When it comes to San Diego Comic-Con, every publisher approaches the show a little bit differently. Whether they house cosplay contests, interactive displays, photo ops with talent, creator signings and/or a whole lot of purchasable product, SDCC booths are an opportunity for the publishers that can attend to make a big impression on one of the most attended pop culture gatherings of the year. You can get a sampling of what publishers like Marvel, DC, Archie, Boom!, IDW, 2000 AD, Dark Horse, Image, Fantagraphics, Oni and others were up to on the show floor of this year's SDCC after the cut.
At this year's Comic-Con, a real life hero got a standing ovation. When Congressman John Lewis was introduced to a packed hall room at a panel dedicated to his upcoming autobiographical graphic novel March, every single person in the room stood and applauded. And after a lengthy ovation, Congressman Lewis -- a Civil Rights icon, the last surviving member of the group who spoke at the March on Washington and one of the most significant figures in America -- spoke to the crowd about Congress, Civil Rights, preaching to chickens, and of course, comic books.
Each year at Comic-Con, amidst all the chaos, there's one moment that stands out. It's a significant moment that, even if you don't witness it, you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard it happened. And while I've not taken any kind of formal survey, I feel confident saying that this year, that unforgettable moment happened when writer Christopher Yost closed his eyes and drew Batman with a giant set of balls.
Inspired by the website Blind as a Bat, artist Olly Moss approached a bunch of industry friends at Comic-Con with a task: close your eyes, pick up a marker, and draw Batman. Among those who stepped up to the challenge were Becky Cloonan, Mark Chiarello, Jock, Jhonen Vasquez, Duncan Jones, Mark Buckingham, and many more, and the results are amazing. You can check out a few examples, including Yost's masterpiece, below.
Among the colorful cosplay, massive booths, interactive displays and walls of merchandise at San Diego Comic-Con remains the most important component of the show: Comic creators. ComicsAlliance hit the show floor to catch the men and women who tell our favorite stories in sequential art and captured the enthusiasm that comes from fans getting to meet their favorite storytellers at the biggest convention of the year. Hit the jump to to see some of the many creators from this year's SDCC.
Amidst all the news coming out of Comic-Con this past weekend, one big announcement may have been a bit lost in the chaos. At a panel on Friday, writer Chuck Palahniuk revealed his plans to write a graphic novel sequel to his hit novel Fight Club. Palahniuk confirmed the news on his official fan site, saying the story will take place "ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden."
From the 1950s Adventures of Superman television show to this summer's Man of Steel, Superman has made several memorable appearances on both the small and big screen. And with each new TV show or film comes a change -- sometimes minor, sometimes significant -- in his iconic costume. At the DC Comics booth at this year's Comic-Con, in celebration of Superman's 75th birthday nearly all of his costumes from film and television are on display, from the suits worn by Christopher Reeve in his four Superman films to Henry Cavill's costume from Man of Steel. It's a great display, and gives visitors to the DC Comics booth a chance to see first hand the evolution of Superman's film/television look over the years.
ComicsAlliance snapped a few pictures of every costume on display, and you can check them all out below.
Marvel Entertainment closed out day three of Comic-Con with their highly anticipated 'Marvel Studios: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' Hosted by Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, the panel started out with Tom Hiddleston coming out and going into his Loki character to entertain the crowd, was followed by the cast of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film joining Feige on stage as they debuted footage from the film, and closed out with Joss Whedon coming out to make Marvel's biggest announcement of this year's SDCC: the sequel to last year's phenomenally successful Avengers film will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, meaning the villain will be the powerful android with close ties to the Avengers who's tormented the team for decades.
Ten years ago Marvel published Origin, a comic by Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert that revealed the previously untold tale of Wolverine's childhood. The project was the brainchild of then-Publisher Bill Jemas and then-Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, who wanted to tell the sort of stories that Marvel had never told before.
On Friday's Cup O' Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel unveiled a follow-up series that picks up where Origin left off, with "Logan" running wild with the wolves. Origin II, from writer Kieron Gillen and the other Kubert brother, Adam Kubert, sees the character go up against the X-Men villain Sinister. ComicsAlliance talked to Gillen to get the lowdown on Wolverine's second chapter.
Industry professionals new and old gathered last night for the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and it proved to be a big night for Chris Ware, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Ware's Building Stories took home four awards, including Best Writer/Artist and Best Publication Design, while Vaughan and Staples' Saga swept its three categories: Best Continuing Series, Best New Series and Best Writer. Among the highlights of the evening was several award recipients and presenters using their time on stage to offer a few kind words in remembrance of Kim Thompson, the legendary Fantagraphics co-publisher who passed away last month.
And while we regretfully inform you that ComicsAlliance was not among the evening's winners, we once again thank the judges for considering us.
You can see a complete list of nominees and winners below.
Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Oni Press announced its latest ongoing creator-owned book, The Auteur, which is slated to make Hollywood start feeling a burning sensation in the spring of 2014. So what's it all about? Having had the opportunity to check out an advance copy of the first issue by Rick Spears (Black Metal), artist James Callahan (Barf Comics) and colorist Luigi Anderson, I can say that at first it seemed to be about an unhinged movie producer desperate to bounce back from the biggest box office flop of all time. By the end of the issue, however, the better question seemed to be "What isn't this comic about?" For answers -- along with a first look at six intense preview pages from The Auteur #1 -- we may or may not have interrogated Spears.