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AICN COMICS SDCC REPORT: IDW Panel, Indie 101, and other Con observations by Ambush Bug!

Ambush Bug here with another peek at what I’ve been up to at the San Diego Comic Con today. While Capone, Quint, & Mr. Beaks are wandering around interviewing celebrities and digging up all kinds of cool gossip from the entertainment industry, I decided to do something kooky and cover the comics side of the con. I quickly realized that covering it all is virtually impossible (hopefully next year they’ll send a couple more @$$Holes to help me out), but I did my best to work the floor and attend a few of the panels, and hob-nob with comics best and brightest.
After breaking the news of a new THE WEEKLY WORLD NEWS comic from IDW Publishing this morning, I decided to attend the IDW: Evolution of Comics panel . There, Chris Ryall introduced Bob Schreck (formerly of DC’s editorial staff) to the IDW Editorial Lineup. Bill (FABLES) Willingham was also there promoting his new IDW project with Gene Ha, BACKROADS, a gritty sci fi adventure miniseries.
Much if the first part of the panel was focused on giving a brief history of IDW and the celebration of their 10 year anniversary. They also spoke at length about new developments in digital comics. They are working on having their entire line of comics available for iPhone where you swipe from panel to panel to read through the comic. Interesting concept and it may be the future of comics as we know it.
Other announcements included a reprinting of Chuck Dixon and the late Jorge Zaffino’s WINTERWORLD, a story of a world covered in ice, and it’s never before printed sequel WINTER SEA, both to be distributed soon.
IDW will be releasing a “writer’s cut” extended movie adaptation of this year’s STAR TREK film.
Clive Barker returns to comics and writes SEDUTH, a 3D metaphysical horror with amazing art by Gabriel (LOCKE & KEY) Rodriguez.
Jennifer Love Hewitt created THE MUSIC BOX for IDW, a TWLIGHT ZONE anthology book scripted by Scott Lobdell.
Good Charlotte’s Billy Martin writes VITRIOL about a monster hunter set to be unleashed in Spring of 2010.
Hotter than hot Brea (HEROES) Grant teams with her brother Zane Austin Grant for a zombie story set in the 20’s called WE WILL BURY YOU with covers by Ben Templesmith and art by Kyle Strahm.
Finally, Chris announced that IDW will be adapting Peter S. Beagle’s THE LAST UNICORN and Harlan Ellison’s PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES in 2010.

After that panel, I tooled around a bit and ended up in the Indie 101 panel where Chip Moser of BOOM Studios and Heidi MacDonald among others talked about marketing indie comics. Much was said about how to reach out to websites to pimp your indie book. Chip’s 3 rules; be aggressive, be shameless, and be brief & concise are words anyone who wants to break into the industry should follow. Much encouragement was given to those wanting to break into the comics biz throughout.

I wandered the floor after that. The following are some of the things I noticed & encountered while doing so.

BOOM’s got a new book coming out called THE ANCHOR which looks amazing by Phil Hester with art by Brian Churilla.
Someone farted in front of me as I passed the Suicide Girls booth. Not cool, man. You made me move by the Suicide Girls booth much faster than I wanted, you foul, foul fiend. You know who you are…not cool.
Got a book by Matt Maxwell called STRANGEWAYS. Cowboys and werewolves. Kick ass. Can’t wait to read and review this one for a future Indoe Jones column.
Meredith Salenger is still extremely hot.
Mel Calo, while not hot by my standards, is cool. He works with Archaia and provided me with some cool stuff I will be reviewing soon including Joshua Hale Fiailkov’s TUMOR, DAYS MISSING, and AWAKENING.
There is mucho, mucho jailbait at this con.
Jim Mahfood hooked me up with the awesomely titled CARL: THE CAT WHO MAKES PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES. Can’t wait to review that one.
How much hotter does it make Brea Grant that she’s writing a zombie comic for IDW? I’ll answer that one. Extremely hotter.
If you haven’t read anything by Rick Geary, I feel for you. The guy writes some amazing stuff and is an incredibly nice guy. Hopefully, I can do an interview with him soon. I loved his FAMOUS PLAYERS mystery book from NBM Papercutz and picked up THE LINDBURGH CHILD which Mr. Geary said was one of his favorites. Can’t wait to read and review that one.
GABRIEL writer/artist Jaime "Jimmmy" Portillo is a super cool guy and you should stop by his booth and check out his books GABRIEL & THE RAILROAD KILLER.
A war is bound to erupt between the TWILIGHT folks and everyone else, but the sheer number of the goth teenie boppers I fear is enough to overcome the entire con.
Kirby Krackle was kind enough to give me a CD and an invite to their acoustic performance at a place called the Ruby Room on Saturday night at 9:30. This is a cool band and I hope I can make it to see them perform.

Well, I’m on my way back to the con to see if I can squeeze into the KICK-ASS preview/panel. Hopefully, I'll have some pics next time around. Talk to you soon.

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  • July 23, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by RobMota

  • July 23, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by RobMota

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    by RobMota

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    by RobMota

  • July 23, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    mucho mucho jailbait

    by Verbage


  • July 23, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    1ST comic book reader . . .

    by WX1

    . . . unless you four (five, six) actually do read 'em.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Why even call it comic con anymore?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I doubt most people there even read comics anymore.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    still no HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN here!

    by nijamanner

  • July 23, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    So can't wait

    by Immortal_Fish

    For the next report. Sincerely. After all, AB is one of us.<P>One of us.<P>One of US.<P>ONE OF US!<P>ONE OF US!<P>...<P>..<P>.<P>So.<P><P>Did he get some of that jail bait trim?

  • July 23, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    NEW House of the WOLF MAN Trailer!!!

    by UrMomsMuff

    Check it Out!!!

  • July 23, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    NEW House of the WOLF MAN Trailer!!!

    by UrMomsMuff

    Check it Out!!!

  • July 23, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    NEW House of the WOLF MAN Trailer!!!

    by UrMomsMuff

    Check it Out!!!

  • July 23, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    NEW House of the WOLF MAN Trailer!!!

    by UrMomsMuff

    Check it Out!!!

  • July 24, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Too many people!

    by Le Phantom

    I love Comic Con and have gone for the last 10 years...I have one small observation...They let too many fucking people into this thing! Elbow to elbow people in the dealers, not getting into panels! Too many fucking people! Limit the tickets and that;s it! I tried to get into the Avatar presentation and they refused admittance to handicapped people, while ushering in anyone with a camera who called themselves press! Right past people in wheelchairs! Fucked up! Did I say too many people! Sucks the enjoyment out of the event unless you are an Ain't It Cool ass kisser who is connected and gets in!! Bullshit!

  • July 24, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Love Hewitt

    by optimous_douche

    If she didn't script the thing and I can take a fair guess that she ain't drawing the fuck did she create the book?<p> JLH wakes up one morning "I like music boxes, comics make me happy."<p> Here's your million dollar check JLH.

  • July 24, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the report AB!

    by ED2D2

    I've been looking forward to your reports the most. You @$$Holes always seem to point out the best stuff out there. Maybe I'm the exception, but Comic-Con actually got me into comics. Can't seem to shake the habit since. But you're right though. Way too damn many people. Something bad is bound to happen. You put that many different fanatical fan bases together and mix in inept rent-a-security and someone's bound to get hurt.

  • July 24, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    The Last Unicorn YEAH!!!!!

    by FeralAngel

    My niece will love this..and...ah what the hell I'm looking forward to this too. Beagle's "The Last Unicorn" is flat-out one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. Truly magical and funny as hell in places. Hope IDW gives it the best shot possible. And I know what my niece would say: "Please don't make the unicorn look like a horsie with a horn on its head. They're more than that." She's got a pendant she wears sometimes that has a classic unicorn, inspired the medieval tapestries, that has a lion's tail and a beard and so on. Cloven hooves and so on. Yeah, THAT'S a unicorn. Not like My Little Pony crap.

  • July 24, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    it is annoying

    by blackhole4140

    That a lot of celebrities get their comic ideas published based solely on their celebrity.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Someone should have asked the good folks at IDW

    by Jardinier

    what the hell happened to the GRIMJACK and JON SABLE collections. I want more reprints, damnit!