In comics news, Variety this week had what was probably the most accurate San Diego report, portraying it as the most important sci-fi/genre convention and place for studios to market their films to fans. About the only mention of comics was when they said Mike Mignola was "trotted out" to promote Hellboy since they had no stars there. (Do you think he really "trotted"?) They did do a big web special on comics and animation which is pretty interesting reading. (Sorry, can't link to their stories, unfortunately, their site is not free. In fact, it's frighteningly expensive. Thank goodness for free magazine offers!)
One of my favorite tidbits is this quote about Marvel: "Marvel decided to retrain its storytellers from their traditional binary good guy-bad guy storylines. Now they will use a more Japanese sensibility, with themes of self-sacrifice for the greater group's good." I'm not sure which sentence I find funniest. Another good one: " 'I don't think we're the most skilled businessmen in terms of marketing,' says Todd McFarlane". No, really? I also learned that there are "600 superstores" in the direct market which is where almost all non-superhero books are sold. And in the "voice of reason" department, in one of the side articles about licensing big characters to Hollywood (and how it's not really working so well) Mike Richardson said, "If the material is good, it doesn't matter where it comes from." Hear, hear!