Yes, Comic-Con International ended two days ago, but there are still stories and announcements filtering out:
• ICv2.com has a convention overview, and an interview with David Glanzer, director of marketing of public relations. This year saw a sellout before the show even began, and “a large increase” in registrations by journalists. Comic-Con will remain in San Diego at least through 2012, when its contract with the convention center expires. However, if the facilities don’t expand by 2010, Glazner says, “we’re going to have to explore options.”
• National Public Radio’s All Things Considered reports on librarians at the convention attending tailored panels and searching for — you guessed it — manga.
• Deb Aoki covers Chip Kidd’s Bat-Manga! panel.
• The Christian Science Monitor, which couldn’t resist a “POW! ZOWIE!” headline, looks at scholars who are drawn to comics, and to the convention.
• The Los Angeles Times laments that comics are being squeezed out of Comic-Con. Here’s The Spirit actress Jaime King: “There does seem to be some random booths here which don’t have anything to do with comics. Slowly but surely the entertainment community is taking over to promote their projects here even though they have absolutely nothing to do with comics. What’s next? A panel for Deal or No Deal?”
• Wildstorm continues snatching up licenses, announcing comics based on the video games Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.