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Nybakken: It's done a huge amount to build up the community, the comics fan community, and to put them in touch with the creators -- I don't know a single comics creator who doesn't have his or her own message board and is constantly posting and trading comments with readers and things like that. I think it's all to the good; you can always overdose on it, like anything else, where you just become too beholden to what the fans are saying, but most readers don't really worry about that, I think.

Bunting: It seemed like this was really a year, based on what I was reading in the coverage, where TV was really a dominant force at Comic Con -- do you think that's going to increase, that presence, and do you think that that's a good thing?

Nybakken: As long as genre-based programming continues to do well on television, it will keep increasing at Comic Con, and I generally do think it's a good thing -- it helps mainstream acceptance of comics immensely, which is always good, even today there's some residual "comics will rot your mind" mindsets out there. I mean, there's always the danger that the Hollywood aspect will overwhelm the convention, but the people who own and run the convention are aware of that, and they take steps to mitigate that kind of thing. Like, they always reserve a certain amount of space for the back-issue retailers and stuff like that, to make sure that they're not crowded out of the convention space by the Hollywood people. If the Hollywood people were able to, they would buy every booth space in that convention center and just take over the entire thing.

Bunting: But it's not going to turn into, like, Happy Meal Comic Con.

Nybakken: I don't think so.

[redacted re: manga]

Manu: DC's putting out the Heroes comic book, aren't they?

Nybakken: Yeah, I believe we are.

Bunting: Are they using the same artist that does the drawings on the show?

Manu: I think they're included on the -- not Tim Sale?

Nybakken: Yeah, Tim Sale is the artist who does all the paintings and things on the show; I don't think he's illustrating the comic itself. I think they're showing the paintings that he did in the show itself, they're reproducing those -- I don't know for sure, I haven't actually seen it.

Bunting: Because if you go downstairs to the NBC Universal Store, those have been reproduced on every possible thing -- shirts, glasses --

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"I Sometimes Feel I'm The Only Person In The Company Who Doesn't Actually Watch It"

Nybakken: It's done a huge amount to build up the community, the comics fan community, and to put them in touch with the creators -- I don't know a single comics creator who doesn't have his or her own message board and is constantly posting and trading comments with readers and things like that. I think it's all to the good; you can always overdose on it, like anything else, where you just become too beholden to what the fans are saying, but most readers don't really worry about that, I think.

Bunting: It seemed like this was really a year, based on what I was reading in the coverage, where TV was really a dominant force at Comic Con -- do you think that's going to increase, that presence, and do you think that that's a good thing?

Nybakken: As long as genre-based programming continues to do well on television, it will keep increasing at Comic Con, and I generally do think it's a good thing -- it helps mainstream acceptance of comics immensely, which is always good, even today there's some residual "comics will rot your mind" mindsets out there. I mean, there's always the danger that the Hollywood aspect will overwhelm the convention, but the people who own and run the convention are aware of that, and they take steps to mitigate that kind of thing. Like, they always reserve a certain amount of space for the back-issue retailers and stuff like that, to make sure that they're not crowded out of the convention space by the Hollywood people. If the Hollywood people were able to, they would buy every booth space in that convention center and just take over the entire thing.

Bunting: But it's not going to turn into, like, Happy Meal Comic Con.

Nybakken: I don't think so.

[redacted re: manga]

Manu: DC's putting out the Heroes comic book, aren't they?

Nybakken: Yeah, I believe we are.

Bunting: Are they using the same artist that does the drawings on the show?

Manu: I think they're included on the -- not Tim Sale?

Nybakken: Yeah, Tim Sale is the artist who does all the paintings and things on the show; I don't think he's illustrating the comic itself. I think they're showing the paintings that he did in the show itself, they're reproducing those -- I don't know for sure, I haven't actually seen it.

Bunting: Because if you go downstairs to the NBC Universal Store, those have been reproduced on every possible thing -- shirts, glasses --

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