We’re excited to announce that Sequart will have quite a lot going on at this year’s San Diego Comic Con: We’ll be selling Sequart books and movies at our (very first!) SDCC small press table, we’ll be participating in two panels, and (as always) we’ll be filming for our upcoming documentaries.
Our Table: If you’re going to be at Comic Con, please make sure to stop by our table in the small press area (table M-05) to say hi and check out our books and movies. (We’ll have copies of all 20 published books and all 4 published DVDs!) Also, and equally importantly, we’ve met many of Sequart’s best contributors by complete chance at our table during past conventions, so if you’ve ever had an desire to write for our site or to pitch a book or even for a documentary, please stop by and lay it on us. We love talking pitches! (Ask for Mike Phillips or Julian Darius.)
Our Panels: We’re also happy to announce that we’re participating in two panels this year. And conveniently, they’re back to back on the Friday night (July 25th).
- From 7 to 8pm, in ROOM 4, Sequart and Respect Films will be putting on the Neil Gaiman Documentary panel. We first contacted Neil in 2011 with the idea of making a doc about his life, and he said sure, but he’s obviously a busy guy, so we didn’t actually interview him for the first time until 2013! We still have a little more filming to do, but this panel will give you the first glimpse of some great footage we shot with Neil. Here’s the panel description: Neil Gaiman is one of our most beloved modern storytellers, crafting amazing fantasy worlds across comics, novels, films, and music. But what is his story? This new documentary takes you along for the ride on Neil’s record setting 2013 signing tour, and it explores a life as fantastical as one of his stories. Join filmmakers Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and Jordan Rennert (Warren Ellis: Captued Ghosts), as well as Neil’s “Pepper Potts” Cat Mihos (Neverwear) and a special guest for an exclusive first look at the film, and unprecedented access to one of our most beloved authors.
- And then race over to ROOM 9 because, from 8 to 9pm, Sequart documentary director Robert A. Emmons, Jr. will be a on the panel dais for the Fredric Wertham-centric panel 60 Years of Seduction: Right, Wrong, and Wertham. Robert will be discussing Wertham and showing a clip from our recently-completed Diagram for Delinquents doc. Here’s the panel description: In his book Seduction of the Innocent, published 60 years ago, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, M.D., claimed that comic books were a leading cause of juvenile delinquency. Forever cast as a villain in the eyes of comic fandom, Wertham is, at worst, represented as an enemy of free speech and, at best, a misguided moral crusader. But is either characterization correct? Was Wertham right, wrong, or both? Do his mid-century hypotheses about media violence have any relevance today? And why are we still talking about him? Join us for an in-depth look at the impact of Dr. Wertham and his crusade against comics. Author Bradford W. Wright (Comic Book Nation) will offer an historical perspective of Wertham. Library and information science professor Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will explore and critique Dr. Wertham’s research methodology, while psychiatrists Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., and Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) will discuss Wertham’s views on juvenile delinquency within the context of current media violence research. Professor Robert A. Emmons, Jr., director of the documentary film Diagram for Delinquents, will share his insights in his effort to create a more complete picture of Wertham. Emmons will also discuss the zeitgeist of America during the crusade against comics as one of the first media backlashes in American history. Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) moderates.
Our Upcoming Movies: As if we didn’t already have enough Comic Con craziness on our plate, Sequart / Respect Films will continue filming our two upcoming documentaries (the untitled Neil Gaiman doc and the successfully Kickstarted She Makes Comics). We have at least ten SDCC interviews lined up, and that number will most likely double because you just never know who you’ll run into at Comic Con! She Makes Comics is on schedule to be released this year, and the Gaiman doc will come out in 2015.
Once again, if you have the time, please stop by our small press table (M-05) to say hi. Either way, have a great Con!