Comics A.M. | Bankrupt Borders chain could be history by next week

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Comics A.M. | Bankrupt Borders chain could be history by next week

Retailing | Borders Group, the second-largest bookstore chain in the United States, could be liquidated as early as next week if no other suitors step forward by Sunday evening, the deadline established by a federal bankruptcy court. A judge on Thursday approved the company’s motion to auction itself off after a proposal from private-equity firm Najafi Cos. fell apart over the objections of creditors. Borders, which once operated more than 1,000 stores, now has 399 locations and nearly 11,000 employees, including 400 at its Ann Arbor, Michigan, headquarters. [The Associated Press, The Detroit News]

Awards | The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced the 2012 “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” nominations, a list that includes Takio by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Thor: The Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee, Axe Cop by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden and many more. The final list will be announced in January at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. [American Library Association]

Creators | Steve Rude talks about his desire to work for DC again and why he won’t work for Marvel: “I specifically sought out DC, for two reasons. One, they would pay a subsistent page rate, and Two; they seemed like the friendliest of the two big companies. Regarding my feelings about Marvel, whose thinking seems even more corporate and elitist than DC, the beginnings of the dark, reality- based ethic which I find so unpleasant these days, seems mostly due to them and the start of the Quesada regime. Though I’ve had two recent offers to work on Marvel projects, they were politely declined.” [Pop Gun Chaos]

Creators | Bryan Lee O’Malley chats with Kentaro Takekuma and Koji Aihara, the creators of Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, which inspired O’Malley’s work on Scott Pilgrim. [ComicsAlliance]

Creators | Laika creator Nick Abadzis discusses a series of webcomics he created for Big Planet Comics that give alternate endings for his 2007 graphic novel. []

Creators | Sidekicks creator Dan Santat is selling copies of his new book through his website … and in turn buying the copies he’s selling from a local independent bookstore, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | The Guardian asked six comic creators to talk about their “favourite peer” — so Peter Kuper talks about Robert Crumb, Bryan Talbot talks about Joe Sacco and more. [Guardian]

Digital comics | eBook Newser profiles comiXology CEO David Steinberger. [eBook Newser]

Reviews | Don MacPherson looks at the first issue of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra’s new Image series, Red Wing. [Eye on Comics]

Reviews | Our own Sean T. Collins reviews the dark-humor anthology Black Eye that was deemed too hot for Canada by customs officials last May. [The Comics Journal]

Reviews | Jeff Jackson discusses popular misconceptions about the Book of Revelation and how it figures into the X-Men on his way to reviewing The Apocalypse Plan, by Rafael Nieves and Dan Dougherty. [Comic Attack]

Analysis | Karen Green discusses Kate Beaton’s “voice” in Hark! A Vagrant. [comiXology]