San Diego Comic Con International is less than a week away and (like most major conventions) I won't be going. As I read reports from this con and catch video of it on G4 it seems that comics only make up a small amount of the activities there.
Still, lots of news and buzz get announced there. The DCU blog put out the DC Universe schedule a while back. Here is the link to the entire agenda:
Here are the Supergirl/Superman relevant panels. I am hoping that the Supergirl fans who come here can post questions that they hope the Supergirl fans who will be there can ask for us.
In fact, if anyone IS going please let me know!
Thursday, July 23rd
11:45-12:45 Superman: Two Worlds
Torn between New Krypton and Earth, The Man of Steel has only just begun his latest adventure. You’ve seen the stories. A new planet of Kryptonians. Scores of super-powered beings. The people behind Superman’s future are here to face the most trying times in his life. Meet the talented folks behind Superman as they give you a glimpse of what is in store for our favorite Super-family. Featuring Superman Group Editor Matt Idelson, Geoff Johns (Adventure Comics, Superman: Secret Origins), Greg Rucka (Action Comics), James Robinson (Superman), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Renato Guedes (Superman), and more! Room 6DE
So this is the big panel to attend because the big guns in the Superman family will be there including Sterling Gates and I assume Jamal Igle.
Please please please no one ask about the bike shorts. But I might try to get some info on the upcoming year. Maybe a question about whether or not Supergirl will be joining a team after the Cry for Justice mini.
Another question I would like to ask would be where these creators feel Supergirl fits in the DCU. Is she Superman's heir apparent? Is she his sidekick? Is she completely independent? Is she respected by the other heroes or is she still looked on as an ongoing project?
2:15-3:15 Spotlight on Geoff Johns
He is the mastermind behind the smash-hit, critically acclaimed Flash: Rebirth and DC’s most anticipated book of the year, Green Lantern: Blackest Night. Wondering what makes Geoff Johns tick? Don’t miss this panel hosted by Eddie Berganza, Group Editor—DCU, interviewing one of the most exciting talents in the DCU. Room 6DE
Blackest Night will already have started and the answer might be known but I would ask if Zor-El is a potential Black Lantern.
I also would ask him about where the idea for New Krypton came from and does Johns think that 100K more Kryptonians somehow diminishes Superman. Let's face it ... current mythos has swerved very far away from the John Byrne's true "last son of Krypton". It was that edict that was behind the removal of Supergirl from the DCU back in the late 80's.
Friday, July 24th
3:00-4:00 DC NATION
Calling all NATION recruits! Bring your friends and hear top talent discuss where the DC NATION is heading from 2009 and beyond. Sr. VP - Executive Editor Dan DiDio hosts this exciting discussion with Ian Sattler, James Robinson, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and more! Join them for a VIP look into the most talked about stories and events of the summer! Room 6DE
The idea of a Cosmic Adventures sequel probably would work best here with Didio present.
4:30-5:30 Wednesday Comics
Wednesday Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition by reinventing the classic newspaper comics section and filling it to the brim with today’s top talent and characters! Learn all you need to know about DC’s excitingly innovative weekly 12-issue series from the title’s mastermind, DCU Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello, and an all-star list of panelists! Believe us; you’ve never seen a panel or a project like this! Room 5AB
Asking Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conners about this particular Supergirl and the origins behind this strip would be interesting. This isn't the rave dancing Kara from issue #12. In fact this strip clearly looks like a throwback to simpler times. I would love to hear about Conner's approach to a Silver Age style tale.
Saturday, July 25th
12:45-2:00 DCU Editorial Presentation
Dan DiDio, Senior VP / Executive Editor DCU, Ian Sattler, Senior Story Editor—DCU, and countless DCU talent are gathering for a discussion that’s not to be missed. Now that Blackest Night is upon us, what lies ahead for your favorite heroes? Got a question for your favorite DCU creator? Come on by! There’s no greater gathering of top-tier creative talent! Room 6B
Sunday, July 26th
2:00–3:00 Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio
As the con comes to a close, sit back and unwind as Dan DiDio and friends invite you to a relaxed Sunday afternoon comics discussion. Share your opinions and listen to others as some of comics’ biggest names talk about their love of all things comics. All are welcome, no RSVP required. Room 2
I guess these forums would be good for any generic questions about Supergirl as well.
Besides the panels, the writers and artists of the Supergirl titles will be present. If you are at SDCC you should seek them out and let them know how much you love their works on Supergirl.
Here are Sterling Gates scheduled appearances:
11:45am-12:45pm – PANEL: Superman (Room 6DE)
4-5pm – SIGNING: DC booth
1-2pm – SIGNING: DC booth
4-5pm – SIGNING: DC booth
1:30-2:30pm – SIGNING: DC booth
Jamal Igle will have a limited SDCC print as seen above based on his Supergirl promo pictures. On his blog he said they will only be 100 so get to his booth quick.
On his blog, Jamal Igle talks about what he will be doing at the SDCC ( http://jamaligle.blogspot.com/2009/07/san-diego-planning.html ). Look him up at Booth 4301. Here is his schedule away from the booth:
11:45am-12:45pm – PANEL: Superman (Room 6DE)
4-5pm – DC booth signing
1-2pm – DC booth signing
SATURDAY4-5pm – DC booth signing
1:30-2:30pm – DC booth signing
Make sure you let Gates and Igle know that you like what they are doing on the title. I think it would do them good to hear from the 'silent majority' who think their work on Supergirl has been fantastic.
And Landry Walker and Eric Jones will also be at the con ( http://xray-studios.livejournal.com/54744.html) .
They'll have spiffy Supergirl and Brave and Bold prints available. That is one fantastic print of the Cosmic Adventures Supergirl happily flying above Metropolis.
And their schedule:
Daily signing session at the SLG booth (right next to the DC Comics booth):
Friday 11:30 - 1:00
And there panel appearances:
Spotlight on Landry Walker and Eric Jones
The creative team behind SLG Publishing's Little Gloomy series and the recent Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade for DC Comics discuss all of their work, past and present, including the upcoming run on Batman: The Brave and the Bold series. Landry Walker and Eric Jones discuss the pitfalls of working on all-ages books as well as developing their own properties for animation. Room 3
Comics and Graphic Novels for All Ages
It’s true! There’s a wealth of great comic books series and graphic novels out there for comics-loving kids of all ages-so much so, that Comic-Con presents its second big panel of the day on the topic! Moderator Randy Duncan (co-chair of the Comics Arts Conference) talks with Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Eric Jones and Landry Walker (Supergirl, Little Gloomy), Jeff Smith (Bone), and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf) about comics for everyone! Room 3
Hopefully they know how much Cosmic Adventures was appreciated but it can't hurt to tell them again.
Anyways, these shows are the places to interact with the creators and let them know what you think of their works.
If you like Supergirl and Cosmic Adventures as much as I did, you should find these guys and let them know.
And of course, let me know how things were at the SDCC.