Chicago Comic Con 2011 – Post Convention Thoughts

Another Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con has come and gone, and while we wait another 51 weeks for it to return, all we can do is look back on the weekend and reminisce. It’s interesting to compare this year’s convention to previous years. At first glance, it may not look like it, but much has changed about the convention over the past few years, and there are some who say it may be for the worse. My feeling is that while it’s different, the convention has found a new focus that still provides a weekend of fun.

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Knee-Jerk Reactions to DC Comics Revamping Everything

Here are some thoughts I’ve had, just some knee-jerk initial reactions to the whole “DC Universe is revamping all titles” news that just came out.  See these links for more information: http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2011-05-31-dc-comics-reinvents_n.htm and http://www.newsarama.com/comics/DC-Universe-Reboot-Announcement-110531.html . Wait, what? So, Action Comics and Detective Comics — two titles with issue numbers close or over 900 — are now going to be restarted at #1?  SO SORRY, DETECTIVE COMICS, NO #900 FOR YOU. Wait, what?

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Press Release: IDW News: The Road to TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Begins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Road to TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Begins Prequel comics offer first taste of hugely anticipated film Movie adaptation launching May 25th San Diego, CA (April 25, 2011) – Starting today, TRANSFORMERS fans worldwide can begin the journey to TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, one of the summer’s most anticipated movies, set to be released by Paramount Pictures on July 1, 2011. Coming from IDW Publishing and Hasbro, two monthly comic series give readers the first look at this intergalactic adventure. TRANFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – RISING STORM leads right into the mega events of the film, while TRANFORMERS:

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From the ASM Archives: A Little Q&A With Bob Budiansky

In honor of Bob Budiansky’s induction into the Transformers Hall of Fame at BotCon last week, we’re reposting one of the first interviews Bob ever conducted with the online fandom.  This originally appeared in ASM on July 26, 2004.  This interview was conducted by Matthew Karpowich and Andrew Sorohan. ASM: You started your comics career in the mid-70s with a background in engineering. Given that, who were your influences? Artistically? Writing-wise? Bob Budiansky:While I was in college in the early 70s, I was reintroduced to comics by a couple of friends. (I had stopped collecting comics years earlier.) So, at

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Press Release – Mezco Toys – Scott Pilgrim 8-inch Plush Toys

Mezco Toyz Presents Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 8″ Plush Scott and Ramona Mezco Toyz creates 8inch plush figures of Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers, based on the characters from the upcoming Universal Studios movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, due August 2010. Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera); a bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb. The 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz”, “Shaun of the Dead”) tells the

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IDW Publishing and Hasbro bring Transformers and G.I. Joe Comics to the iPad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IDW Publishing and Hasbro bring Transformers and G. I. Joe Comics to the iPad™ “Storefront” applications debut as top downloads on iPad™ Free apps include three free comics each San Diego, CA (May 17, 2010) – IDW Publishing and Hasbro are proud to announce that TRANSFORMERS Comics and G.I. JOE Comics applications are available now on the Apple iPad. Taking full advantage of the iPad’s full-screen, full-color capabilities, the apps will offer the next level of reading experience to fans. The free IDW iPad storefront apps each include three free comics with the initial download, and offer

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“I Am Optimus Prime” Comic Coming from IDW

Chris Ryall, IDW’s Editor in Chief, has updated his blog with a sneak peek at “I Am Optimus Prime”, a new Transformers comic book/picture book geared for 4-7 year olds.  The art is styled after the Robot Heroes line of mini figures, and it looks awfully cute. Of course, older jaded fans will see that title and think of that horrendous G2 Optimus Prime sound box…

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