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Some say the animation and sound effects threaten the aesthetic foundation and could wipe out comic shops. Others say the medium is bringing badly needed new readers and innovation.
Chris Rosa manages Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. New readers who become interested in digital comic books might eventually want to collect paper issues, but “the jury is still out on that one,” Rosa said. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times / July 21, 2010)
It’s a book! It’s a cartoon! It’s … digital comics!
Technology, which has already upended the music, television and movie businesses, is now gripping the comic book world. Publishers are unleashing a torrent of digital comic books across smart phones, tablet devices, game consoles and digital book readers, portending major changes in how comics are made and marketed.
Kapow! Join us for our pre-Comic Con panel on Digital Comics! Our expert speakers from Marvel, comiXology, BOOM! Studios, IGN and more will discuss digital comics, including apps and distribution, social media, and marketing, at Meltdown Comics megastore in Hollywood. With complimentary refreshments thanks to FILTER.
Our expert speakers will discuss
– What’s successful in comics digital distribution: online, mobile, motion comics, apps, etc.
– Is the iPad a game changer in how we can download and read comics
– How do u reach online core fans to promote comic-related properties in movies (Wolverine, Iron Man, Dark Knight), television, and video games
– How to artists and publishers use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to create buzz around projects and reach fans. What to tweet about?
– Video games to comics
Scheduled speakers include:
– Ira Rubenstein, Marvel, Executive Vice President, Global Digital Media Group (NY) @Marvel
– David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology, which built Marvel and DC comics apps, and its own app of upcoming releases @comixology
– Sam Humphries, comic book writer (Fraggle Rock, CBGB), architect of MySpace Comic Books
– Chip Mosher, BOOM Studios, Marketing Director
– Rich George, IGN Comics Editor @IGN
– Jason Badowar, comic book illustrator (Heroes, True Blood etc.) and co-founder of WEvolt.com, an online platform which digitally distributes and monetizes comic book content via deals with Universal Music, Arcana, and more.
– Moderator: Kevin Winston, Digital LA, founder, former MySpace Integrated Marketing of Movies, Comic Book Channel, Games
We’re looking for speakers, comics app creators, established comic artists using social media, etc. If u r or know a potential speaker contact firstname.lastname@example.org with COMIC as the subject.
– 7-8p Check-in and networking with light apps, thanks to FILTER
– 8-9:30p. We’ll talk apps and more on our panel + Q&A.;
– 9:30-10p. Even more networking
Note: Note: $5 of your registration fee will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.
We”ll be hosted by Meltdown Comics, LA’s must-see pop culture destination. Meltdown’s large 9000 sq ft store on Sunset will be hosting comic events thruout July leading up to Comic-Con. Check out the schedule at http://meltcomics.com and follow at http://twitter.com/meltdowncomics
By Stacey Levin
As a new blogger to the site, I’d like to share my story of how I got hooked on reading comics. Lots of women read them, some are starting to write and draw them, but the ladies still aren’t fully represented in the genre. Hopefully I can be a tiny voice for the chicks. Yo, where my ladies at? Get your hands up!
Ok, so it’s not like I’d never read a comic book before in my life. It had just been a while. Fine, a really long while since I last read the odd issue of “Archie,” “Richie Rich,” “Star Wars” and “Wonder Woman.” Those were a few titles I frequented when I was a kid. But since then, not so much other than the occasional “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” book when I was at work.
So when I met Jason, fellow blogger, my boyfriend and writing partner, and he suggested I get back into reading them, I thought, why not? I mean, how much could I have possibly missed? Um, hello? Was I living under a rock? Apparently so. A really big honking rock the size of Rhode Island. Yeah, my bad. Somehow I missed an entire generation of amazing literature. I had a lot of work to do.
First he gave me some of his favorite titles to start with – “The Ultimates,” “Y- the Last Man,” “Spiderman,” “The Green Lantern,” and “The Umbrella Academy.” He was worried it might be too much for me to start. Pfft, whatev. I got this. They looked cool so let me at ’em. Wait, how many freakin’ issues do I need to catch up on?? And with that one little question, thus began my journey into finding my inner comic geek.
So, how does a typical “chick” who admittedly reads US and People weekly get indoctrinated into the comic book world? By diving in head first, baby! I started reading… and reading… and reading. Before I realized it, I got so hooked on Y, I would lose sleep trying to finish issues before I went to bed. And as fast as I would complete an issue or a title, Jason would be right there to replace it with another one. It wasn’t long before I began recognizing the names of writers and artists. And as is typical for me, I started critiquing. I liked the “soapy” stories like “Y” (yeah, yeah, I know, typical chick), the humor of “Spiderman,” the kick ass girls like “Batwoman” (I know, shocking) and the violent crime mysteries like “Greek Street” (ha, gotcha there, didn’t I?) At that point, Jason told me I was ready. Ready for what? Did I pass some sort of test? Yes, fellow comic bookers, I was graduating and it was time to go to the next level – time for my very first trip to… wait for it… Meltdown Comics!