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What’s to see at NY Comic-con (UPDATED)

The New York Comic-con is this weekend and there are many syndicated folks working the show. Here’s a run down of individuals and sessions of interest:

Lee Nordling is moderating a panel entitled “Comic Strips for the 21st Century.” It is described as:

Throughout the 20th Century, the comic strip rode the crest of newspaper readership that reached over 86,000,000 readers every Sunday in the late ’80s, but its wave of popularity is waning with the drastic and continuing decline in newspaper markets and circulation. But all is not lost! The Internet Age is upon us, and newspaper comic strips have a new avenue for distribution…but how will the medium need to aesthetically and commercially adjust to achieve this transformation to the 21st Century?

Panelists include: Mark Tatulli, creator of Lio, Dave Astor of Editor & Publisher, Brendan Burford, Editor, King Features Syndicate, Brad Guigar, co-autheor of “How To Make Webcomics,” and Lucas Wetzel, Asst. Acquisitions Editor, Universal Press Syndicate. This panel is scheduled for Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in room: 1E16.

Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker will be at the Checker Book Publishing Group booth where his work will be exhibited. He’ll also sign autographs on the 19th.

Dan Piraro will be at the Andrews McMeel booth on Friday at 2 p.m. to sign various Bizaro stuff.

For the Webcomic crowd, there’s a webcomics round table (that’s also the title of their session) featuring Dean Haspiel, Molly Crabapple, Ryan Roman, Leland Purvis, Ulises Farinas, Pedro Camargo, Kevin Colden, Paul Maybury, Simon Fraser, Nikki Cook, Jeff Newelt, Michael Cavallaro, Michel Fiffe, Tim Hamilton, Jennifer Tong, and moderated by Dan Goldman on the topic of “creating free online comics as a way to grow each others’ audiences and what they’ve learned in the group’s two year existence.”

If you didn’t get enough of the debate here on The Daily Cartoonist, there’s a panel entitled “Web Comics: Threat of Menace?” that is described as:

There’s a dizzying array of different models for delivering comics over the Web, from Webcomics, to PDFs for a fee, to ad-supported PDFs, to PDFs as promotional tool, and behind it all is the backdrop of illegal file sharing of comics. Are comics on the Web going to be a tool to increase the popularity of paper products, an alternate distribution channel that takes sales from retailers and circulation from libraries, or a threat to legitimate channels as illegal downloads grow? Hear from legacy publishers and cutting edge pioneers on this critical issue for the near future.

And lastly there’s a session entitled “Zuda: The Future of Online Comics.”

Read. Vote. Create. With those three little words, Zuda is changing the face of comics on the internet. Come meet the muscle behind the magic! Hosted by Richard Bruningâ??Senior VP, Creative Director and creators Jeremy Love (Bayou), Bobby and Peter Timony (The Night Owls), Nicholas Doan (Pray For Death), and more.

See the listings of all the events over on the nycomiccon web site.

UPDATE: The GoComics booth will feature Dan Piraro (Bizaro), Mark Tatuli (Lio), Gary Gianni and Mark Schultz (Prince Valiant). See their blog post for date and times.

Community Comments

#1 Mark Tatulli
April/17/2008
@ 10:18 am

I also have a book signing on Saturday 4:00pm at the Gocomics booth.

#2 josh shalek
April/17/2008
@ 11:18 am

And when everyone’s done there, they should fly across the country to the Stumptown convention in Portland, Oregon on April 26th and 27th. I’ll be there to trade comics and talk shop.

Don’t worry, I’m not a promoter. Just trying to get the comic strip contingency some more exposure.

#3 Larry Levine
April/17/2008
@ 11:52 am

Just to meet Mort Walker in person is worth the price of admission!

#4 Rick Stromoski
April/17/2008
@ 1:55 pm

Mort Walker is the most approachable unassuming nicest guys you’lll ever want to meet. He treats you like a long lost nephew or neice when he meets you for the first time. Wish more were like him.

#5 Larry Levine
April/17/2008
@ 2:48 pm

Rick, Mort puts the ‘King’ in King Features!

#6 Ted Rall
April/17/2008
@ 2:56 pm

A number of people have emailed me to ask whether I’ll be on the “Web Comics: Threat or Menace?” panel. The answer is no. The reason is: I wasn’t asked.

I will be at Comicon, however, doing scheduled signings at the NBM booth.

#7 Jeff Vella
April/17/2008
@ 5:07 pm

Rick, you’re absolutely right. I went to last years NY Comic-Con, and Mort walker was there along with his son Greg at the King Features booth. They were BOTH nice enough to listen to me go on and on, telling them that I’ve been a huge fan of Mort walker’s work since I was a little kid. (as I then ask them to sign a 1970 Beetle Baily comic book)

#8 Eric Burke
April/17/2008
@ 8:41 pm

Does Mort Walker still have his cartoon museum? I know there was a mention of it here a few months back, something about the museum moving into the Empire State building…

…say what you will about the current state of Beetle Bailey, but I think Mort Walker is one of the all-time cartooning greats. A seemingly non-stop creative mind…thanks for Miss Buxley, Mort!

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