Conventions | Boston Comic Con is coming this weekend, and founder Nick Kanieff talks about how it has grown from 900 attendees at the first con, in 2007, to an expected 15,000 for this year’s event, which was rescheduled because of the Boston Marathon bombings. [MetroWest Daily News]
Publishing | Denis Kitchen discusses the return of Kitchen Sink Press to publishing as an imprint of Dark Horse. It kicks off in December with an anthology, The Best of Comix Book. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Peter Steiner’s cartoon, captioned “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” is the most-reproduced cartoon in the history of The New Yorker. On the 20th anniversary of its publication, Steiner looks back on its creation, which came about almost by chance, and the ways the world has changed in the interim. One interesting nugget: The most-reproduced cartoon in The New Yorker has brought its creator a total of $50,000 in royalties over the past 20 years. [Comic Riffs]
Creators | What if physics stopped working the way it was supposed to, and you had gravity-free pockets or wormholes popping up out of nowhere? That’s the idea behind Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s new Vertigo series Collider, and to keep the idea machine fed, Oliver has added physics journals to his reading list. [USA Today]
Creators | Jim Zubkavich talks about writing the new Samurai Jack comic for IDW Publishing, which will feature art by Andy Suriano, one of the character designers for the original animated series: “I want to make sure the comic has that kinetic feel to it so I’m writing some really big, cool action scenes right into the series and make sure it feels like the animation.” [The Beat]
Creators | Back when The Village Voice was a real alternative paper, Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies (which featured real overheard dialogue) were the highlight of my week. In this interview, Mack talks about what he had to go through to overhear interesting conversations and record them for the comic, as well as the changes he has been through since then. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]
Creators | Bob Fingerman talks about Maximum Minimum Wage. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Editorial cartoons | Carol Hills profiles British cartoonist Steve Bell, whose specialty is American politics, and in particular, American presidents. [PRI’s The World]
Comics | Kent State is campaigning for its football player Dri Archer to win a Heisman trophy, and the campaign includes not just Facebook and Twitter but also a digital comic called The Archer. The comic doesn’t seem to be live on Archer’s page just yet, but it’s to be illustrated by Chuck Ayers (Crankshaft, Funky Winkerbean). [CBS Sports]
Retailing | Lindsay Peyton checks out the Wednesday scene in two comics shops in the Bellaire section of Houston, Nan’s Games & Comics Too and Third Planet Sci-Fi Super Store. [Houston Chronicle]
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