Let me hit a couple of high points off the bat, and I'll try to make a more detailed post later in the day...
- Jeremy Bastian's Cursed Pirate Girl is coming out as a 6-issue mini series this fall from Image. Absolutely stunning artwork. Even more stunning is that he draws his books at actual size and inks them entirely with a brush! (He's also made himself near-sighted by doing this.)
- Christopher Schons is still working on Earthlight for Tokyopop. He was already part-way through drawing the third volume when news began to hit about some of the problems they're running into. Tokyopop still wants him to finish the 100 or so pages he has left, but it will be published only on their web site sometime in the fall. He's working on another project for them as well, that will ALSO be published exclusively online. It seems that Tokyopop still has hopes in retaining good talent and viable properties, so they're only cutting back on production costs.
- Lorenzo Lizana is in discussions with Ape Entertainment to print his Scarab: Agent of Isis and get it out of the self-published realm.
- Taki Soma and Michael Avon Oeming have a top secret project coming out later this year from a "major publisher" that will be formally announced in San Diego. An NDA prevented them from disclosing any real details at this time.
But the upshot was that there WAS indeed a bona fide comic book convention going on, despite all the hoopla about Secret Invasions and whatnot. Who knew?