Comics A.M. | Comic-Con passes sell out, Rep. John Lewis to co-author GN

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Comics A.M. | Comic-Con passes sell out, Rep. John Lewis to co-author GN

Comic-Con | Badges for Comic-Con International sold out Saturday during a marathon online-registration session that taxed the servers of convention sales partner TicketLeap and frustrated ticket buyers. Four-day passes were gone by about 2 p.m. PT; the event sold out by 6 p.m. (Additional passes may become available as cancellations are processed.) As we noted earlier, San Francisco comics retailer Isotope is memorializing Saturday’s experience with a “San Diego Comic Con 2011 Registration Disaster Commemorative Fail Frog button,” featuring a modified version of the TicketLeap logo that frustrated users saw every time they refreshed their web browser.

On the TicketLeap company blog, CEO Chris Stanchak acknowledged that “our platform experienced capacity issues for a 4 hour period” on Saturday: “While we knew the event was going to put significant demand on our system, we did not expect the traffic we received. […] The traffic we received yesterday was several orders of magnitude higher than our high end estimate. Due to the heavy strain on the system, users for all events across our system received ‘Over Capacity’ errors. This prevented ticket buyers from buying tickets and it prevented event organizers from managing their events.” Tom Spurgeon offers commentary. [Comic-Con International]

Publishing | Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a leader in the American civil-rights movement, will co-author the autobiographical graphic novel March for Top Shelf Productions: “A meditation in the modern age on the distance traveled, both as a nation and as a people, since the days of Jim Crow and segregation, March tells the first hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.” It’s tentatively set for release in 2012. [press release]

Business | AOL Inc. struck a deal Sunday to by The Huffington Post for $315 million as part of an ongoing effort transform the former Internet service giant into a “new American media company.” Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will become president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, which will integrate both company’s content, including the AOL-owned comic-book blog Comics Alliance. [Advertising Age, The Hollywood Reporter]

Crime | Dan Herbeck updates the investigation of the case of Homer Marciniak, a 77-year-old man from Medina, N.Y., who died in of a heart attack on July 5, several hours after he was beaten by burglars who broke into his home to steal his comic-book collection. Rochester businessman Rico Vendetti was charged with hiring the alleged burglars, including 17-year-old Juan C. Javier — both deny any involvement — but community members want prosecutors to pursue homicide charges. [The Buffalo News]

Creators | Nicole Le Marie reports on the “read-in” led by Alan Moore to protest the planned closing of the St. James Library in his hometown of Northampton. [Northampton Chronicle]

Creators | Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks discusses her busy schedule, including an upcoming third graphic novel for First Second, collaboration, her webcomic The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and more. [Sequential Tart]

Creators | Grace Bello interviews bestselling author, television host and comics writer Brad Meltzer. [Bookslut]

Comic strips | An editor at the Yuma Sun asks readers if, 11 years after the death of cartoonist Charles Schulz and the final new installment of Peanuts, it’s time for the newspaper to let go of the comic strip. [Yuma Sun]