Monday, March 2, 2009

WonderCon 2009 Update

Marc & I both spoke at the annual WonderCon comics & pop culture convention on Sunday, which was held this year at Moscone Center in SF. Thanks to Peter Coogan of the Institute for Comics Studies for inviting us, and to Kate McClancy for her help. We really enjoyed doing it, and appreciated the opportunity to answer questions and interact with our fellow comic nuts. I spoke, as Pete wrote in a promo article, about "the importance of comics to contemporary visual culture and the central role of the 2005 Masters of American Comics exhibit in breaking comics out of the art world's high/low debate." Marc spoke about several cases defended by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and gave an in depth talk about the recent Superman copyright case. Bravo to Marc for explaining this complex case in a manner that non-lawyers could understand.

We’ve been going to WonderCon since it was a few booths crammed into a couple rooms in the basement of the Oakland Convention Center and are always amazed how much its grown. This year WonderCon featured panels and screenings about upcoming films like The Watchmen, the relaunch of Star Trek, Terminator Salvation and Pixar's UP, plus artist talks and sessions with comics publishers. The masquerade and anime festival are also popular attractions.

I missed most of it this year because I was in LA for CAA and just flew back to speak on Sunday, but Marc did surprise me with a 2 foot tall talking figure of Treebeard, one of my favorite Lord of the Rings characters, so I didn’t leave empty handed.

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