Comics Lowdown: Walking Dead to end, Remembering Bernie Wrightson

Todd Klein walks us through Comic-Con. Plus: Robert Sikoryak parodies Trump, San Diego Police, beer for the thirsty con-goer.

And the winner is…: The Eisners are tonight! Our own Brigid Alverson will be live tweeting the awards show and the results on our Twitter feed @smash_pages. The Eisners are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Pacific.

Robert Kirkman with some pals (photo: Skybound Entertainment)

The Walking Dead will die: Creator Robert Kirkman has confirmed that the Walking Dead will have an ending. At the Walking Dead panel in San Diego, Kirkman told fans, “I think about two or three years ago, I had a pretty good idea for a definitive ending. I have known that since then and been working towards that, so I know exactly where I’m going and what’s going to happen when I get there.” He expects the series will wrap up in the next 2-3 years.

Interviews and Profiles

Artist Robert Sikoryak brought his new comic “The Unquotable Trump” to SDCC. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Quotable Trump: Gaining a lot of attention from con attendees and the mainstream media is Robert Sikoryak and his new comic, The Unquotable Trump. The book is slated to be officially released in November through Drawn & Quarterly. The concept is fairly simple: pull actual quotes from Donald Trump and turn them into comic book parodies.

My favorite one was during the debate when he referred to Clinton as ‘such a nasty woman. Naturally, I thought of ‘Wonder Woman.’

Interestingly enough, he avoided using any of Trump’s tweets and strictly stuck with verbal quotes. An advance version of the book can be purchased at the Drawn and Quarterly booth #1629 during SDCC.

Conventions and Festivals

Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson and Scott Hampton share stories while remembering Bernie Wrightson at SDCC 2017. (Photo: Todd Klein)

A day in the life of a letterer: In a well-compiled post, letterer Todd Klein shared his entire Thursday of SDCC. It starts with his flight, and he goes on to explain how he got his pass for the show, the people he ran into on the con floor, and includes a very warm and wonderful coverage of the Bernie Wrightson memorial panel. Toward the end the day, he is in his hotel room and confirmed he is lettering Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Tempest. The blog post is brilliant with plenty of photographs throughout. Klein promises to continue blogging daily and photograph the people he talks to. If you want a taste of con life, this is a blog worth following.

Wolverine and the X-Men #40

Thirsty? Need a break from the con?: And you are totally heartbroken the iconic Dick’s Last Resort closed their Gaslamp location? Well, San Diego is well known for their microbreweries and there are so many beer events during SDCC, it’s as if there is an unofficial SDCC beer con or two and then some. After all, you can find:

  • Art and artists from Lord Mesa, JQ Hammer and GMONIK;
  • Toys and Tech (including augmented reality, installation art, virtual reality);
  • A costume contest;
  • And even a big name actor! DJ Kristian Nairn from Game of Thrones will be playing sets. Hordor in the house!! (what?)

The article is pretty good at covering some of San Diego’s finest for the armchair cicerone.

Supernatural actor Misha Collins getting “arrested” by the SDPD. (Photo: Misha Collins’ Twitter)

SDPD <3 SDCC: Well hopefully you don’t inebriate yourself so much that you end up being hauled away by the San Diego Police Department. Stay on their good side, and you can have some lighthearted fun with them and their PR team! Their twitter is on overdrive during Comic-Con, with a daily comic-themed profile pic change. Keep an eye out for them! For the last few years, officers have been taking photos with cosplayers and anyone that asks to raise money for charity. You can usually find them between the Convention Centre and Horton Plaza.

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