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Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s

Left to right: Bob Burden, Daniel Clowes, Jaime Hernandez (Photo by Jackie Estrada)

Bob Burden, creator of the great Flaming Carrot comic book series of the 1980s, says:

Jackie Estrada, one of the directors of San Diego Comicon is doing a Kickstarter for a book on the photographic history of the con. She was a shutterbug from the jump, and took hundreds of pictures every year.

This book is a virtual TIME CAPSULE of all the comic con people, from Dave Stevens, to Mobius, to Kliban to Alan Moore etc. Jackie combed the floor in the day and hit all the parties at night and has preserved a treasure trove of of the comic culture's .birth, adolescence and coming of age.

It's going to be an incredible book.

I think so, too! I reserved my copy for $45.

Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s

Photos of cool miniatures seen at NY Comic-Con

Boing Boing reader Michael Matise shot some wonderful photographs of miniatures and models at New York Comic-Con 2013, and shared them in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. A few are below. Here's the whole set. Michael tells us more about the photos below.

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Comic-Con is really about community

When religious protestors showed up at Comic-Con, attendees responded with absurd signs. Photo: Liz Ohanesian for LA Weekly.

Liz Ohanesian, a writer who covers fan subcultures and comics, anime, and music conventions, has a thoughtful essay about Comic-Con in this week's LA Weekly. She ran into those same street preachers Rob wrote about here on Boing Boing earlier; the nerd crowd's reaction is part of why we love, and need, events like this.

Usually I try to ignore the people with the fire-and-brimstone signs. If world history has taught us anything, it's that religious arguments don't end with a cordial handshake. On Sunday, though, I was stuck on a corner across from the San Diego Convention Center just a few feet away from a guy with a megaphone. He was going on about "darkness," which I humbly submit isn't a bad thing, but we can talk about that later. I started grumbling to myself. Some others in the crowd challenged him loudly. The guy with the megaphone turned to one and lashed out with some insults. Then, in the back of this tightly packed crowd, a man started singing "Joy to the World," the Three Dog Night song that begins with "Jeremiah was a bullfrog." By the time he reached the chorus, the bulk of the convention-goers had joined him in song.

Why Comic-Con Is Really About Community. [LA Weekly]

More of Liz's Comic-Con coverage around the web.

Gallery: Dice galore at Comic-Con

Though I've never played a pen-and-paper RPG in my life, I'm completely in love with the dice. At Comic-Con, a company called Chessex had more on offer, in more shapes, sizes and geometries, than I'd ever seen in my life. Irresistable!

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Gallery: The Last Day of Comic-Con


Functional weapons are forbidden on the San Diego Comic-Con show floor. Most attendees, however, are sensible enough not to bring them: this dagger was the only item currently being held at Weapons Check when Boing Boing stopped by. "Just use common sense," said one security staffer, summing up their policy. Photo: Rob Beschizza

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1000+ Comic-Con Cosplayers

Norman Chan took 865 photos at Comic-Con. Whatever your flavor of character, chances are that he, she or it is there. Rob 3

Comic-Con news roundup


A cosplayer at San Diego Comic-Con, after taking a break in the crowded event hall, re-enters her Sonic the Hedgehog costume. Photo: Heather Beschizza

Hollywood Reporter tallies the winners and losers at this year's convention in San Diego. I hope you like superhero comics!

Fascinating and divergent views from the New York Times: Comic-con is a Hollywood-infested marketing event for derivative superhero flicks. But amid the hype, "small tribes" are beginning to reassert themselves: "knots of fantasy, science-fiction and animation aficionados ... are stealing energy from the vast Hall H movie promotions that had become the convention’s defining events."

Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager in the early years of their success, is to be immortalized in graphic novel form. [Spin]

USA Today covers plans for the Batman+Superman franchisefest movie announced at the show. Henry Cavill will reprise the role of Superman, and Snyder will direct. No confirmation of who's playing the Bat.

Doctors Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt meet as the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary trailer wows San Diego Comic-Con faithful [SPOILERS at New York Daily News]

Real heroes: Kick-Ass 2 stuntmen pulled a woman from a 14th-floor balcony at a Comic-Con after passers-by spotted her hanging off the railing.

More on the comic-con Doctor Who meetup from Kevin Wicks: "People lined up as early as seven hours ahead for the mid-afternoon event at Block 16, a roomy, multi-tiered bar not far from the convention center, which had a stage and full movie screen that allowed for performances and an astonishing video mash-up of 50 years of Doctor Who."

Director Joss Whedon revealed the title of the Avengers sequel: "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

Best of all, the show can't hide its raunchy roots: "You might want to close your eyes, SpongeBob. There’s something across the aisle that will be hard to unsee."

Adam Savage's Admiral Ackbar costume

"I was 11 when Star Wars came out. While the movie as a whole (and the resulting maturation of special effects through the 80's) shaped me as a person, a nerd, and movie fanatic, I think that not enough attention has been paid to the series' invention and characterization of non-human characters". [Tested] Rob 3

"You're dressed like whores!" - Christians vs Comics in San Diego

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Galactus, AKA Edward, competes with street preacher Ruben Israel for the love and forebearance of mankind at San Diego Comic Con.

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Meet Leo, the most adorable cosplayer at Comic-Con

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Comic-Con trailers: Ender's Game, Riddick, Kick-Ass 2, Spiderman 2

[Video Link] Harrison Ford offers his best bedtime story voice for Ender's Game. The other flicks' San Diego exclusives are after the jump.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Video Link]

Kick-Ass 2 [Video link]

Riddick [Video link]

Official Thrones death compilation [Comic-Con]

A death compilation from character slaughterhouse Game of Thrones was unveiled at Comic-Con to whet fans' appetites for the forthcoming fourth season: looks to me like plenty are missing!

Fan-funded Veronica Mars movie revealed at Comic-Con

[Video Link] Released at San Diego Comic-Con, a sneak peek of the forthcoming Veronica Mars movie--kickstarted by fans to the tune of $5m--offers footage teasers and interviews with the cast.

Comic-Con 2013 around the web

San Diego Comic-Con saw the debut of WIRED Magazine's 10-foot, 400-pound cosplay mecha. [Adam Rogers / Wired]

io9 rounds up the best toys of Comic-Con 2013.

USA Today's Bill Keveney hits the Big Bang Theory panel, introduced by physicist Stephen Hawking: "When I'm not playing Words With Friends with Sheldon, I like to think about the universe."

Why was civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga in San Diego? The 1963 March on Washington's youngest speaker is the only sitting member of Congress to write a comic book [CBS News]

The numbers on the business behind Comic-Con, from Reuters: "Consumers worldwide spent about $35 billion going to movies last year and $66 billion for video games, according to independent industry research, while television advertisers spent $162 billion"

Rolling Stone's Peter Holslin quotes author George R.R. Martin at the Game of Thrones panel, one of the convention's largest: "I have many characters, so killing a few? There’s always more"

Cylons in the 2000s reboot of Battlestar Galactica were humanoid for budgetary reasons. [Annalee Newitz/io9]

Mike Snider: "World War Z author Max Brooks was genuinely surprised that he liked the blockbuster film adaptation of his 2006 novel."

Lauren Davis reports on footage from the forthcoming Robocop remake: "there was nothing that came close to matching the brilliant dark comedy of Paul Verhoeven's original." [Lauren Davis]

Jedi Escort [Comic-Con]

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