It’s the height of summer, and that means the biggest weekend on the comic fan’s calendar is here: the San Diego Comic-Con. What was once a modest industry gathering has exploded into a five-day extravaganza of pop culture. Whether you’re attending or following the action from a safe distance, we’ve created some special collections to get you in a San Diego mood. Read, enjoy, and try not to get lost on the way to Hall H.
Comics by Comic-Con Guests
Hundreds of comics creators attend Comic-Con each year, but only a few are invited as special guests. This year’s guest list includes a number of writers and artists represented on Scribd, including Hyperbole and a Half creator Allie Brosh, classic horror artist Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein Alive, Alive!), hit Marvel artist David Aja (Daredevil: Return of the King), and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic scribe Katie Cook. Naturally, Stan “The Man” Lee will be making his annual appearance. Prep with the Marvel Masterworks series collecting the original runs of titles like The Avengers,The Fantastic Four, and The Incredible Hulk.
Coming Soon to Theaters
Hollywood has conquered San Diego. Expect a slew of announcements all week about new movies and TV shows based on major comics. Meanwhile, movie buffs can keep more than busy reading all the comics already in development. Those include the Valiant comics Bloodshot and Harbinger, upcoming Marvel comics-to-movies likeDeadpool and the Civil War saga, and animated adaptations of Popeye and Peanuts. Fans of the offbeat all-girl adventure series Lumberjanes are busy making mixtapes to celebrate the planned live-action adaptation from Fox.
Eisner Award Winners
The Eisners, the industry’s most prestigious award, are presented during Comic-Con weekend at a ceremony that, in recent years, has morphed from geeky to glitzy… but still geeky. (Sorry if you missed the year Jonathan Ross and Neil Gaiman kissed onstage.) Scribd has a wide assortment of past Eisner winners, including graphic novels like From Hell and Box Office Poison, modern superhero classics like Marvelsand The Rocketeer, the acclaimed horror series Locke and Key, Darwyn Cooke’s stylish adaptations of the Parker noir novels, and the Adventure Time comic.
You can also sample work from this year’s slate of nominees, like Lumberjanes, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, the horror anthology In the Dark, and Jim Benton’s Dog Butts and Love. It’s not a prestigious comics award without dog butts.