Tuesday, October 30, 2012
• Random House and Penguin Publishing have announced a merger. The new conglomeration of the two book publishers will control nearly 25% of the market.
• Comic-Con International has extended its contract with the San Diego Convention Center through 2016. The organization is also in the process of obtaining a date for a 2013 WonderCon in San Francisco.
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Tony Isabella correctly identified Frank “The Punisher” Castle’s first words as, “Don’t speak too soon, Jackal. The action on this concussion rifle is still a little stiff.” He said them in Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Feb 74).
Whose first words in comics were, “Welcome, dear reader! I am XX, XX of the XX of XX! I look after all the other occupants of my horrible abode, and each issue tell you tales about them … the werewolves … the vampires … This time, my story concerns a mummy … a mummy over four thousand years old!”?
Jean Michel Charlier (1924), co-founder of Pilote, wrote Lt. Blueberry
Don Thompson (1935), comics historian, writer, and fandom founder
P. Craig Russell (1951), comics writer and artist
Michael O’Connell (1968), comics writer
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
John Layman, comics artist
Greg Evans (1947), cartoonist (Luann)
Doug Murray (1947), comics writer
Larry Doyle (1958), comics writer
Randy Clark (1963), comics artist
Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Nov 2-4 Alberta: Winnipeg. Central Canada Comic Con.
Nov 3 Kansas: Overland Park-Kansas City. Comic Book Show.
Nov 3 Nevada: Las Vegas. Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival.
Nov 3 Virginia: Roanoke. Roanoke Valley Comicon.
Nov 3-4 California: Long Beach. Comic and Horror Con.
Nov 3-4 North Carolina: Greensboro. Triad Toy, Hobby & Sportscard Show.
Nov 3-4 Rhode Island: Providence. Rhode Island Comic Con.
Nov 4 Nebraska: Omaha. Comic Book Show.
Nov 4 New Jersey: Wayne. Comic, Toy & Collectible Show.
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.
• Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Looney Tunes Show at 8 p.m. E.T.
• Halloween is almost upon us and Turner Classic Movies is having a whole day of fright films tomorrow, including House of Dark Shadows at 9 a.m. E.T. The classic Universal monster films and some of their sequels will air tomorrow night and we’ll tell you about them in tomorrow’s Comics Guide!