I just ran across a few interesting notes from Comic-Con 2006...
I attended a panel with Kazuo Koike. He's the author of Lone Wolf & Cub, Lady Snowblood, Crying Freeman, etc... That year, an illustration from Lone Wolf & Cub graced the cover of the comic-con program. But, the poor guy thought the illustration was on the back....!!
I loved hearing George RR Martin complain that "Magic is supernatural... it's not supposed to follow any laws!" He said magic is like salt in a stew. "A little bit of it gives a great flavor. But, too much and you've just got a salty stew." It was also amusing to hear him describe concocting some dangerous situation, then realizing... "You know, there is no way this character can survive this." Yes, Martin actually kills off major characters. I remember when he killed a particular character in Game of Thrones... I kept reading and re-reading, thinking, "Whoa... Now, wait a minute.... that was the main character, the hero! WTF?!?!" Game of Thrones is part of the Song of Ice and Fire series. Highly recommended reading; I love that series. How we all beg GRRM to finish it, but he's just not the kinda guy to get pushed around.
James Kochalka has produced a bunch of comics and graphic novels, including Monkey vs Robot, Little Mister Man and American Elf. He related a funny anecdote... How was he published in the first place? He had to wait until the readers of his self-published comic had managed to become publishers.... so they could publish his stuff. Ah, yes, the long-term approach.
Every year, Comic-con holds a film festival. The quality is varied. In 2006, I saw a wonderful short, called, Der Ostwind. It was created by students at Brigham Young University and it won Best Action/Adventure Film at Comic-con!