Broadway | Michael Coehl, lead producer of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has responded to the thrashing the $65-million production received this week from some of the country’s top theater critics. The Julie Taymor-directed show, which finally opens on March 15, was labeled by The New York Times and The Washington post as one of the worst musicals in Broadway history. “Any of the people who review the show and say it has no redeeming value are just not legitimate reviewers, period,” Coehl told Entertainment Weekly. [PopWatch]
Publishing | Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus gives another interview about the abrupt closing of Wizard and ToyFare magazines, his expanding stable of regional conventions, plans for a weekly online magazine, and the state of the industry: “The market’s changed. When I started 20 years ago, I was pioneering in the publishing world in terms of creating a product that got people excited about being involved in the comic book and toy and other markets, and we could do a lot of really cool and innovative things. Unfortunately right now being involved in the print world is very stifling, in terms of being able to leverage your content and your media and your access to the world out there.” Meanwhile, Tom Spurgeon and Martin Wisse comment on Shamus’ previous interview, which is pretty much the same as the new one. [ICv2.com]
Publishing | Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater discusses his company’s digital strategy, which includes a move to same-day digital release in April: “In the music business, we were always falling behind, and when I came in here to Archie Comics, I was determined that Archie would be the leader in new technology, that we would never make that mistake again, and that the company would blaze new trails and see how vibrant new technology is–and, frankly, that it can be monetized. The ability to make serious money by embracing digital is a reality. It’s not just a pipe dream.” [TFAW.com]
Digital piracy | Japanese publisher Shueisha reportedly has asked Apple to stop selling an app for a puzzle video game that illegally uses art from Eiichiro Oda’s bestselling pirate manga One Piece. [Weird Asia News]
Awards | The inaugural jury has been announced for the Stumptown Comic Arts Awards: Michael Allred, Brandon Graham, Laura Hudson, Michael Ring and Jason Leivian. The Stumptown Comics Fest will be held April 16-17 in Portland, Oregon. [press release]
Creators | Author Joe Hill talks about his acclaimed IDW Publishing series Locke & Key, and the Fox television adaptation, which begins production this week: “All the elements are there. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You can get a whole bunch of talented people together and fail to score and you can have a huge success with Wipeout, a show about fat people flailing in the mud. You hope all the elements are there and we’ll catch a little luck, that people will get excited and it will take off.” [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Creators | Gail Simone discusses the four-part “Death of Oracle” story arc in DC’s Birds of Prey. [Comic Vine]
Creators | I don’t know whether it’s the title’s hook, savvy PR work or both, but the creators of the IDW miniseries Kill Shakespeare receive a steady stream of mainstream press coverage. Here’s the latest, an interview with collaborators Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery and Andy Belanger ahead of a weekend appearance in London, Ontario. [London Free Press]
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