Conventions | MCM London Comic Con have announced that 101,600 people attended the May 23-25 show, which is being dubbed “the largest event of its kind ever held in the U.K.” That figure represents an increase of more than 31,500 from the May 2013 installment, and 13,600 from the October show. [MCM London Comic Con]
Creators | Kyle Anderson talks to director John Carpenter and writer Eric Powell (The Goon) about Big Trouble in Little China, the BOOM! Studios comic that picks up where the movie left off. Powell talks about renting the movie as a kid: “My sister and I would always go in there, and we’d always need to get a funny one and a scary one. Big Trouble kind of covered both of those situations.” The comic debuts on June 4. [Entertainment Weekly]
Comics | Brian Hiatt tells the story of the creation of the X-Men, with commentary from Stan Lee (who admits he had them born as mutants because he had used that radioactive-accident explanation one too many times) and Chris Claremont. [Rolling Stone]
Creators | Scott Snyder delves into the mind of The Riddler and discusses what to expect in Batman #31. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Artist Mark Buckingham talks about his work on Fables and Dead Boy Detectives. [The Kindle Post]
Creators | Idaho-based cartoonist Todd Clark writes gags for a lot of syndicated comic strips, including Zits, Baby Blues, B.C. and The Wizard of Id, and he also has his own strip Lola, which is based on his former cartooning partner’s real-life great-aunt: “You know, Lola in the comic strip was a World War II veteran and the actual Lola was a World War II veteran. She was one of the first female officers around in the Army.” In addition to the newspaper strip, Clark draws a couple of Lola strips a month for a yarn company’s newsletter. [Times-News]
Creators | Donna Louise-Bishop profiles cartoonist Brian Adcock, whose work appears in The Scotsman, Scotsman on Sunday, and The Independent; Adcock was named Cartoonist of the Year for third time in the Scottish Press Awards. [EDP24]
Comics | Bill Fink shows off the vintage Cuban Revolution comic he picked up on his travels, which includes trading cards featuring significant revolutionary moments, but still has an ad on the back cover. [Yahoo! Travel]
Manga | The Japanese publisher Kadokawa is launching a new manga magazine based on an in-story magazine in the manga Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, which is apparently a yaoi series. What’s interesting about this is that the new magazine blends shoujo stories (written for girls) with yaoi (same-sex romances, written for women). The tagline is “You can read both BL and shōjo manga!? The strongest-in-history super wonderful women’s magazine!!” The question is, will the audience be younger shoujo readers reading up to BL or older yaoi fans looking to dip back to the shoujo manga they enjoyed as kids? Or maybe it’s both! [Anime News Network]
Education | Here’s a comics-in-the-classroom piece that draws in some interesting elements: A third-grade class chills out after standardized tests with a unit on comics. The teacher used Common Core standards as the basis for the lesson, which was basically about combining words and pictures to tell a story, and she got a grant from a group of retired teachers to buy the comics from a local comics shop. It’s clear that everyone interpreted “comics” as “superheroes,” and while it would be nice to see some evidence that the students explored other genres, it’s worth noting that the girls seemed to be as into it as the boys; all the superheroes mentioned are female, and at one point, three boys are thrilled to be characters in their (female) classmate’s comic “The Revenge of the Super Sisters.” No cooties here! [Riverhead Local]
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