In light of the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns throughout the US, Emerald City Comic Con and other comic book conventions are postponing their upcoming events. These precautionary and preventative measures are understandable and encouraged; however, there will be an undeniable financial impact to creators and publishers throughout the comics industry, as well as other industries like food, travel, and others. In order to help mitigate the impact to indie creators, comics publisher Russell Nohelty of Wannabe Press is launching the virtual comics convention, Wannacon, to take place this Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15, 2020.
According to the Power-Con program, “Our goal is to maximize fan exposure to the creative background and history of He-Man and She-Ra while helping to spread awareness for what is new and upcoming for both brands. Organized and run by fans, Power-Con strives to give those in attendance some powerful memories to cherish forever.” Since 2011, fans have been converging on Southern California each year to celebrate the Masters of the Universe (MOTU) and Princess of Power (POP) IPs. This year, the eighth annual Power-Con was held at the Hilton Anaheim and run by a group of dedicated volunteers led by Event Director Val Staples. This was my second year attending, and, once again, for a person not well versed in either IP, I had an enjoyable time for several reasons.
Power-Con, as in prior years, delivers heavily on quality programming for its attendees, and this year was no different, with panels discussing everything from toys to the big news of Kevin Smith bringing He-Man to Netflix. As big of a news item as that is, the acclaimed She-Ra and the Princess of Power had just started its third season on Netflix earlier in August. To commemorate the event and all that the cartoon has accomplished thus far, Power-Con gathered the writers of She-Ra for an in-depth panel on not just the She-Ra cartoon, but what it is like to be a writer for the show and the important aspects – from diversity to creating a safe space – that they encourage.
On Wednesday afternoon, July 17, 2019, just hours before Preview Night opened the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con International, ComiXology held a press conference to commemorate their ten-year mission to create fans around the world for comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and manga.
I had the opportunity to attend San Diego Comic-Con's Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Focus on Carey Pietsch: Comedy and Fantasy in Comics with Clint McElroy on July 20th, 2019. The panel was billed as an in-depth examination of Carey Pietsch's artistic process during the creation of The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (an adaptation of the hugely popular podcast, The Adventure Zone, which features a family playing Dungeons & Dragons) with input from one of the book's authors, Clint McElroy.
During my adventure into San Diego Comic-Con 2019, I stopped by the Comics Arts Conference for the Comics Arts Conference Session #12: The Poster Session which was held on July 20th, 2019.
Every year for the past six years, various folks that are part of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. host a panel at WonderCon to discuss recent and future activities with the different Edgar Rice Burroughs properties. For 2019, the panel was moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin (author, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration) and included Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Christopher Paul Carey (author, Swords Against the Moon Men), Thomas Yeates (Tarzan comics artist), and Robert de Young (filmmaker, Tarzan Revisited) talking about their different projects, new projects from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and even spotlighting projects done by other companies.
When it comes to supporting women’s rights and talented creators, Fanbase Press is always happy to lend a hand. Thus, we implore comic and horror fans in the Los Angeles area to come out for the cause and attend the ONE MEAN MONSTER ZINE party (where ALL proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood) taking place this Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the darkly beautiful curiosity shop, Memento Mori!
Aside from a large vendor room full of exhibitors, authors, toy dealers, and guests who had worked on He-Man and She-Ra, Power-Con had an impressive lineup of panels for attendees to partake in. Running for one-hour sessions, the large Lighthouse Ballroom at the Marriott was devoted exclusively to panels that ranged in topics from the He-Man toys to the cartoon to the mini-comics.
The morning of Saturday, August 25, 2018, in SoCal started out rather overcast, but that did not deter fans of He-Man and She-Ra from descending upon the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach hotel last weekend for Power-Con. Established in 2011, the Saturday/Sunday convention celebrated the Master of the Universe and Princess of Power franchises.