Month: October 2012

New York Comic-con, and Spidey with Spidey

I was so pleased with my first New York Comic-con experience! It was a weekend of mass confusion, mass excitement, and mass… well, mass. There were a lot of people, and a lot of things to see. I felt like a kid in a candy shop, a really LARGE candy shop, post-event crash included. A few quick takeaways:

  • Though this was my first Comic-con, speaking with NYCC veterans confirmed that the show has become much larger and broader over the years. What began as a show for authors and artists has turned into a full-on media frenzy. And so it goes.
  • I truly enjoyed the ComiXology Q&A session; not an avid comic fan or consumer myself, it was an interesting and new experience for me to see what people in that genre are cooking up. Unsurprisingly, there are very close parallels between the digitization challenges comic book publishers face and the digitization challenges traditional publishers face.
  • On the topic of panels… Next year, I think I’ll plan to stick to the panels that are being held in separate, closed rooms. The panels held in the main autographing area were  difficult to hear—and, honestly, difficult to focus on; though that may just have been me and my kid-in-a-candy-store attention span. Luckily I had my BPF (Best Publishing Friend) there to snap me back to attention.
  • Speaking of Lindsay… Wandering the Con is much better with a friend—especially a fellow publishing groupie! (Hallo, Lindsay!)

Lastly, as promised, here’s Spidey with Spidey:

So postmodern!

Spidey holding a copy of DK’s new Spider-Man Chronicle.


“Getting to the Core” with School Library Journal

SLJ webcast grab

Last week, I had the opportunity to represent DK Publishing in School Library Journal’s “Getting to the Core” webcast, which was sponsored by DK and three other publishers. I talked about some of our upcoming Fall titles (tripping over only a few words…) and cut my teeth on the webcasting world. You can access the recording and slides on SLJ’s archive.

(And yes, I got to talk up a book about dance! Don’t you just love it when two worlds collide?)