No RDJ st Comic Con this year. I figured that would probably be so. Given the immense cost and difficult logistics in getting all those stars there, it was unlikely they’d do it again after making their splash at D23 just last Saturday. I guess there’s always a small chance they’d get just RDJ there, especially since Comic Con presented Kevin Feige with its prestigious Inkpot Award in celebration of Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary with them, starting with Iron Man in 2007. But - “twas not to be.

We DID, however, get a repeat of the Infinity War sizzle reel. I can tell you that it looks hella awesome. It honestly packs so many visuals into so little time that they all end up just impressions in your brain. The most footage in one sequence is definitely Thor landing on the Guardians’ windshield. But for the Tony parts, omg. Tony looks SO anguished and increasingly horrified in each shot. The reel repeats the vision Wanda gave him, of gazing at that aftermath-of-war scene with his dead and dying teammates scattered across the rocks. The scene of him with Peter is heart-wrenching - Peter managing to say, softly, “I’m sorry, Tony” (yes, “Tony”) with his face all bloodied. Tony looking down at him in complete anguish (I didn’t get the sense Tony was holding him or cradling his head - maybe i missed that looking at their faces. Looked to me like Peter is just on the ground looking up at Tony. Ok. The way the Thanos-pulling-down-the-moon sequence is cut, it makes him look like he’s battling just Tony at the time. But that may or may not be true. It could be just the way they edited the reel, as I don’t think it ever shows the two in the same shot. But again, could be wrong. In ANY case, our heroes are truly getting their asses handed to them - NO ONE besides Thanos seems to be getting out of this one all healthy and fine. They’re all getting really beaten up.

Ok - just my thoughts as I try to put them together on the train heading back home. I may recall and discuss more later. Sure wish they’d showed it to us twice. (Lol, DC showed us the “Justice League” exclusive trailer twice earlier in the day. THAT looks like more gloomy, turgid claptrap - doubly disappointing after the effervescent ease of “Wonder Woman.” Ah well. So THAT we got to see again - as if to pound it into our heads. But – “Infinity War” got by far the bigger crowd reception….)

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Recap of the Defenders panel at SDCC 2017, Part 1

OH HEY Y’ALL. I’m still alive, thanks for asking, though I might as well be DEAD bc of the INSANITY that was that panel today. I really appreciate you all sitting through my incoherent, flail-y live posts (so many exclamation points! Yet also not enough!) and I loved reading the all caps commentary in my notes. I know everyone wants more details so I’m going to try my best to recap the happenings as thoroughly as possible, though I think I’ll have to split this into two parts and save all the juicy first episode stuff in Part 2. Anyway, let’s begin!

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Black History Month Spotlight

Floyd E Norman

  • Born June 22 1935
  • Worked on the Film “Sleeping Beauty” in 1956, becoming one of the first African American artists to remain at Walt Disney Studios on a long term basis
  • Other work in Disney included “101 Dalmatians”, “the Sword and the Stone” , “The Jungle Book” and" Robin Hood".
  • He cofounded “AfroKids” which did various segments for shows like “Sesame Street”
  • He was the last Mickey Mouse Comic strip Scripter before it was discontinued in the 1980s.
  • He has been a Story Artist on WDAS  and Pixar films including, “Toy Story 2”, “Monsters’ Inc”,“Mulan”, “Dinosaur”, and “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and continues to work for the Walt Disney Company as a freelance artist.
  • He was also a story artist for other animation studios, recently doing work on the movie “Free Birds”
  • Awards and Honors include the 2002 Winsor McCay Award for “Recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation, being honored as a Disney Legend in 2007. the Inkpot award at Comic-Con international in 2008 and the "Sergio Award” in 2013 from CAPS (The Comic Art Professional Society)

“This was like joining the Marine Corps of animation. If you made it at Disney, you could make it anywhere.”

“When we see something not right, not just, not fair, we have a moral obligation to get in the way. Get in trouble. Get in the right kind of trouble. Stand up for what is right and do something.”
-Rep. John Lewis at Comic Con International, with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, creators of ‘March’ winner of the Eisner Award and the Inkpot Award #ReadThisBook

Floyd E. Norman (born June 22, 1935) is an American animator who worked on the Walt Disney animated features Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, andThe Jungle Book, along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.

Norman had his start as an assistant to comic book artist Bill Woggon, who lived in the Santa Barbara, California, area that Norman grew up in.

After Walt Disney’s death in 1966 Floyd Norman left Disney Studios to co-found the AfroKids animation studio with business partner animator/director Leo Sullivan. Norman and Sullivan worked together on various projects such as the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s Fat Albert television special which aired in 1969 on NBC (not to be confused with the later Fat Albert series made by Filmation Associates).

Norman returned to Disney at one point in the early 1970s to work on the Disney animated feature Robin Hood. In the 1980s he worked as a writer in the comic strip department at Disney and was the last scripter for the Mickey Mouse comic strip before it was discontinued.[1]

More recently he has worked on motion pictures for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, having contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.for Pixar and Mulan, Dinosaur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation, among others. He continues to work for the Walt Disney Co. as a freelance consultant on various projects.

Norman has also published several books of cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry, Faster! Cheaper!, Son of Faster, Cheaper!, and How the Grinch Stole Disney.

He is currently a columnist for the websites and

Norman was named a Disney Legend in 2007. In 2008, he appeared as Guest of Honor at Anthrocon 2008[2] and at Comic-Con International, where he was given an Inkpot Award


Happy Belated Floyd! Thanks for showing a way! :-)

Hayao Miyazaki, Rumiko Takahashi Nominated for Eisner Hall of Fame

Comic-Con International announced on Wednesday that the Eisner Awards judges have selected three individuals for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this year, as well as 14 nominees for four more inductees. The three pre-selected inductees are Golden Age artists Irwin Hasen (The Flash, Wildcat, Green Lantern for DC; Dondi syndicated strip), Sheldon Moldoff (Batman artist), and African American comics pioneer Orrin C. Evans (All-Negro Comics). The 14 nominees for this year’s four remaining spots are Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Hayao Miyazaki, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O'Neil, Antonio Prohias, Rumiko Takahashi, George Tuska, and Bernie Wrightson.

Creative professionals working in the comics or related industries, publishers, editors, retailers (comics store owner or manager), graphic novels librarians, and comics historians/educators can vote online now for four nominees, and the vote will continue until March 31.

Miyazaki serialized the epic manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind over the course of a decade in Animage magazine. His other manga include Puss in Boots, The Journey of Shuna, Hikōtei Jidai, The Wind Rises, and his new samurai manga. He also co-founded Studio Ghibli and directed 11 feature films such as the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind adaptation, Princess Mononoke, the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, and his final feature The Wind Rises. He appeared at Comic-Con International in 2009.

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It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of longtime Archie Comics artist Stan Goldberg. We send our deepest condolences to the Goldberg family, their friends and Stan’s fans. 

A fixture of Archie Comics for over 40 years, Stan’s work at Archie included lengthy stints on titles like Archie, Life with Archie, Betty and Me, Laugh, Pep Comics, Sabrina and the Archie newspaper strip, to name but a few.

“Stan was a pro, and he really helped define these characters while he was here, from his earliest work to the hit Archie Wedding story five years ago,” said Archie Comics Editor-in-Chief, Victor Gorelick, who has worked at the company for over 56 years and edited Stan’s best-known work. “He was one of our go-to guy for decades. That’s nearly unheard of in comics, and Stan made it look easy. He will be missed by the entire comic book industry.”

Stan was also known for his work during the early days of Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He was awarded the Inkpot Award in 1994 for his work at Archie.

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