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Conventions | Using next month’s Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con as a hook, Michael Volpe looks at how the city is becoming a “fan festival hub” as it attempts to add Comic-Con International to a convention schedule that includes BlizzCon and The D23 Expo.

“It’s something of an accident,” said Mindy Abel, senior vice president of convention sales for the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau. “Our focus is getting trade groups and corporate events that will bring out-of-town guests, but those same amenities are very attractive to public promoters and consumer events.”

According to the article, the Wizard convention is expected to attract 30,000 attendees — “small potatoes compared to the San Diego event.” [Orange County Business Journal]


Business | Diamond Book Distributors has cut three employees, shifting their responsibilities to Diamond Comic Distributors staff. [ICv2.com]

Retailing | Patrick Brower, owner of Challengers Comics in Chicago, offers his take on the state of the comics market: “Comic books are the ‘comfort food’ of the entertainment industry: Even while everything else is tanking, comics still seem to do okay.  They’re cheap, disposable and can make you feel good about life and yourself pretty quickly.  And once you buy one, you own it; it’s not an experience, it’s a product you can use over and over.  You can read it again and again.  And aren’t you worth $3, even on the shittiest of days?  Sure you are.  Just skip one lousy cup of coffee, and you can have a comic book forever.  Now that people are starting to have some money again, they most want to treat themselves to the things they’ve denied themselves for so long, whatever they may be.  What they’re not, is comics.  People have called comics ‘recession-proof,’ but when the recession is over that’s when the comics industry really starts to feel it.” [Chicago Now]

Copyright | A renewed debate about scanlations continues to spin out of the plagiarism accusations against Incarnate creator Nick Simmons — and takes a weird turn along the way. [Anime Vice, 4thletter!, Manga Xanadu, Anime Vice]

Publishing | Frank Santoro asks: “What if Disney does away with the culture of freelance lifers at Marvel Comics and replaces pencillers and inkers with animators and storyboard artists?” [Comics Comics]


Creators | Writer Brian Azzarello discusses First Wave, the new DC Comics miniseries set in a pulp universe populated by The Spirit, Doc Savage, Black Canary, the Blackhawks and The Bat-Man. [USA Today]

Creators | Animator John Canemaker talks to Jeff Smith about the animated adaptation of Bone. [Print]

Creators | Ivor Tossell profiles Amir, the anonymous writer of Zahra’s Paradise, the new online serial from First Second Books that chronicles life in Iran. (Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson interviewed Amir last week). [The Globe and Mail]

Creators | The Dreamland Chronicles creator Scott Christian Sava is the subject of a substantial profile — with a slide show, no less — in his local newspaper: “I worry … with all the fans … am I capturing the moment? Am I taking advantage of the opportunities? I’d rather work on more pages. I’ve been getting a little melancholy about that. My heart’s into telling the story, not selling it.” [The Tennessean]

Creators | Brian Heater launches into a four-part interview with Graham Annable. [The Daily Cross Hatch]


Creators | Xeric grant-winning cartoonist Joshua Smeaton chats briefly about self-publishing and his webcomic-turned-graphic novel Haunted. [Creative Loafing]

Creators | Writer Mark Andrew Smith talks about his all-ages comic The New Brighton Archeological Society. [Diamond Bookshelf, via Good Comics for Kids]

Craft | Letterer Todd Klein examines the origins of “breath marks” (also known as “roach legs,” “fireflies,” “cat’s whiskers” and countless other names). [Todd’s Blog]

Blogosphere | Happy fifth anniversary to MangaBlog, the indispensable blog operated by Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson. [MangaBlog]

Blogosphere | Wired.com’ GeekDad blog has opened voting for the first GreekDad Awards. [GeekDad]