It was a pretty quiet weekend as far as breaking news. But, there was some interesting items that you can check out yourself below!
Around the Blogs:
The Beat – Diamond Data: Diamond Retailer Summit, 2011 – Sales numbers from the major comic book distributor.
NJ.com – That comic book cost how much??? – A humorous look at the cost of comic books.
Tech 2 – Gadgeted Superheroes – No Superpowers, Just Technology – Where does he get those wonderful toys?
Village Voice – New Generation of D.C. Pundits Reading Comic Books, Using Newfangled Internet – They also play video games and enjoy pop culture. Now, if they only admitted to all of it.
The Providence Journal – Comic book conference at Rhode Island College explores the educational value of visual storytelling – Great to see events and discussions like this.
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #5
Spider-Man – So we’re TV stars now, huh? I should probably have my own catchphrase then. Popycock! Razzmataz! Parchesi! Blagojevich!
Captain America #615.1
Captain America – You’re supposed to be the guy who knows right and wrong… outside the partisan crap that’s ruining our country…
The reactions to Rod Blagojevich‘s appearance at this past weekend’s Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Reactions to the former Governor’s presence was mixed. It’s clear the reason for the Governor’s appearance is his recent lack of cash due to defending himself in court. He was found guilty of one count after his trial. If he is to be retried the cost would fall to the Government due to lack of funds by Blagojevich.
Blagojevich was charging $50 for a signature and $80 for a photo op at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Though many reports point out their photos or autographs were obtained for free. Bleeding Cool has an entertaining post comparing those costs with other celebrities attending the convention.
Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool also has some photos and videos of the Governor’s appearance. Most of which is entertaining.
But some of the best comes from Ethan Van Sciver who recognized the absurdity of Blagojevich attending the con and decided he needed a photo and an autograph. He recounts his tale over at Jinxworld forums.
Recently convicted (on one count) former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich is heading to Wizard World this weekend in Chicago. Before his recent court appearances the disgraced former Governor was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.
Blagojevich will appear at a photo session at 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then sign autographs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to meeting loyal supporters and other fans on Saturday,” said Blagojevich, whose many recent television appearances included a stint on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is all about pop culture, and Rod Blagojevich is as relevant to today’s news as it gets,” said Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment. “We think the court of public opinion will show him to be a popular figure at the show.”
That’s me and the Governor in 2002. I worked in Illinois on a coordinated campaign that involved his Governor race. I met him on a quite a few occasions….
Last week numerous people involved in the comic book industry tweeted their thoughts about the Captain America/Tea Party controversy. This weeks sees some spill over as some of those same people contemplate other issues connected and much more.
Alex Segura isn’t just the publicity manager for DC comics but also a great resource for breaking politics news, http://twitter.com/alex_segura.
Ed Brubaker is one of the great modern comic book writers, http://twitter.com/brubaker.
Gail Simone is also an amazing writer and received a lot of flack for her statements on the controversy, http://twitter.com/GailSimone.
Our new friend Ron Marz decided to chime in on the Sarah Palin/Rahm Emanuel issue, http://twitter.com/ronmarz.
Mark Waid is an amazing writer as well, and decided to speak out about his views on Captain America, http://twitter.com/MarkWaid.
Ben Templesmith is a comic book writer who’s actually worked on a book about American Presidents, http://twitter.com/Templesmith.