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Vicky Kariolic, a staffer at TheBookReportNetwork, the parent company of GraphicNovelReporter.com attended the Otakon Convention in Baltimore on July 27th-29th. Here is her report on what she saw there.   To see a full photo gallery from the event, check out our Flickr gallery.
We surveyed some of the many attendees of this year's San Diego Comic-Con to learn what their favorite sights, sounds, and purchases were!
July 10, 2012

A Little Wolverine Talk

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Chris Claremont prefers his Wolverine little. He revealed tonight at MoCCA's discussion on Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon that he prefers to think of Logan the way he was envisioned way back in the mid-'70s: as about a 5'3" guy with serious animalistic issues.
Without the current renaissance in graphics publishing, older and odder gems would wallow in obscurity. Fortunately, in this new market, numerous publishers are exploring some of the more obscure texts from the history of comics. These reprints are from rare materials that previously have been largely inaccessible to most comics devotees. Fans may read about them, hear of their influence or importance to the form but never be able to lay hands (or eyeballs) on the originals. These new editions save these masterworks from obscurity and allow new generations to have access to them.
The American Library Association’s annual conference is being held in Anaheim, California, beginning tomorrow, June 21, and running until June 26. As a service to those attending, we’ve ferreted out the graphic novel content you may be interested in and presented it here. Enjoy the show! Here's the lineup for the Graphic Novel Stage (see below for programs taking place outside of the stage): Friday, June 22
The American Library Annual Conference, held from June 21-26 in Anaheim, California, offered many opportunities to explore the exciting events transpiring with comics and graphic novels. As librarians and industry folks gathered to discuss publishing events in general, we wanted to call out the graphic novel-related developments, so we checked in with the people who made it all happen. Here's what several of them had to say about the event.
Three lucky libraries will win a fantastic prize at this year's American Library Association's summer conference in Anaheim, California. The Will & Ann Eisner Foundation has announced a contest that will award libraries with $1,000 worth of Eisner Award-nominated books, $2,000 in a voucher to be used to buy more graphic books, and a $1,000 stipend on top of all that to go toward an event or signing featuring a graphic novel creator.
On June 6, at BookExpo America, a panel of graphic novel experts and afficianados--including Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids), Josh Christie (iFanboy), Karen Green (Columbia University), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Emily Pullen (Skylight Books), and moderated by John Hogan, editor of GraphicNovelReporter--convened to pick the best of the best graphic novels of 2012. Some are already out, and some you can look forward to reading in the months ahead. See what they picked (and get a sneak preview) here!
Our friends at Archie Comics shared their new cover designs for three of their most popular franchises. Get a jump on next year with this exclusive look at three blockbusters of the Archie lineup:
The weekend of May 18–20, the University of Chicago’s Gray Center was the home to a new event: the Comics: Philosophy and Practice Conference, an unprecedented event comprising an amazing assortment of comics legends. Speaking on various panels throughout the weekend: Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, R. Crumb, Phoebe Gloeckner, Justin Green, Ben Katchor, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Francoise Mouly, Gary Panter, Joe Sacco, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Carol Tyler, and Chris Ware. The event was organized by Hillary Chute, author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics. We talked with Carol Tyler after she returned from the conference to get her thoughts.