Journalista for Aug. 20, 2010: Obscurity

Posted by on August 20th, 2010 at 5:36 AM



“Since I’m outing myself as sometimes looking at pirate comic sites, I’m also going to note that it’s a bad sign if a particular comic isn’t available on the net within a week. That means no one cares about the book. The big, popular franchises are the first to hit, with other books trickling out. Sometimes copying isn’t the threat; obscurity is. “


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  • Aug. 20 (London, England): Join Becky Cloonan for the opening of her new art show at Orbital Comics on Great Newport Street, beginning at 8PM. Details here.


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  • Aug. 21-22 (Manila, Philippines): The Metro Comic Con happens at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City… is that still in Manila? I’m sitting here in Arizona, so I have no idea. Details here.
  • Aug. 21 (Minneapolis, MN): The Minneapolis Indie Xpo takes place at the Soap Factory on Second Street, from 9AM-5PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 21 (Plano, TX): The Dallas Webcomics Expo will be held at the Southfork Hotel on the Central Expressway, from 11AM-6PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 21 (Los Angeles, CA): Bryan Lee O’Malley will be signing books and meeting readers at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, beginning at 5PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (New York City, NY): Join Alex Robinson, Mike Dawson and Josh Flanagan for a live taping of the Ink Panthers Show at Brooklyn’s own Bergen Street Comics, from 11AM-2PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (London, England): Comica Comiket, the Independent Comics Summer Fair, takes place at the PumpHouse Gallery in Battersea Park, from noon-6PM. Details here.
  • Aug. 22 (Beverly Hills, CA): Sheldon creator Dave Kellett will celebrate the launch of his latest book with a talk, signing and free drinks at the Crescent Lounge on Crescent Drive, beginning at 9PM. Details here.


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