Augie has some thoughts on the recent sell-out of Comic-Con International ticket, the joys of Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" artistry, Marvel's growing of lots of spines and Image's unpublished hardcovers.
I totally agree with Savant Guarde needs to be collected. Also what I would like to see collected is the entire Backlash series, both Grifter series including the one-shot and Wildcats Vol 1. They don't need to be oversized, just like the Darkness and Witchblade Compendiums but also with a cover gallery of all covers including variants.
So is the Acts of Vengeance hardcover actually coming out this month? According to Marvel, it was published on 2/2/11, but they have pushed the date out before. I think it was supposed to be published last spring even.
I've become a recent Usagi Yojimbo convert, thanks to the efforts of my 7 year old daughter, who became interested in the character from the TMNT cartoon when she saw him in some episodes. I managed to snag a huge collection of the TPB's of eBay for us to read together, and I have to say I'm very impressed with Sakai's storytelling ability. He truly is a under-appreciated talent.
Good article on Comic-Con. I spent 4 hours Saturday and thankfully obtained tickets for Thursday and Sunday. The 2010 convention was crazy in terms of people just crowding the aisles looking for freebies. Unfortunately the comic book merchandise and artists are pushed to the outskirts of the convention. All prime real estate in the convention center is given to the Hollywood aspects of the show.
I guess the small minority of us "comic book collectors" will have to find another great Con in the dwindling numbers of shows out there, based on the near impossibility of purchasing SDCC tickets.
Part of the "market" for pop-addicted-culture is such that something like SDCC will grow beyond the narrow intent of just comic books.
We may mourn the passing of such an even as it expands into other areas. But, we can also celebrate that is has become so mainstream and look to repeat its success in other locales and at other times of the year.
There is both good and bad with such an evolution.
And, yes, I too have less and less interest in SDCC each year for many of the same reasons noted in your fine article.
Good article. However, I'm not sure that the direct market consumers are still the vast majority of comic book readers. The trade paperback/hardcover crowd is growing and a lot of comic fans have stopped going to the comic shop, instead choosing to buy their trades/HC online or at regular book stores.
And isn't one of the purposes of a Comic Convention to bring in new readers? I would think that a more diverse crowd would be a good thing.
Yay for Usagi.
i remember saying no to some silly samurai rabbit when someone told me that Sakai guy wrote cool stories.
But one day, about 20 years ago I tried a comic and since then I am a fan of the rabbit.
Groo and Usagi are on the 'must have' list for me!