Business | The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved Disney’s plan to build a 58-acre television and film production facility on the sprawling Golden Oak Ranch, near Santa Clarita, California. Located less than an hour north of Los Angeles, the 890-acre ranch has been owned by Disney since 1959, serving as the backdrop for projects ranging from Little House on the Prairie to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Pirates of the Caribbean: The World’s End. ABC Studios has been producing more series than Disney’s Burbank facilities can handle, requiring additional sound stages to be rented. The new facility is targeted for completion in 2016.
Marvel Animation opened a new studio early last year in Glendale, just minutes from Disney’s Burbank lot. Marvel Studios later followed suit, moving from Manhattan Beach to new offices in Glendale. [TheWrap]
Creators | Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire discuss DC Comics’ Trinity War. [The Washington Post]
Creators | R.C. Harvey profiles Dick Locher, whose long career includes drawing both editorial cartoons and the long-lived newspaper strip Dick Tracy. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Lisa Hanawalt talks about her doodles of alternative logos and slogans for well-known companies: “I’m not starting some big movement, slogans are here to stay. But it’s good for consumers to be aware of them and want to talk back. When I read a slogan, I can’t help but interpret it as a company telling me I’m stupid.” [Consumerist]
Creators | Bill Baker talks to writer Robert Sodaro about his latest comic Owlgirls, which he’s funding through Kickstarter. The comic is about three sisters who have human bodies but owl heads: “They live in 1940s in the SoHo section of New York and they are essentially Greek Furies or Norse Norns. They commune with Lady Death, and are charged with pursuing the wicked.” [The Morton Report]
Digital comics | Marvel added another tier to its Marvel Unlimited digital comics service; in addition to access to a back catalogue of 13,000 comics, subscribers to Marvel Unlimited Plus get a special variant gold Ultron figure, a print copy of Age of Ultron with a variant cover, a membership card, and a barrage of news and special offers. The cost is $99 per year, compared to $69 for the regular Marvel Unlimited service. [USA Today]
Graphic Novels | The founders of Honest Tea have created a graphic novel about running a green business; Random House is publishing it under its Crown Business imprint. [The Gazette]
Retailing | Retailer Mike Sterling discusses the back issue market, which still exists despite eBay and digital comics, and he details which comics are and aren’t selling well. [Progressive Ruin]
Jobs | ComiXology is looking for a vice president of product. [Jobvite]
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