Conventions | Phoenix Comicon, which in 2013 drew a record 55,000 people, has placed a limit on attendance for the June 5-8 show, raising the possibility that the convention could sell out for the first time. However, convention director Matt Solberg said organizers have been working with the fire marshal to increase capacity at the Phoenix Convention Center. This year’s guests include Andy Kubert, Andy Runton, Camilla d’Errico, Chris Claremont, Christopher Golden, Dennis Calero, Don Rosa, Francis Manapul, John Layman, Katie Cook, Kevin Maguire, Marc Andreyko and Mark Bagley. [Facebook, via Modern Times]
Manga | Lillian Diaz Przybyl, who was the senior editor at Tokyopop until shortly before its demise, talks about her early days in fandom, her experiences at the company when it was a market leader, and the issue of piracy and creators’ rights. She also sheds some light on why the manga publishers were so slow to go to digital: The Japanese licensors were reluctant to put content from different publishers together and worried that their books would be re-imported back to Japan. [Organization Anti-Social Geniuses]
Creators | Valerie D’Orazio talks about her new comic about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, her interest in stories about sensitive information being leaked, and her own experience as a whistle-blower when she blogged about her experiences in the comics industry at Goodbye to Comics: “So I think Beyond: Edward Snowden is, in turn, an extension of that running theme — of somebody risking everything to tell the truth. And I think, ultimately, it springs from a deep, primal, primary and early need, on the part of myself, to be heard and believed.” [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman discuss their work on Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Jess Fink talks about her graphic novels, which include Chester 5000 and We Can Fix It, as well as some larger issues about women in comics, which are informed by her own experience as a creator who started out in webcomics. [Previews]
Creators | Eleanor Davis discusses How to Be Happy, which will be out in July and is not, despite the title, a self-help book. She also mentions that she and her husband Drew Weing, are working on a children’s book for TOON Books; Davis is the author of one of their first titles, Stinky. [Black Hook Press]
Creators | Someone gave Matt Freedman two Joanne Sfar graphic novels and a Moleskine notebook just as he was starting treatment for tongue and neck tumors, so he made a journal comic about the experience. [The Atlantic]
Manga | Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama has apologized to his readers for a crude message that appeared in the latest chapter of the bestselling manga. The message, which was inserted without his knowledge by an assistant, appears to be in the in-world language but is actually written in upside-down katakana. [Anime News Network]
Retailing | In a real-life crossover, five comics retailers in downtown London, Ontario, banded together to make Free Comic Book Day into a multi-store event. [The Escapist]
Exhibits | A new exhibit at the Oakland Museum, titled “Sunshine and Superheroes: San Diego Comic Con,” is an opportunity for a group of undergrad and graduate students to create a display that reflects the meaning of Comic-Con and the influence of pop culture in their lives. [Inside Bay Area]
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