Conventions | As San Diego tries to sweeten the deal to keep Comic-Con International, Eric Carpenter considers the odds of the pop-culture phenomenon moving to the 815,000-square-foot Anaheim Convention Center in 2013.
“It’s one of those things where it’s hard to unseat an annual convention from any area, and Comic-Con has a long history in San Diego,” says Charles Ahlers, president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “But we think we have a lot to offer.” Chief among Anaheim’s offerings: more convention space and hotel rooms. [The Orange County Register]
Comic strips | Mike Manley has been named as the new permanent artist of Judge Parker, replacing Eduardo Barreto, who is “gravely ill” with meningitis. This will be the first newspaper strip for Manley, a comic-book artist who created and edits Draw! magazine. “I’ve got big shoes to step into,” Manley writes on his blog. “I’ve been a fan of Barreto for a long time, from his stint on Atari Force at DC onward through his varied career. He could do it all, super-jocks, pretty chicks, noir, pedestrian, detective stuff. His work had charm class and power. He made JP his own, something I hope to do in time as well.” Manley’s first strip will appear in mid-March. [Comic Riffs]
Awards | Cartoonists Stephen Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Dan Piraro (Bizarro) and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) have been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year. The winner will be announced in March. [National Cartoonists Society]
Publishing | In a multi-part Q&A with ICv2.com, IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams discusses the state of the comics and bookstore markets, his company’s success with licensed properties, and digital comics. [ICv2.com]
Creators | Dylan Horrocks chats briefly about Hicksville returning to print after 10 years. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Artist Rufus Dayglo discusses his influences and drawing Tank Girl in the shadow of Jamie Hewlett: “I feel comfortable with Tank Girl. I draw like that, so it feels natural. It doesn’t look quite like Jamie because I’m not him — as many people have pointed out! On the whole, people seem pretty happy that Tankie’s back, and have been very positive and welcoming. I felt like CJ Ramone taking over from Dee Dee Ramone. I’d joined my favourite band–but I’m not Dee Dee, and I want Alan, Jamie, and the readers to be happy with it. I spend pretty much every waking hour drawing it.” [Crikey!, via Forbidden Planet International]
Comics | Terry Gant examines the love lives of Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. [Loyola Phoenix]
Comics | Wire.com readers recommend must-read comics, from Wanted and Hellboy to The Walking Dead and The Eternals. [Underwire]
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