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Comics A.M. | Maggie Thompson puts rare comics up for auction

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Auctions | Comics industry legend Maggie Thompson plans to put up for auction 524 comics from her personal collection. Thompson, who with her late husband Don was a longtime editor of the Comics Buyer’s Guide, estimates that she has 10,000 comics, all stored in a special vault-like addition to her home, which she built using the money from a previous sale, of Amazing Fantasy #15 (the first appearance of Spider-Man) and the first 100 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man. Bidding on the first batch of comics, which includes The Avengers #1, Journey into Mystery #83 (first appearance of Thor), The Incredible Hulk #1, and original cover art from Conan #4, begins today. [The Associated Press]

Comics | ICv2 releases the results of its White Paper (previously reported at Comic Book Resources), which tracks comics and graphic novel sales in all channels. Briefly, the report shows that sales of comics and graphic novels are up, manga is up dramatically, and digital comics sales continue to increase — although growth is slowing a bit, which is to be expected as the base increases. [ICv2]

Comics | Noah Berlatsky looks at the “boys club” atmosphere in comics, focusing chiefly on the discussion of sexual harassment that has emerged over the past two weeks. [The Atlantic]


Creators | Stan Lee, who will be the guest of honor at this weekend’s Wizard World Austin Comic Con, talks about the characters he created and why he thought it was important to give them real jobs and have them live in a real city — New York. [Austin Chronicle]

Creators | Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover discuss their caper comedy Bandette, which started out as part of the Monkeybrain line and is now out in print from Dark Horse. [Diamond Bookshelf]

Creators | The Associated Press profiles South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, who goes by the pen name Zapiro; his sharp pen sometimes gets him into trouble, most recently when he used the Hindu deity Ganesha in a cartoon critical of the local cricket clubs. [The Associated Press]

Creators | Jayson Kretzer, the co-founder of Creative Con, will be debuting his Kickstarter-funded comic Wannabe Heroes at a signing today in Panama City, Florida. [Panama City News Herald]

Collecting | Michael R. Murray reflects on the article we linked to a few weeks ago, “Those Comics in Your Basement? Probably Worthless” and adds some thoughts of his own on what comics from the current generation of creators might be valuable someday—and what definitely won’t. [The Celebrity Cafe]

Retailing | Retailer James Collins says he has retconned his comics shop: The old JC’s Comics Stop is no more, and his new store, JC’s Comics N’More, has risen from the ashes, in a new location, to replace it. [Toledo City Paper]

Retailing | Now that Multiverse Comics has opened, Providence, Rhode Island, has a true neighborhood comics shop. [Providence Monthly]