Wednesday, October 24, 2012
• Apple announced its fourth generation iPad and its new iPad Mini, among other items, at a press conference yesterday. While the newest iteration of the iPad has a faster processor than the third generation model (which was released just six months ago), the iPad Mini’s specs are closer to the iPad 2 with a smaller display and only a slightly lowered price point for a 16 gigabyte model. (16 GB iPad 2’s are currently selling for $399, while 16 GB iPad Mini’s are priced at $329.) So on what digital device are you reading your comics?
• Paramount has acquired the film rights to Boom! Studio’s Insurrection series.
• Studio Foglio, the publishers of Girl Genius and the other works of Phil and Kaja Foglio, has announced that it has retained TopatoCo for online product fulfillment and merchandising of its products. Studio Foglio will remain with Diamond Comic Distributors for distribution to comics shops and bookstores.
• Congratulations to our friends over at The Beat for being named one of Time’s 25 Best Blogs of 2012.
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Dilbert’s first line in comics was, “I’ve decided we should operate along more classic lines, like Dr. Frankenstein’s lab.” He said it in the first installment of Scott Adams’ strip April 16, 1989.
Whose first line in comics was “My people have bred me only for battle! I am able to withstand the winds of Andromeda … the storms of Saturn … the planet-shaking cataclysms of the Milky Way …”?
Paul Laikin, comics writer
Bob Kane (1916), comics writer and artist
Al Feldstein (1925), comics writer, artist, and editor
Mindy Newell (1953), comics writer
Laurel Fitch (1953), comics editor
Mark H. Campos (1962), comics artist
Scott Alexander Frantz (1966), comics artist
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Jack Binder (1902), comics artist
Ed Dodd (1902), cartoonist (Mark Trail)
Tom Taggart (1965), comics artist
Vincent Locke (1966), comics artist
50 yrs Oct 24, 1962 Writer-artist Mark H. Campos is born.
15 yrs Oct 24, 1997 Voice actor Don Messick dies of a stroke at the age of 71. Characters he voiced include Scooby-Doo, Papa Smurf, and Dr. Benton Quest.
Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Oct 24-25 Florida: Jacksonville. Comics and Toy Show.
Oct 26-28 Michigan: Dearborn. Detroit Fanfare.
Oct 26-28 Tennessee: Knoxville. Fanboy Expo.
Oct 26-28 Texas: Austin. Comic Con.
Oct 27-28 New Mexico: Rio Rancho. New Mexico Tri-Con.
Oct 27 Maryland: Annapolis. Annapolis Comic-Con.
Oct 27 North Carolina: Hickory. Toy, Hobby & Sportscard Show.
Oct 27 Ohio: Springfield. Champion City Comic Con.
Oct 28 Connecticut: East Windsor. East of the River Comics & Collectible Show.
Oct 28 Indiana: Indianapolis. Comic Book Show.
Oct 28 Kansas: Overland Park-Kansas City. Kansas City Super Halloween Comic Con Spectacular.
Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to email@example.com or mail it to Show Calendars, Comics Buyer’s Guide, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. If you have a creator appearance scheduled, let us know by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The CW Network has a new episode of Arrow at 8 p.m. E.T.
• It’s Edgar Allan Poe movie night on Turner Classic Movies beginning with Vincent Price in The Raven (1963) at 8 p.m. E.T. That’s followed by Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) at 9:45 p.m., The Black Cat (1934) at 11, Fall of the House of Usher (1949) at 12:30 a.m., The Tell-Tale Heart (1941) at 1:45, and Spirits of the Dead (1969), an anthology of three Poe stories, at 2:15.