Showbiz Sandbox 64: Buzzing About Comic-Con, Digital Comics and E-Books

Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times, Alex Billington of First Showing and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE all attended the 41st annual Comic-Con. They stop by to fill us in on all the the movies and television shows that managed to generate a lot of buzz (as well as a few that fizzled). We recap the pop-culture convention’s highlights and breaking news items.

Of course, before Comic-Con invited movies and television shows to the party, it used to be about buying and selling comic books. However, as Alex Pham of the Los Angeles Times informs us, physical comic books may be an endangered item thanks to the growing popularity of digital comics. These newfangled comics have animation, sound effects and narration. Pham also explains how e-books are changing the future of how and what we read.

E-books were the source of major controversy in the publishing world this past week. Literary agent Andrew Wylie announced he would bypass traditional publishing firms and form his own digital publishing company to release e-book versions of his client’s work, including out of print work from the likes of John Updike and and Philip Roth. Rachel Deahl, senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, tells us why this move was so controversial within the publishing industry.

During Big Deal or Big Whoop we rant about the week’s top entertainment headlines, including Justin Bieber’s acting debut, Netflix’s Canadian venture as well as some jail time for Lindsey Lohan and Wesley Snipes. Comical voicemail messages from Viacom head Sumner Redstone are the topic of this week’s Inside Baseball segment.

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Comic-Con 2010: The Hero Complex Version
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/07/comiccon-2010-the….

First Showing’s Comic-Con Coverage
http://www.firstshowing.net/category/comic-con10/

Thompson On Hollywood’s Comic-Con Coverage
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/category/comic-con/

Digital Comics: Nemesis Or Sidekick To Comic Book Culture?
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-digital-comics-20100723,0,3873557.story

Electronic Reading Devices Transforming The Concept Of A Book
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/18/business/la-fiw-0718-reading-20100718

Literary Agency Plans E-Book Editions
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/books/22odyssey.html?_r=1

Agency Publishes 20 ‘Modern Classics’ On Kindle, Cutting Out Publishers
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20011313-1.html

Random House Prepared To Challenge Wylie Agency’s New Publishing Biz
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content….

Stampede At German Love Parade Festival Kills 19
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10751899

After Media Frenzy Lindsay Lohan Begins Life In Jail
http://insession.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/22/after-media-frenzy….

Univision Is #1 Broadcast Network In U.S.
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/07/27/univision-is-1-broadcast….

Prosecutors Urge Immediate Jail Time For Wesley Snipes
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=11221703

American Idol Judge Hunt: Issak, Connick and Trump In The Running
http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/07/idol-judge….

O.M.G. Justin Bieber Will Do CSI
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/o-m-g-justin-bieber….

Sundance Hit ‘Catfish’ To Become Reality Series
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/sundance-hit-catfish-to-become….

Studio Casting Names The Riddler As Batman 3 Villain
http://www.firstshowing.net/2010/07/20/excl-studio-casting-names….

Cable Shows With The Wealthiest Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i45….

‘Animal Farm’ May Arrive Before Pigs Fly
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/23/animal-farm-musical….

Marketing “Tron: Legacy” Brings Hardest Sell Yet
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/business/media/26tron.html….

Netflix To Launch Canadian Service For Streaming Movies and TV Episodes
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/07/19/netflix-to-launch-canadian….

Sumner Redstone “Thinks He’s Paul Newman”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i45….