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ATTENZIONE, è qaesi certo che un numero non comune di commenti, sin da oggi, causa congestione (o dovrei scrivere “malagestione”?) del traffico in rete, finirà a capofitto nelle pieghe dell’antispam.

Ma NIENTE PAURA, magari con una settimana di ritardo (non oltre) sono in grado di recuperare tutto.

Gli sfortunati mittenti saranno avvertiti, a occhio e croce verso il 20 del mese, e i ripescaggi diverranno visibili a tutti.

Qualche fortunato visitatore del Comic-Con di San Diego, forse, vorrà delle dritte su quali panels seguire nei prossimi giorni.

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Io consiglio quelli con Mark Evanier, più in sintonia con Cartoonist Globale, e li segnalo di seguito, nella mia prima lingua:

Thursday, July 18 – 1 PM to 2 PM in Room 5AB
SUPERMAN: THE JULIUS SCHWARTZ ERA
In celebration of Superman’s 75th Birthday, we look back at the Man of Steel in Comics’ Bronze Age. In 1970, veteran editor Julius Schwartz assumed command of the primal hero and charted a course for a new generation. To discuss it, we assemble many of the writers who worked with him in keeping Superman flying high: GERRY CONWAY, MARTIN PASKO, MARV WOLFMAN, ELLIOTT S! MAGGIN and Moderator MARK EVANIER!

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Thursday, July 18 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Room 8
THE SERGIO AND MARK SHOW
Same guys, same panel, same stupid barbarian. The folks who’ve brought you Groo the Wanderer (and vow to do so again soon) will tell you what’s up with that and what’s up with all their other silly projects. Featuring the world’s most honored cartoonist, SERGIO ARAGONÉS and his faithful sidekick, MARK EVANIER, plus the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, STAN SAKAI, and the world’s hardest-working colorist, TOM LUTH.

Friday, July 19 – 10 AM to 11 AM in Room 9
SPOTLIGHT ON TONY ISABELLA
Comic-Con Special Guest TONY ISABELLA is the man who brought you Black Lightning, It the Living Colossus, The Shadow War of Hawkman, The Champions and so many more memorable comics, plus his long-running column in Comic Buyer’s Guide. He will be ruthlessly interrogated about them and other milestones of his career by his longtime friend, MARK EVANIER.

Friday, July 19 – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Room 8
A CELEBRATION OF WALT KELLY’S 100th BIRTHDAY
The creator of one of comics’ great newspaper strips, Walt Kelly, would have been 100 years old on August 25th of this year. His magnum opus, Pogo, is now receiving its first ever complete reprinting in an Eisner-nominated series from Fantagraphics Books. So it’s a good time to remember him with Kelly fans JEFF SMITH (Bone), Paul Dini (Batman), comic historian R.C. HARVEY, MAGGIE THOMPSON (Comic Buyer’s Guide), CAROLYN KELLY (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series and Walt’s daughter) and Moderator MARK EVANIER (Groo the Wanderer).

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Saturday, July 20 – 10 AM – 11 AM in Room 4
REMEMBERING JOE KUBERT
We lost one of comics’ most beloved and respected creators in August of ’12. Joe Kubert started drawing comics when he was twelve years old and didn’t stop until he’d inspired and taught a couple generations how it was done. Come hear all about this extraordinary man from folks who knew and worked with him: SERGIO ARAGONÉS, NEAL ADAMS, PAUL LEVITZ, RUSS HEATH, TOM YEATES, JON COOKE and your Moderator, MARK EVANIER.

Saturday, July 20 – 11:45 AM to 1 PM in Room 6BCF
QUICK DRAW!
It’s the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! (Well, some folks think it is — mainly Sergio and Mark..) Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster MARK EVANIER pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another as they go mano a mano to create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are SERGIO ARAGONÉS (MAD Magazine, Groo the Wanderer), SCOTT SHAW! (The Simpsons) and this year’s Special Guest Quick Drawer, NEAL ADAMS (Batman, X-Men). Plus a couple of surprising surprises!

Saturday, July 20 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in Room 6BCF
CARTOON VOICES I
Each year, Moderator MARK EVANIER gathers together a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year’s lineup includes SCOTT MENVILLE (Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), GREY DeLISLE (Scooby Doo, Pound Puppies), CHRISTOPHER COX (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Family Guy), DAVID BOAT (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Family Guy), MICHAEL LEON-WOOLEY (The Princess and the Frog) and KARI WAHLGREN (Bolt, Tangled).

Saturday, July 20 – 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM in Room 5AB
THAT 70′S PANEL
It was a time of change in comics with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what it was like from MARTIN PASKO (Superman, Swamp Thing), TONY ISABELLA (Black Lightning, The Champions), VAL MAYERIK (Man-Thing, Howard the Duck), ELLIOTT S! MAGGIN (Superman, Green Arrow), GEORGE PEREZ (Teen Titans, Justice League) and Moderator MARK EVANIER (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).

Saturday, July 20 – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 5AB
SPOTLIGHT ON LEONARD MALTIN
He’s been called America’s most knowledgeable film critic and historian, and he’s the author of more than a dozen books of motion pictures, in addition to his annual (and best-selling) Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, a book no lover of film can be without. This year, he’s a Comic-Con Special Guest and for this hour, he’ll be interviewed by his longtime friend, MARK EVANIER.

Sunday, July 21 – 10:00 AM – 11:15 PM in Room 5AB
THE ANNUAL JACK KIRBY TRIBUTE PANEL
Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con’s first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are NEIL GAIMAN, TONY ISABELLA and Kirby family attorney PAUL S. LEVINE. And of course, it’s moderated by MARK EVANIER.

Sunday, July 21 – 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM in Room 6A
CARTOON VOICES II
Yesterday’s Cartoon Voices Panel will have been such a hit that we’ll have to do another one with different but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, Moderator MARK EVANIER has assembled an all-star dais that will include BOB BERGEN (Porky Pig), ALICYN PACKARD (The Mr. Men Show, Poppy Cat), MAURICE LaMARCHE (Futurama, Pinky and the Brain), CANDI MILO (Dexter’s Laboratory, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), NEIL ROSS (G.I. Joe, Transformers) and maybe someone else.

Sunday, July 21 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Room 25ABC
COVER STORY: THE ART OF THE COVER
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let’s ask four of the top artists…all folks who’ve created some of the best. Come hear the “shop talk” of JERRY ORDWAY (Superman, The Power of Shazam), GARY FRANK (Action Comics, DC Universe: Legacies), DAN JURGENS (Superman, Booster Gold) and CHRIS SAMNEE (Daredevil, Thor). Moderated by MARK EVANIER.

Sunday, July 21 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM in Room 25ABC
THE BUSINESS OF CARTOON VOICES
Interested in a career doing voices for animation and video games? There are plenty of people around who’ll take your money and tell you how to go about it…but here’s 90 minutes of absolutely free advice from folks who work in the field. Come hear cartoon voice actors GREGG BERGER and CANDI MILO, agents PAT BRADY (C.E.S.D.) and HEATHER VERGO (Atlas Talent) and your moderator, voice director MARK EVANIER (The Garfield Show).

In alternativa al Comic-Con, parliamo di qualche argomento insolito, per esempio della Pixar, che è formata da una strana combinazione di persone, ci sono gli scienziati pazzi, i ballerini, gli animatori, tutti i tipi di persone speciali. E la maggior parte di queste persone speciali non erano esattamente popolari alle medie e alle superiori. Per fortuna abbiamo tenuto duro e ci siamo trovati, abbiamo formato questa tribù, questa famiglia, questa squadra che crea film magici. E per via del nostro passato, di ciò che abbiamo in comune, vogliamo condividere un messaggio di speranza con voi».

La Pixar, naturalmente è vicina al pubblico di bambini e adolescenti.

Nel video che apre questa miscellaneggiante rassegna di fine settimana, ha voluto portare il suo contributo al progetto online It Gets Better lanciando un importante messaggio ai ragazzi vittima dell’omofobia interiorizzata, una forma di odio contro se stessi derivante dai pregiudizi sociali contro l’omosessualità.

Il video è stato (direi coraggiosamente) girato proprio dai dipendenti gay, lesbo e trans della Pixar.

Difficile immaginare in Italia (Paese medioevale e vaticanizzato fino al midollo) qualcosa del genere.

WISH LIST from Griff on Vimeo.

Ecco un altro tema non pubblicizzato a dovere dal TG Uno post-Minzolini. Ogni seconda domenica di luglio, come oggi è, ad Amtrack, in California, Orange County, si tiene il Festival della Luna.

LOCATION: Along the chain link fence adjacent the train tracks, across the road from:

Mugs Away Saloon, (949) 582-9716
27324 Camino Capistrano, #102; Laguna Niguel, (Orange County) California 92677

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Ecco un reportage del 2008.

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Invece, nella Grande Mela

Ladies of New York, you are free to walk bare-breasted through the city! New York City’s 34,000 police officers have been instructed that, should they encounter a woman in public who is shirtless but obeying the law, they should not arrest her. This is a good step towards gender parity in public spaces.

Qui, approfondimenti.