Where is the love . . .
I asked in my angry email to Entertainment Weekly (as noted in my Twitter feed this morning). We’ll see if they actually print it. The entirety of my “letter” is as follows:
Regarding your coverage of this year’s Comic-Con, until the organizers finally get around to changing the name to the much-more-appropriate “PopCon” or “MarketingCon”, could you at least expand your San Diego Comic-Con coverage to add some information on, you know, actual comics? Yes, you covered Green Lantern, Thor, and Smallville, but where was any coverage on the actual comics on which those were based? Despite being perplexed why shows like Community and Sons of Anarchy are even showcased at a genre-based convention, Comic-Con is still popular for those of us who eschew Hall H and Ballroom 20 because some of the most fascinating things go on in panels on the other side of the building (e.g., Berkeley Breathed discussing sources of inspiration or Grant Morrison talking about the kinkier parts of Batman’s 75 year history). Your title is Entertainment Weekly but you seem to forget that some of us are still quite entertained, weekly, by the wonderful characters and worlds that come out of a century-old medium composed of sequential art panels telling good stories (or as professor Henry Jenkins put it in one woefully under-attended panel “comics are the R&D branch of the entertainment industry.”)
(additional links are all mine, because if you’re not going to hyper-annotate your blog, why bother?)
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