Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3193:
This past month I have been posting on my Facebook Group Page titled Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing, (a.k.a. Hamersky.com), that I would be attending my third meeting at the Semantink's Comic Savvy after enjoying myself at the May 2010 meeting and June meetings!
I also posted several links to the 'Facebook Event Invite Page' for those in the area or coming to the San Diego Comic Con this week, to attend the July 18th meeting of Semantink's Comic Savvy in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.
So last night I drove down to attend the meeting that started at 5PM and ended shortly after 7PM.
The 'Facebook Event' showed the following:
Semantink's Comic Savvy!
Date: Sunday, July 18th, 2010
"Semantink's Comic Savvy is a place for comic book fans, young and old, to get together for a few hours of java-motivated industry chatter. We will rap books, films and as many other art-related topics as we can squeeze in to our two hours together. But first and foremost: we'll... have a good time.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to join; whether you're an industry professional, comic book enthusiast, or a new fan looking to learn a bit more about the vast world of comic books.
Hope to see you there!"
This event's page, even though it is now over, can be found by clicking here. You can see who was planning to attend, maybe attending, etc.
Once again the meeting was casual, "beginning" at 5 PM, and not going too much in depth at first, allowing those others that were expected to be there to find parking and walk to the coffee house. Please Note: Parking is enforced for a one hour maximum. You need to obtain a free parking placard to be parked there for over an hour. The parking limit is strictly enforced. So get the parking permit at Milano Coffee House!
BTW, several attendees, including myself, would break from the group ocassionally and order additional coffee refills, as Milano Coffee Co had a 5 at 5 Coffee Special going on. $5 for unlimited coffee refills starting at 5 PM. There were also sandwiches and wraps available from the coffee house if you came hungry!
The sponsor of the meeting, Semantink Publishing, was represented by four of the fourteen persons attending. The topics were not only about indy comics, which is what Semantink publishes... but instead were a lot about mainstream comics, comic cons, comic book movies, and comics online.
Also, once again the ages of the attendees were far ranging, from the mid 20's to the mid 50's.
There were also two females there among the fourteen attendees, including Shannon Forrey, and Yanglyn Ou last night. So it's NOT a 'boys club' sort of thing for those that want to attend in the future!
As noted in my earlier blog on the May monthly meeting, the comics reading experiences of the attendees ranged from the Silver Age of Comics to the Modern Age of Comics. Indeed, we even viewed several comic book references on the iPad brought in by Chris Henderson yet once again! Thanks Chris!
The last two meetings I conducted a survey of those attending about specific questions I had wanted the group's feedback on.
This time I asked a question that came to me after checking out the schedules of the upcoming Comic Con International: San Diego (a.k.a. San Diego Comic Con).
The question was: 'What upcoming movie are YOU most interested in seeing in the upcoming months? It doesn't have to be a comic book movie'. I asked this question because 'Hollywood' once again is bringing in panels on films and TV shows that don't really have a 'comic book' background to this year's Comic-Con.
Here's the replies I received:
Thor film - 1 & 1/2 votes
Conan film - 1 vote
Green Lantern film - 2 votes
Tron - 6 & 1/2 votes
Avengers film - 1 vote
Avatar the extended version - 1 vote
Green Hornet - 1 vote
So, as YOU can see by the above, 'Tron' won out as being the most anticipated film to be coming out. Which, BTW was as of yesterday, the most 'to be attending' program on the Comic-Con's new schedule where you can 'sign' up for attending!
After participating in my survey above, I distributed copies of Hybrid #1 from Studio 007 to all attending, for being kind enough to participate in my survey.
Talking about distributing comics, there were also many books and other publications that were shared by those that brought them to talk about what is out there for fans, aspiring writers or illustrators, etc. That is what is 'cool' about attending an informal meeting like this. If YOU are in the San Diego Metro Area, I urge YOU to attend the August meeting!
One of the hi-lites was the portfolio that Steven brought. In it were original art pages, and sketches that he had commissioned artists to illustrate for him. There were a lot of oohs & aahs over those that he brought!
Many other topics were discussed, both as one large group, and occasionally as a few individuals...
Included were: Rich will be at the 'Rudy McBacon' booth in the Small Press Section of Comic-Con.
The just released film 'Inception' got high recommendations from those that had seen it already!
I brought up the 'Green Hornet' trailer that had been released. Very few had seen it yet...you'll notice above that there was only one person that it registered with as to really wanting to see...As a matter of fact, it was compared as possibly being akin to 'SuperBad', or a 'big budget version' of 'Pineapple Express'...!
I also asked about the fact that even though it seemed everyone was reading comics on their iPad or other electronic reading devices, that was brought in for 'show n tell' was always really nice bound volumes such as 'Absolute Planetary'. That appeared to be the preferred way of 'collecting' among this group, even though a few still read the 'floppies' single issues of comics. As Chris said, you "might as well get something good" if you were buying it for your collection!
My thanks to Benjamin Glibert, who acted as the informal 'moderator' to keep the meeting lively. Good topics, Benjamin!
And thank you to Benjamin and the others at Semantink Publishing who distributed the 1st issue of Mythoi #1 as seen to the left! That was a great gift to those that attended this meeting! (BTW, here's my review blog on that publication!)
I encourage all of you that are reading this blog post, and live in the San Diego County area to check out this monthly meeting, by checking out the above referenced Facebook Event Link and Pages! AND this meeting is NOT just for San Diego comics fans. Again, one came from Temecula in Riverside County, and another from the LA Metro Area!
My Thanks to Semantink Publishing for sponsoring this meeting. You can find their Facebook Fan Page by clicking here and of course there will be a link to the August 2010 'Facebook Event' in the near future either in my blog and / or my Facebook Group Page!
AND My Thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now totalling over 3,190 posts in number!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
Note: Comic books like the ones discussed at the group meeting can be found for sale at our own online comic book store at: