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Comics A.M.| Inaugural Indiana Comic Con draws 15,000

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Conventions | The inaugural Indiana Comic Con, held over the weekend at the Indianapolis Convention Center, attracted nearly 15,000 attendees, and it sold out on Saturday. Guests included comics creators Joe Eisma, Steve Englehart, Geof Isherwood, Joelle Jones, Don Kramer, Cary Nord and George Perez, and actors Evan Peters, Caity Lotz, Maisie Williams and Daniel Cudmore. [WRTV]

Comics sales | Comics sales in the direct market were down in February for the second time in two months, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. John Jackson Miller runs the numbers: Sales of comics and graphic novels combined are down 10.39 percent from February 2013 in terms of dollars, 14.77 percent in units. Because January sales were also anemic, year-to-date sales are down as well. Still, Miller notes, total dollars are up 3 percent from February 2012. February is traditionally a low month for comic sales, and the number of releases is the lowest in months, with just 692 new products (comics, graphic novels and magazines) being shipped last month. [Comichron]

Conventions | Matthew Price chats with some of the Oklahoma-based creators who were headed to Kansas City, Missouri, for Planet Comicon. [NewsOK]


Comics | Here’s a big cover reveal: Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has drawn a variant for the new series of Rob Worley’s all-ages comic Scratch9. I talked to Worley about the new series as well as the lineup of artists he brought in for future variant covers, which includes Mike Kunkel and Francesco Francavilla. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | John Cheves profiles former Batman and Green Lantern writer Denny O’Neil. [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Creators | Roger Stern talks about the upcoming hardcover collection of his Spider-Man stories and hints at a major new project in the works. [Indianapolis Star]

Creators | Mark Bosworth chronicles the life and work of Tove Jansson, whose Moomin books often reflected, in odd ways, what was going on in her real life. [BBC News]

Superheroes | Psychologist Dr. Patrick O’Connor explains superhero therapy, in which he uses comics to help his patients (mainly pre-teen and teenaged boys) talk about what’s going on in their lives: “It’s all about kind of seeing your own story in the stories of others and when it involves superheroes … it makes it that much more engaging.” [CBC]

Museums | Rich Warren pays a visit to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University. [Chicago Tribune]