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July 22, 2011

Photo Gallery: San Diego Comic-Con 2011

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Missed the show? You’ll feel like you were there when you review our two extensive photo galleries of San Diego Comic-Con, including costumes, discussion panels, booths, and much more. -Click here to view John's gallery.
Those in the New York area: MoCCA has announced a new discussion, Will Eisner's Evolution: From The Spirit to A Contract with God and Beyond for Thursday, August 4th. The panel will be moderated by Danny Fingeroth and will feature Denny O'Neill, David Hajdu, and N.C. Christopher Couch. It takes place at 7 p.m. and costs just $7 (but is free for members). The panel ties in with MoCCA's current exhibits Will Eisner's New York and In the Spirit of Will Eisner. For more details, visit www.moccany.org.
This might have been my favorite announcement from San Diego Comic-Con. I'm a huge fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes. In fact, it's my all-time favorite. It's the first comic book I ever bought, and I love it to this day. And everybody loves Star Trek, right? So a team-up between these two legendary institutions is an epic event in my book.
Today, bestselling author Kim Harrison drops by GNR as part of her blog tour to promote her latest book, Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel (Del Rey; on sale July 11).
One of my favorite resources about teaching graphic novels is Chris Wilson’s The Graphic Classroom, so I was thrilled when Chris agreed to talk with me about comics and education for this month’s VFTC feature.
At the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana June 24-27, LeVette Fuller from Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana was the lucky recipient of the $20,000+ Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway, sponsored by Brodart Company, Diamond Book Distributors, and GraphicNovelReporter.com.
There's a very interesting article in the latest issue of Wired (and online here) about dwindling monthly issue sales for comics and the upcoming market for comics on the iPad. Writer Douglas Wolk profiles comiXology cofounder David Steinberger and analyzes how the digital marketplace (currently only about 1% of sales for the industry) is expected to grow exponentially soon. As someone who's been resisting the urge to adopt an iPad or any other ereader into my reading habits (whether for prose or comics), I'm intrigued...lately I have very much been feeling the notion that it's time for me to change my mind. My romanticized ideas about the feel and smell of paper are perhaps just overinflated memories from my youth. That's not to say I'm now ready to go jump into the ereader pool...but I'm dipping my toe and realizing I don't want to be the last adopter. It might be time.