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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.

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]

"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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What happens in San Diego...

Supergirl lost at Comic-Con

As any attendee will tell you, that map won't help her find whatever she's looking for.

Batgirl and Wonder Woman [Comic-Con]

Batgirl (Christina Johnson) and Wonder Woman (secret identity protected) bemusedly admire a "boys make the best heroes" tee shirt at San Diego Comic-Con.

Darth Maul tires of photographers taking "funny" pictures of him checking his email [Comic-Con]

At Comic-Con, no-one knows you are Ray Park.

Captain Hook accosts Sailor Moon [Comic-Con]

I'm pretty sure she can handle that old rogue.

Comic-Con 2013 in pictures: chaos, costumes and culture


The crowds at San Diego Comic-Con, with more than 100,000 attendees, represent only a portion of those who would attend if they could: tickets were sold out in an hour or two in 2012, and within minutes in 2013.

Founded in 1970, San Diego Comic-Con has since exploded into an astounding pop culture festival, attracting more than 130,000 visitors and the attention of Hollywood studios, publishers and retailers alike, all eager to cater to their most dedicated fans.

"Comic-Con is an incredibly fantastic melting pot and passionate center for people who love cult pop movies and pop culture experience," Hobbit and Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis told Reuters. "There isn't another place in the world that tops it."

Following is a selection of photos (taken by Heather Beschizza and myself, where not otherwise indicated), which offer just a tiny slice of the costumed revelry--and sheer chaos--that fills the show floor's million-square feet.

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Rob at Comic-Con on Friday

If you're headed to San Diego Comic-Con this week, I'll be on the panel for ElfQuest: 35 Years of Pointed Ears on Friday, 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Room 8. (The convention's annual souvenir book will also include a Boing Boing Feature that I wrote about the series).

Don't miss Cory's appearances, either: he'll be on the Ode To Nerds panel in Room 6A, 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m., and at Tor Books' Booth #2707 at 5 p.m. for signings of his latest novel, Pirate Cinema. And on Friday he's a panelist on Publishing SF/F in the Digital Age, 7-8 p.m. in Room 25ABC.

Skele-Gore skull


Spotted today at New York Comic-Con, "THE 17,000 SINS OF SKELE-GORE" from Scarecrow Oven. Sadly, it is sold out. Let us hope for a restock.

THE 17,000 SINS OF SKELE-GORE

San Diego Comic Con Roundup: Day -1

Unfortunately, I am not at San Diego Comic-Con to cover it because, well, I am in New York. But in my travels through the internet today, I've found some interesting developments leading into Preview Night tonight. For starters: a logo for the new Evil Dead.

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Twilight fan struck, killed by car at Comic-Con

A 53-year-old female Comic-Con attendee who had been camping in front of the San Diego Convention Center so she could get into the popular “Twilight” panel was hit by a car and killed today.

Cosplay of excellence: Gender Bent Justice League

Liz Ohanesian covers counterculture, cosplay, and cool music for the Los Angeles Weekly. She hit Comic-Con with photographer Shannon Cottrell, and came back with some great photo-essays. "I thought you might be interested in seeing our favorite cosplay of the con," she writes, "they're The Gender Bent Justice League." Above, Kit Quinn as Superma'am and Tallest Silver as Batma'am.

Gender Bent Justice League is a group of cosplayers who have taken characters associated with DC's Justice League and transformed them into something that is more Rule 63 than it is crossplay.

"A couple of us like to do female versions of preexisting male characters. One of our friends, Psykitten Pow, she had a female Flash," says Tallest Silver, who organized the group and who dresses as Batma'am. "One night, we were all hanging out and I said how funny it would be if we had a whole Justice League with swapped sexes."