Publishing | DC co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio sit down with the retail-focused site ICv2 for one of their periodic interviews; this one focuses on Rebirth, pricing, and sales in comic shops, and DiDio makes an interesting observation toward the end of the interview: “I was looking at the Top 100 comic books list recently. I think the #50 was hovering around 30,000 copies. The #100 book was around 18,000 copies, which means that about 300 titles that month, (because there’s about 400 titles per month) were under 18,000 copies. That’s not a sustainable or viable business.” And because the monthly comics have a larger audience, he sees them as essential to keeping DC going. [ICv2]
Political Cartoons | The cartoonist who works under the pen name Yi Mu announced today that he has resigned from his job at the Hong Kong Economic Journal after 28 years, saying the cancellation of a political column by Joseph Lian is just the latest evidence that the editors will not allow dissenting viewpoints to be represented. The editors said they cancelled Lian’s column as a cost-cutting measure as part of their restructuring. [Hong Kong Standard]
Passings | Guy Dessicy, a key part of the Belgian comics scene for many years, has died at the age of 92. Dessicy started his career in 1946 as a colorist at Studios Hergé and worked on the “Tintin” albums as well as “Blake and Mortimer” and other titles. In 1954 he changed careers and started up the Belgian branch of Publiart, an advertising agency that focused on marketing comics properties—and also gave a number of creators some early experience. Later he helped found the Belgian Comics Centre in Brussels. He talked about his experiences in the early Belgian comics industry in a three part interview in 2010. [Forbidden Planet]
Creators | Gene Luen Yang talks about his new character Super-Man, a Chinese superhero named Kenan Kong, and his experiences writing the classic “Superman” comic last year. His Kenan Kong is kind of a jerk, and, Yang says, the inspiration for that was the Clark Kent of the first “Superman” comics: “If you read early Clark Kent, that dude was a jerk. He was full of himself; he liked telling people what they were doing wrong. Eventually he progresses to what we know today. We want this New Super-Man to go through that same character arc.” [Gizmodo]
Creators | “I’ve got as much Richie Rich in me as I do Superman and Spider-Man,” says comics artist Marcel Walker, whose work is featured in an exhibit, “To Tell the Troof,” at Most Wanted Fine Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Walker is working on his own indie series, “Hero Corp., International,” for which he received an award from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, and he contributed a chapter to the anthology “Chutz-Pow!: Superheroes of the Holocaust.” [Pittsburgh City Paper]
Creators | Aja Romano takes a look at “The Osamu Tezuka Story,” a manga biography of the famed manga creator. [Vox]
Characters | David Betancourt looks at the origins of Harley Quinn. [Comic Riffs]
Webcomics | The webcomics portal LINE Webtoon has inked a deal to integrate the crowdfunding service Patron into their platform, making it easier for readers to support a creator they like. [The Mary Sue]
Manga | The Japanese manga magazine “Magazine Special” will end its run with the February 2017 issue. The magazine, published by Kodansha, is a sister publication to “Weekly Shōnen Magazine” and “Monthly Shōnen Magazine” and is home to “Pastel,” “School Rumble Z,” and “Psycho Busters.” [Anime News Network]
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