Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dastardly Ne'er Do Wells of San Diego Comic-Con 2014

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 was an absolute blast. I had four panels (which I mentioned in my earlier post, "International Comic-Con:Sad Diego 2014 - Some Background and Batman").

This post, I thought I'd share some of my highlights with you and ask you to help break a tie.

My first panel, CBLDF's Using Graphic Novels in Education was a lot of fun, and while there were no recordings or images (at least that I know of) from this panel, there is a free booklet you can download, "Raising Readers!" that explains why graphic novels should be considered for classroom content.  Please to go for a free download.

My second panel, Kids' Heroes, Capes and Journeys, Does One Size Fit All? was a big hit. We spoke about Campbell's monomyth, discussed how today's heroes do and do not fit the mold, whether our accomplished authors even think of the monomyth as they create their heroes, and then had our  panelist illustrators design four different San Diego Comic-Con 2014 heroes. Unfortunately, I don't have any images to share. The images drawn were then auctioned the next day at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Auction - proceeds to help fight book challenges and bannings.

The third panel, CBLDF's Graphic Novels and their Turbulent Past: Now Classroom Tools of Tolerance was mentioned in The New York Times and audio recorded. Here is a photo of my and my panelists:

CBLDF GN Programming Panel 1.JPG  

Here is a link for the audio of the complete panel - questions and all - courtesy of Jamie Coville, and (54:32, 49.9mb

Finally, we come to the fourth panel, for which I'll need your help. From Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort and Back: They Guys (and Gals?) We Love to Hate was a huge success. The room was packed with people who came to talk about the dastardly villains we all love to hate. I had an awesome lineup of panelists and we talked about what makes a great villain. We then had a draw-off of two teams - each on a quest to create the ultimate San Diego Comic-Con Villain. Our large audience came back with a tie. So here ar our two villain concepts. Which one would you vote for as San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Villain?

This is the product of Matthew Holm (Babymous and Squish ) and Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin):

This is the product of Jim DiBartolo (In the Shadows) and Larry Marder (Beanworld), along with Jim's young daughter's assistance (she added the "Poop" :-D)

Well, that's about it for this week.
Thank you, as always, for your visit.
Please leave your vote for Dastardly Villain in the comments below (along with any other remarks and reactions you'd care to share).


  1. I've heard a lot from the San Diego Comic-Con. I'll have to show this post to my daughter...

  2. My daughter and her new husband would probably love to go to this Comic-Con!

    abcw team

  3. Fascinating how many different views of SDCC there are. I know Mark Evanier says you have to, essentially, Create Your Own Con. Not everything is in Room 6H, the big hall (if I'm remembering right.) Some vendors took a bath.
    Anyway, I have a sister in SD County, so I need to fgo there someday; haven't been since 1988!


  4. I pick the more human-looking villain; kind of like life itself..

  5. I am religiously following comic con in the net and it was really awesome! You are so lucky to see it! #ww

  6. Thanks for sharing these & my votes goes to the once with tentacles :)
    Wishing you a happy Wordless Wednesday.

  7. Comic-Con sounds like lots of fun. - Margy

  8. The sketches are great!
    Please share your post at
    Hope to see you soon!

  9. Darth Vader is the one that comes to my mind...One of these days I may make it to Comic-Con♪