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On a spectacular spring day in northern California, cosplayers, children, gamers and even a few Golden State Warrior fans lined up outside the San Jose Convention Center anxiously waiting for the doors to open at BigWow! Comicfest.
This year's American Library Association Midwinter Meeting hits the Windy City this weekend, and there are a few stellar offerings for comics and graphic novel fans alike. Check out GraphicNovelReporter's handy guide to all things sequential art at the ALA.   ---
This year, friend of the site David Serchay spent a good part of his November in sunny Miami for Miami Book Fair International --- and much of his attention was firmly fixed upon comics. Here, The Book Report Network president Carol Fitzgerald briefly interviews David on his findings.   Which of the graphic novel programs did you attend at the Miami Book Fair? I attended:
Toward the end of August, the best copy of Action Comics #1 ever seen was sold for the price of $3.2 million. Bidding began at $1 million for the single issue introduction of Superman, which was awarded a 9.0 by the comics condition grading company standard, Certified Guaranty Company (CGC). Part of the sale benefitted the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation --- Christopher being remembered widely for his portrayal of the hero on the silver screen. At this year’s New York Comic Con, the book’s buyers --- Metropolis Collectables, in tandem with ComicConnect --- were on hand to showcase the book alongside other gems from their collection. I got the chance to speak with Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of Metropolis Collectables, about this record breaking sale.
Bill Zimmerman has created something wonderful --- Makebeliefscomix.com, a website with a clear message: nurture children's creativity through family fun.
The tights and capes may have long left the Javits Center, but two weeks after New York Comic Con, we at GraphicNovelReporter are still abuzz with all we saw and learned. Our crack team of reviewers and interns sped from panel to panel like the Flash on a good day, takings notes in copious quantities. Here are some of the big things we learned.
Bestselling graphic novelist Dave Gibbons was named the first Comics Laureate of the United Kingdom on Friday at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.