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ConNotations NewsZine SF TUBE TALK:


New Season - New Series by Lee Whiteside


As has been the case recently, there’s not much


detailed advance information out there about a lot of the network shows, wanting to surprise viewers if they can. I’ll take a look at the likely fate of the current crop.


The broadcast networks continue to be a mixed


bag this season with some of the recently debuted shows doing well, while others haven’t gotten much interest. Alcatraz (FOX) and A Gifted Man (CBS), both with some genre elements, have not done well and are likely to be cancelled. At press time, NBC had a strong debut of Awake, garnering the best ratings for a drama on Thursday night for over a year, and if they hold up it stands a good chance to continue. On the CW, current series Nikita, Supernatural,


and A Secret Circle have continued to have OK ratings which puts them on the bubble for renewal with the Vampire Diaries, the only genre show on the network, continuing to do well. FOX’s Terra Nova is still a possibility for renewal, but there hasn’t been any indication from FOX which way they are leaning. Fringe is continuing to see its ratings slide and it will more than likely not return for another season. Both fairy tale inspired shows, Once Upon a Time and Continued on Page 3


BUSINESS REPORT ... Page 2 SF TUBE TALK ... Page 1, 3 MEDIA / ARTIST SPOTLIGHT... Page 1, 4 CONVENTION REVIEWS.....Pg 6 ANNOUNCEMENTS ... Pg 7 CONVENTION LISTINGS ... Page 7


ARTIST APPRECIATION:


FRANCHESCO! by Larry Vela


Photo Credit fromFranchesco


An appreciation cannot start out without saying that Franchesco is one of the best comic book artists. The images that he creates are fantastic, as they give you enjoyment with the balance of color and action. The most notable thing that you will notice are his women, they are what you would say are buxom, but he illustrates them with class so everyone can appreciate them. His


work has appeared at DC Comics and Marvel Comics as well as other venues. His current project is Anarchy by Axe, a graphic novel on YouTube. My first time meeting Franchesco, was a very


enjoyable experience. I was helping out at the 2002 San Diego Comic-Con, where I had to check in the artists into the Artists’ Alley. It would be on this


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Remember that


scene in ANIMAL HOUSE where Kent “Flounder” Dorfman says, “I can’t believe I threw up in front of Dean Wormer!”, and Boon says, “Face it, Kent, you threw up ON Dean Wormer!”? Or what about


that great scene in BABYLON 5 when Mr. Morden asks Vir Cotto the ubiquitous question, “What do you want?” and he responds, “I’d like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike, as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price...I would look up into your lifeless eyes and wave... Like this.” Can you forget Albert, that mentally deranged


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