Comics A.M. | Sheldon Moldoff dies; record sellout for Comic-Con

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Comics A.M. | Sheldon Moldoff dies; record sellout for Comic-Con

Passings | Classic comics artist Sheldon Moldoff, who co-created Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Bat-Mite and Ace the Bat Hound, passed away Wednesday. He was 91. Moldoff broke into comics at the age of 17 with a sports filler that appeared on the inside back cover of Action Comics #1. He went on to become a prolific cover artist, drawing the first cover image of the Golden Age Flash for Flash Comics #1 and the Golden Age Green Lantern for All-American Comics #16. He also worked on comics featuring Hawkman, Kid Eternityand Black Pirate. He also was one of the pioneers of horror comics in the late 1940s and worked as a “ghost artist” for Bob Kane on Batman from 1953 to 1967. After being let go by DC Comics in 1967, he went on to work in animation. [News from ME]

Conventions | Badges for Comic-Con International sold out Saturday morning within an hour and a half, a record for the annual pop-culture extravaganza. Last year it took about seven hours for badges to disappear. [U-T San Diego]

Creators | Michael Dooley talks to J. David Spurlock, the director of the Wally Wood estate, about what set Wood apart from other creators. “In nearly all of his work – no matter how overworked he was – even when he did risque material, there was always a charm, and he imbued the work with a purity of love for the medium.” Note to Wood fans: This article is richly illustrated with samples of Wood’s work in different genres. [Imprint]

Creators | Princeless writer Jeremy Whitley talks about his inspirations for his all-ages fairy tale spoof — his wife, his sister-in-law, and his daughter — as well as his creative process: “I always start with the characters I want and give them some room to breath[e] and direct the story. Princeless was even more like this than most. I had the characters of Adrienne, Bedelia, and Devin fully fleshed out long before I had the story actually put together. I find that when you really know your characters it makes writing the book incredibly easy. Also, it means that my characters talk a lot, which drives the artist and letterer nuts.” [Becky Jewell]

Creators | Fix a cup of coffee and get comfortable before you dive into Tom Spurgeon’s interview with Charles Hatfield; like all of Spurge’s interviews, this one is meaty. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and senior staff writer Tom Waltz discuss their plans for IDW’s upcoming KISS series, which will consist of two-issue arcs, each set in a different time period and each inspired by a classic KISS album. [Yahoo! Voices]

Creators | Becky Cloonan talks to Seth Kushner on the Trip City podcast about her minicomic Wolves, and her collaboration with Brian Wood on Conan the Barbarian. Filmmaker Larry O’Neil also guests. [Trip City]

Creators | Jamaica Dyer, Danger Bob, Ed Luce, retailer James Sime and several other cartoonists contributed comic book reports from their experiences at the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco. [Spin]

Comics | Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray discuss their new monthly comic Creator Owned Heroes, which will feature a “revolving door” of characters created by Palmiotti, Gray, and Steve Niles in three- or four-part stories, as well as a magazine-style section in the back of the book. [Broken Frontier]

Comics | J. L. Bell takes a Batman-focused look at Stephen O’Day’s Seduction of the Innocent website, which rounds up all the scurrilous comics that Dr. Fredric Wertham referred to in his book. [Oz and Ends]

Publishing | Is manga dying? The Sequential Tart editorial team brings a variety of perspectives to this roundtable discussion of where the industry is going and how it could do better. [Sequential Tart]