Comic-Con International has had a long history of producing publications that not only kept attendees and readers informed about our events but also included exclusive content, interviews, and articles. Those publications evolved over the years, from simple printed “progress reports” to the digest-sized black-and-white (and then comic-sized and full-color) Update publication to the glossy Comic-Con Magazine and finally the upscale-format Comic-Con Annual, published over the last two years. All of these magazines were produced and sent to registered attendees, arriving in their home mailboxes and reminding them that Comic-Con, WonderCon, and APE were all just around the corner.
These days, most attendees get their information from our website, so it’s time to take all of that great magazine content—the photos, the exclusive interviews and articles, the show info—and put it in one place. And it’s a place that doesn’t arrive once a year in your mailbox. It’s right here on the web, whenever you want it, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Yeah . . . we kind of think this Internet thing is here to stay.
So we’re going to stop killing trees each year and offer you updated and exclusive content right here, both on our traditional www.comic-con.org website and our new blog component, Toucan. Our weekly Toucan columnists officially begin on Tuesday, January 1, but in the next couple of weeks, we’ll fill you in on some of our plans, including who our “Toucan Team” of writers are and what they’ll be contributing to the website with their monthly posts about the wonderful world of comics. January’s posts by our contributors will focus on a special theme: “Why We Love Comics.” They will explain what that phrase means to them on a personal level in their introductory columns.
From now until the end of the year, we’ll be posting a number of features, including our first major two-part “Toucan Interview,” featuring one of comics’ most popular—and prolific—writers.
In the coming months, we’ll be premiering a lot of new features on Toucan, including the above-mentioned monthly columns, rare photos and images from the Comic-Con Archives, interviews with guests at our various events, and much, much more. Bookmark Toucan, or subscribe to our RSS feed . . . you’ll want to make Comic-Con’s Toucan a regular stop on your Internet rounds!