6, 2014 and January 23, 2015, and join us for our grand opening event and reception on Tuesday, October 7th, 6 PM, in Butler Library, Broadway and 114th Street.



Oct 9 & 10, 2014

11am – 10pm

ESL One New York 2014 – DOTA 2 Championship

The Theater at Madison Square Garden


“Buy your 2-day pass for the next installment of ESL’s ESL One Dota 2 championship tournaments will be held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 9-10, 2014. As part of ReedPOP’s inaugural New York Super Week and the largest e-Sports event ever held in New York and the East Coast, ESL, Twitch and ReedPOP will play host to eight of the world’s top Dota 2 teams as they compete for a massive $100,000 prize pool.


ESL One at New York Super Week

ESL One will be a cornerstone of ReedPOP’s New York Super Week, an epic ten-day-long festival featuring over 60 awesome nerdy pop culture events across all five boroughs of New York City, a fitting to lead-up this year’s New York Comic Con.


To find out more about ESL One, be sure to visit the official website and follow @ESL on Twitter. Also, you can watch e-Sports history being made from the on ESL’s Twitch channel.”



Friday October 3, 2014

8pm – 10pm

StarTalk Live!

Hammerstein Ballroom


“Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes special guest Malcolm Gladwell to the stage for this special edition of StarTalk Live!, the kick-off event of the first annual New York Super Week. In addition to Gladwell, comedian co-host Eugene Mirman and comedian Wyatt Cenac will be on stage as well to add their unique humor and perspectives to the show.

StarTalk Radio, from Curved Light Productions, is the first and only popular commercial radio program devoted to all things space and is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. As Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Tyson makes regular appearances as the “nation’s expert on space” on major news programs and popular shows (Daily Show, Colbert Report).

Tyson’s writings (such as The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist) and NOVA specials (Origins, and NOVA ScienceNOW) have already won him a faithful media following. In February 2012, Tyson released his tenth book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. Tyson was voted “”Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive”” by People Magazine in 2000 and Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Persons in the World for 2007. Recently Tyson served as Executive Editor and on camera Host & Narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series.

StarTalk Live!, co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends, bridges the intersection between Pop Culture and Science with clarity, humor and passion.



Friday October 3, 2014


IFC Center Screenings and Premieres

IFC Center


Presented at IFC Center from October 3-12, 2014, New York Super Week and IFC team-up to premiere several films, showcase filmmakers and television personalities, and screen cult classics. Among others, audiences can watch the National Theatre Live’s productions of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, Harmontown with an appearance by Dan Harmon, Showrunners with Janet Tamaro of Rizzoli & Isles, the US premiere of Cowboy Bebop by FUNimation, and an evening with Nick Offerman. Full details and tickets available shortly.

Friday October 3, 2014


Improv Face Off

The Kill Bar at Times Square

$10 advance $15 at door

Face Off has recruited and trained some of the brightest rising stars of the stage and screen, and took away their scripts! Watch what happens when teams of these expert improvisers compete in Times Square’s comedy championship match! Improv Face Off features two teams of master improvisers competing to bring the funny in this all out comedy win! Using audience suggestions, they create sidesplitting comedy on the spot! So damn funny you won’t believe its improvised!! Learn more at http://www.faceoffunlimited.com/IFO



Saturday October 4, 2014


Black Girl Nerds (live podcast)

Galapagos Art Space


Black Girl Nerds is an online community solely devoted to promoting nerdiness among women of color. The online community consists of a website, podcast, and active social media engagement that allows several blerds (black nerds) to connect, network, and foster relationships. The community is not exclusive to Black women and welcome all nerds to be a part of our community. The term was coined because many websites do not feature geek girls of color, so BGN is an imprint in cyberspace to illustrate that Black women are just as nerdy as everyone else! Join us for this special live podcast as part of New York Super Week featuring our own super guests (TBD).



Saturday October 4, 2014


Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

$0 (but must RSVP)

Join local astronomers for star-gazing on the flight deck, check out the Museum’s portable planetarium, and enjoy talks and hands-on demonstrations. Doors open at 7:30pm and the event ends at 10:30pm.



Saturday October 4, 2014



JeBon Sushi

$25 GA and $40 VIP

Acclaimed comedy company Face Off Unlimited brings you a special event to kick off New York Super Week! Named “one of the best things to do in NYC” (CBS News), BATSU! is New York City’s live Japanese game show experience. Four warriors compete in comedy challenges where the losers face painful punishments and outrageous costumed characters! BATSU! is hosted by former Japanese child star Brian Walters and the lovely yet merciless Noriko Sato. BATSU! takes place in a cool subterranean lounge theatre in NYC’s “Little Tokyo.” A full menu/bar is available and audience members enjoy sushi, noodles, and sake, while the bravest may even sign up for a chance to participate in the show to win free drinks and prizes! This very special performance just for New York Super Week will take you into the world of the underground “East Village sensation” (Asian Fusion Magazine) that is BATSU! What better way to start off a super week than with a wild and crazy trip to Japan?!



Saturday October 4, 2014

6pm – 9pm

Sega Of America Presents Sonic Boom 2014 Fan Event

Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom


“SEGA of America is proud to present Sonic Boom 2014, a fan-oriented celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog! Sonic Boom 2014 will include:


– Live performances by Sonic musicians Jun Senoue, Tomoya Ohtani, Ted Poley and Tony Harnell

– Sonic the Hedgehog trivia, Costume Contest, and Giveaways

– Playable demos of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom:

Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS

And other special guests!

(Please note: Performances & activities subject to change.) ”



Saturday October 4, 2014


Saturday Night Yacht Club Super Hero Party

Pier 16 South Street Seaport, 89 South Street

$15 (normal price $30)

Super Heros, Villains and Trekkies to enjoy a spirit and in the spirit of Comic Con Super Week- on a boat! Transform into your alter ego and join us for a party of superhuman proportions on this special installment of our Saturday Night Yacht Club. Absorb the vitality of your Saturday night aboard the Luxury yacht, ZEPHYR’s three-hour cruise boasting resident celebrity DJs, signature cocktails, and three indoor and outdoor levels of pulsating energy. To receive the New York Super Week discount, enter code: COMICCON on the ticketing website.



Saturday October 4, 2014


Syndicate show #2: The Laugh Button Live at New York Super Week with SiriusXM Comedy Presents Gary Gulman, Yannis Pappas, Monroe Martin, Jena Kingsley, Aaron Berg, Crystian Ramirez, and More!

The Stand


Gary Gulman:


Gary Gulman is a Boston native who always knew he wanted to be a comedian. Gulman’s humor is unique, clever and highly entertaining. He was seen on Dane Cook’s ‘Tourgasm’ on HBO and recently shot the pilot ‘Dinner with Todd Glass’ with Todd Glass and Sarah Silverman.


At the young age of 6, Gulman always loved late night television and dreamed of being a guest one day. That dream came true and he has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comedy Central (1 hr Special ‘Gary Gulman: Boyish Man’), Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s ‘Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,’ Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3 (Runner UP), and was a guest star on Last Comic Standing Season 4.


Gulman also performed at the NASCAR Year End Banquet (3 times), New York Comedy Festival (performed at Madison Square Garden) , HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs Gala in Canada. He was the host of New England Sports Network’s Comedy All Stars and New England Emmy Awards and appeared on National Lampoon’s Rising Stars DVD.


He has also performed at over 100 colleges including: Yale, Harvard, Boston College, Tulane, Villanova, Boston University, NYU, UCLA, Ohio State, Texas Christian University, Brandeis and MIT.

Yannis Pappas: Yannis can be seen every night on the new ABC/Univision network Fusion, where he hosts Fusion Live. Yannis has been featured on Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever and Good Morning America on ABC. He tours the world doing stand up comedy and is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. Along with Director Jesse Scaturro, he is the co-founder of the comedy production company Ditch Films. Follow Yannis on twitter @yannispappas.



Saturday October 4, 2014


The Laugh Button Live at New York Super Week with SiriusXM Comedy Presents Mike Lawrence’s “Days Of Future Laughs”

The Stand


“A skewing of pop culture by Comedy Central’s @Midnight star Mike Lawrence!

Mike Lawrence: Mike Lawrence is a comedian born and raised in South Florida. He began doing comedy as a way to escape the dullness of his job at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru and quickly fell in love with it. He moved to New York in 2007, where he could write about all of his miserable life experiences from a safe distance. He has since performed at the New York Comic Con — a dream come true. He performed at the “”New Faces”” showcase at the 2010 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He was also nominated for Best Male Comedian at the 2010 ECNY Awards and featured in Time Out New York. He will make his television debut on “”John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”” on Comedy Central on April 14, 2011.



Saturday October 4, 2014

7:30pm- 9:30pm

Manboobs Family Showcase

Union Hall

$8 in advance, $10 day of show

Come spend your Saturday evening with three grown men who call themselves ManBoobs, as well as, a few of their comedian-type friends. Featuring a mix of Live Sketches, Stand-up Comedy and Video Sketches! Also, Danny Tamberelli, that kid from Pete & Pete is in it.



Saturday October 4, 2014


Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along and Joss Whedon-Themed Party

Union Hall


“Your application to the Evil League of Evil has been received and you (and your henchman) are invited to Union Hall for our Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along and Whedonverse Party to sing along to the musical based on our newest member, Dr. Horrible! We’ll be showing Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog in its entirety with all the lyrics on screen so everyone can sing along together to their favorite songs. Come in costume as your super villain (or hero) alter ego or as your favorite character from the Whedonverse! Throughout the event we’ll have contests, prizes and surprises to make the night even more horrible…we mean, memorable. And stick around after the Sing-Along because we’re gonna party all night Whedon-style with our Henchman Union certified DJ! We may even have a few Sing-Along clips from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More, With Feeling” musical episode…


– Dr. Horrible and Whedon-themed contests and trivia with cool (and evil) prizes like memorabilia from across the Whedonverse, Evil League of Evil membership cards, free drinks and gift cards for frozen yogurt!

– Drinking games paired with the movie so you can sing-along AND drink-along!

– Audition for the Evil League of Evil! Impress Bad Horse with your original super villain costume!

– Show your love of the Whedonverse and dress up as a character from one of his TV shows or movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse, or The Avengers…if Whedon is in the credits it’s fair game!

– Our bartender has a Ph.D. in Horribleness…and awesome cocktails! We’ve got themed drinks like the Wonderflonium, Moist’s Lemonade, the Freeze Ray, and more!



Sunday October 5, 2014


Macmillan Audio Presents: Science Fiction Audiobook Narrators Live!

Barnes & Noble Tribeca


“Join the audiobook narrators of your favorite science fiction books (many of whom are stage and screen actors as well!) as they discuss the craft, demonstrate their work, and launch an interactive discussion about the roles of books and audiobooks in today’s SciFi Universe! On October 5, 2014 at 2pm at Barnes & Noble Tribeca, hear from:

  • Rebecca Soler (narrator of Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles)
  • Matthew Brown (narrator of Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Sky Chasers trilogy, Mary E. Pearson’s Jenna Fox Trilogy, Julie Cross’s Tempest trilogy etc.)
  • Fred Berman (narrator of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead series)



Sunday October 5, 2014


Morning Musume

Best Buy Theater


Morning Musume ’14, also known as Momusu, are one of the most successful Japanese all-girl idol group, produced by the famous rock singer-writer Tsunku.They are the lead group of the Hello! Project, which includes other all-girl groups. Their music style is a mix of pop and upbeat coupled with dance performance. The name “Morning Musume” comes from various notions such as abundance, multitude, like the breakfast set you can receive with many elements on it. Their story began in 1997 after a TV audition and they made their major debut in 1998. On September 1999, their 7th single “LOVE Machine” has been sold over a million for their first time. After that, the all-girl Japanese group has created new records all the time. Morning Musume。’14 have already performed in China, Taiwan, South Korea, France and in the USA (Los Angeles) in front of several thousand people every time. Since January 1st 2014, Morning Musume。 became officially Morning Musume。’14 (One-Four).



Sunday October 5, 2014


TV Guidance Counselor

Brooklyn Brewery

$10 (includes access to Trivia AD afterwards)

Ken Reid is a Boston based comedian known for his story telling style. He has appeared on podcasts such as Risk!, Doug Loves Movies, KCRW’s Unfictional and Put Your Hands Together. He is also obsessed with the television of his youth. Each week Ken welcomes a guest to leaf through his extensive collection of TV Guides, pick an issue and then make difficult choices of what they would watch on television that week in history. They discuss stories about growing up, people’s relationship with television, some cultural/media studies dissection and Ken spits out a lot of trivia. Guests have included Laura Kightlinger, JoAnn Willete (Just the Ten of Us, Facts of Life), Melanie Chartoff (Fridays, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Rugrats), Laraine Newman, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, James Adomian, Jonathan Katz, Andy Kindler, Hari Kondabolu, Janet Varney, Myq Kaplan, Kelly MacFarland, Bethany Van Delft, Danny Tamberelli (“The Adventures of Pete and Pete), Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Adam Resnick (Get a Life, Cabin Boy) and more.



Sunday October 5, 2014


Trivia AD: TV Trivia

Brooklyn Brewery

$10 (includes access to TV Guidance Counselor beforehand)

Show-off your TV knowledge tonight. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.



Sunday October 5, 2014


The First (and Probably Last) Annual New York Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans (Especially Kids) (All Ages Show)

Galapagos Art Space

$20 Adults / $10 Kids

Special family matinee! Established in 2014, the FIRST (AND PROBABLY LAST) ANNUAL NEW YORK FELINE FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FOR HUMANS (ESPECIALLY KIDS) has all of the elements of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, but with one distinct advantage over its storied predecessors: we show CAT VIDEOS (and kids are invited)! Your hosts Mike Keegan and Jay Wertzler guide you through a tabby 90-minute CAT-tacular featuring A BRIEF HISTORY OF CAT VIDEOS, WORLD PURR-MIERES, and an EMERGING VISIONS category full of the best sloth and otter videos a kid could want. Plus, we want your cat videos! Our robust NEW DIRECTORS’ NEW FILMS section wants to play YOUR cat video on the big screen (submit here)! Prove once and for all to your best friends, worst bullies, and fellow cat-lovers that YOUR feline is the coolest cat in the Five Boroughs! Maximum cat-isfaction at a family-friendly price point!



Sunday October 5, 2014



The First (and Probably Last) Annual New York Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans: New York Super Week Spectacular Edition (21+ Show)

Galapagos Art Space


Established in 2014, the FIRST (AND PROBABLY LAST) ANNUAL NEW YORK FELINE FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FOR HUMANS: SUPER WEEK SPECTACULAR EDITION has all of the elements of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, but with one distinct advantage over its storied predecessors: we show CAT VIDEOS! Your hosts Mike Keegan and Jay Wertzler squeeze all of the trappings of a tony two-week film festival into a tabby two-hour CAT-tacular! Featuring WORLD PURR-MIERES, a BRAND NEW LIVE SCORE to one of the first silent cat films by Brooklyn punks SLEEPIES, and a SPOTLIGHT ON SCAREDY CATS IN FILM (it is October, after all). Most importantly – we want your cat videos! Our robust NEW DIRECTORS’ NEW FILMS section wants to play YOUR cat video on the big screen (submit here)! Prove once and for all to your friends, neighbors and blank-faced strangers that YOUR feline is the coolest cat in the Five Boroughs! But don’t take it from us – our panel of CELEBRITY JUDGES is here to do that!



Sunday October 5, 2014


BlizzCon Qualifier Day 1

Hammerstein Ballroom


“World of Warcraft® and Hearthstone® players to compete at ESL’s America Finals for BlizzCon® qualifying spots during ReedPOP’s inaugural New York Super Week. Qualifiers for BlizzCon’s $250,000 Hearthstone Championship along with top World of Warcraft action on October 5th and 6th



Sunday October 5, 2014


The Laugh Button Live at New York Super Week with SiriusXM Comedy Presents Janeane Garofalo, Dan Soder, Mike Lawrence, Kurt Metzger, Big Jay Oakerson, and More!

The Stand


Janeane Garofalo:


Actress and Comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992.

In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the country, and the world. As well, she was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, “”The Majority Report.”” A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane’s well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. She is a noted peace activist.

Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as “”The Truth About Cats and Dogs,”” “”Steal This Movie,”” “”Copland,”” “”Reality Bites,”” and “”Duane Hopwood,”” as well as for her specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in “”Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,”” “”Bye Bye Love,”” “”Mystery Men,”” “”Clay Pigeons,”” “”The Minus Man”” and “”The Cable Guy,”” directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller “”Feel This Book,”” (Ballantine May 1999). Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show.

Janeane played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on “”The Larry Sanders Show,”” for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. During the fall of ’94 she joined the cast of “”Saturday Night Live.”” Some of Janeane’s other television work includes two specials for HBO, the series finale of “”Mad About You”” and the critically lauded, final season of NBC’s “”The West Wing,”” where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton.

In 2007, Janeane’s voice was featured in the Disney/Pixar animated comedy Ratatouille, and can be seen in Stella writer/director David Wain’s ensemble comedy, “”The Ten.”” Janeane can also be seen in her latest projects, the Lifetime movie “”Girl’s Best Friend”” and as a recurring character on the 2009 season of “”24.””

Dan Soder: Originally from Aurora, CO, Dan Soder started doing stand up at 21 while attending the University of Arizona. After two years of playing clubs and casinos all over the southwest, Dan decided he’d had enough of extreme heat and venomous animals so he moved to New York to get serious about stand-up. When he’s not napping or being lazy you can see Dan perform at clubs all over the city. You can also see Dan on this upcoming season of “”Live at Gotham.”” He hopes to not shame his family or friends — he also hopes he gets more time to nap now that he’s been on TV.



Sunday October 5, 2014


Tell The Bartender Live!

Union Hall


“Tell the Bartender is a bi-weekly storytelling podcast hosted by Katharine Heller, featuring tales from everyday people with unique stories. Katharine was a bartender for eight years at several fine establishments in Brooklyn. Though not technically a bartender anymore, Katharine still enjoys making drinks and listening to people talk. Guests for this special show part of New York Super Week are Mara Wilson and Jeffrey Cranor!


With stories from:


Mara Wilson, Actor/Writer/Awesome Person (Welcome to Night Vale, Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and many other amazing things)


Jeffrey Cranor, Writer/Podcaster/Also Awesome Person (Welcome to Night Vale, Too Much Light makes The Baby Go Blind)


WITH a special appearance by Jordan McDonough


It will be a night of stories, games and fun! One lucky audience member will get a chance to win a prize with the game, “”Bar Talk””, PLUS we play everyone’s favorite game “”Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice”” with Jordan McDonough! Prizes sponsored by By Brooklyn.



Monday October 6, 2014



92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall

$30.00 – $42.00 LIMITED VIP SEATING $100.00

“Mythos features the all-star orchestra of The Third Estate, conducted by Austin Wintory — the GRAMMY-nominated composer of Journey, and vocalists from Choral Chameleon. This concert promises to be an exceptionally innovative concert experience. Austin Wintory has curated this concert from the music of many of today’s leading composers into a seamless, dramatic orchestral work.

Mythos is a showcase of great music from across the spectrum of modern orchestral genres — music from Modern Concert Works, Video Games, TV & Film. All of the music has been composed in the last several years, and will be performed without pause. Printed concert programs will be distributed at the end of the concert so that all may enjoy the listening pleasure that comes from not knowing what’s next!

Mythos is musical storytelling in its purest form, driven by the leading voices of today’s musical landscape.

Mythos, the thrilling and unique concert experience will take place on October 6th, 2014 during the first annual New York Super Week festival, four days before New York Comic Con 2014.



Monday October 6, 2014


The History of Music Video, Part One (the Dawn of Time until 1993)

Dave & Buster’s


Stephen Pitalo – VJ, music video historian & expert on the Golden Age of Music Video (1976-1993) — gives this talk chronicling the evolution of the music video form, from the early jazz films, movie musicals and early television performances, up through 70s experimentation and the 80s MTV heyday, concluding with the demise of the pop metal scene & simultaneous rise of the Seattle sound in the early 90s. With unique information gathered from more than 100 interviews with music video directors and artists, Pitalo spotlighting artists from David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Kinks, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen, who flourished during an era when pioneering and revolutionary filmmakers were creating the iconic music video images we still talk about today. You’ll see specific music videos to point out key events along the way, and a Q&A with Stephen Pitalo will follow. Pitalo writes edits and curates the website THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUSIC VIDEO, which is currently in the process of re-branding as MUSIC VIDEO TIME MACHINE. NOTE*: This ticket includes unlimited soda, free food, and a $10 powercard for gameplay at Dave & Buster’s!



Monday October 6, 2014


Trekoff Podcast Live!

Discovery Times Square


TREKOFF is the hilariously foulmouthed (Rated R for Raunchy) Trek and SciFi based podcast that has entertained audiences with tens of thousands of worldwide downloads and packed convention shows. Come see Justin Timpane (writer and Director of the Ninjas Vs” Trilogy) and Alexia Poe (Acclaimed DC actress and producer) as they play F**k, Marry, Kill with your favorite characters, rant about the films and TV shows and take TREK to the final frontier of funny.



Monday October 6, 2014


Punderdome 3000

Galapagos Art Space


PUNDERDOME®, the wild & crazy monthly NYC pun competition hosted by Fred and Jo Firestone, a “Rodney Dangerfield impersonator” and his comedian daughter (alleged) is coming to Super Week (October 6)! All topics will be POP CULTURE! The first 18 individuals/duos to sign-up at the door will have a chance to participate in competitive spontaneous pun-making. Pun-masters will be determined by the “human clap-o-meter” who will “accurately and scientifically” assess levels of audience applause. “As seen only on tv”-type prizes will be awarded to the top two competitors. Warning for the faint of heart: the ’Dome is the spectator sport; decibel levels can prove harmful (consider ear protection) – decide to attend at your own risk! PUNDERDOME® action: The Brooklyn Ink!



Monday October 6, 2014


BlizzCon Qualifier Day 2

Hammerstein Ballroom


“World of Warcraft® and Hearthstone® players to compete at ESL’s America Finals for BlizzCon® qualifying spots during ReedPOP’s inaugural New York Super Week. Qualifiers for BlizzCon’s $250,000 Hearthstone Championship along with top World of Warcraft action on October 5th and 6th



Monday October 6, 2014

7pm (Red Carpet arrival 5:30pm) – 10:30pm

Celebrity Karaoke: An Epic Evening with the Stars

Hard Rock Café


“Ever dream of catching your big break? Being discovered by top Broadway producers or just wanting to show off that great voice in that amazing costume you’ve been dying to debut?! Well here is your chance! Come on down to the Hard Rock Café dressed as your best Princess Leia or Chewbacca and give your audience a performance of their lifetime! Sing with a live karaoke band for a chance to win great prizes. Singing not your thing? No problem, come down and enjoy the show! Show support to those who love to entertain while eating and drinking at the legendary Hard Rock Café. Not only will you be the star at the first annual Celebrity Karaoke, but you’ll be given a front row seat to see some of Broadway’s hottest talents. Hosted by Justin Guarini (American Idol season one, and now starring as Fiyero in Broadway’s Wicked) and featuring live performances from Tony Award winner’s Lena Hall (currently starring as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and James Inglehart (currently starring in Disney’s Aladdin as Genie) and Tony award Nominee Ramin Karimloo (currently starring as Javert in Les Miserable). Guest judges include:

Carl Levin: writer Creator Producer of Rock of Ages and upcoming NERDS the musical

Darren Bagert: Tony Award Winning Producer no presenting SidesShow the musical on Broadway, directed by Oscar Winner Bill Condon



Monday October 6, 2014



JeBon Sushi

$18 and $30 VIP

“In Japan, batsu means “”punishment”” and the batsu-game is a form of comedy competition where the losers are forced to endure hilarious and outrageous penalties. Face Off Unlimited has blended this wildly popular piece of Japanese culture with their own hysterical style of improv comedy to create BATSU! Four warriors compete in comedic challenges to avoid electric shocks, paintball guns, a giant egg-smashing chicken, and many more hilarious and jaw-dropping punishments! Dinner and drinks available (not included).! One of the “Best Things to do in NYC!” – CBS NY; “A Wacky Spectacle!” – NY Magazine; “An East Village Sensation” – Asian Fusion; Official Village Voice, “Voice Choice”! More information at http://www.batsunyc.com



Monday October 6, 2014


Taxidermy: From Collecting to Making

Museum of Morbid Anatomy


“The impulse to create can come from many sources: from an art study, a desire to see something unique, or a response to maintaining a collection that needs constant repair. Taxidermy is one such collection.

Taxidermy study has not been as easily available since the mid Victorian Era, when collections flourished and craftsmen learned to preserve animals to fill a huge demand. Today, in the Digital Age, the desire to acquire what Walter Benjamin called “the aura of one” and the return to handwork have encouraged people, who once were collectors, to start making their own collections.


In connection with Taxidermy Art, this talk will address the rise of Rogue Taxidermy through the lens of Collecting.


Robert Marbury is a multi-disciplinary artist working in fabric, photography, and fur. He is a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, lectures internationally about rogue taxidermy and judges the annual Carnivorous Night’s Taxidermy Contest, which is the largest alternative taxidermy contest in the world.


Robert lives and works in Baltimore, MD. “”Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself”” is Robert’s first book.”



Monday October 6, 2014


Trivia AD: Comic Book Movie Trivia

Rock Bar


Test your comic-book inspired movie knowledge tonight. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.



Tuesday October 7, 2014


Macmillan Audio Presents: Science Fiction Audiobook Narrators Live!

Barnes & Noble Upper East Side


“Join the audiobook narrators of your favorite science fiction books (many of whom are stage and screen actors as well!) as they discuss the craft, demonstrate their work, and launch an interactive discussion about the roles of books and audiobooks in today’s SciFi Universe! On October 7, 2014 at 8pm at Barnes & Noble Upper East Side, hear from:

  • Sean Runette (narrator of Andrew Fukuda’s The Hunt trilogy)
  • Katherine Kellgren (narrator of Frank Herbert ’s Dune books, the Rick Riordan Kane Chronicles, etc)
  • Emma Galvin (narrator of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, and Josephine Angelini’s upcoming Worldwalker series) • Moderated by bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, author of Ghost Road Blues, Rot & Ruin, and the young adult novels Dust and Decay and Flesh & Bone



Tuesday October 7, 2014


Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future Opening

Butler Library at Columbia University


Comics have a long tradition at Columbia University, going back to the 18th century. This exhibition will showcase some of the treasures of the Rare Book & Manuscript Libraries’ comics archives, both old and new. Come visit the RBML gallery between October 6, 2014 and January 23, 2015, and join us for our grand opening event and reception on Tuesday, October 7th, 6 PM, in Butler Library, Broadway and 114th Street.



Tuesday October 7, 2014


Trivia AD: Comic Book & Sci-Fi Movie Trivia

Discovery Times Square


“Discover a fun night of trivia and brainteasers about comic book and sci-fi movies. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.





Instagram: triviaaddotcom



Tuesday October 7, 2014


Juan Epstein (live podcast)

Galapagos Art Space


Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg’s ‘Juan Epstein’ is the longest running and most beloved hip hop nerdcast on the planet. Based in the legendary Hot 97 studios, Ciph and Rosenberg go in depth with EVERYONE – hip hop legends, current artists, comedians, actors, wrestlers, porn stars, etc. They ask the questions that only TRUE nerdy fans can ask. Past guests include Jay-Z, Eminem, Aziz Ansari, Big Daddy Kane, Ghostface, Diamond D, Redman, Patrice O’neal, and many more! .Juan Ep is the place to go if you want to hear these people tell the stories you have never heard and hear them react to and answer questions you can’t believe anyone would have the nerve to ask. These are some of the most unique interviews you ever will hear. Hundreds of hours of interview gold. Special guest will be announced in August.



Tuesday October 7, 2014


Story Pirates: Create a Hero!

Gotham West Market


Why settle for heroes and villains that were thought up by grown-ups? In this fully improvised show, the Story Pirates will perform a comic book-style adventure that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. That’s because the entire story, all the characters, every superpower and every plot twist will be created by the kids in the audience. Kids will have the chance both to write original lines and make up their own characters and see them all come to life, right before their eyes. Open to the general public, including fans of Comic Con, this hilarious show will keep the entire family laughing, guessing, and waiting to see what mysterious supervillain or bizarre sidekick pops up next. Come armed with your favorite super-power and help the Story Pirates create an amazing show!




Tuesday October 7, 2014


James Murphy (DFA/LCD Soundsystem) with Special Guest Pete Tong at the Hammerstein Ballroom for a celebration of James Frey’s new novel ENDGAME: The Calling

Hammerstein Ballroom


“Legendary DJs James Murphy and Pete Tong take the stage for epic DJ sets at NYC’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom. The event will feature a conversation with James Frey, creator of the multi-platform experience ENDGAME and John Hanke, VP of Google’s Niantic Labs.


A copy of ENDGAME: The Calling, which Frey co-wrote with New York Times bestselling author Nils Johnson Shelton, is included in the ticket price.”



Tuesday October 7, 2014


CU Next Tuesday – Superhero Game Night at Rock Bar

Rock Bar


“Team Rounds of Trivia, Name That Tune, Name That Movie, SUPERMAN BEER PONG and other fun games about Superheroes in film, TV and in comics. Come with a team or meet new Superfriends at the bar!!!! Marvel’s The Avengers on all screens (with sound) at 6pm with games right after.


Prizes for the winning team and a Grand Prize winner at the end of the night!!!!


Co Hosted by Gay Geeks of New York and Geeks Out!!!


Organization info:

Gay Geeks of New York is a community of LGBTQ and supportive geeks of all backgrounds and ages. Founded in August 2011 by Nick DelGiudice, GGNY began as a monthly Geek Trivia gathering, which remains the signature social gathering of the group. Since then, GGNY’s membership and calendar have expanded to include several events a month, including a bi-monthly Geek Pictionary gathering, sing-alongs, movie outings, lunch meet-and-greets, themed parties and gatherings, and charitable and LGBTQ Pride events!


Geeks OUT seeks to facilitate interaction locally, globally, and virtually, both to celebrate our shared geekiness and to focus and promote our own unique LGBT voice within that community.

We aim to offer and maintain a visible and vivacious queer presence at geek events, fostering inclusivity and openness within our community. By hosting a booth at conventions, we highlight the fact that LGBT fans are an integral part of geek culture, encouraging greater participation and representation for this generation of queer fans and the next.


You can find us this year at NYCC at Booth #1575



Tuesday October 7, 2014


Mad World

Rock Bar




Tuesday October 7, 2014


Shipwreck with Welcome To Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin

The Bell House


“Good theatre for bad literature? Marital aid for book nerds? A literary erotic fanfiction competition for the ages? Shipwreck is all of these things. Six Great Writers will destroy one Great Book, one Great (Watchmen) Character at a time, in service of the transcendent and the profane (and also laughs). Marvel as beloved characters are plucked from their worlds and made to do stuff they were never meant to do in places they were never meant to see.


All WATCHMEN fic will be recited by the voice of Welcome to Night Vale, CECIL BALDWIN, both to preserve the majesty of the written work and to ensure the honesty of the audience when voting for a winner. You choose the best Ship, and the winner will be will be cast off from polite society.


Featuring smut from:

Naomi Novik

Kevin Avery

John Scalzi

Ilona and Gordon Andrews

Kate Leth

and Gatsby Shipwreck winner Jeffrey Cranor


Special performance by CHOIRFLY, New York City’s premiere nerd-themed a cappella group. Their repertoire delights and excites audiences all over NYC by integrating technical skill seamlessly with geek culture references and homage. You can follow @Choirfly on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.



“”…a vile, disgusting event””

“”…an affront to literature””

“”It used to be, we had to sit in dark, sticky booths to get these kinds of thrills””

“”Come if you are high on marijuana cigarettes and have done sex before””

“”…the most despicable literary event possible.””

“”Maybe if we all go tonight and enjoy their drinks and each others’ company, we can get through this together. maybe.””

“”Shipwreck will drive you to madness, and you may never return.””


Shipwreck is the creation of Casey Childers, Steven Westdahl, and Amy Stephenson. It is produced in San Francisco by Booksmith and Write Club SF.




Tuesday October 7, 2014


Game Night



“Break out your brains, cinephiles! Game Night presents Movie Trivia!


Each week we bring you 6 rounds of incredibly tough movie trivia.


We’ve got clips rounds, general knowledge rounds, picture rounds, theme rounds including famous movie quotes, not so famous movie quotes, our trademarked DVD Chapter Round™, taglines, Nicolas Cage quotes, dramatic scene recreations, and more!


Every week our winning team gets a free round of drinks. Plus, we’ve got free drink bonus questions in between every round. Also, we have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trivia “season” winners (each season lasts 3 months). The season prizes are as follows:


-FIRST PLACE prize is 2 hours for your team and your friends in our screening room and a $150 bar tab!

-SECOND PLACE prize is a $75 bar tab.

-THIRD PLACE prize is a round of drinks for your team.


Bring your thinking caps, and your friends, and your friends’ thinking caps, and join us for a night of fun!”



Wednesday October 8, 2014


Ron Perlman Book Reading and Signing

Barnes & Noble Union Square


Ron Perlman—a Golden Globe winning actor with starring roles in Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy—has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His is a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence. Perlman will be discussing and signing his just released book Easy Street (the Hard Way), sharing his inspiring story, and answering all of the tough questions.



Wednesday October 8, 2014


Hot Sauce Takedown

Brooklyn Brewery


How tough are you? Can you handle the heat? More than 20 folks from NYC will make hot sauces for you to enjoy. Or they’ll terrorize your mouths. Do you dare accept the challenge?



Wednesday October 8, 2014



Celebrity Club

Pre-purchased online: $18 GA and $25 Preferred Seating and $34 Runway Package! Or at the door: $20 GA and $30 Preferred Seating and $40 Runway Package

“Nads is a laugh-out-loud ladies’ night of fun that any fan of “guy candy” won’t want to miss. Mix a little “Whose Line is it Anyway?” with a little “Magic Mike,” then stir in some drink specials with a table full of your besties, and you have the recipe for a perfect girls’ night out! Perfect for Bachelorette parties, Ladies Night, or mid-week, post-work decompression!!



Wednesday October 8, 2014


This Week in Marvel Podcast

Discovery Times Square


All attendees can purchase an optional ticket for the Marvel Avengers STATION exhibit that night for a discount.



Wednesday October 8, 2014


Slate’s Hang Up and Listen (Live Podcast)

Galapagos Art Space

$40 (VIP) / $20 General Admission

Join Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca for a fun evening of sports antics, as they recreate a live version of their infamous podcast, Hang-up and Listen, presented by Slate! 35 VIP tickets ($40) will provide audience members with premium seating, a free drink, and early entrance to mingle with the hosts before the show starting at 6pm. General admission tickets are $20 with doors at 7:30pm and show start time at 8pm.



Wednesday October 8, 2014

6:30pm Doors Open / 7pm Event Begins-10pm

Muppet Vault: Superheroes!

Housing Works Bookstore

$8 Suggested Donation

Dark Knights! Men of Steel! Fuzzy Frogs?! Worlds collide as Muppet fan website ToughPigs.com presents The Muppet Vault: Superheroes! It’s a show packed with superhero-related clips from Muppety shows and specials both classic and obscure, hand-selected by Muppet geeks and featuring guest stars like Christopher Reeve and Lynda Carter. Not to mention Super Grover! Plus Muppet-themed drink specials, audience participation, cool giveaways, sing-alongs, and more! Since Housing Works Bookstore is a charitable organization, there are no tickets for this event but we request a donation of $8 at the door.

Wednesday October 8, 2014


Dead Authors Podcast Live: Presented by Paul F. Tompkins



Legendary science-fiction writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) uses his time machine to transport literary giants from the past to our present, which is their future!  It’s a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! Join us at New York Super Week for a show featuring special guest John Hodgman. During the show, we will take questions from Twitter. Please submit your questions to @DeadAuthorPod.  A portion of sales will benefit the local 826.



Wednesday October 8, 2014


Cure You or Kill You: 19th Century Medical Science & Quackery

Museum of Morbid Anatomy


Do hot toddies cure typhoid? Was alternating current really what killed Topsy the Elephant? And just what was in William Swaim’s famous panacea? If you’ve ever wondered how arsenic and sarsaparilla could be legitimately prescribed by doctors, or how we ended up using nitrous oxide as entertainment in museum exhibits, this night is for you. A quirky romp through medical history will involve a cemetery-themed game of life, testing hot toddies as a medical cure, and fascinating demos from The Franklin Institute Traveling Science team on electricity and the heavy metal rumored to be wealthy widows’ favorite murder weapon. There is also a chance to win a great prize if you can manage to “survive” until the end.



Wednesday October 8, 2014


Trivia AD: Horror Movie Trivia

Ripley’s Believe it or Not


“Believe it or not, but some of the best, most irreverent trivia will be featured at this special night at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Times Square. Trivia, AD was created on a whim and caught on thanks to its appeal to movie, television, book, and pop culture enthusiasts. With a following of like-minded fans, our goal became to deliver fun, custom trivia events that appeal to both dedicated fans and casual players. Through painstaking design and relentless attention to detail, Trivia, AD promises an enjoyable, unique experience. Five challenging rounds with theme-reinforcing answer sheets, guaranteed to put a smile on your inner nerd’s face. 90 minutes of fun while proving you know the most.





Instagram: triviaaddotcom



Wednesday October 8, 2014


Nerdist Comics Panel Spotlight with Charles Soule and Gerry Duggan

Rock Bar


“Super-star writers Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine; She-Hulk; Letter 44; Superman & Wonder Woman; more!) and Gerry Duggan (Deadpool; Nova; Hulk) join hosts Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts; Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) for a special NYCC edition of Nerdist Comics Panel in which will be discussed the process and business of writing comic books, writing for Marvel and DC, and ways to kill Wolverine.

For more info: facebook.com/NerdistWritersPanel

Hear past episodes: nerdist.com/podcast_channel/nerdist-comics-panel-channel

Proceeds from this and all nerdist Comics Panels benefit 826, the national nonprofit program to encourage creative writing in students. This one in particular benefits local 826 NYC. www.nyc.org




Wednesday October 8, 2014


Comic Book Bears Podcast

Rock Bar


The Comic Book Podcast is hosted by a trio of bearded, heavyset gay guys – but you don’t have to be a bearded, heavyset gay guy to listen in! Check us out to hear current comics talk, classic comics explorations and creator interviews. It comes to you twice monthly and is proudly part of the Earth 2 Podcast Network.



Wednesday October 8, 2014


Uptown Showdown

Symphony Space



You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable?


This installment features Sean Donnelly (My Dumb Friends, Last Comic Standing).


Debaters will argue these lingering questions, drawing from historical fact and personal opinion in equal measure, and with plenty of sillinesss and audience participation. Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night….in a good way. Winner decided by the audience.


Like our Facebook Page for updates, photos and video.


Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Hoffman, David Wain, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Jon Glaser, Ilana Glazer, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, Rosen, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue and more.



Wednesday October 8, 2014


The Big Quiz Thing

The Bell House


Hey, you, comic

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2. Jack Kirby and Marvel Settle: what we know, what we don’t

jack kirby alex ross Jack Kirby and Marvel Settle: what we know, what we dont

Tribute to the King by Alex Ross.

Friday’s announcement of a settlement between Jack Kirby’s heirs and Marvel seems like good news—but is it? And what does it mean?

I’m told Jeff Trexler, whose identification of the “instance and expense” aspect of the lawsuit may have helped get that into the petition to the Supremes, is writing his summary for TCJ.com, so while we all eagerly await that, here’s a little of the known knowns and known unknowns:

First off, Mark Evanier, a Kirby family confidant, a witness at various Kirby-related trials and filier of an amicus curiae brief is certainly in a position to know more of the Kirby position and this is all he had to say on the matter:

It was announced this morning that the family of Jack Kirby has settled with Marvel Comics (i.e., Disney) ending a very long dispute. The Supreme Court was only days from considering whether to take on the case and obviously, the timing of this settlement has much to do with both sides’ concern with what would get decided there.

If you’re coming to this page in search of details and commentary, you’ve come to the wrong place. I will be saying nothing about it other that I am real, real happy. And I’m sure Jack and his wife Roz, if they’re watching this from wherever they are, are real, real,real happy.

That’s either great fronting or a pretty solid indication that the Kirbys got what they were looking for. Since Evanier was intimately involved in the case, it’s probably legally all he can say. But if Mark thinks Jack is smiling, I’m smiling.

You can read all the petitions and briefs here. And you can bet a lot of people will be poring over these for a lot of reasons.

Charles Hatfield has a good round up of the ins and outs of the case itself, the many friend of the court briefs, and how the case grew in importance as more Hollywood vested interest signed on.

However, news of the cert petition reignited publicity over the case, and in May SCOTUS discussed the case in conference, after which the Court requested a response from Marvel. Then, in June, things started to happen: several important amici curiae briefs supporting the Kirbys’ petition brought high-profile attention to the case. One of these was filed on behalf of Kirby biographer Mark Evanier, Jack Kirby Collector publisher and editor John Morrow, and the PEN Center USA (a nonprofit representing diverse writers).

In addition, the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers filed a brief. Another brief that became very important for the press coverage of the  case was submitted by Bruce Lehman, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, and an authority on intellectual property law. Lehman filed in collaboration with former US register of copyrights Ralph Oman, the Artists Rights Society, and the International Intellectual Property Institute; they were joined by the American Society of Illustrators, the National Cartoonists Society, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, and other organizations representing arts professionals—as well as scores of cartoonists and illustrators who also signed on.

Kurt Busiek has been debunking some common myths about the case in the Beat’s own comments, but perhaps because Beat commenters are just smarter or less pig-headed than the average commenter, he saved his masterpiece in the genre for this CBR thread where he debunks from all times that the Kirby heirs were just greedy and opportunistic. (Link via Tom Spurgeon) He also speculates about the outcome, just like Iim gonna do in a few paragraphs:

Based on that, it sure doesn’t look like Marvel’s throwing the Kirbys a few bucks to go away. If that’s what they wanted to do, they could have done that any time within the last few years. Whoever blinked, it was the side that had the most to lose if the case went to the Supreme Court and risked a ruling they didn’t like.

That wasn’t the Kirbys — they were already getting nothing, so the Supreme Court deciding against them wouldn’t hurt them any.

But Disney/Marvel has billions on the line. They don’t want to risk losing that. Not even with a pro-business Supreme Court likely to rule for them. Because they’re not sure the Court would rule for them. Not with a bunch of people on the other side who make IP contracts their life — including one of the guys who helped write the 1978 Copyright Law. If that guy is saying, “No, no, it doesn’t work that way,” there’s too much of a chance that the Court will listen.

So my prediction is: All the public changes you see coming out of this are going to be favorable to the Kirbys. Probably the first thing you see will be creator credits. And the family’s going to suddenly be financially secure, like their father/grandfather wanted them to be.

What the “greedy heirs” morons don’t get is that this was a case with very important principles set off by the Copyright Law of 1976 regarding what is work for hire. As Kevin Melrose reports of a Law.com article, many issues remains undecided by the settlement, and it’s entirely possible that these will crop up again and the Supreme Court may yet hear such a case:

The Kirby heirs insisted the artist was an independent contractor who worked from home, provided his own supplies and received no benefits. However, he Second Circuit, using its frequently criticized “instance and expense” test, found that because Marvel assigned and approved projects and paid a page rate, Kirby’s contributions were indeed “for hire.”

The Kirbys took aim at the Second Circuit’s definition of work for hire in their petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, which drew support from the likes of Hollywood guilds and a former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, demonstrating the potentially far-reaching ramifications of the dispute. However, the 11th-hour settlement announcement arrived just ahead of a Supreme Court conference on Monday to determine whether to review the case — meaning the Second Circuit’s finding stands.

So the gray area surrounding work for hire before 1978 remains, although experts say given that 56-year window — or 35 years for copyrights transferred after 1979 — it’s only a matter time before another case, more likely to involve a musician/songwriter than a comics artist, makes its way to the Supreme Court, requiring the justices to weigh in.

As Kirby family attorney Marc Toberoff told Law.com, “At some point there will be another case like this.”


While it seems unlikely from the outside that SCOTUS would ever have sided with the Kirby heirs, Marvel didn’t know, and a happy smiling settlement was vastly to everyone’s benefit.  And more to the point, there’s no such thing as secret in entertainment any more. As Joshua Riviera writes for EW:

One of the great things about modern pop culture isn’t just the wealth of content available, but the interest it has spurred in the creators behind it. Showrunners, once an invisible position in the broadcast era, are now at the forefront of fans’ minds when obsessing over TV. Similarly, the public perception of filmmakers has slowly evolved from the days of the monolithic studio system to accommodate directors and screenwriters and cinematographers and composers and VFX teams and crew. Comics have come a long way from the 60s, which saw Jack Kirby slowly become frustrated with the business that grew and endures to this day thanks in large part to his labors—now many comics are sold based on the strength of the people making them. But the way comics creators are credited in other media based on their work is often lacking.

Yet, things have changed a lot from the days when Marv Wolfman was barred credits of Blade, setting off a lawsuit he eventually lost and the current spate of copyright battles. Nowadays, one imagines, Marv would be saluted at the Hall H panel and trotted around to talk shows. While it’s pretty clear that you need to lawyer up to get your share of whatever pie — mini or maxi — may exist, Marvel/Disney has become more sensitive to the bad publicity of the starving creator railing against the corporation as he rolls around in his ratty sleeping bag from his stately cardboard box on the street.

And now some speculation from me. Given the fair-enough-to-shut-them-up treatment of Jim Starlin and the family of Bill Mantlo  over Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney and Marvel seem to be on a better path now. You can attribute that to the bad optics of the cardboard box creator, but I’m pretty sure most of the top brass at Marvel proper, including Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso, would wish to see creators fairly treated if it were within their powers. (The same was undoubtedly true of Paul Levitz and Jenette Kahn at DC.)

Given the huge, vocal and unending respect for the work of Jack Kirby by just about every creative type involved with all these “comic book movies,” I share the Busiek viewpoint that we’ll see more public inclusion of Kirby among the “Marvel founders.” Kirby always got acknowledgement in the credits of Marvel movies, but we could see more “created by” credits. Kirby could be inducted into the “Disney Legends” hall of fame type deal. Disney doesn’t do a ton to promote its actual creative people, but I’d expect to see Kirby enshrined as much as possible.

And now, here is my Torsten-like fantasy to end this. Maybe someday at Disneyland, as the Marvel character rides and characters and churros swirl, there could be a statue of Stan and Jack as they create the Marvel Universe as we first knew it. I’m not sure Jack would have really liked that, but the victors write history, and I’m pretty sure that Jack Kirby is a victor now.

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3. Onijoins the Humble Bundle brigade

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And as Valiant ended, Oni has taken up the Humble Bundle comics slot. $360 worth of comics including The Sixth Gun, Letter 44 and more. And you benefit the charity Direct Relief. Here’s more:

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4. NYCC ’14: Kids Comic Con presents activities and panels

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Kids Comic Con, the annual NY-based event celebrating kids and comics, will have a variety of activities at this year’s NYCC, including a SuperhEro Day at Ronald MacDonald House and panels showcasing what kids, comics and cons can do together. Kids Comic COn founder Alex Simmons will be at all the events. Here’s all the info via PR:

Alex Simmons NYCC 14: Kids Comic Con presents activities and panelsOn Saturday, October 4, in anticipation of the big NYCC weekend, Ronald McDonald House New York City will host SUPERHERO DAY, an event being co-run by the KCC team. At this special private event, everyone’s a hero! In addition to inviting its own guests, Ronald McDonald House is also opening its doors to the patients and families of neighboring children’s hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House will be decked out in super-heroic fashion and there will be many giveaways available including free comic books and movie posters. Other activities scheduled for the event include:
• Opportunities to meet law enforcement officers
• Costumed hero characters on “patrol”
• Autograph signing with Dark Knight author Brandon Snider
• Cartoonists doing free sketches
• Archie Comics Station
• Face Painting Station
• Giant Superhero Balloons
• Dylan’s Candy Bar Station

In addition to co-running the event, KCC will also have their own Kids Comic Con Station where artists including Jim Salicrup, Suzannah Rowntree, Chris Giarrusso, Diana Leto and Soriah Chavel will offer free sketches to the children.

On day one of NYCC, KCC co-founder Alex Simmons takes part in the panel, Comics to Expand Your Brain: Educational Graphic Novels in Public and School Libraries. Simmons and his fellow panelists will discuss graphic novels focusing on math, science and historical events as valuable tools for the classroom or library that can help educate as they entertain. The panel takes place on Thursday, October 9 from 4:00-4:45 p.m. in room 1B03.

On Saturday, October 11 members of the KCC Roadshow return to NYCC for an encore presentation of the well-received panel from last year’s NYCC, Creatively Energizing Your Students with Comic Books and the Arts. The panel will explore how to utilize popular entertainment to inspire and empower youth to learn and express themselves in unique ways, taking a look at how comics, performance, and music can be used in classrooms, libraries, and after school programs to engage students.

Included on the panel will be such Kids Comic Con luminaries as:
• Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby)
• Noel MacNeal (Writer, Director, Puppeteer, voice of Bear in the Big Blue House)
• Ray Felix (Executive Director of Bronx Heroes ComicCon, educator, Broadway/movie/TV art director, comics writer: A World Without Superheroes)
• Diana Leto (Designer/Production Artist: Sesame Street, artist for Cave Girl comic strip and IDW’s My Little Pony comic book)
• Alex Simmons (KCC co-founder, educator, playwright, comics writer: Archie, Tarzan, Scooby Doo)
• Paul Castiglia (comics writer-editor-historian: Archie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
• Mike Lopez (educator and moderator of the panel)

Special guests on the panel will be Abby Gerdts, Director of Programming for Artists Striving to End Poverty and various artists from the initiative. The panel takes place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 1A05.

Alex Simmons closes out the KCC-related programming with his popular Sci-Tech Heroes workshop which he has given at several past events. The workshop explores the amazing world of science through the imaginative realm of comics. Kids will examine the powers of a popular hero, and then create their own hero or villain based in real science. Their characters must be able to create a natural disaster… or survive one. It’s a fun way for kids to see the possibilities of the future, and their place in it as Creators, Inventors or Explorers. The Sci-Tech Heroes workshop blasts off on Saturday, October 11 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Family Room HQ – 1C02

“KCC’s primary goal is to promote reading, creativity, and exploration in kids’ lives,” said Simmons. “Now more than ever it is imperative that young people embrace a continuous flow of positive ideas, skills and outlets for their thinking as well as self-esteem. Since 2007 our annual Kids Comic Con event has introduced thousands of kids and families to the power of imagination and creativity,” added Simmons. “Our road shows have traveled from Upstate New York to Miami to Senegal in Africa. We continue to provide interactive programming to Ronald McDonald House NYC and partner with them, and others, in its fight for children against cancer.”

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5. NYCC ’14 debuts new harassment policy and new poster by Amy Reeder Hadley

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New York Comic-Con is coming at us, bringing dread and liver damage in its wake, but one thing that will be improved at this year’s show is anupdated harassment policy and far greater visibility for it. Last year’s con was marred by a bunch of disturbing incidents, and this year NYCC reached out to The Mary Sue, the geek girl oriented website, to help fashion a new improved policy, and that they did::

New York Comic Con has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

offensive verbal comments
physical assault and/or battery
harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
sustained disruption of Panels, signings, and other events
bathroom policing
inappropriate physical contact
unwelcome physical attention
in relation to, but not limited to:

national origin
gender identity
gender presentation
sexual orientation
body size

Showing how out of it I am, I didn’t even know what some of these are: “bathroom policing” not not mean putting on your Hetalia cosplay in the bathroom but rather checking the gender of people who go into bathrooms to make sure they are anatomically correct.
NYCC’s Harassment policy is not that easy t find on their website, but it is part of the main drop down menu and is a prominent part of their app, which you can use to report ANY kind of incident of harassment.

Amy Reeder Hadley also drew the poster which will be shown prominently at the show. While in a FB post she says she considered usingone of her own characters, this more abstract iconic treatment lets it be adapted to many more uses.

Just as a reminder: if you experience harassing behavior at New York Comic Con, use the app to report it, or report it to the nearest t-shirted volunteer. A lot has changed since last year and I hope this is one of the biggest changes.

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6. Comic Arts Brooklyn expands to two days in 2014

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Gabe Fowler, the main man behind Comic Arts Brooklyn, the late fall comics arts fest that traditionally caps off New Yorks comics year, will expand to days in 2014. Taking place November 8-9, the show will see exhibits at the usual place at the Mt Carmel Church on Saturday and on Sunday a complete track of programming at the Wythe Hotel, which is also located in Williamsburg.

Announced guests this year include Roz Chast, Richard McGuire, Raymond Pettibon and Art Spiegelman, but as you can see from the above poster,more guests have been added including Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt, Julie Doucet (!!!!), Josh Bayer, Charles Burns, Aisha Franz, Al Jaffee, Tim Lane, Benjamin Marra, Jim Rugg and Olivier Schwauwen.

“We want to give more artists and exhibitors the opportunity to come to the presentations,” said Fowler in a statement, “Often the very people who want most to see creators speak are unable to attend. CAB wants to change that equation.”

Paul Karasik is curating the panels again this year. “We have some cool surprises about the specific panels to be announced in the coming weeks,” Karasik said in his own statement. “But, let’s just say for now, that if you are a Charles Burns fan, you might want to circle Sunday, November 9.”

I think the addition of a day of panels is a fine idea, somewhere between the Brooklyn Book Festival and olden days of SPX when Sunday was just panels and softball. The community of small press comics, so evident at SPX and TCAF, likes to hang out and enjoy one another’s company and a day of programming will act as a fine nexus for this.

Also, programming at CAB and it’s predecessor, BCGF, has always been a problem, as the programs are consistently  packed. I missed last year’s CAB, but I understand people had to line up far in advance for the talk on City of Glass held at The Knitting Factory. A few years before the panels were held in the back room at a bar and NO ONE could get in. I realize this is yet another whole weekend given over to comics, but given the calibre of the comics and programming offered at CAB, it seems like a worthy sacrifice.



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7. 50 hours/$450 to go for Sparkplug’s Fall Kickstarter

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Actually $440 since I just pledged $10 for a copy of Elijah Brubaker’s Reich #12. If there is any company which deserves the preordering help that Kickstarter uses its Sparkplug, now run by Virginia Paine following the tragic death of founder Dylan Williams. The Kickstarter covers Reich #12 and a collection of William Cardini’s Vortex.

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Paine writes:


Hi all! This is Virginia, owner/showrunner of Sparkplug Books.  I’ve been managing Sparkplug since I took over ownership a year and a half ago.  It’s been fun/busy/hard but I’ve had a lot of help.  And now we need YOUR help.  Sparkplug needs funds to publish our next two books I’ll get to those later and so, we are kickstartering our fall publications.  If it goes well, we may even be able to fund a third!

I know Sparkplug has meant a lot to a lot of people over the years.  I’ve done my best to keep Dylan William’s vision alive and publish underappreciated, idiosyncratic comics by really awesome folks.  We’ve been struggling financially since Dylan passed, but I think it’s important to keep going and finish at least one of his projects, and create another that he would approve of.  With your contribution, you can be a part of this legacy of amazing comics.


The two books offer something for everyone.

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Brubaker’s Reich is a meticulously drawn and researched biography of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, inventor of Orgone and many other crazier than fiction theories.

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Vortex, by contrast is a crazier than life fantasy epic told in the Fort Thunder style. They’re both the kind of bold projects Sprakplug has always been known for. And some good rewards, like an acrylic painting by Cardini:

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8. Jason Aaron and Ron Garney get angry in ‘Men of Wrath’

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If Men of Wrath‘s ‘Mail of Wrath’ letters column is true, author Jason Aaron has one bleak family tree. His latest creator-owned title comes from the same deep, dark pit that birthed his previous collaboration in the space, Southern Bastards; and even if he is bringing in a different team for this title, it has that same tone of the other series. Protagonist Ira Rath is one seriously messed up guy, and this issue goes out of its way to paint the shades of an anti-hero who still somehow manages to be interesting enough to follow. Tales with lead characters that are this deadly can sometimes be difficult to relate to in the necessary manner, but Aaron crafts point-of-view narration towards the beginning of the book that immediately dispels all other reservations that fans may possibly have regarding the way that the audience reacts to these characters.

There are so many things that could have gone completely wrong with this story that Aaron seemingly avoids. The author could have softened up Ira too much, and he could have reversed one of the terrible scenes that happen towards the middle of the book. He could have put too much explanation as to why Ira is the way that he is, but there is one simple scene and narrative hook that ties this entire issue together with ease. There are many positive aspects about Men of Wrath #1 worth writing home about, but there is one that is especially genius which actually came as a surprise to me–the pencils of Ron Garney.

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Garney isn’t someone who has created comics in the independent space before. Here, the artist reigns in his craft and tells a story that is much more focused and down to earth. For someone who drew Thor recently, this is quite impressive. The pencils in the tale are not incredibly detailed here, as they only show the necessary additions to the story, but everything presented is solid here. Matt Milla assists the art greatly with his bold color choices. The sections toward each half of the comic are very clearly defined from each other. Flashbacks have a different tone that is easy to differentiate from the main comic. It also helps that Garney approaches the flashbacks differently in how he draws the stories. The attention to detail on clothing choices and other flourishes are subtle additions that serve to enhance the story.

Possibly the best part about this comic is the note at the end written by Aaron. The author paints a vivid picture through words about how everything in the story meshes into his own personal life. It’s something that is hopefully included in the trade, because it does help put the very heavy story into the appropriate context and celebrate the fact that the audience is reading a story about someone who is truly horrible. The text is unconventional, and something that needs to be included if there is ever a trade of the series. It also may be slightly disheartening that this does exist in the midst of something like Southern Bastards. This story is missing some of the scenery and the personality of that titles’ more deep-fried sensibilities. Also, at a certain point, it is almost like Aaron is competing with himself in the amount of books he is writing.

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Even in the context of Southern Bastards, Men of Wrath is something that will churn your stomach in the best way. Aaron is almost doing his equivalent of Garth Ennis in this story. Either way, this is one messed up comic book that I took sheer delight in reading. If you give Men of Wrath your time this week, it will allow suck readers to stare into the bleak pit of aforementioned despair. This comic is really messed up, but in the most painfully, delightful manner.

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Ron Garney

Colorist: Matt Milla

Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher

Production: Idette Winecoor 

Editor: Sebastian Girner 

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9. NYCC ’14: Still Under Construction

Long time attendees to New York Comic Con have had to tolerate renovations and construction the past few years.

While the Javits Center has completed the renovation (scaled back from an actual expansion due to budget), the 7 train extension is 90% complete, meaning that attendees will either have to hoof it from Times Square or Penn Station, or take a bus or taxi.

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The main entrance to 34 St Hudson Yards. located between 33rd and 34th streets, diagonally from the southern corner of Javits. View is to the southwest.

Like downloading an mp3 file, the last few bits on the punchlist remain elusive.  The track is finished and trains can run, as shown when Mayor Bloomberg took a celebratory ride right before leaving office in December 2013.  However, there are two big items remaining:

  1. The inclined elevator
  2. The ventilation fans

Why an inclined elevator?  Because the land along Eleventh Avenue will include a building, and instead of running an elevator straight up (like in Washington Heights), it must angle towards Hudson Park to the east.

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The cutaway, showing the depth and need for an inclined elevator.

While construction delays are a given in New York City, at least construction is underway.  (The Q/T line has been under construction for 85 years!)

The good news?  The last section of the High Line has been opened, terminating right across the street from the Javits Center!  Yes, it will be crowded on the weekend, but… that means there will be street vendors right on the corner!  Yes, you’ll have to tap out of the compound and walk a few blocks for affordable food.  (Me, I suggest heading north to 42nd Street.  There’s a 7-Eleven on the corner, as well as a Subway restaurant.)

Of course, given the entire Hudson Yards development, there will be construction in the area for years to come.  (Here’s what’s going over the rail yard.)  Javits does own the block directly south of the center (where the High Line begins) and could easily extend over and under 34th Street (or remove it completely).  Add a tower with meeting rooms and ballrooms above “3F”…

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10. DC admits sexist t-shirts sent wrong message

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Over the weekend at the Long Beach Comic Con, Tamara Brooks found some officially licensed DC t-shirts that gave messages that were a bit outmoded, to say the least. Tom Spurgeon quickly labeled them “repulsive,” and everyone else was all like reducing Wonder Woman to a victory level on a sex video game, really? Well, after CBR wrote to DC “DC wrote back and said, we agree:

DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.

WHAT TH–! What century is this? Comic Book company, you are supposed to remain silent and just internally fret over these kinds of things, not step up and do the right thing by admitting it was not the best official message to send?

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To be honest, I find the first shirt repulsive. I get that showing Superman is a bro who bang hot chicks is an upgrade for his bulgeless underpants image. But…not the best way to get that across. The second is reminiscent of other t-shirts where the wearer declares she in training to be a trophy wife or whatever. Kinda silly but not the worst thing I’ve seen. But yeah, maybe not the best message for a company that is clearly trying to del with a surge of new customers who are more sensitive to this kind of thing. So yeah, end of kerfuffle, before it ever really got going.

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11. Joe Quesada’s Star Wars #1 cover variant revealed

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has unveiled Joe Quesada’s variant cover to Star Wars
#1. The first Marvel issue of the 21st century will debut in
January with story by Jason Aaron, and art by John Cassaday and
Laura Martin. Marrtin colored Quesada’s cover. Marvel’s CCO

I was asked to give a quote
about this cover and to tell fans about the first time I saw Star
Wars or how it completely changed my life, but it’s a story I’m
sure isn’t all that interesting when compared to the countless
others that have been told, much more eloquently, by so many before
me,” said Quesada. “While each of us has had our unique moments of
discovery and love affair with the property there’s nothing that I
think I could say or add that hasn’t been said before and
truthfully it really isn’t all that important because It’s that
love for Star Wars that binds all of us who share those unique
moments like the Force itself. That’s why when I was offered the
opportunity to do this cover I was both thrilled beyond belief and
as nervous as I was when I did my very first professional work over
twenty years ago. To have the opportunity to illustrate the classic
cast members in one piece has been by far one of the highlights of
my career as an artist. I can only hope that it turned out okay and
that maybe, just maybe, I get the chance to do it again

I like it, but no

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12. Fictional humans protest Superman’s violent streak just like real ones did

Latino Review is keeping up with the latest Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice [League Movie] set leaks and stuff.. The film is shooting in Detroit, for that “urban explorer” feeling. One scene (above) involves people protesting Superman as an alien and, presumably, his extreme property damage at the end of Man of Steel, as immortalized in Kyle Baker’s “Mass Murderer of Steel” game. There’s even a swastika involved.

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There have also been a few Batman leaks like this grainy, surveillance style image of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit.

As you may have guessed from the few peeks at the Batman segment of the v., this movie will be much influenced by Frank Miller (like, what isn’t?) and actor Harry Lennix, who portrays Lieutenant General Swanwick, confirmed this in an interview:

According to the actor, those who enjoyed reading Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” four-issue comic book miniseries will surely love Snyder’s upcoming film, Batman News reported. “Anybody who’s a fan of the ’86 graphic novel ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ I think will be pleased by that,” he answered when asked to give an update on the upcoming film. “This is a historic event. Clearly, Zack Snyder is on the cutting edge of directing movies on this scope and scale.”


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13. NYCC ’14: Titan announces Dr Who exclusives

Titan will be set up at booth #2142 with all kinds of Doctor Who stuff, and signings by Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande, Simon Fraser, Alice X. Zhang and more. Here’s their swag and panel schedule.

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Offering shocks, surprises, and galaxy-shaking revelations, seasoned TARDIS pilot Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, The Authority, 2000AD, Nikolai Dante) and New York Times-bestselling artist Dave Taylor (Batman: Death by Design; 2000AD) mark the start of their first five-issue run by diving headfirst into the console room and pulling all the levers they can – spinning the new Doctor off to his most challenging destination yet!
New Face! New Doctor! New Beginning! Get in on the ground floor of this amazing ongoing series!

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Only available at Titan Booth #2142.



A stunning new era begins for the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith!

Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life.

But what does this grieving young woman have to do with the career of a 70s musician, an amnesiac alien, and a terrifying cosmic threat?

In the wake of the second Big Bang, find out what the Doctor gets up to when Amy and Rory aren’t around!

Series architects Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, Trifecta) and Rob Williams (Revolutionary War, Ordinary, Miss Fury, The Royals: Masters of War, Trifecta) kick off a whirlwind adventure through eternity with artist Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante, Grindhouse)!


Only available at Titan Booth #2142.

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The Eisner Award-winning Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk, Doctor Who, Star Trek) take control of the TARDIS for their first five-issue arc with the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant!

Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family’s New York Laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things.

So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations – talking about an infestation of psychic aliens – she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands.

After Donna’s tragic exit, the Doctor thought he was done with new companions. But Gabby Gonzalez is going to prove him wrong… if she survives the night!


Only available at Titan Booth #2142.




Date: Thursday, October 9 / Time: 2PM / Room: 1A10

Join a host of Creators from the new Doctor Who Comics who’ll reveal exclusive secrets from the brand-new Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor storylines and show never-before-seen art!


Panel Guests: Writer Nick Abadzis (Tenth Doctor Comic), Artist Elena Casagrande (Tenth Doctor Comic), Writer Al Ewing (Eleventh Doctor Comic), Artist Simon Fraser (Eleventh Doctor Comic), Cover Artist Alice X. Zhang (Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor Comic), Andrew James (Doctor Who Comics Editor)

Host: Steve White, Senior Editor, Titan Comics






Time: 3.30pm – 4.30PMLocation: Titan Booth #2142

Signing: Writer Nick Abadzis (Tenth Doctor Comic), Artist Elena Casagrande (Tenth Doctor Comic), Colorist Ariana Floren (Tenth Doctor Comic), Writer Al Ewing (Eleventh Doctor Comic), Artist Simon Fraser (Eleventh Doctor Comic) and Cover Artist Alice X. Zhang (Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor Comic).





Time: 12PM – 1PMLocation: Titan Booth #2142

Signing: Writer Al Ewing, Artist Simon Fraser and Cover Artist Alice X. Zhang.



Time: 3.30PM – 4.30PMLocation: Titan Booth #2142

Signing: Writer Nick Abadzis, Artist Elena Casagrande, Colorist Ariana Floren and Cover Artist Alice X. Zhang.





Time: 12.30PM – 1.30PMLocation: Titan Booth #2142

Signing: Writer Nick Abadzis, Artist Elena Casagrande, Colorist Ariana Floren and Cover Artist Alice X. Zhang.



Time: 3.30PM – 4.30PMLocation: Titan Booth #2142

Signing: Writer Al Ewing, Artist Simon Fraser and Cover Artist Alice X. Zhang.


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14. Is DC Planning on Making a Kamandi Comic?

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Bad news and possibly good news. Tom Fowler, exceptional Canadian artist, announced on Twitter that he passed up an opportunity to work on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved characters: Kamandi.

He could be blowing smoke up our arse. But we are still waiting on an answer. Obviously, Fowler’s Kamandi fan art based on Iggy Pop and The Stooges’ classic “Search and Destroy” is a perfect example of why he would be a qualified candidate for the comic.

From Comic Twart:

About a year ago I realized that the Stooges’ song “search and destroy” could have been literally based on KAMANDI from start to finish. So of course what else would I do but plot out a KAMANDI story based on the song? …From start to finish.

He has a point:

It doesn’t seem outrageous that DC might be working on a Kamandi project with of the Multiversity series going on. Correct me if I’m wrong Internet, but the last time we saw the post-apocalyptic survivor was during Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis event? I’m sure Fowler’s reasons for declining that comic were good, and I can’t wait to see what project he’s working on that would prevent him from accepting the gig.

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15. SPX: Hana Doki Kira – A Beautiful Homage to Shōjo


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While at SPX this year, I was able to grab a quick word with seven amazing cartoonists about their work in Hana Doki Kira, a Shōjo comic and illustration anthology released earlier this year after a rather successful Kickstarter campaign. Not only filled with gorgeous work inspired by Shōjo – a sub-genre of manga covering a wide variety of subjects, often with a strong focus on human and romantic relationships. As the anthology itself describes:

Shōjo is known for its distinctive use of flowery imagery, magical plot devices, and romantic themes. Out book takes its title from three key elements of the Shōjo world: Hana meaning flower, Doki echoing the sound of a pounding heart, and Kira – the impression of sparkling beauty.

Contributors to Hana Doki Kira in attendance at SPX were: Alice Meichi Li, Carey Pietsch, Kris Mukai, Megan Brennan, Rebecca Mock, Tim Ferrara, and Annie Stoll – who served as “art director” on the project. I asked each their introduction to Shōjo, how it has influenced their work, and what working on an anthology was like.

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One of the most popular and influential Shōjo series, Sailor Moon was named as a gateway for many not only into the genre, but into comics in general.

When I was very young, one of my babysitters introduced me to Sailor Moon and at the time I had a serious need for stories about ladies and stories about girls who are fully-realized characters who got to be silly and dumb and got to express their wants and needs; but also be powerful and have agency in their own world. That started a life-long love affair. [...] I love stories about girls, about things girls love by women – it’s a wonderful thing. – Carey Pietsch

Megan Brennan: I wasn’t really into comics until some of my friends started reading Sailor Moon and other Shōjo comics and I realized that comics could be something completely different and I connected with it [Shōjo] really strongly. It was the only comics I read for a really long time because it was telling these stories I couldn’t get elsewhere; girls were the main characters, girl-things were important, and the things they cared would we life-changing and monumental; it was great. – Megan Brennan

Someone handed me Sailor Moon volume 10 in middle school at a school dance; I sat down, read the whole thing, my life was changed forever and I never looked back. – Rebecca Mock

It’s an understatement that there’s a drought in comics for stories starring or aimed at girls and it seems that many readers left wanted found what they needed in Shōjo such as Sailor Moon. Though he didn’t interact directly with Shōjo until later, Tim Ferrara remarked on how it informs his current work:

I didn’t actually grow up reading Shōjo; it was always a genre I thought should exist but I never knew that it did. [...] I’m glad it exists; it’s a needed genre – especially here in the States where we don’t have a lot of things that are representative for that demographic. – Tim Ferrara

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Art by Janet Sung

Each artist is influenced or at least informed by Shōjo, many in the depiction of specific themes or use of ornate illustration.

There’s a lot of tropes that I use – a lot of decorative elements, lots of flowers, lots of sparkly things. [...] I also focus a lot on the clothing design and the hair. In Shōjo manga, there’s always beautiful, gorgeous, flowing hair. I love putting that in my art. – Alice Meichi Li

An untranslated copy of Candy Candy volume 10 was one of the earliest comics that I read and absorbed – and since I couldn’t read it, all I could do was look at their facial expressions and try to understand what was going on through the artwork alone. [...] One of the earliest things I learned from that was how to do was how to convey an emotion in a comic. – Kris Mukai

I think the themes and the beautiful linework have always been a big influence on me. My style is very sketchy and bold – you might think I would be more drawn to Shōnen, but there’s something beautiful about personal relationships as well as flowing lines that have always captured my heart. You may not think I’m a very Shōjo-inspired person, but I’m always thinking about beautiful lines and interesting stories. – Annie Stoll

It’s easy to latch onto the evocative beauty of how the work, but the influence Shōjo has had goes beyond that – granting an underserved readership access a necessary more.

It’s made me more conscious of writing all characters with agency; that’s something Shōjo manga does well – expanding beyond a traditional, mainstream narrative. I think some of the aesthetic seeps into my work too, I’m a fan of expressive faces and the ability to show emotion very clearly. – Carey Pietsch

It was a way for me to connect with comics. There’s a void in comics. [...] There’s comics for young kids and comics for young adults; but theres a gap there for pre-teens and young teens; there aren’t comics that speak to them and specifically not a lot of American comics that speak to girls. Shōjo fills that void, even if it’s cultural appropriation. These comics are coming from Japan – it’s an entirely different culture, we don’t really understand it, but even then there’s something there that we connect to viscerally and you can see how much they’ve caught on in a culture that they weren’t made for; there was such a hunger for that kind of comic. – Rebecca Mock

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Art by Joyce Lee

Lastly, I was happy to hear that all were pleased with the process of working towards an anthology and though many only had the responsibility of working on their own pieces, they came together and pulled off the project with aplomb, befitting an homage a spectrum of manga.

I do participate in a lot of anthologies; I take it as a way of making new friends. I love getting to know new artists and just getting to be part of that group is an honor. – Alice Meichi Li

It was so cool seeing the final book come together because everybody else’s stories fit together but they were all so different. You could see completely different perspectives of the same basic ideas. – Megan Brennan

It was at times exhilarating; we felt very powerful with all the possibilities available to us. At other times, it was very stressful because we were taking on a huge responsibility for no reason other than we sat down one day and decided we wanted to do this. We had to commit to this idea that you just come up with without any set due date, nobody backing you; it was really empowering to know that we were able to create something from nothing. – Rebecca Mock

It was so much fun; we really lucked out with Rebecca [Mock] and Annie [Stoll], and the Year 85 Group is so wonderful. It was so excited to get to see other artists talk about their themes and show sneak-peaks of their process along the way, and they did a wonderful job putting it all together. – Carey Pietsch

It was good having that initial group of six people who were really interested in helping out; everyone had a very unique job or position – it was a little bit like a Shōjo manga honestly. [...] It was a really good balance of personalities that all worked together – it never felt like a competition. – Annie Stoll

On the actual process of putting together the Hana Doki Kira anthology, Stoll described how it was born out of love for Shōjo.

There was a core six of us who hung out and drew and once we realized that we all loved Shōjo manga and started talking about making some kind of anthology. We ended up structuring it kind of like a pyramid scheme where each of us would invite two or three more people into it, so before you knew it, we had 26 amazing artists that were all making new friends and talking about Shōjo. – Annie Stoll

Stoll is a seasoned veteran in the world of comic anthologies, contributing in the astronomically successful Valor campaign, actively working on the second volume of Hana Doki Kira, and launching an extraordinarily ambitious project, 1001 Knights - a people-positive, feminist bent collection, aimed at making a tome of illustrations, comics, and unconventional art representing no less than 1001 characters.

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Here is the full list of the Hana Doki Kira contributing artists: Aimee Fleck, Alex Bahena, Alice U. Cheong, Alice Meichi Li, Anna Rose, Annie Stoll, Becca Hillburn, Carey PIetsch, Catarina Sarmento, Catherine, Chelsie Sutherland, Elisa Lau, Endy, Janet Sung, Kaitlin Reid, Kelly / Hkezza, Kris Mukai, Lindsay Cannizzaro, Megan Brennan, Rebecca Mock, Sarah O’Donell, Shelly Rodriquez, Sloane Leong, Stefanie Morin, and Tim Ferrara. For more, check out their Facebook and Tumblr pages!

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16. Thor #1: (Not Yet) A New Beginning

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By Matthew Jent

Thor #1


Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Russell Dauterman

Color Artist: Matthew Wilson

Letterer & Production: VC’s Joe Sabino

Cover Artist: Russell Dauterman & Frank Martin

Variant Cover Artists: Sara Pichelli & Laura Martin; Esad Ribic; Andrew Robinson; Alex Ross; Fiona Staples; Skottie Young

Publisher: Marvel Comics


“There must always be a Thor.”

Thor’s gotten a lot of media attention lately, ever since Marvel Comics took to the View to announce that the new Thor would be a woman. It was a bold move to announce this franchise-shifting move on a show whose audience is not necessarily the core audience for what has become one of Marvel’s tentpole characters. But it spoke to a renewed effort to expand Marvel’s audience, and passing the hammer of Thor to a new character is part of the character’s tradition, from Beta Ray Bill to Eric Masterson to, err, Dargo Ktor of the 26th Century.

So here it is. The new series. The new Thor, right there on every single variant cover. The media event!

But, alas — new readers, lapsed readers, fervent Thor fans — if you’re here to see what all of the well-advertised hubbub is about, you’ll have to come back in November. The new Thor? She’s not really in this comic*.

She does show up, eventually. But she doesn’t interact with any other character, her single line of dialogue is spoken in solitude, and she does little more than pose for a glorified cameo. The next issue teaser promises “The Goddess of Thunder in Action!”, as does a USAToday article published this week (“The new female Thor gets into the action in the second issue of her new comic book series”). If you pick up this issue asking yourself, I wonder what the new Thor will be like?, you’re still going to be wondering when the book is over.

So. Now that we’ve established what the issue is not, let’s talk about what it is. After a teaser introducing a familiar threat, the scene shifts to the Moon where the Asgardians are reeling from the events of Original Sin, Marvel’s summertime crossover (written, like this issue, by Jason Aaron). The old Thor (hereafter referred to as He-Thor, since going by this issue alone I can’t tell if he has a secret or alternate identity) remains shaken by a mysterious secret imparted by Nick Fury. He-Thor can’t lift his hammer — nobody can lift the hammer — and Odin (the All-Father) and Freyja (the All-Mother) don’t seem too clear on which one of them is running the show.

He-Thor still answers the call to battle, because despite being unworthy of holding the hammer of Thor, he is still a really strong, really blonde dude. He might have super-strength? He is definitely capable of breathing on the Moon (and under water), but it’s not clear why. Maybe this is Marvel’s Blue Area of the Moon? Introduced way back in Lee & Kirby’s Fantastic Four #13, this is an area of the Moon with a breathable atmosphere, and it was home to the Watcher, a major character in Original Sin. I can extrapolate or assume that kind of information, because I’ve been reading Marvel comics for decades. But if this is a #1 issue (which it is), and if this is a jumping-on point for not only new Thor readers but new comic book readers (which, given the media push this issue receives, it will be), it seems like a major omission from the plot and the setting.

The art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson is, for the most part, crisp, clear, and fun. The Asgardians look like the fantasy-science heroes they should be, and there’s a Frank Quitely-esqe feel to their facial expressions. But while Quitely is accomplished at illustrating sequential action, Dauterman’s fight scenes can be confusing. It feels like either too much, or not enough, information is conveyed between the panels. On the other hand, the scenes of long dialogue and exposition are never boring, and — seriously — I love Dauterman’s faces. That’s a valuable gift! Wilson’s colors go from poppy and bright to crisply dark, without getting muddy.

It will be fun to see Dauterman and Wilson illustrate the new Thor. Jason Aaron has been writing Thor’s adventures since 2012, and despite a new art team, this is the old Thor’s final issue more than it is the new Thor’s first one. I can’t say if that’s a scripting issue or an editorial one, but Thor #1 has been marketed and advertised as the beginning of a new character and a new era. But so far, it’s the story of the same ol’ Thunder God.

It’s not a bad comic in its own right. The dialogue, even the Asgardian doth-speak, is clear and fun. Godly rivalries are introduced and villainous plots are hatched. The illustration and the colors pop. But despite countless PR assurances that this is no She-Thor, this is Thor — new readers will be forced to ask the question, Why wasn’t she in the book?


*this assumes that the new Thor, in her secret identity, does not appear elsewhere in the issue. There’s only one real option if she does, and it would make some story-sense, but Thor’s identity remains unknown by issue’s end.

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17. Breaking Down the Latest Convention Controversy

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Heroes Con 2014. Photo taken by Alex Añé

OK, comicsphere, we need to talk about conventions.  This convention hubbub that’s flared up in the last week or so is a fairly complex one.  Just for the sake of the arguments that are still going on, let’s break this down into the individual issues that are affecting creators that are exhibiting at comics shows.

Issue #1 – CCINO

Yes, I’m borrowing from political rhetoric.  “Comic Conventions In Name Only.”  Ever been to an alleged comic convention that had little-to-zero comics programming, few (if any) comics publishers exhibiting and pretty much all the comics content was artists alley and anyone selling comics in the dealers area?

Alas, I’m old enough to have gone to the old Chicago Comicon prior to Wizard buying it.  I’ve seen it go from a comics-first show that would have the odd (and quite popular) Babylon 5 or Kevin Smith panel to the current celebrity autograph show-driven event.  I never attended a Creation convention, but based on how people described those, I’m tempted to call Wizard’s Chicago edition a Creation show with an artists’ alley.  Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on your perspective.  That Wizard show in Chicago looked viable under the heavy autograph emphasis the last time I was at one, but that’s been three or four years back.

If you are an artist exhibiting at a convention (or a writer, for that matter), it is not a horrible idea to have some product that ties in with the theme of the headliners.  If it’s Star Trek and Doctor Who as the top billed guests, you’re probably going to have a lot of people shuffling through looking for Star Trek, Doctor Who and perhaps some general science fiction/fantasy material.

Oh, you’ll still get a few people showing up for comics specifically, but I’m under the (third-hand) impression that number is starting to drop off as the prices go up.

If this sort of a “comic convention” isn’t working out for you, there’s no law that says you need to go to this type of convention.  Certainly there are enough of them out there.  Some people do quite well at this sort of show.

I was on a comics trivia panel at the Chicago convention (that Wizard bought) from either ’96 or ’97 until something like 2009.  I think we were the last comics panel towards the end and every year, we weren’t sure if the panel was going to be accepted.  We moved it over to C2E2, a more comics-centric show, when it showed up in 2010 and I don’t recall hearing about Wizard asking to bring an edition back.

There’s nothing wrong with picking and choosing which convention you get a table at based on programming and the crowd attending.

Issue #2 – Conventions as a Social Event vs. Buying Event

This one’s also been brewing for a while, but whereas it used to be conventions were the easiest place to pick up your back issues, mail order has come a loooooooooong way since e-Commerce kicked in.  The thing is if you’ve picked your convention right, that social component ought to include connecting with creators.  For the dealer room, well… you better have a good sense for what that crowd is looking to buy.

Are there more cosplayers than there used to be?  Probably.  The average costume is definitely better than it used to be.  Is there a certain percentage of cosplayers who show up so they can be seen in costume and that’s the primary reason they’re there?  Yes.  Not all of them, but a few.  This is part of the shift towards conventions as more of a social experience.  And guess what?  They paid their money and they get to come to the show.

The cosplayers aren’t the only people who come to the show for social reasons, though.  They’re just a type of attendee that’s easier to spot.  Plenty of people in street clothes are there to take in the sights and buying something isn’t necessarily their first priority.

Issue #3 – Are there too many conventions?

Again, that depends on your definition and whether you want to be emulating the schedule of a band on tour.  There’s more comic-labelled conventions than there ever have been before.  Last Sunday in Iowa, you could go to a small show in Iowa City and see Phil Hester or go to a small show in Davenport and see Mike Grell.  The two shows were roughly an hour’s drive apart, with a combined population in the metro areas of just a shade over 700,000.  Now, we’re talking very small shows here, but that’s the extent to which the convention space is getting over-crowded and regional shows are popping up all over the place.

This gives the creators a choice of where they want to go.  You don’t have to go to every show and you have the option of trying to be the big fish in the small pond or hitting a larger show.  A lot of people swear by the smaller, regional shows as a better way to get noticed.  Then again, you do need a certain baseline level of attendance.

It does mean there’s room for regional conventions to develop a personality.  MOCCA, SPX and Heroes Con are all cons that come to mind as having a personality, where you might know whether you fit the demographics or not.

I don’t have evidence, but I suspect a CCINO in a region with no other conventions is going to get the comics exhibitor a better response than a CCINO in a region that has a more comics-centric show.

Again, this falls under the category of know where you’re going. However, since there’s so many conventions, everybody can’t be at all the medium-sized shows and there absolutely is opportunity in spreading it around a little.

Issue #4 – What have you been doing lately?

OK, this is a touchy subject.  If you’re not currently working, that raises a couple questions from a convention exhibition standpoint.  First off, what do you have to sell that an existing fan doesn’t already have?  Particularly something with a moderate price point.  Original art is a little too expensive to be an impulse buy like a comic, tpb or print can be.  What’s your name recognition level at right now?  If it’s dipping, you’re going to have to work a little harder.

Let’s be honest.  Comics as an industry has a problem with sending creators out to pasture at early ages.  After a couple years out of the spotlight, it’s not always as easy sailing at conventions.  It’s probably a good idea to be working on something new or new-ish you can show off.  It’s not that difficult to have some comics online and Print On Demand is getting better all the time.  If you have the mailing list/social media followers, Kickstarter works for a lot of people.  Don’t be a slave to publishers when it comes to your own profile, take ownership.

Issue #5 – Table factors

There are some things you can’t control.  Is your booth/table in a prime spot?  A spot with low traffic or in a place where people are walking through primarily on their way somewhere else and not interested in stopping can be a killer.  Is your table next to the obnoxious or creepy guy people are veering out of their way to avoid?  Not much you can do about those things.  You can, however, work on your display and your interaction skills.  And if you’re not a name talent, that display and your interactions are what are going to make or break the show for you, more than anything else.

In any given instance, you could have all five issues in play at the same time.  I’d say a lot of conversation is about knowing your audience and figuring out which show they’re going to be at.

The thing that’s confounding people about all the media guests is a two-edged sword.  Media guests absolutely do draw a wider range of people.  It gets the guest count up for the show and it sells tickets.  We probably wouldn’t have as many regional shows if it weren’t for the media guests.  That draw is factor and it’s unlikely to go away any time soon.

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18. #LBCC ’14 : Richard Starkings on Elephantmen the Movie?

by Pam Auditore

In a surprise, unscheduled panel,  Sunday Afternoon at Long Beach Comic Con, the charmingly British Richard Starkings, comics letter and writer, held forth on creation of his company Comic Craft–which creates specialized fonts for comics—and on his 60 issues of his noirish- Blade Runner inspired trans-genetic sci-fi comic “Elephantmen,” published by Image Comics.  Starking’s moderator also brought up: “The Elephantmen Movie.”

“Elephantmen” was optioned four years ago by the Zucker Production Company, since then Starkings has been working  with producer Janet Zucker  to mold “Elephantmen” into a film. Signs of forward momentum on the project comes by-way of  Starking’s mentioning  the possibility of  “Avatar’s” art director ” (Neil Huxley) being attached to project and discussions with WETA and  “the foremost image capture studio taking place.”

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19. Starlord’s jacket now available in both men’s and women’s sizes

 Starlords jacket now available in both mens and womens sizes

It’s Autumn now, and it’s been a long time since we attempted to ride the coattails of Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014’s breakout stars. But now that the weather is getting colder you may be needing a transitional jacket, for those snappy autumn days (or warming autumn days if you live in the South). Anyway, New American Jackets is selling pleather replicas of Starlord jacket from Guardians of the Galaxy — available in both mens and women’s sizes. It looks to be a nice detailed jacket in a flattering burnt sienna color. Men’s runs $140 and women’s $139 but both are “on sale” now.

 Starlords jacket now available in both mens and womens sizes

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New American Jackets sells various other pop culture themed coats, like a Rick Grimes jacket—inexplicably crisp and clean and not gore clotted, bu you can fix that my sleeping in in every day for a month—a Keanu Reaves Hellblalz er trenchcoat—hopefully to be upgraded with the new TV series—a Smallville duster, a Katniss coat, a Drive jacket with the scorpion and all. So whatever your Halloween or cosplay plans, they can be purposed as a practical if nerdy garment for even non-con days.

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20. Marvel and Jack Kirby estate settle their disputes

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A joint statement has just been released by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby indicating that a settlement of somekind hs been made:

“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.” 



The Kirby Estate had been suing Marvel for right to the characters Kirby created over the years, from Captain America in the 40s to the Fantastic Four in the 60s. Although every court case went against the Kirby family, recently it seemed that the case might actually go to the Supreme Court, and it may have been the unpredictable nature of the claims that led to this settlement.

While an initial wave of joy over the end of this battle is the natural emotion, one hopes that the Kirby family got something out of this and it wasn’t just keeping up appearances in the light of an ongoing battle that didn’t look like it would end favorably.


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21. Webcomic Alert: The Utopian City That Wasn’t by Eleri Mai Harris

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Australian cartoonist/journalist Eleri Mai Harris isn’t just an editor at The Nib, Medium’s marvelous comics section, run by Matt Bors. She’s a trained journalist who turned to comics to tell stories and in today’s Nib she has a good one: the story of the abortive designs for Canberra, the capital of Australia. Like a few other planned capital cities—Celebration and Brasilia comes to mind—the structural, utopian approach to city design rarely works out. The story also includes a dandy forgotten woman—Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate Marion Mahony Griffin. So sit back and learn some Australian and architectural history.

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22. A new CAF is coming in November: NOCAZ Festival in New Orleans

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Are risographs kill-….oops wrong post. Anyway, the CAF (comic arts festival circuit continues to expand and here’s a new show in New Orleans, called the NOCaZ Festival for “comics and zines” which will be held NOvember 14-15th at the New Orlenas Public Library. According to their mission statement:

NOCAZ is an attempt to make a space for self published artists and thinkers to put their work out in the public sphere and be able to reach other people without the constraints and expense of the commercial publishing industry. Zines are a participatory format and we hope bringing multiple perspectives together under one roof can create dialogue and inspire more people to express themselves through print. We would also like to see more of this D.I.Y. spirit in the world of comics and hopefully make space for sharing knowledge and celebrating work that is existing outside of the tired narratives of mainstream comics and pushing the medium to new limits. And all of this happening at the public library? What a dream! We hope to see you there so please register and make your way to the nearest photocopier.

No tablers announced yet, but they have a Tumblr, a scholarship program, and some reading events seen below. The poster, above, is by Ben Passmore.

AND best of all, they have a forum for ride sharing and couch crashing. EVERY CAF NEEDS THIS.

We’ve heard that NOLa is getting to be a good venue for comics and reading is still big there, and I’m sure this event will have all the charms of New Orleans.

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 A new CAF is coming in November: NOCAZ Festival in New Orleans

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23. NYCC ’14: Image Comics exclusives include Spread, Wytches, Punks, EGOs and more!

More things to buy at the Image Comics booth (#1544) and elsewhere at NYCC. I’m guessin’ that Wytches exclusive by Scott Snyder and Sean Gordon Murphy will sell quickly, but there are several hot #1 people will be trying to get hold of. New York Comic COn kicks off next Thursday, October 9.


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ROCHE LIMIT #1, Michael Moreci & Vic Malhotra, $10 (Artist Alley table #W15)
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BIRTHRIGHT #1, Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and Adriano Lucas, $10 (Image Comics booth #1544)

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SPREAD #1, Justin Jordan & Kyle Strahm, cover by Tradd Moore & Felipe Sobreiro (the Luther Strode art team), $20 (Artist Alley tables #R4 & R5), (limited to 250 copies)

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WYTCHES #1, Scott Snyder & Jock, $10 (Image Comics booth #1544)

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PUNKS: THE COMIC #1, Joshua Hale Fialkov & Kody Chamberlain, $10 (Dimension X booth #1774)

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EGOs #4.5 minicomic, Stuart Moore & Gus Storms, $1 (Artists Alley table #B3)


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C.O.W.L., VOL. 1, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, & Rod Reis, $35 (Image Comics booth #1544)

NYCC SPREAD #1 cover, $10 (limited to 75 copies, available at Artist Alley tables #R4 & R5)


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24. NYCC ’14: IDW announces exclusives—Simonson Marvel, MLTA and more

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It’s getting to be that time. NYCC Super Weeks kicks off THIS WEEKEND and I can guarantee that by the time we limp to the finish line on Columbus day is that we will all be SUPER tired! HAW HEE. Anyway. IDW has annoucned their exclusives and they include some artists editions, Little Nemo stuff, GI Joe stuff, Edward Scissorhands stuff….you can pre order now.

A few exclusives are available for pre-order from IDW’s web store (http://www.idwpublishing.com/shop/) beginning today, September 29. Fans that preorder will be able to pick up their books from the IDW booth #1844. There will also be a handful of convention variants from SDCC at the booth, so get them while supplies last. See you there!
Walter Simonson Manhunter Artist’s Edition HC
NYCC will the launch this Artist’s Edition which presents the original run ofManhunter, as well as a classic Batmanstory, Dr. Fate, Metal Men, and Captain Fear tales with a gorgeous convention-variant cover.
$125, Limited to 175 copies, 2 per person
Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition HC
This unique Artist’s Edition features an amazing “Best of” selection of gorgeous covers by a veritable who’s who of the medium, from Neal Adams to Art Adams,Frank Miller to Jack Kirby, Jim Sterankoto Jim Starlin complete with a convention-variant cover featuring Frank Miller’s landmark cover to Daredevil #181.
$125, Limited to 175 copies, 2 per person

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Exclusively available through IDW Publishing, the yellow robot known as MLTA is Ashley Wood and 3A Toys‘ 2014 New York Comic Con offering as part of the October 3A Tour. We suggest you pre-order yours now because these robots won’t last long!
$80, Limited to 70 pieces, 1 per person
V-Wars: Volume 1: Crimson Queen TP
The first five issues of the runaway hit series by New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry. If you’ve wanted to check out V-Wars, but missed the first two sold-out issues, here’s where to check it out, complete with a convention-variant cover by fan-favorite Ryan Brown!
$10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person

Skylanders: The Kaos Trap HC
The #1 kids videogame and hottest-selling toy, SKYLANDERS comes to your bookshelf in all-new comic-book adventures with a convention-variant cover featuring the Doom Raiders!
$10, Limited to 500 copies, 5 per person
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1
Here is the first chance for fans to get a convention-variant cover for issue #1 of the all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) andGabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key). As usual, supplies are limited so make sure to come by the IDW booth and secure your copy!
$10, Limited to 500 copies, 5 per person
Edward Scissorhands #1
The all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie is launching at NYCC with a convention-variant cover featuring beautiful line art by Gabriel Rodriquez!
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person
Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1
Generations have passed since the original Heroes of Baldur’s Gate saved the city and the Realms. Now a new threat rises and an unlikely group of misfits are thrust into adventure! The quest begins at NYCC with a convention-variant cover featuring art by Max Dunbar and colors by series writer Jim Zub.
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person
Mars Attacks Art Gallery
This special ad-free art gallery issue presents an out-of-this-world array of hand-drawn Mars Attacks card art curated by IDW Limited. The rare art in this book comes from a wide array of TOPPS, IDW and sketch card all-star talent done in the grand tradition of Mars Attacks trading cards! There will be two convention variant covers to collect:
Convention variant cover by Katie Cook
$10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person
Convention Sketch Cover (blank) to be filled by the artist of your choice:
$10, Limited to 300 copies, 5 per person
G.I. Joe #1
Two convention-variant  covers will be available for the premiere issue of this exciting new series written by a master of military fiction, Karen Traviss:
Convention variant cover by Robert Atkins and Joana Lafuente
$10, Limited to 300 copies, 5 per person
Convention Sketch Cover (blank) to be filled by the artist of your choice:
$10, Limited to 400 copies, 5 per person

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25. Koyama Press announces Spring line with Degen, Schubert, Lapalme and Harbin

Spring catalogs are in the air ad so are book announcements, Koyama Press has just announced its Spring releases with several top-notch books including the return of Alex Schubert’s Blobby Boys and a collection of Dustin Harbin’s diary comics.

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ISBN: 978-1-927668-16-0
½ x 10, 172 pages, b&w, trade paper
April 2015

Sci-fi superheroes eschew Gotham and Metropolis in favor of nightmarish neoclassical ruins in this surreal strip.

A. Degen has taken the superhero myth and put it in a baroque blender; the result is the cerebral, sensuous and uncanny Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater. Equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen’s mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty.

A. DEGEN was born in Brooklyn, New York. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works Connecticut. He is the author of the books Area CC (Sonatina, 2013) and Soft X- Ray/Mindhunters (Birdcage Bottom Books, 2013), and his work has appeared in a number of anthologies.

“A. Degen is one of the smartest and funniest cartoonists in the game. Every page in the book is filled with about two dozen triumphs and upsets in humor, design, pacing … A real pleasure to pore over.” — Michael DeForge, author of A Body Beneath (Koyama Press, 2014), Ant Colony (Drawn and Quarterly, 2013), and many more

Blobby Boys 2 Koyama Press announces Spring line with Degen, Schubert, Lapalme and Harbin


ISBN: 978-1-927668-20-7
½ x 8 ½, 52 pages, color, trade paper
May 2015

Imagine The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as pot-smoking punks.

The Blobby Boys are back and they’ve got acid tongues and acid on their tongues. The salacious and slimy Saturday Morning cast-offs haven’t lost an iota of edge. In fact, the only thing sharper than the comedy in this book just might be the boys’ switchblades.

ALEX SCHUBERT was born in Mascoutah, IL and is based In Los Angeles, CA where he works in illustration and animation. In 2014, the first collection of Blobby Boys was awarded a Silver Medal in the Long Form and Comic Strip category of The Society of Illustrators first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual.

“Alex Schubert’s collection of bold, bizarre comics is short, sharp and shocking — not unlike a quick stabbing.” — Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune


Confetti Koyama Press announces Spring line with Degen, Schubert, Lapalme and Harbin

ISBN: 978-1-927668-15-3
6 x 7 ½, 200 pages, color, trade paper
May 2015

A colorful celebration of cartoons, creativity and the culture of cute.

Confetti, like its namesake, is a fun and explosive mix of color from the fertile mind of multidisciplinary artist Ginette Lapalme. In comics, paintings, prints, sculpture, and jewelry, Lapalme uses cartoons and junk culture as raw material to make “cute” subversive and “pretty” punk.

GINETTE LAPALME is a Toronto-based illustrator and artist. Lapalme is a graduate of the storied OCADU Illustration program, and is one third of Wowee Zonk, a Toronto-based illustrator collective and contemporary comic book anthology.

“It is a goal of mine to live alone in a big house surrounded by the work of Ginette Lapalme, kind of like a cat lady, but with drawings of cats instead of real cats … Utterly delightful but never too cute, the world Lapalme has created leaves me more attuned to the perverse beauty of the one around us.” — Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor of Rookie

Diary Comics Koyama Press announces Spring line with Degen, Schubert, Lapalme and Harbin
ISBN: 978-1-927668-17-7
5 x 6 ½, 236 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2015

Comic and tragicomic, heartfelt and heartbreaking; these are the panels that make up a life.

Since 2010, Dustin Harbin has been sporadically documenting the ups and downs and sideways of his life in comic form. From their humble beginnings as a sketchbook exercise documenting the quotidian, oftentimes with hilarious results, Harbin’s Diary Comics have grown into quirky existential examinations of life and living.

DUSTIN HARBIN is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in North Carolina. He’s best known for his autobiographical comics, as well as many, many illustrations of people and animals, often mixed and matched.

“Dustin’s willingness to push himself in these comics makes them special, opening his mind and life to the audience he’s meant to connect to, taking what is at times the character of himself and revealing the man. That’s always the best part of autobio comics, an ability to confront something true.” — Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant

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