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Comics A.M. | Publisher Filip Sablik leaves Top Cow Productions

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Comics A.M. | Publisher Filip Sablik leaves Top Cow Productions

Publishing | Heidi MacDonald catches word that Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik is moving on to a new job, which will be announced next month at Comic-Con International (Rich Johnston contends that gig is at BOOM! Studios). Friday will be Sablik’s last day at Top Cow; Social Marketing Coordinator Jessi Reid will assume his marketing duties. [The Beat, Bleeding Cool]

Creators | Through its partnership with the Small Press Expo, the Library of Congress has acquired works by cartoonists Matt Bors, Keith Knight, Jim Rugg, Jen Sorensen, Raina Telgemeier, Matthew Thurber and Jim Woodring. Dean Haspiel’s minicomics collection was added to the holdings just last week. [Comic Riffs]

Fandom | Instead of sending waffles to DC Comics, Gordon Dymowski recommends that fans of Stephanie Brown should do something positive in the character’s name — including donating to The Hero Initiative, followed by “a taunting note” to the publisher. [Blog This, Pal]


Publishing | Dark Horse has promoted Matt Parkinson from senior director of marketing to vice president of marketing. [Dark Horse]

Publishing | Lots of sites were reporting this week that DC Comics is putting its graphic novels on Barnes & Noble’s Nook, after being exclusive on the Kindle Fire for a while, but the normally poker-faced ICv2 wins the prize for best headline. [ICv2]

Conventions | Dave Scheidt writes about Everett Watford, the 17-year-old who organized last weekend’s VertCon in Chicago. [The Huffington Post]

Creators | Geoff Johns talks about Batman: Earth One, in which he and artist Gary Frank depict the Caped Crusader at the beginning of his career, when he was still a little rough around the edges. “I like starting out this early, where it’s just a guy in a suit and a couple of things that don’t work,” he says, pointing out that makes the comic more about Batman than about the villains. [USA Today]


Creators | Writer Ales Kot discusses his upcoming Image Comics one-shot Wild Children: “What Wild Children turned into surprised me. I’d be giving away too much if I went into detail here, but I realized that the story opened itself up, becoming a more layered experience. It felt a bit scary–it’s easy to feel like some things might be out of my reach, especially since this was my first longer comic–but I had to dive in, even if that meant risking failure. Not risking failure would be much worse, because it would mean the story wouldn’t be allowed to reach its full potential. I’m glad I made the decision to jump into the void; it made this comic better.” [TFAW]

Commentary | Larry Cruz has high praise for Mark Waid’s Insufferable, despite its use of a “gimmicky” technique: “As you click page by page through Insufferable, panels will appear one after the other in a limited form of animation. I’ve seen this done before with Turbo Defiant Kimecan and Power Play. Here, though, it comes across effortlessly, and without the need to download a Flash player.” [The Webcomic Overlook]


Commentary | The Mindless Ones go deep on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century — 2009. [The Mindless Ones]

Commentary | Dominic Umile takes a look at Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. [PopMatters]

Process | Dean Haspiel shows some of the ideas he went through while designing the cover of Surveillance in America. [Trip City]

Manga | Helen McCarthy, author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, gives a quick summary of the history of manga in a nine-minute video shot at the British Design and Art Direction’s “Japan: PechaKucha” event. [Manga Therapy]