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Comics A.M. | Another delay for Spider-Man? CCI hotel reservations

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Broadway | The New York Times reports the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are considering delaying the $65 million musical for a sixth time, until as late as June, a move that would make the show ineligible for this year’s Tony Awards. Speculation about another possible postponement follows a wave of scathing reviews, reports that comics writer and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had been approached to rewrite the book, and the hiring of veteran conductor and musical supervisor Paul Bogaev to help improve the production. A spokesman for the show would only say that, “Opening night remains scheduled for March 15.” [ArtsBeat]

Comic-Con | Hotel reservations for Comic-Con International will open at 9 a.m. PT on March 9. A preliminary list of hotels included in the Comic-Con block is available on the convention website. [Comic-Con International]

Passings | Robert Samsel, a comics retailer and an early writer and editor at Wizard magazine, died unexpectedly on Feb. 18 at MidState Medical Center in Meridan, Connecticut. He was 46. Mark Seifert has a remembrance. [The Record-Journal]


Publishing | Alan Digby, editor-in-chief of The Beano and BeanoMax, is retiring from DC Thomson after 40 years. He’ll be replaced by Michael Stirling, the publisher’s deputy head of children’s entertainment. Digby was only the fourth editor of The Beano since its debut in 1938, stepping into the role in 2006. [The Drum]

Organizations | Calvin Reid briefly spotlights the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Patti Martinson interviews brothers Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, creators of Axe Cop. [Sequential Tart]

Creators | Crime novelist Ian Rankin, who previously wrote the graphic novel Dark Entries for Vertigo, confirms he’ll pen a comic strip for Mark Millar’s CLiNT magazine. [The Guardian]

Creators | Entertainment Weekly‘s Jeff Jensen sings the praises of a Marcos Martin-drawn page from The Amazing Spider-Man #655. [Shelf Life]