Comic Art, Creativity and the Law (my husband) and Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, talked about what the potential future of comics might look like, and the legal complexities of the models they identified. They discussed corporate comics, indie comics, crowd funding, retail and digital sales, and many other topics, based on the four projections laid out in Rob's book and continued in Marc's.
It seemed to me that all four concepts have been happening simultaneously: the "Endless Summer" scenario, in which major corporations maximize the possibilities of their intellectual property and their audience; "Ghost World," in which the audience tires of the mainstream, and artists and indie publishers succeed in offering grassroots alternatives; "Infinite Crisis," in which a passionate but dwindling pool of fans and collectors support specialty retail, and the "Expanding Multiverse," in which a more diverse and global creator population harness the web, mobile, games and other platforms to tell their stories.
|Rob Salkowitz and Marc Greenberg after their panel. Photo by Kim Munson.|
|British Comics: Julia Round presents as Pete Coogan, Chris Murray and |
Phillip Vaughan look on. Photo by Kim Munson.
|Lily Renee and Trina Robbins at the Fantagraphics booth. Photo by Marc Greenberg.|
There were many panels and displays celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of Batman. Dean Trippe, author of Something Terrible spoke with Tommy Cash about how reading Batman rescued him from the mental anguish of childhood abuse (one page version here, you can buy the entire comic for 99 cents).
|Cover graphic from Dean Trippe's Something Terrible.|
|Here's a blurry photo of the whole |
tribe at the Who Created Batman? panel.
Photo by Kim Munson.
Down on the exhibit floor, DC had a huge Batman display that included cases of props from the films and a fascinating art project with Bat themed art painted on capes.
|DC Batman 75th Anniversary display at SDCC 2014. Photos by Kim Munson.|