Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 is coming up in less than a month and lots of exciting stuff is going on. I’ll be moderating a few panels at the big show, including the always-popular “ComicPreneurs,” featuring folks who have successfully launched pop culture startups; a panel on Digital First comics, spotlighting the rising trend of books being published and sold in digital format exclusively; and a fun gig with my pals at Bonfire Group on marketing and branding for the nerd-American community.
To get in the spirit of things, I participated in a great conversation last night with Heidi MacDonald of The Beat and Publishers’ Weekly. We covered the growth of the Con, its impact on movies and related media, the trials and tribulations of the comics industry, why you should not miss the Eisner Awards, why transmedia is actually cool, and lots more. We also traded “it’s all downhill from here” stories about out favorite Comic-Con experiences, featuring cameo appearances by Jack Kirby and Will Eisner.
Anyone who read my book knows I am a big fan of Heidi’s work both as a journalist and a perceptive commentator on the state of the pop culture industry. It was an absolutely dynamite podcast and I thank the good people at The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog for having us on.