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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 06/24/2009

Countdown to Comic-Con: "Cul de Sac's" Maiden Voyage

By Michael Cavna

If there's anything more fun than talking "San Diego Comic-Con" with a decades-long attendee, it's the polar opposite: A chat with a Comic-Con rookie who can only imagine what awaits.

"Cul de Sac's" Richard Thompson (Courtesy of Richard Thompson)

"Cul de Sac" creator RICHARD THOMPSON, though he be a veteran of the deftly rendered line, is such a convention first-timer. Thompson will be a special guest of Comic-Con next month, appearing in at least two sessions. (One of them will involve his solo PowerPoint-like presentation. The other will be a panel that includes Stephan Pastis and Keith Knight.)

So what does Thompson expect, exactly, from one of the world's largest comics conventIons? "I'm bracing for something huge," Thompson tells Comic Riffs. "I don't know what I'm getting into."

Thompson was weaned on superheroes, he says, particularly going back and forth from Batman to Spider-Man to Captain America. But he's eager to soak it all in.

As for his panel session, he expects it to cover a range of topics, although Pastis, he says, has suggested a topic that was once near-unthinkable: "Syndication: Yes or No -- Is It Worth It?"


UClick, the digital entertainment provider, is announcing bright-and-early this morning that it is releasing the first iPhone/iPod Touch app for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

The Eisner app is available now for free in the App Store and on iTunes, says UClick, which adds that the app "will update with icons indicating the winners in each category shortly after the voting results are announced" July 24 at Comic-Con. (To get the Eisner app, search "Eisner" in the App Store.)

UClick says the app will have info on Will Eisner and the Eisner Awards and nominees, as well as "information on each creator and title, and images from their nominated works."

Yet another sign that iPhone apps for comics will generate serious buzz at the 'Con like never before.


THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: Richard Thompson on the influence of "Calvin and Hobbes."

By Michael Cavna  | June 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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