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Comics A.M. | A look back at the 1964 New York comic con

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Comics A.M. | A look back at the 1964 New York comic con

Conventions | Ahead of New York Comic Con, George Gene Gustines shares producer Michael Uslan’s program from a 1964 comics gathering in New York City; it actually was released after the show, and includes some thoughts on how things could be improved, mainly by shifting the focus from buying and selling comics to bringing in creators so the fans could meet them personally. Nonetheless, Steve Ditko was there, and the list of registered participants included George R.R. Martin. [The New York Times]

Creators | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa talks about taking Sabrina the Teenage Witch to the dark side in her new series, a Riverdale horror story in the same vein as Afterlife With Archie. In this case, rather than zombies, Aguirre-Sacasa is drawing inspiration from the 1960s film Rosemary’s Baby. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Rep. John Lewis is visiting Durham, North Carolina, this weekend, where he’ll lead a march and a rally and also discuss March, his memoir of the Civil Rights movement. The Durham County Library in July selected the first volume for its “Durham Reads Together” program. [Indy Week]

Creators | It’s all in the headline: Paul Pope says Aurora West is Batman, Battling Boy is Superman; he explains what that means in an interview with Lauren Davis. [io9]

Comics | Rob Clough looks at some comics from New Zealand publisher Pikitia Press. [The Comics Journal]

Manga | The total print run for the 13 volumes of the volleyball manga Haikyu!! has reached 10 million copies in Japan (the series isn’t licensed in North America); what makes this interesting is that that number has almost doubled since the spring. The series is more than two years old, but the anime began airing on TV in April, giving sales a powerful boost. [Crunchyroll]

Conventions | Frank Santoro writes about his experiences at the Entreviñetas Festival in Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia: “I think, for me, what was most exciting about Entreviñetas was that the audience in Colombia seems hungry for comics — and are coming to the table with very few preconceived ideas as to what comics are and who they are supposed to be for. There were lots of younger people. During a panel discussion on the topic of what the ‘graphic novel’ term means, a teenager asked, ‘Doesn’t graphic novel just mean “more expensive?”‘ I had to laugh. It made me think about all the ‘Comics versus Art’ discussions in the States over the last thirty years as somewhat meaningless… I thought that these ‘kids’ are gonna get what they want how they want it whether we’re here to tell them what a graphic novel is or not. This Colombian comics audience is basically starting at 2014.” [The Comics Journal]

Fandom | Shannon Willow writes about the joys and difficulties of being a female comics fan, and talks about the first Ladies Night at her local comic shop Stories, which is owned by a woman, Cheryl Prior. Prior’s comment on the event: “The funniest part [of putting on Ladies’ Night…] was how many of the guys, when they found out about it, were like, Why can’t we have a Guys’ Night Out? I told them every day is Guys’ Day at the comic book store.” [RVA News]

Retailing | Michael Farrell profiles Emil Novak, owner of the Buffalo, New York, comics shop Queen City Books, who inherited the business from his father as a teenager in 1975 and continues to be a stalwart fan of print comics. [Buffalo News]

Retailing | Pittsburgh’s Bill and Walt’s Hobby Shop (named for two former owners) has a solid customer base of students from nearby Point Park University. “We may not be the biggest comic shop, but we have the best prices, and we’re definitely the friendliest,” says owner Eric Bachman, who carries a wide range of back issues as well as new releases. [Point Park Globe]

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