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Comics A.M. | Radical raises $3 million for digital, licensing

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Publishing | Radical Studios has secured $3 million in its first round of fundraising to further develop its catalog, expanding its digital publishing efforts and licensing capabilities. The publisher, which ultimately hopes to raise $9.5 million, has two comic-book adaptations in development at major studios: Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, at Universal Pictures, and Hercules: The Thracian Wars, starring Dwayne Johnson, at Universal Pictures. [Variety]

Retailing | Dave and Adam’s Card World, billed as the largest online seller of baseball cards, has branched out, with an eye toward becoming the largest online seller of vintage comic books by 2014. “We were somewhat shocked and surprised that vintage comic books are more popular than vintage baseball cards. As a card collector, that just hurts,” c0-founder and CEO Adam Martin joked. [Lockport Union-Sun & Journal]


Creators | Recovering from a case of the flu that led him to cancel a couple of convention appearances, 90-year-old Stan Lee entertained a crowd Saturday at a children’s restaurant in Century City, California, where he launched Monsters vs. Kittens, the debut title from his new imprint Stan Lee’s Kids Universe. [Heat Vision]

Creators | Jeff Lemire discusses his run on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, which begins Wednesday with Issue 17: “To me, one of the reasons the first 15 or 16 issues of the series weren’t connecting with people was because Oliver Queen still seemed very unrelatable and in a lot of ways very unlikable. He still seemed really arrogant and brash, and it was almost like the island, which was supposed to change him and give him a new perspective on life, didn’t really work. When I thought of that, I thought maybe that’s the story: Maybe the island was supposed to do something that didn’t happen and now everything is going to fall apart as a result.” [USA Today]

Creators | The Nashville, Tennessee, newspaper profiles local cartoonist Guy Gilchrist, who has written and drawn the Nancy comic strip since 1995. [The Tennessean]

Awards | The horror website Bloody Disgusting has announced the winners of the 2012 Ghastly Awards. [Bloody Disgusting]