Publishing | Heidi MacDonald reports that shareholders of Platinum Studios held a conference call Wednesday, with President Chris Beall sending a letter to founder Scott Rosenberg suspending him indefinitely as the company’s chief executive officer. Rich Johnston posted the press release announcing the call, and some of the topics on the agenda were fairly jaw-dropping. [The Beat]
Publishing | Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal UClick (which are different divisions of the same company) are collaborating on a new line of digital comics, Udig, which collects themed newspaper strips into short e-books (the one I checked had 55 comics) for $2.99 each. [Good E-Reader]
Publishing | From the other side of the counter, frequent CBG advertiser Bud Plant remembers the magazine as he knew it, and John Jackson Miller chips in with more about the CBG ad staff. [The Comichron]
Digital comics | Ben Bailey discusses what digital comics publishers can learn from the music industry. One point is that digital comics should not be priced like print comics: “The collectible nature of comics is null and void in the digital landscape. Which means the comic industry needs to learn very quickly how to serve its readers twenty pages of digital content for less money than the print version.” And he advocates a comics version of Spotify, arguing that access is more important to digital comics readers than ownership. [IGN]
Creators | Deadpool co-writer Gerry Duggan talks about being called a “no-name D-list” writer by Rob Liefeld and about his take on the character: “In a universe inhabited by dangerous and unsavory characters, he’s the top of the list that you don’t want to be seen with.” [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Writer Ann Nocenti discusses her plans for DC Comics’ Katana. [MTV Geek]
Creators | Richard Gehr talks to The New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | I interviewed young-adult writer Jane Yolen about her new graphic novel Curses: Foiled Again, out this week from First Second. [Good Comics for Kids]
Creators | Michael Dooley talks to Jay Kinney about his Anarchy Comics, which has recently been published in a collected edition by PM Press. [Imprint]
Creators | Abu Dhabi-based creator Khaled Bin Hamad discusses his sci-fi graphic novel Nasser’s Secets. “I tried to imagine how an Emirati family would react to sci-fi superpowers,” he says about his book a manga-style story about three teens who disappear and reappear three days later having aged 15 years. Bin Hamad displayed the prologue of the book as an art exhibit in Dubai, supported by the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC). [The Natinoal]
Comics | Paul Gravett takes a look at an upcoming exhibit of work by artist Russ Heath, whose work was sometimes fodder for Roy Lichtenstein’s creative appropriation. [Paul Gravett]
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