Digital comics | Tim Beyers speculates that with 8 million downloads per month (rivaling print comics sales, although it’s not clear all those downloads are paid), comiXology may be heading for an initial public offering. [The Motley Fool]
Creators | Alan Moore reminisces about the origins of his new graphic novel Fashion Beast, which was originally commissioned as a screenplay in 1985 by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. The movie was never made, and Moore set the script aside and forgot it for 20 years: “What I am surprised about, and this is something I only realised at a signing for Fashion Beast when I was reading some promotional material — which is how I generally remember the events that have happened in my life – I found out that I had written Fashion Beast in 1985 which is before I had completed Watchmen. I think it is a lot more grown up than Watchmen and perhaps a bit more prescient in its way.” [Northampton News]
Awards | The Grand Prix at 17th Salon of Antiwar Cartoon in Kragujevac, Serbia, has gone to Iranian cartoonist Shojaei Tabatabaei. [Tehran Times]
Creators | Writer and editor Shannon O’Leary discusses the anthology The Big Feminist BUT, and includes a lot of samples. [Slutist]
Creators | Diana Dekker profiles up-and-coming New Zealand cartoonist Cory Mathis, who aspires to be an editorial cartoonist but is well aware of the realities of that field. [Stuff.com]
Creators | Gokul Gopalakrishnan is a police officer (motor vehicles inspector, actually) and an alternative cartoonist, an interesting blend of careers. He has a masters’ degree in English literature, and cites Seth as one of his influences. [The Hindu]
Comics | Graphic India has brought in Tom De Falco, Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema to create a digital comic about their superhero Krrish as part of the run-up to the third Krrish film. [Business Standard]
Manga | I interviewed Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, about the manga guide the organization published this year. It will be available in comic shops in December. [MTV Geek]
Manga | Algeria’s DZ Manga publishes homegrown — not Japanese — manga for a growing audience, and it has been recognized overseas, including in Japan, where the Kyoto International Manga Museum has acquired several of its titles for study and display. But even there, creators can’t make a living at it. [Bangkok Post]
Advice | Inspired by tweets from an 11-year-old creator, Sarah McIntyre offers eight thoughts on how to do social media right. [Jabberworks]
Retailing | Justin Finneran profiles the Skippack, Pennsylvania, comics store New Wave Comics, opened in June by the husband-and-wife team of Jason Radosky and Mikaela Martin-Radosky, who also run a therapy and counseling business. [The Phoenix]
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