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Comics A.M. | Disney working to bring Marvel heroes to theme parks

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Theme parks | Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company has begun preliminary design work that will pave the way for Marvel superheroes to one day appear alongside familiar characters in Disney theme parks. Iger told shareholders attending the annual meeting Tuesday that the company has been working on some concepts, but hasn’t announced anything yet. Disney is currently developing attractions based on James Cameron’s Avatar film for its Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida, which are expected to be ready in 2015. [Los Angeles Times]

Comic strips | Alan Gardner counts 57 newspapers that aren’t carrying this week’s Doonesbury comics, which address a Texas law requiring women requesting an abortion to submit to a transvaginal ultrasound. But according to Universal UClick, no papers have dropped Garry Trudeau’s strip. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Publishing | John Jackson Miller discusses the Rule of Eight, which holds that independent publishers start to falter once they put out more than eight titles per month, and goes into the nuances of the theory with its originator of the idea, Marc Patten. [The Comichron]

Publishing | Top Cow President Matt Hawkins talks about the company’s future, Artifacts, digital comics and the possible return of Cyberforce: “It was Top Cow’s first title and it still remains our best-selling overall title, even though we haven’t published it in almost 10 years.” [Publishers Weekly]


Creators | Paul Cornell invites the One Million Moms to boycott his new Vertigo series Saucer Country, which he describes as “The X-Files meets The West Wing,” saying, “We have profanity, a profoundly liberal politician spouting off all over the place, and there’s loads of sex too. Oh, and the naked people from the Pioneer Ten space probe plaque are two of our major characters.” [The Huffington Post]

Publishing | IDW’s Scott Dunbier says the company is going back to press with its Wally Wood’s EC Stories: Artist’s Edition due to demand high enough to cause fights in comic shops. He also discusses IDW’s WonderCon exclusives, APAs, The Rocketeer Anthology and more. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Orc Stain creator James Stokoe gives an update on the delayed Sullivan’s Sluggers project he’s working on with Mark Andrew Smith: “It originally was going to be a smaller book. It’s like a hundred and ninety-some pages right now, so it’s turned into this big beast of it’s own. In fact, I’m slow on that too, I’m slow on everything. [Laughs.] I should have had that done sooner, but it’s going to be wrapped up this week. And hopefully off to printers sometime soon. I think Mark has some kind of special idea about it, something special that he wants to do. Put it out through Image, or do something else with it. I’m not sure. He’s still kinda feeling that out.” [NOVI Magazine]


Creators | Joshua Dysart talks about his work on Harbinger, one of the four Valiant comics that will make a comeback this year. The comic was created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham, and Dysart discusses how his book will draw on and expand the themes of the original version. [iFanboy]

Creators | American Vampire writer Scott Snyder talks about the fun he is having inventing new kinds of vampires and setting them off after the old ones. [Scripps News]

Creators | Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows discuss their work on the Avatar Press title Crossed: Badlands. [USA Today]

Creators | David Burwen, the creator of the iPad graphic novel Operation Ajax, discussed his work and the potential for digital graphic novels over the weekend at SXSW this past weekend. [The Huffington Post]

Creators | Frank Santoro talks to Zack Soto of the webcomics site Study Group about how he reformats his work, and that of the other artists on the site, to flow properly on the screen as opposed to in print. As a special bonus, we get a bit of Soto’s shelf porn at the end of the post. [The Comics Journal]

Commentary | Crossovers are a tough sell for Sean Kleefeld, who thinks creators have to do more than just toss them all into the same book: “It’s not impossible to make a cross-over work, as the last two examples I pulled out demonstrate. But simply dropping the characters into the same space won’t work. Either the characters themselves need to be changed to better mesh with one another’s worlds, or the world the characters inhabit has to be markedly different than their original homes.” [Kleefeld on Comics]