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SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013: The Big Wrap-up

SO SUPERMAN will share screen time with Gotham’s main man. “Veronica Mars” hopes for a new life beyond a crowdfunded film. And the “Hunger Games” franchise is spawning more apocalyptic adventures that imperil/ennoble our adolescents.

All that Hall H-and-beyond hoo-ha kept the pop-culture blogs and cameras humming for a week straight. But as San Diego Comic-Con 2013 fades from the trolley’s rear view, we choose to spotlight the creators of actual comics. So in case you missed our coverage, here are our 12 Favorite Con Quotes from writers and artists at this year’s event:

“Right now, we’re at what I call ‘Peak Geek,’ a moment when comics culture has taken over pop culture, including Hollywood. When you’re at the peak of a cycle, it’s hard to imagine the future as anything but a trend-line pointing ever upward. But there’s a lot of fragility and uncertainty in the system.”

— Futurist and fan ROB SALKOWITZ (author of ”Comic-Con and the Business of Comic-Con: What the World’s Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment”)

“Inspiration is for amateurs. Syndication takes discipline, creativity, and curiosity about the tiny moments of life. Oh, and some luck. We work pretty hard at having fun with the strip, as well.”

— Eisner-nominated creator JERRY SCOTT (“Zits” and “Baby Blues”)


“I think part of the genius of [Charles] Schulz was to create a dog who doesn't know he's a dog. What I mean is, Schulz had this strong cast of characters [kids] fully grounded in reality. What better [to] balance that than to throw in a character not grounded in reality? ... Snoopy is the kid in all of us disguised as a warm puppy.”

PAIGE BRADDOCK (“Peanuts” executive and “Jane’s World” creator)


“I am very honored and proud of Team Cul de Sac. This just shows how we can pull together and make a difference, one cartoon at a time.”

— Team Cul de Sac editor CHRIS SPARKS, recipient of the 2013 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award at Friday’s Eisner Awards


— MAD caricature artist TOM RICHMOND

“Never underestimate Jeffrey Brown. The first time I saw his work, I thought: ‘That looks really scratchy. Where’d this guy learn to draw?’ And the next thing I knew, I’d devoured several hundred pages of his comics and was anxiously waiting for him to release something new. If he announces that his next book is about the history of shoelaces in America, I’m still going to pick it up the first day it hits bookstores.”

— Cartoon Art Museum curator ANDREW FARAGO (moderator of the Con’s Humor/Graphic Novel panel)

“ ‘Stripped’ is a feature-length documentary that sits down with the world’s best cartoonists to talk about how cartooning works, why it’s so loved and how as artists they are navigating this dicey period between print and digital options when neither path works perfectly...”

“...At it’s core, it’s also very much a love-letter to the art form — talking about why comics are so universally loved, and so artistically unique.”

— “Stripped” documentary filmmakers FRED SCHROEDER and DAVE KELLETT (“Sheldon”), respectively

“The thing about mainstream superhero comics is that, like soap operas, they’re narratives that deny their characters the very thing that makes a story a story — which is to say: an ending. The Superman of the regular monthly comics doesn’t emerge from an adventure changed in any real way, because vast marketing and licensing departments are in place, dedicated to preserving him as he is. He is a toy that different writers and editors pick up, play with, and put back in the box: forever iterating, never evolving — at least not within the confines of a story.”

— NPR contributor GLEN WELDON (author of the new book “Superman: The Unauthorized Biography”)

“Comics Are Everywhere” filmmakers Neil Kendricks and Natalia Quintana. (.)

— Filmmaker NEIL KENDRICKS (the Kickstarter-funded documentary “Comics Are Everywhere”)

“I realize that 99.9 percent of the people out there won’t be attending to see ‘Big Nate,’ but there will be a few of them. I’ll find my tribe. Or they’ll find me.”

LINCOLN PEIRCE (“Big Nate”), on attending his first San Diego Comic-Con

“The cat-poetry book came about in part because of Charlie Sheen. Or, to be more precise, because of Charlie Sheen’s radio interview/ mental breakdown in 2011. ... The next step was to combine the quotes with pictures of cats. I posted them on my website, ‘Medium Large,’ and within three days, I got over a million and a half hits and received all this media coverage. And that made me realize that it’s true what everyone says: The Internet is 98-percent cat. The other 2-percent is mostly water, salt and modified food starch.”

— “Sally Forth”/”Medium Large” cartoonist FRANCESCO MARCIULIANO (author of the bestseller “I Could Pee on This, and Other Poems by Cats”)


Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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