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With Further Ado #289: SXSW – X: “South By” + The X-Men (From the Ashes)

With Further Ado #289: SXSW – X: “South By” + The X-Men (From the Ashes)

The annual South by Southwest Festival is usually written as SXSW and folk typically refer to it as ‘South By”. I tend to describe it to industry friends as “San Diego Comic-Con without the comics”, but that doesn’t really capture the essence of this sprawling and wonderfully bloated event. It’s more like the answer to a riddle along the lines of “What if a business conference, with a focus on technology, media and start-ups had a baby with a Music Festival?”

Last year there was only one comic industry panel. Vault Comics made some cool announcements and leveraged a celebrity collaboration they had just inked.

This year, Marvel Comics (not Marvel Studios) was at the main convention hall (there are SXSW events and panels all over Austin, TX) with a panel that pulled back the curtain on a new X-Men initiatives and talked about a collab with new technology startup.

The panel was initially led by Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, C.B. Cebulski. Also onstage were Executive Editor Tom Breevort and writers Gail Simone and Jed MacKay. Continue reading “With Further Ado #289: SXSW – X: “South By” + The X-Men (From the Ashes)”

With Further Ado #287: ComicsPRO – A Comic Convention with the Fans

With Further Ado #287: ComicsPRO – A Comic Convention with the Fans

I just spent several days with a couple hundred entrepreneurial retailers and industry professionals fighting the good fight in the comics biz. This was at ComicsPRO, the industry trade association’s annual tradeshow/convention designed to help retailers develop best practices, better understand the year’s new releases, and generally recharge everyone’s batteries for an engaging year.

Maybe you haven’t heard of ComicsPRO? There’s no shame in that. It is not really a consumer- facing organization. Here’s some background from their site:

WHAT IS COMICSPRO?

ComicsPRO is a trade association for comic book retailers. We are a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving the comic book specialty market. The power and strength of ComicsPRO comes from its members.

The goals of ComicsPRO spell CAPE:

COMMUNICATE: (Forums, Feeds, ComicsPROgress.com, Digital Newsletters)
ADVOCATE: (Lobby Industry Partners)
PROMOTE: (Industry Days, Industry Awards)
EDUCATE: (Annual Meeting, Online Education, Seminars at Conventions) Continue reading “With Further Ado #287: ComicsPRO – A Comic Convention with the Fans”