July 25, 2011 | 6:19 p.m.
After years of hearing about the costumes, the crowds, the over-the-top pop-culture craziness known as Comic-Con, I finally broke down and joined the madness this weekend. At 8, my comics-loving son was finally old enough to appreciate this annual mecca of geekdom, and I was just curious enough to indulge him. What could possibly be so alluring to prompt 130,000 people to pay $175 just to get in, I wondered. Why would so many people come from so far to brave bumper-to-bumper parking lots and hotels costing $200+ per night and to do so wearing uncomfortable costumes and face paint? I found out Thursday, when my son and I got our badges and industrial-size Comic-Con backpacks and walked into the San Diego Convention Center. To my son, it was as if he’d just entered the world’s most giant toy store. […]
July 19, 2011 | 4:10 p.m.
COMIC-CON 2011: SPOTLIGHT ON JEFF SMITH (Friday, Room 5AB, 12:30 p.m.) It’s been 20 years since Jeff Smith was repeatedly rejected by newspaper syndicates declining his comic, “Bone.” Today that same comic has been serialized in graphic novels published in 28 countries with sales of more than 6 million copies in North America alone. Now the slapstick tale of the three Bone cousins getting lost in a Black Forest fairy tale is being turned into a screenplay for Warner Bros., and is celebrating its anniversary by throwing a party as part of this weekend’s Comic-Con International. (Smith is also featured on four panels and at multiple signings over the long weekend.) Not bad for a guy who started publishing “Bone” as an underground comic out of his garage in Columbus, Ohio. “I feel really lucky,” said Smith, who spent 13 years […]