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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Business | Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter, who’s now worth about $1.6 billion thanks primarily to Disney’s purchase of the company, is among the 97 newcomers on Forbes magazine’s annual list of world billionaires. Perlmutter, who’s No. 616 out of 1,011 billionaires, netted nearly $900 million in cash from the deal and became Disney’s second-largest stockholder — behind fellow billionaire, and Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs (No. 136 on the list, with a worth of $5.5 billion). In September, the 67-year-old Perlmutter debuted at No. 230 on the magazine’s list of 400 richest Americans. [Money Control, The Hollywood Reporter]

Retailing | Barnes & Noble, the largest bookstore chain in the United States, reportedly has refused to carry the new graphic novel by Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, labeling Scarlett Takes Manhattan as “too pornographic.” In a brief interview, Crabapple notes the book also has encountered problems with Diamond Comic Distributors, which initially listed Scarlett as “mature” before “plunking it into the much-worse-for-distribution ‘adult’ section.” [The Gloss]


Retailing | Using “cocktail napkin-style math,” Todd Allen estimates that the Amazon.com pricing glitch over the weekend that led to frenzied orders of deeply discounted deluxe-hardcover comics collections could end up costing Diamond Book Distributors somewhere between $100,000 and $400,000. (The glitch seems to have later affected Barnes & Noble, too, but on a much smaller scale.) Allen’s calculations involve a lot of guesswork — how many books were ordered, how many orders were filled, etc. — so there’s no telling just how wild his “wild guess” is, and I doubt Diamond will tell us whether he’s in the ballpark.

As of this morning, customers are still unable to buy Diamond-distributed books directly from Amazon. Prices at Barnes & Noble appear to have returned to normal, but many Marvel Omnibus editions remain out of stock. [Indignant Online]


Business | April Wiggins, marketing manager of Wizard Entertainment, has left the company after nine months. She’s been replaced by Jerry Milani, international editor of BaseballDigest.com and a veteran in sports-media relations. [Bleeding Cool]

Publishing | Tokyopop is looking for interns to join the marketing team for a three-month national tour. [Tokyopop, via About.com]

Creators | Cartoonist Guy Delisle discusses his travelogues and his current work, about living for a year in Jerusalem: “I’m just a normal guy wandering around. I collect information and mix it with my impressions.” [Global Times]

Creators | The alternative weekly in Salt Lake City, Utah, interviews Top Cow artist Tyler Kirkham. [City Weekly]

Creators | Mike Perridge chats with Kevin Colden, creator of Fishtown and I Rule the Night. [mpd57]

Manga | Katherine Dacey provides some pointers for reviewers who are unfamiliar with manga yet are assigned to write about it. Or, “If You’re Going to Hate on Manga …” [The Manga Critic]