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Emerald City Comicon Art by Brandon Graham Casts Creator-Owned Characters As Con-Goers

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Past attendees of Seattle's Emerald City Comicon will doubtlessly get a kick out of this new piece by cartoonist Brandon Graham. The cover of the con's program guide, Graham's illustration places some familiar comic book characters upon the Washington State Convention Center's massive escalators that all con-goers must ride to-and-fro throughout every ECCC weekend.

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Austin’s Captial City Comic Con Apologizes For Offending Fans With Fliers

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Following complaints from bloggers and retailers, the organizers of Captial City Comic Con in Austin, Texas, have apologized for handing out a flier that depicted cropped, close-up art of Power Girl's breasts and had the slogan, "Everything is BIGGER in Austin."

On Saturday, Richard Neal of Zeus Comics in Dallas tweeted about the flier, asking whether he should refuse to display it or ask for another. That led blogs including DC Women Kicking Ass to bring further attention to the flier. The designer who made the ad has reportedly been fired.

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Denver Comic Con Co-Founder Alleges 2013 Funds ‘Unaccounted For,’ Convention Responds

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In two short years, Denver Comic Con has become one of the top comic book conventions in the country. That's an especially huge achievement considering that the show isn't run by Wizard, ReedPop, or any of the other big event producers. Two pals, Charlie La Greca and Frank Romero, started the con from scratch.

Now, La Greca claims he's been unceremoniously ousted by the board of directors after eight months "fraught with difficulty and tumult."

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ReedPOP Announces New ‘Pure Comic Focused’ Convention In New York

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If you've attended a few New York Comic-Con's, you've seen the show experience significant growth, in both attendance and attention, in a small period of time. With that growth has come the seeming inevitability of the show floor going from mostly comics based to featuring a wide variety of booths and panels, some barely related to comics and others not at all.

ReedPOP has noticed the trend to, and they're doing something to counter it. The organizers of New York Comic-Con and C2E2, ReedPOP has revealed plans for Special Edition NYC a new convention that will take place in June in New York and be a "pure comics-focused show."

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San Diego Comic-Con International 2014: To Badge Or Not To Badge?

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The reaction to Comic-Con International's recent announcement that it would only be selling single-day passes for this year's convention has been, well, rather mixed.

Comments range from anger about what sorts of attendees the decision will attract to celebration that perhaps more people can attend. There were worries about about missing particular panels and a sort of at-a-remove approval because the end of full-event passes will mean fewer first-time attendees burning out by the last day. There are clearly pros and cons to the new approach, but is it really the best course of action?

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ in ‘Pros & Cons’

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate reviews some helpful tips for enhancing the happiness of your favorite creators at comic book conventions.

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San Diego Comic-Con Selling Only Single-Day Passes For 2014

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If you're planning to go to each day of San Diego Comic-Con International this year, get ready to register for five different passes instead of one, catch-all badge for the entire show.

Comic-Con International's organizers have announced its registration and pricing structure for this year's convention in San Diego, and it's a real head-scratcher. Full weekend passes aren't part of the deal. Only single-day passes are available, and entrance to the customary Wednesday preview night requires registrants to buy passes for all four other days.

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DragonCon Co-Founder Ed Kramer Charged With Child Molestation Avoids Further Prison Time With Plea Deal

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DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer will not be going to prison on the six counts of child molestation for which he was arrested in August 2000. Instead, he'll serve 34 months under house arrest, pay a $100,000 fine to each of the three victims involved, and be forbidden from interacting with anyone younger than the age of 16.

Those are the terms of a plea agreement Kramer's attorneys and Gwinnett County, Ga., District Attorney Danny Porter have hammered out. Kramer pleaded guilty to three of the counts; prosecutors aren't pursuing the other three.

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Best Cosplay Ever: Austin Comic Con 2013

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As you know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at Austin Comic Con, and you’d better believe we’re on hand to document as much as we can.

Click after the cut for some exceptional examples of superheroic cosplayin

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‘Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam Plays Every Character In The ’90s X-Men Cartoon Pilot [Video]

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If you've been following ComicsAlliance for the last few months, you'll know that we are somewhat fascinated by the '90s X-Men cartoon. It was an important moment for Marvel, as the show introduced many kids to both the X-Men and the Marvel universe. In the process the show helped create a new generation of fans, including Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam. On hand at New York Comic Con to promote The Illegitimates, the comic he created with writer Marc Andreyko, Killam made a guest appearance at the Marvel booth, where he recreated the pilot episode of the show while playing every character. His Gambit is appropriately creepy, his Cyclops is appropriately dickish, and his Jubilee recreates the weirdest rhetorical question we have ever heard anyone ask. It's pretty great.

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