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Comics A.M. | ‘The Beano’ sets Guinness World Record

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Comics A.M. | ‘The Beano’ sets Guinness World Record

Comics | Issue 3800 of the British comic The Beano hit newsstands last week, making it officially, according to Guinness World Records, the longest-running weekly comic. Artist David Sutherland, who has been drawing the Bash Street Kids since 1961, unveiled the official plaque at Beano headquarters. [Down the Tubes]

Auctions | A copy of Suspense Comics #3, published in 1944, sold for $173,275 at auction last month, setting a new record for a non-superhero comic. The high price was probably due to the cover, by Alex Schomburg, which features a woman tied up and apparently about to be sacrificed by Nazis and the KKK, a crossover that would attract potential buyers from several groups of enthusiasts (this issue was described in an earlier auction as a ““Nazi/Bondage/Horror/War hybrid”). Plus it’s rare — the lurid cover may have suppressed sales when it was first published — and in good condition. [Observer]

Creators | Colleen Frakes talks about her graphic memoir Prison Island, and what it was like to grow up on a prison island (where both her parents worked). [ComiConverse]

Creators | Richard Siri, aka Liniers, creator of the comic strip Macadnudo as well as Big Wet Balloon and Written and Drawn by Henrietta (the latter two published by TOON Books), talks about his comics and other work and how the character Henrietta made the transition from Macanudo, in which she is a character, to her own book. [Kirkus Reviews]

Creators | Matt Dembicki interviews Rebecca Goldfield about her new nonfiction graphic novel Captive of Friendly Cove, the story of John Jewitt, who was taken captive by the Mowachaht people in the early 19th century. [Comics DC]

Creators | Cover artist John Paul Leon discusses his work. [Sktchd]

Publishing | Editor Scott Dunbier talks about IDW Publishing’s Artists Edition collections. [Tripwire]

Advice | Ben McCool offers some solid advice for would-be comics writers. [Tech Times]

Advice | Gina Gagliano has some suggestions for aspiring creators on how to stay current on the comics industry without going to conventions. [First Second Blog]

Retailing | “We’re basically purveyors of dreams,” says Dave DeMarco, co-owner of Legend Coffee and Comics in Omaha, Nebraska. “My hobby is my job.” But he has a serious side: The store has raised thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish foundation on Free Comic Book Day, holding drawings for rare comics. [Omaha World-Herald]

Retailing | The local newspaper profiles Chris Simons, owner of the Vancouver comics shop I Like Comics. He went into comics retailing almost on a whim: Simons was applying for a job at a pizza place, two years after being laid off from a management job, but he walked away: “Being laid off — it was crushing. I couldn’t bear the thought of that happening again. To succeed or fail, I wanted it to be on me,” he said. He spent his last $400 on some 1960s comics from a Craigslist ad, sold them a couple of days later for $2,000, and embarked on a new career. [The Columbian]

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