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By John C. Weaver, Ph.D., English teacher at Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania I stood in the middle of a dizzying steady-cam spin, a swirl of bodies and primary colors assaulting my senses. Two Deadpools raced through my sightline, followed by a tall, skinny Superman. I had to leave, to get out of the heaving mass of humanity before it consumed me. Flailing and lurching toward the exit, I pushed past a member of the Borg Collective and burst into the lobby, only to find Catwoman posing for photographers.
September 1, 2010

Behind the Scenes: Todd Kent

Todd Kent is a writer and filmmaker from Dallas whose latest project is the documentary Comic Book Literacy. The film explores how comics are utilized in the classroom and features interviews with several creators and comics readers discussing how comics promote a love of reading. Here, Todd talks about his love of comics.
If you're in the New York City area, the goings-on at MoCCA should always be on your radar. Their new exhibit, NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition, is fantastic and runs through next Sunday. Find out more about it here.
Here's a great article by an acquaintance of mine, Anne Trubek, detailing the Ohio origins of Superman and his creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It's a nice article about the history of comics; check it out.
To mark their one-year anniversary, ComiXology, the digital comics provider, is offering 79-cent comics (marked down from their normal 99 cents). Right now, at their website, you can get discounted comics from nearly 20 publishers, including Dark Horse, Top Cow, and SLG; plus you can get big discounts on more books from DC, Boom!, and others. They're doing a lot to kick up excitement about their anniversary, so check it out!
How do you save the publishing industry? Ask a kid. While things are in a state of flux as the publishing houses scramble to figure out how to deal with ebooks (which definitely are here to stay), they are still only a small part of our world and not the biggest challenge facing the industry. What the publishers should be asking is this: Where is the next reader coming from and how do we get them to enjoy reading?
Here's a very interesting article on how comics can help motivate readers. I loved how it debunked so many of the common myths surrounding being that those who read comics will somehow forego reading anything else. If anything, being a comics reader promotes active reading of more and more things (other comics, of course, but also more and more books). Nice to have this long, footnoted article from the Canadian Council on Learning back that up.
San Diego Comic-Con is the place where publishers announce their biggest plans for the year. Here’s some of the developments that came out of this year’s show.
While this was just my third Comic-Con, it was interesting to see that I already have created my own way of navigating the show to ensure I get to as much as I can. Unlike our intrepid editor, John Hogan, I did not grow up reading comic books, but rather just the newspaper strips, thus I am not as familiar with all of the creators --- but I am catching on fast. While I have been lucky enough to meet many authors in my day and have attended quite a few conventions, there is nothing that really compares with the interaction at Comic-Con. The lines of fans who cannot wait to meet their favorite creators generates a true feeling of excitement and brings such energy to the show. Seeing the enthusiasm of true fans and their groundswell of attention to what they love really cannot be beat. Yes, I have seen autographing lines at many conferences, but truly nothing compares to Comic-Con.
I’m late to file this because of all the fun yesterday. Thursday, the official beginning of San Diego Comic-Con, kicked off in wild fashion, with the expected throngs of people crowding the floor. The record crowd this year has led the convention to create a shuttle bus route from Mission Valley to the convention center, and there were reports of overcrowding leading to problems on preview night. Hopefully those problems have been fixed and everyone can enjoy a great convention.