From Newsarama: http://blog.newsarama.com/2007/11/18/wizard-world-texas-day-three/#more-6165 Sunday at Wizard World Texas was a more relaxed affair than the previous two days. The schedule was light filled with signings and only a handful of panels.The first of two panels I attended was with Laura Vandervoort, TVs Supergirl. A second degree black belt, Vandervoorts a friendly sort with a genuine appreciation for her fans. She stated that the genre in which she works is the best because the fans are so supportive and loyal. When asked what effect the writers strike may have on Smallville, she answered that work begins on episode 12 in two weeks and that they have scripts through episode 15. 22 episodes are scheduled for the season. Laura Vandervoort Ms. Vandervoort reported that her character and Lex will be getting closer. The second panel was with Michael Golden, the artist responsible for Marvels first 12 issues of the Micronauts comic that launched in 1979. Golden was teaching a Wizard School class on Storytelling in the Visual Medium. A panel with the Big City Comics guys on comics production had just ended. Up on the easel were notes on page rates. Golden looked over the $100-$200 rate listed for pencillers and contrasted that to his early years in the business. When Golden started in comics, he was paid $19 per page at DC. He quit to go work at Marvel where they paid $5 more. Golden led the class through basic storytelling and what he feels are required elements in the visual medium. Basically - who, what, when, where, why - should be set up in the first three panels. Hes a strong believer in the editorial system, when its run appropriately. Too many of todays editors are fans and see the work through a fans eyes. A fan, Golden says, understands the shorthand of comics. Whereas a true editor understands that you cant take shortcuts when storytelling. A fan cited that the writer is the most important person in the generation of comics. Michael Golden Wrong, Golden corrected, This is a visual medium. Another suggested that comics can successfully be produced without writers. Ten years of Image comic books prove you wrong, Golden responded. When drawing comics, Golden doesnt imagine himself a filmmaker in a print medium. Rather, he sees himself as a photo journalist, documenting the immediacy of the situation, providing a sense, he said, of being there in your face. Mr. Golden attributes his ability to communicate a scene to his years of experience as a commercial artist and technical illustrator. He doesnt see much difference between designing instructions to build a childs toy and drawing a comic book. They both tell a story. Asked when he had his Aha! moment about how-to-tell-a-story, Golden said that it was when he was invited to serve as an editor at DC. Golden doesnt consider himself an artist. Fine artists, he explained, work for themselves. Commercial art is art for someone else. I barely consider myself a draftsman! His job, he says, is to take a picture. Im a storyteller. Then how do you introduce yourself at cocktail parties? He was asked. The same way Wizard describes me in the convention program, He answered. Comics Legend. And so he is. I spoke to a lot of dealers Sunday. Each one of them reported doing bang-up business at WWTX. One even reported that it was his best weekend all year. I dont think the guys in Artists Alley had any complaints either. There were long lines all weekend over there. Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Superman As I rummaged through the longboxes in the last minutes of the con, a conversation occurred just to my right between a dealer and a member of the Wizard sales team. The Wizard staffer stated that theyre not sure if the con will return to Arlington - or Texas - next year. Were meeting immediately after the show to discuss it, The sales guy said. The dealer shared with the WW staffer what every other guy had told me. He had a great sales weekend. You guys do this again next year, He said. I will be here. From my own observation, there were fewer dealers this year but more attendees. Bigger pie, fewer dealers with which to share. WWTX is the biggest comic show to visit Texas this year or any year prior. The other cons we get here are local, regional affairs. Theyre nice, but they dont bring the juice that Wizard does. True, Wizard World Texas was a bit light on guests this year. For instance, Marvels absence was keenly felt. And there was a lot of grousing about WizKids not making the show. Still, everybody I spoke with had a great time. Myself included.