Sold out, Jason Thompson OEL, Bandai goes digital, Yotsuba&! vol. 6, FUNimation’s popularity, and Ani-bloggers go out for a huge dinner.
What do you get when you stick tens of thousands of geeks into a single building?
Tens of thousands of iPhones killing my AT&T internet connection, that’s what!
Good thing I had a whole crew of bloggers ready to twitter away every piece of news to come out of the five industry panels today. A lot of big news happened today, and I’m sure I’ll go into more detail about it in the weeks ahead.
On site today:
Deb Aoki from About.com: Manga
Scott from The Anime Almanac
Anime3000 from Anime3000
Trisha Lynn from Movie Make-out.com
Angry Rabbit from Kitsune Kiki
Narutaki from Reverse Thieves
Vampt Vo from Ani-Gamers
tania from Yen Press
Bryan Lee O’Malley from radiomaru
Dave from Subatomic Brainfreeze
animevice from Anime Vice
Erica Friedman from Okazu
Gia from a geek by any other name
Michael Pinto from Anime.com
Hisui from Reverse Thieves
geezus. Saturday and weekend passes are sold out for NY Comic-Con. I think that’s a first?
Color me surprised: Chinese manhua artist Benjamin (creator of Orange) will be at TokyoPop booth 1621 from 12-1 pm on Saturday at NYCC.
Also, Svetlana Chmakova will be at the Yen Press booth 1921 from 11 – 12:00 pm
headcold, unfortunately, is really acting up. Did cursory update of blog, now must sleep. -_- zzz
Ick! Saturday Comic Con passes are sold out? Not good news for my brother’s friend. :-\ [Ramune]
Should be in bed sleeping because we gotta get up early, but trying to find out what we can do for the friend’s ticket situation. [Ramune]
NY Comic Con 2009: The Ghetto of Geeks vs. the Geriatric Wards of Success: http://tinyurl.com/dbxl9u
TokyoPop doesn’t have new announcements this week, except the Domo comic. however, they seem really jazzed about Battlestar Galactica book.
Ken Faggio, author of Tantric Stripfighter Trina is appearing at NY Comic-Con today.
Will i have the nerve to say to him that Tantric Stripfighter Trina is one of the worst things i’ve read this year? Uh. probably not.
it’s a ‘follow the bouncing boobs’ type action story. it makes my chest hurt just by reading it.
Heading to the train station for NYCC with only 1 hour of sleep. Whoo..[Neato]
Awake! Don’t need to leave for NYCC for another 2 and 1/2 hours ^^;
got added to @animealmanac’s Live Feed. Woot!
should have bought her tix earlier, because Saturday and weekend passes are ALL SOLD OUT #nycc09
will be tap-dancing as fast as she can to try and get into the show
@Deb Aoki If he doesn’t realize that something titled Tantric Stripfighter Trina isn’t terrible, he’s got some serious cognitive dysfunction
may hate herself for revealing this, but Saturday passes may still be avail if you go here http://tinyurl.com/aajehe
i do not like awake
Fuck! I fell asleep last night while I was writing the NYCC Day 1 wrap-up. I guess there’s some more work to be done tonight. –Choi
Off to Javits!
Getting my stuff together. Catching the 9:45 train into the city, so I should be at the Javits before 11.
Notes that if I can’t get into the con, I’m probably gonna put in a day @ the office
On the quest to get @Trisha Lynn into the con.
i forgot to mention that the vertical cookbooks donburi mania and the chinese cookbook by iron chef chen keniichi look yuuummmy.
if i could, i’d sleep another 6 hours. but alas. being here for NYCC does no allow a ‘call in sick’ day.
Is the 3rd person @ the 41st St Midtown Comics location line, waiting for tix #nycc09
Today: panels galore, more panels, blogger/attendee interviews, then going home and recording a guest-packed Anime3000 Podcast. God damn!
why, just look at what’s on the agenda for manga/anime types today. yup. can’t stay home… http://tinyurl.com/nyccsat
Getting on the train, q is running local in manhattan grr.
some of the sentiment i heard yesterday was how ppl thought that the bad economy was a good thing, because it would encourage new ideas.
or at least it would accelerate the progress toward digital distribution, as consumers become more cost-conscious.
everyone is betting big that watchmen will drive more people to buy more graphic novels. not too many hopes placed on dragon ball film.
so y’all who went to see yatterman last night — how was it?
Fresh squeezed OJ: nine dollars. Not getting Convention Scurvy: priceless
On the train into the city. If anybody needs to get in contact with me, send me a DM.
Is comforted to know that comics conventions don’t change even when you do #nycc09
On the train, talking to some stereotypical comics geeks – also headed to NYCC.
Overheard yesterday: “yeah, but what I want to know is the Mach 5 faster than the batmobile.” sigh. Boys. ;)
In the lobby at 10am and there’s this low ambient rumble of thousands of ppl arriving at the show.
Waiting at the Del Rey panel. The big question on everyone’s mind is, “What color bow-tie will Ali be wearing?”
off to nycc– WAIT FOR ME BLAZBLUE
Del rey panel first thing this morning.
Rushing over to Del Rey, hoping to bump into Joe. –Choi
No bow-tie, but Ali has still got style.
Del Rey…New staff and new acquisitions
world of holic, tsubasa album de reproductions, nighthead genesis by higuri you
mizukami wataru – four eyed prince, ikumi mia – wish, genshiken the return of the otaku novel
Finally made it to thw show floor. 1st stop: run thru artist’ alley #nycc09
kitchen princess the search for angel cake, King of RPGs by Jason Thompson!!!
The Del Rey crew.
Jason Thompson of Otaku USA is making a English-language manga called “The King of RPGs”. -Choi
King of RPGs, the OEL manga from Jason Thompson sounds really awesome.
POST: NYCC: Del Rey Liveblog:
I ran a little late for the Del Rey panel, but here are the announcements:Ge.. http://tinyurl.com/bbawf5
Bishie wolverine?! What the hell!?
“Tim Gunn from Project Runway was a model for characters in the X-Men manga.” FORREALDAMN –Choi
“Cyclops look like an emo, rocket guy” WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY CHILDHOOD –Choi
Fan to Del Rey: “Just buy Tokyopop!”
Bandai is starting in five, we’ll see what comes out of that. –Choi
POST: NYCC: Bandai Liveblog:
It’s actually a few inutes before the Bandai panel starts, but I thought I’d .. http://tinyurl.com/bgxnbn
The ultimate anime expert @Gia fields questions from the common folk.
Rob of Bandai Ent.
Fail internets are fail.
Bandai had submitted Sword of the Stranger for Academy Award consideration and got far but “was beat by Kung-Fu Panda”. –Choi
Giving a shout out to @Hisui while Bandai plays the Hayate OP.
Hayate will probably be sub-only due to lack of TV play. Did Bandai really think they could get it on TV?
Wonder if they’ll bring the PSP Dot hack game here as well? [Ramune]
I do like seeing the Sola promo being played.
Most of Bandai’s new releases drop in July. I don’t think Bandai will even be around in July.. (>_>)
Not a very good Akira trailer. :-/
There’s going to be some printing lag for the Akira Blu-ray, so if you want it kids, February 24th. –Choi
looks like Bandai will have something for you comic fans… Stay tuned
Gundam 00 manga to be released under Bandai–first time Gundam manga and anime will be released under Bandai umbrella. –Choi
eureka seven omnibus two vols… And gundam 00 and 00F… Yawn.
And Bandai’s finally going online! (^_^)
@Scott About time! [Ramune]
Waiting for the Marvel animation panel. [Ramune]
Just a few shows on a YouTube for now, but they are really eager to expand asap. Good on ‘ya, Bandai! (^_^)
Had interesting conversation with patrick abry of xiao pan, a French co that discovers and publishes Chinese artists.
He explained that ‘while the art is strong, the content of the stories are often weak.”
(javitz center wifi cnnections still sucking ass todY) #nycc09
(Phil foglio sketch for book acquired! Also @guigar is one of the nicest guys in comics) #nycc09
(scored a seat near the front for the Penny Arcade panel) #nycc09
(went oside just to get Tweets I missed & ship new ones) #nycc09
Bandai is giving us a digital distribution survey, also talking about Joost as a potential partner. –Choi
Huge audiance for Yen Press.
Bandai was kind of a bust, nothing huge. Hopefully Yen Press will surprise. –Choi
(Be proud of me for I am standing outside a convention ctr for the 1st time in 7 yrs & I will not bum a fag)
@Scott Any insight as to why? –Choi
So they get French artists to consult and mentor the Chinese artists. “they’re learning fast.”
Yen’s Kurt is our host this afternoon
time and again by Yun jiun, Spice and wolf manga…. And the mic is off. Raiders by Park JinJun
laon by hyun you… Yotsuba!!!!!!!!!!! Detaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!
fujiyama hyouta’s Cresent Moon Story
yotsuba will be restarting in Sept. yen is trying to figure out how to deal with the back issues of that
Well! Yotsuba 6 picked up by yen press!
Kurt still happy with yen plus.
Kurt and @tania of Yen Press
Yen Press is making dreams come true.
Online distribution of Yen Plus? “Trying to find the most viable way to do it”, says Yen. –Choi
POST: NYCC: Yen Press Liveblog:
Yen Press is going to start soon. Abby, Yen+’s resident shrimp artis.. http://tinyurl.com/auruns
Yen Press swag giveaway: I don’t know whether to feel like I’m just in first grade or embaressed: “REMEMBER TO SAY THANK YOU” –Choi
Don’t miss the Disney screening at 230 in the IGN theatre!!!!!!!! Sorry this is my first tweet, too busy!
Sean, now we actually have stuff to give away!
Is Funimation really that popular? The long is longer than Matthew Callueng’s Smutflix queue. –Choi
For some there is a line for the funi panel.
@Benu Some titles were already on YouTube before the panel… right? That’s what they said, at least. –Choi
poor hyouta fujiyama; upstaged by yotsuba&!
‘s D&D encounter is not going too well
NYCC: FUNimation Liveblog http://tinyurl.com/dh6dv4
Is happy that @jillers has joined the party!
more people at the yen panel than ever before! it was like the industry panels i used to go to back in the day!
also, guys trying to look up haruhi’s skirt while going down the escalator. -_-;;
overheard: fma2 anime 72 eps long to cover all of series?
Crap. At&t network completely overwhelmed by iPhone users here at NYCC. Only 1/2 my tweets go thru.
Funimation sound bite… Anytime we can bastardize a Japanese anime we will do it! (cheers from the audience… And i died a little)
Kenichi… Wholesome martial arts fun with boobs
whipped at blazblue: hanging out around the free starbucks spot
bought into that buy two get one free revoltech deal
have way too many bags (thanks aksys)
(I get two tokens, yay!) #nycc09
(Going back down to Artist Alley, and hopes to find Carla Speed McNeil) #nycc09
Got out of FUNi panel – no new announcements. :(
anybody at nycc know anything about the yatterman encore tonight?
Funimation really digging into digital distro with “Fulu”, the Funi Video Player–then again, they own a third of the market. –Choi
At&t network is dead at the Javits, so I’m stepping out to upload some pics.
Yen Press giving free manga to everyone at the panel.
The line waiting for FUNi.
Adam speaking for FUNi. He really did put on a good panel.
Unlike other companies, FUNi is completely honest and open about the situation.
kathy says i seem a lot more “genki.” xD
Saw a Ranka & Sheyrl cosplayers & I lack a camera! ><
ali: “bringing a condom to an anime convention is the definition of optimism.”
@mangacast There was no way for Funi to get around the fact that Kenichi sucks. I guess we can give them credit for trying…?
@Scott FUNi may be open, but keep in mind that they can be so open about it because they are one of the only ones doing well. –Choi
I’m going to bail on CMX and go see up. Let me know if anything happens, mmk? –Choi
Is hoping against hope that she will find Carla Speed McNeil today #nycc09
@Trisha Lynn where are you at now?
sorry about the intermittent twitter updates. my ATT connection here at javits is… well, it’s just crap.
operation don’t eat javits food failed today. bought $4.00 pretzel and hated myself afterwards for it.
lots of hatin’ on tokyopop today for some reason at the del rey and yen press panels. well, maybe disgruntlement is more accurate.
at del rey, a fan begged them to take on the license for aria, and another asked them to take over tokyo tribes.
at yen press, after hearing about the yotsuba license, people asked if they’d take over other lapsed titles
to which kurt says, “If there’s a license that is lapsed, and it’s good, we’ll consider it. “
“But that said, we’re not looking into cherry-picking lapsed titles from other publishers.”
“But if a great title falls in our lap, like if VIZ wants to drop Naruto, we’d consider picking it up.” (and the room erupts in laughter).
meanwhile, at yesterday’s state of the industry panel, Stu, the CEO of tokyopop says he’s got “more princess ai, more bizenghast.” for us.
you know how the news talk about how the banking and automotive CEOs are tone deaf to their customers & the times?
somehow that comment reminded me of that. there were too many professionals there who were too polite to moan loudly.
(Gonna hit the show floor one more time and then I think I’m done for this year) #nycc09
Buy 1 trade get 2 free? Insane!
Dc is giving away shop tat project a bat signal!
Last panel of the night: cmx
Jim from @CMX prepares for the twitter press.
march on earth… Kyaa too cute. Shou-kun!!
POST: NYCC: CMX Liveblog:. http://tinyurl.com/ar7yjk
Both CMX and FUNi put their Macs to good use with fancy Keynote presentations.
It’s a lining my stomach with pink goo kind of day.
New from CMX – King of Debris by Aso Yusuke, the Lapis Lazuri Crown by Kawasw Natusna
Day two of con: my throat is entirely dead. @_@;;;
@Gia where at the con are you?
@Angry Rabbit we’re all at CMX room 1A06
@Gia i have cough drops if you need ‘em.
Broken Blade… A mecha manga woohoo Yoshinaga Yunosuke
@Scott So am I! [Ramune]
@tania Would that “genkiness” be related to a particular NYCC guest whose name MIGHT rhyme with “schmoe Smackurai”? <3
man oh man
Is done w/ NYCC for this year! Tomorrow it’s blog-writing & Coraline in 3D
dont forget to get your “Monmow Disease” sticker from the Vertical booth
‘s phone is also dying :(
Up seems to be really well done from what they showed us. Of course, final judgment us still withheld. –Choi
@Deb Aoki i got some, thanks :) i don’t have predrinking dinner plans for tomorrow yet, you still in town in the evening?
Dinner with handsome and beautiful bloggers of the funny persuasion.
parodying web 2.0 at a diner
Eating dinner with @Narutaki @sdshamshell @Dave and a bunch of other bloggers… Awesome!
sad tummy and weak bladder. Tonight we tweet about bodily functions.
Ani-bloggers and friends take over an entire side of the Tick Tock diner for Saturday dinner.
Also: we’re plagued with mad technical errors this show.
In taxi passing thru times square on a Saturday night. Ah, NYC. How I wish I didn’t have to spend so much time in javits.
Every panel today had people fighting a cold or laringytis.
Yuri News This Week – February 7, 2009: Another quiet week in the news, and I’m at NYCC today, so I’m keeping th.. http://tinyurl.com/b2b4wo
Home at last! Others went out for karaoke, but I just need sleep too much.
Interviewed Benjamin, the creator of orange today. Unfortunately, I know no Chinese at all, so couldn’t get a gist of what he said
At least when I interview Japanese artists, I have some hint of what they are actually saying. Lost in translation indeed.
Passing so many nightclubs with fresh young things waiting to get in, thinking ‘I’m so not into that now. When did I get old & boring?’
So tired right now. Posting some NYCC stuff to @AniGamers and then sweet, sweet bed.
Back home after a long commute & drive. All in all, fun was had. Wish I took pictures, but there was just too much to do. [Ramune]