Wizard World Texas - DC Edition 2007

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  1. Doc Destruction Geaux Saints!

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    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, TV’s Supergirl. A second degree black belt, Vandervoort’s 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 writer’s 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.

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    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 Marvel’s 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.
    He’s a strong believer in the editorial system, when it’s run appropriately. Too many of today’s editors are fans and see the work through a fan’s eyes. “A fan,” Golden says, “understands the shorthand of comics.” Whereas a true editor understands that you can’t take shortcuts when storytelling.
    A fan cited that the writer is the most important person in the generation of comics.
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    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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t see much difference between designing instructions to build a child’s 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 doesn’t 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. I’m 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 don’t think the guys in Artists Alley had any complaints either. There were long lines all weekend over there.
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    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 they’re not sure if the con will return to Arlington - or Texas - next year.
    “We’re 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. They’re nice, but they don’t bring the juice that Wizard does.
    True, Wizard World Texas was a bit light on guests this year. For instance, Marvel’s 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.
     
  2. Doc Destruction Geaux Saints!

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    Saturday is the meat and potatoes of most conventions, and Wizard World Texas is no different. Great, huge, sweaty gobs of people plowed through the Arlington Convention Center (Huge because, hey, most of us are; and sweaty because DFW weather’s been a bit wonky this November and the climate control was a bit off). Lots and lots of people.

    I started the day by attending he “Web Comics: Development and Marketing” panel comprised of DJ Coffman (cartoonist, Hero by Night and Yirmuhmah!) and Christian Beranek (writer, 20%) among others. The subject of the forum, developing and marketing webcomics, was explored based on personal experience. Both Coffman and Beranek encouraged building community by participating in forums and posting on people’s blogs. Also, they agreed that it is difficult to build a community of fans absent regular, daily updates.


    Weekly - or less frequent - updates just won’t cut it, the panel concurred.

    Coffman related that he takes reader feedback into account on storylines, adjusting them mid-stream based on what the fans suspect. This way he ensures surprise twists.


    Christian Beranek and DJ Coffman
    When asked the strengths of web comics versus printed, the panel cited immediacy as the biggest plus to the web medium. With the three month lead time to list with Diamond, the web allows for more instant topicality. Also, DJ Coffman mentioned that in his experience, humor comics do much better on the web than in print.


    Rob LevinThe next panel I attended was Top Cow’s. Marvel is nowhere to be seen at WWTX and while DC has sent DiDio and a few others, they do not have much of a presence at the show. Top Cow is really the one that showed up. And it showed in the audience’s robust applause in appreciation for Top Cow’s turnout.

    Marc Silvestri (owner, Top Cow), Phil Hester (writer, The Darkness), Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness) were all up at the dais while Matt Hawkins (president, Top Cow) and Rob Levin (editorial VP, Top Cow) led the discussion. Much was made of Broussard’s fine artwork for The Darkness.

    Just a year ago he was selling luggage. Now he’s a big time, well-thought-of funny book artist.

    “Y’know,” Hester - who sketched through much of the panel - chastised the artist, “You’re supposed to suck for a few years.”

    After Thanksgiving, Top Cow expects to announce a second season of Witchblade Anime. Hawkins has meetings in Japan to discuss the matter after the holiday. They hope to shape a deal that will include The Darkness as a recurring character in the show.

    The first of two Phil Hester projects was announced in the panel.

    Hester will be working on a Daredevil/Magdalena crossover. Magdalena will be hunting a demon that only blind lawyer/Hell’s Kitchen vigilante Matt Murdock can see.

    The second Hester project announcement was made over at the “DCU: Counting Down to Final Crisis” Panel.


    Phil HesterHester, as reported on Newsarama earlier today, will be drawing El Diablo written by Jai Nitz (Heaven’s Devil).

    DiDio led the panel, muddling through the presentation sans digitally projected graphics due to some technical difficulties.

    Other revelations at the DC panel include:

    * Bruce Gordon will be making an appearance in an upcoming issue of Eclipso.

    * Booster Gold will endeavor to return Barbara Gordon to her former glory as Batgirl.

    * There will be no JLA Movie announcement at WWTX.

    * There might be a new ION series.

    * But there are no plans for a Kyle Rayner ongoing.

    * Grant Morrison will remain on Batman throughout 2008 and beyond.


    Dan DiDio at the DC Nation panel
    When asked about Wonder Woman, DiDio stated that his job is to make Wonder Woman the best that it can be.

    “What can we do to make Wonder Woman special?” He asked rhetorically, then answered: “Put it out monthly.” To which there was much applause and cheering from the enormous crowd.

    DiDio was also asked about the recent internet rumors that Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman will become New Gods. He answered: “Oh God, that’s a bad idea!”

    Also, DiDio revealed a possible spoiler. When discussing the current Batman storyline, he asked if we were to the point where the relationship between Sensei and Ra’s Al Ghul has been established? Startled gasps echoed through the room and Bob Wayne (VP Sales, DC) banged his head against the table.

    Oops.

    This is my fourth Wizard World Texas in the last five years. I have to say that this is the biggest crowd I have seen. The DC panel was very nearly standing room only and the dealer room was packed all day. The folks in Artist’s Alley happily had long lines as well.

    I spoke to Brad Bankston of Austin Books & Comics. He reported robust sales. He’s been polling his fellow dealers and their reports are similar. Business at Wizard World Texas 2007 is good!

    I’m back for more Wizard World tomorrow.


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  3. yenaled 3X2(9YZ)4A

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    BOOOOOO. :down
     
  4. Doc Destruction Geaux Saints!

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    Yeah I felt bad for that one. Lotta mad Kyle fans I'm sure.
     
  5. Cobblepot Giant-Size Man-Thing

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    * Grant Morrison will remain on Batman throughout 2008 and beyond.

    This could mean the rumors are true.
     
  6. Doc Destruction Geaux Saints!

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    DiDio was also asked about the recent internet rumors that Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman will become New Gods. He answered: “Oh God, that’s a bad idea!”

    Except for that! ;)
     
  7. TheCorpulent1 SHAZAM!

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    He's supposed to be in GLC for the foreseeable future, so I'm okay. It's still lame that someone other than him is Ion, though.
     
  8. JackRembrandt Registered

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    Rumors?
     
  9. GNR Registered

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    Another fan expressed concern that the DCU is always in a state of crisis, nothing is ever resolved.

    “If we resolve everything,” DiDio asked, “What’s the next book you’re going to buy?”

    “A Marvel book,” someone replied.
     
  10. Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    *slow clap*
     
  11. Fledermaus Registered

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    Yeah, cause DiDio never allows bad ideas to slip through.
     
  12. Assassin Detroit's Reckoning

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    new gods? the ****z?
     

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