Crime | The burglars who broke into Flea Market Comics in Mobile, Alabama, left the cash register alone but stole $10,000 worth of comics, according to owner Stephen Barrington. The thieves cut three locks off Barrington’s storage units and replaced them with a combination lock, presumably so they could come back and get more. “It just left me deflated,” he said of the theft. “People would come in just to look at the covers on them because they were such a various period from the ’30s to the present and like I said anything on a display; they took.” [Fox 10 TV]
Passings | Kiichi Toyoda, the first editor-in-chief of the Japanese manga magazine Shonen Sunday, died Jan. 10 at the age of 87. Shonen Sunday is the home of Rumiko Takahashi’s InuYasha and Ranma 1/2 and Mitsuru Adachi’s Cross Game. [Anime News Network]
Creators | Ron Richards talks with Mark Waid and Walt Simonson about their work on Indestructible Hulk. [iFanboy]
Creators | Nimona creator Noelle Stevenson chats about the origins of her webcomic, the attention she’s received for “The Broship of the Ring” and her Avengers and Hunger Games fan comics, and more. [Hypable]
Education | Rich Johnson, former DC Comics vice president and co-publisher of Yen Press, talks about the course he’ll be teaching at Drexel University, titled “The Graphic Novel: Industry and Art.” [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Comics | Here’s the sales report for the Floating World comics shop in Portland, Oregon, where the top selling comic in 2012 is DIY Magic, published by … Floating World! The report is interesting as a profile of what does well in a indy-friendly bookstore (Brandon Graham’s King City is the number two seller) and they also point out some odd couples, comics that are very different but have similar sales profiles. [Floating World, via The Comics Reporter]
Publishing | Sam Costello takes a look at the world of micropublishing, where the floppy (or at least the single-issue comic) is still king. [Full Stop]
Retailing | Mike Cote, owner of DJ’s Comics in Wallingford, Connecticut, talks about what comics are most popular at his store (superheroes) and who reads them (everybody). [Patch.com]
Marketing | Lissa Pattillo turns a critical eye on recent web relaunches by Viz Media and Tokyopop. [Kuriousity]
Comics | Retailer Steve Bennett talks about what Comics Buyer’s Guide meant to him. [ICv2]
Publishing | After 20 years in its Timonium, Maryland, headquarters, Diamond Comics Distributors is moving to a new location in nearby Hunt Valley. [The Daily Record]
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