Creators | Cartoonist Stacy Curtis talks about inking Cul de Sac for creator Richard Thompson, who announced last week he’s ending the celebrated comic strip because Parkinson’s disease has left him unable to maintain the schedule: “I never felt inking Cul de Sac for Richard worked. It was like going into a theater to see Jerry Seinfeld do stand-up and watching Steve Martin deliver his lines. And that’s what it felt like. Every time I sat down at my drawing table to ink Cul de Sac, I could hear a narrator’s voice say, ‘For tonight’s performance, the part of Richard Thompson will be played by his understudy, Stacy Curtis.'” The final strip will appear Sept. 23. [Stacy Curtis]
Graphic novels | Andrews McMeel Publishing, which has focused on comic strips and comic strip compilations up to now, has announced its first original graphic novel series: The Chronicles of Desmond, by Mark Tatulli, creator of Lio and Heart of the City. The books will be published in October 2013 under Andrews McMeel’s new AMP! imprint and will be aimed at middle-grade readers. [Publishers Weekly]
Conventions | Donn MacPherson wraps up the inaugural Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival, held Sunday in Halifax, Novia Scotia. [Eye on Comics]
Creators | Kelly Sue DeConnick discusses Captain Marvel, breaking in, and her experience as a female creator in a male-dominated industry: “I don’t think it’s easy for anyone. Where I tend to get my dander up is when people suggest that women don’t want to (or shouldn’t want to) read superhero comics — or read comics at all! — or that women who want to work in the industry are statistical anomalies. People who should know better have suggested that the only reason there aren’t more women working on comics is because there aren’t very many women who *want* to work in comics. I call bullshit on that one.” [TFAW.com]
Creators | Restaurateur Amanda Cohen, owner of the New York City eatery Dirt Candy, talks about her Dirt Candy cookbook, done as a graphic novel with art by Ryan Dunlavey: “I had seen Ryan’s Action Philosophers and so my husband and I were looking for someone like Ryan Dunlavey. Well, why not try Ryan Dunlavey? We had his email, bought him lunch, exploited his weaknesses to ensnare him in a terrible contract, and got to work. We really wanted someone who could do non-fiction comics, and who had a funny style with a lot of energy. That’s practically Ryan’s middle name — Ryan ‘Funny Style with a Lot of Energy’ Dunlavey.” [Black Book]
Creators | Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are interviewed about their new BOOM! Studios series The Hypernaturals. [USA Today]
Creators | Alex Dueben talks to The Pander Brothers, who are about to reissue Secret Broadcast Redux in a new full-color edition. [Suicide Girls]
Creators | Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov discusses plans for DC Comics’ I, Vampire. [USA Today]
History | Cartoonist Justin Hall talks about the anthology he edited, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics: “The modern queer rights movement really begins with Stonewall. But at the same moment as Stonewall — the same year, essentially — is the moment when underground comics developed in the San Francisco Bay Area.” [San Francisco Chronicle]
Digital comics | This article starts out like your standard Digital Comics 101 article — quote from comiXology, check; quote from Mark Waid, check — but then a retailer makes a fairly original statement, that digital comics attract a different type of reader: “Creators of digital comics say many in that ‘really vast audience’ are looking for something other than violence, which seems to be the trend in comic books fueled by video games and movies. ‘You could see the covers of these comic books, these don’t look like happy people,” says Golden Apple owner Ryan Liebowitz. “They all have guns, they’re all out to hurt each other.'” [Voice of America]
Retailing | The local paper profiles the Wisconsin store Galaxy Comics, Games & More; owner Chris Randazzo brings in new customers with a gaming events, including an all-ages day, and outreach to local schools. [Wisconsin Rapids Tribune]
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