Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3466 - Part 7 of a series on the 2011 Comic-Con International San Diego:
NOTE: Part 1 of this ongoing series about the 2011 Comic-Con, (Blog #3450), gave a 'general overview' of why the San Diego Comic Con / Comic Con International: San Diego is very important to me. Along with multiple links to previous years blog posts, photo albums dating back to 1973, etc, etc.
Part 2, (Blog #3458), pointed out shopping tips on what we are buying to bring to the Comic-Con. I haven't missed a year since the Comic-Con first moved to the San Diego Convention Center back in 1991. I first started attending as a comic book dealer back in 1972, at the El Cortez Hotel. But I still have to plan out what to bring each year, as five days on my feet means a lot of trekking around the convention center and surrounding environs! This con is expanding out every year it seems, with programs being held at two different adjacent hotels now, at opposite ends of the convention center!
Part 3, (Blog #3459), posted the links to what panels / programs I believe are the most important for those of you that are first timers to this comic convention. Plus they are the most 'representative' of what Comic-Con International is, without 'Hollywood' panels / programs being included, UNLESS they are truly comic book oriented.
Part 4, (Blog #3460) posted the links to where I normally would be spending a lot of time at while on the exhibit floor of this comic convention. Where's that?! Well... When I'm not attending panels / programs with or without my wife Tina, I'll be most likely at the 'Artists Alley' or 'Small Press Pavilion' sections of this convention center.
Part 5, (Blog #3461) posted a link to what is in store for those of you attending the 2011 Comic-Con and wondering about how to beat the online mess of trying to buy memberships for 2012! I don't want to 'repeat' myself here, so please look at the blog #3461 link for the 'news'!
Part 6, (Blog #3462) of this series... Well, Part 5 was about the future, so here I was taking a 'look' at the 'Past'! And not just a look via my thoughts or collections of memorablilia obtained at Comic-Cons in the past... But from the collection of the 'Founder' of the SDCC himself, Shelf Dorf!
So here's Part 7 of this blog series...
But actually... It's just a link to the online version of this week's San Diego Reader!
That's because this blog is being written before I get my hands on a hard copy of the magazine... I'm having to check it out via online on Wednesday night if possible, or wait till Thursday morning enroute to the San Diego Convention Center!
A few months back, Jay Allen Sanford, a Facebook Friend of mine, posted a request on his own Facebook profile page, and then an 'event page' asking the following:
HEY SAN DIEGO COMIC CREATORS - wanna be interviewed for a COVER ARTICLE in the SD Reader ish published during Comic-Con? If you create comics, live in San Diego, and will hit the Con, we wanna profile you & your work, including publishing your art in the article, which will be ALL OVER San Diego and the Convention Center that week! Contact me ASAP! FB or email.
Here's the intro/question sheet I'm sending around:
JAS from the Reader here. We were wondering if you're attending this year's Comic-Con and, if so, do you have current comic projects or other plans that you hope to further at the show? (landing freelance assignments, an industry job, or ?)
This year, the San Diego Reader’s annual Comic-Con cover article will profile San Diego-based creators and publishers who are attending in hopes of selling, marketing, or simply networking for their creations or seeking an industry job. The issue will hit the stands on opening day of the Con, and will be available all over downtown and elsewhere around town, including/especially at the Con itself – note that the Reader is the second highest-distribution weekly paper in the U.S., having published weekly since the early 1970s, so this exposure at the show could prove invaluable to your efforts.
If interested, please provide replies to a few queries, so we can prep the issue accordingly. We’ll need replies ASAP in order to include your profile --
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background in comics, as well as what neighborhood in San Diego you live in. We’d also like to know your approximate age, and how many/which other San Diego Comic-Cons you’ve attended in the past? If you’re looking to land work on someone else’s established property, let us know if you have a background doing this kind of work.
2. What is the property you’re working on and/or taking to the Comic-Con? (Unless you hope to land work on an established property) If you’re taking your own comic to the show, please give us a brief synopsis of your comic’s topic, characters, and anything else pivotal that you want to promote at this year’s show. Has it been published yet, or are you seeking a publisher? Are you doing/planning a web-only comic? If possible, please provide one or two artwork samples, formatted as jpg files and sent to my email along with your replies. If you’re a scripter with no artwork at hand, let us know --
3. MOST IMPORTANT: The main thing we want to hear from you is what this year’s San Diego Comic-Con means to you. Not is fluffy general terms, but specifically what you hope to achieve at the show this year. Do you feel your daily life could be changed because of what happens at the Con? What would be the ideal scenario and/or achievement you hope to experience because of the show?
4. If you’ve attended past Comic-Cons, what has been your best experience to date regarding your own aspirations as a comic creator?
Please provide your phone number and best email contact info. Once we process replies to this questionnaire, may we have permission to contact you directly with more specific followup queries? May we also have permission to publish your artwork samples in this issue of the Reader (you of course retain all copyrights and trademarks to your works, and we’ll run a copyright notice with the art listing whatever/whoever you request as the rights holder)?
Thanks very much for your participation in this cover article, and best of luck in all your endeavors!
That was then... This is now... And all that I know about the finished article is the above featured cover shown at the top right of the blog post, and this mention by Jan Allen Sanford:
"My cover feature on San Diegan comic creators attending Comic-Con will run this Thursday, on opening day of the Con - over a dozen local creators are interviewed/profiled, including Oz artist Eric Shanower, IDW publisher Chris Ryall, Archie Meets the Punisher artist Batton Lash, Item Comics mainman Mikal Vollmer, and more --".
So unless I get a chance to read the online version on Wednesday evening, which I doubt, as I have a lot of ground to cover on the exhibit floor... I'll be looking for a hard copy on Thursday, enroute to the San Diego Convention Center!
Oh, and the link to the online issue's cover feature? Right here! And YES, I'm looking forward to reading a hard copy of this special issue!
That's It for Part 7... As Comic-Con has already started this week, and I need to get back to it!
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~Michael D Hamersky (who is shown in the below photo at the 1973 San Diego Comic Con, his 2nd comic con as a comic book dealer!)
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