Digital comics | ComiXology, which earlier this week announced the opening of a European branch, has revealed its first big score: a digital-distribution agreement with Delcourt, the top independent publisher in France. And comiXology kicked off the agreement by updating its dedicated Walking Dead app to include a French interface and the French editions of the comic. The company also plans a dedicated Lanfeust of Troy app, and of course it will roll out Delcourt titles on its regular app as well. [ComiXology]
Auctions | A copy of Detective Comics #27, which contains the first appearance of Batman (or, as he was called in 1939, “the Bat-Man”), will go on the auction block later this month. The comic, which is CGC rated 6.5, is expected to fetch $500,000, but there’s no reserve, so this might be an opportunity to pick up a bargain. [Art Daily]
Digital comics | If you’re buying graphic novels digitally, you’d better shop around, says Todd Allen, who finds considerable variation in price for the same book between print, dedicated apps (such as comiXology or Dark Horse) and the Kindle and Nook stores. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | CNN profiles The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, who’s been getting plenty of attention in the media lately, following a BuzzFeed story, which he debunked, drawing strong criticism from Gawker, causing Mashable to declare the first rule of the Internet is “Don’t mess with The Oatmeal.” [CNN]
Creators | Artist Thomas Kerr, who lives in the Rockaways, lived through Hurricane Sandy and has been making sketches of the storm and its aftermath in hopes of publishing a graphic on the first anniversary. [New York Daily News]
Retailing | The Louisiana State University student newspaper profiles Double Play, the only comics retail shop in Baton Rouge. [The Daily Reveille]
Manga | Jason Thompson, the first editor of Viz Media’s Shonen Jump (back in the print days), looks at the new digital incarnation with a critical eye. [Anime News Network]
Graphic novels | Black History Month is up on us, and Martha Cornog has 28 suggestions for appropriate graphic novels—one for each day. [Library Journal]
Exhibits | Geneva, Illinois, celebrates its connections to the comics and animation world (it’s the home of Chester Gould’s daughter and grandchild as well as the voice of Yogi Bear) with an exhibit spotlighting current residents and artists, including a talk by editorial cartoonist Dick Locher. [My Suburban Life]
Advice | It’s probably redundant for readers of this column, but you might want to pass it along to a friend: Jordan Alsaqa provides a guide for the curious on how to get started reading comics. [Technician Online]
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