Conventions | San Diego officials and business owners grow more anxious about losing Comic-Con International, whose contract with the city’s convention center expires in 2012, freeing the growing show to look elsewhere for a home. To keep Comic-Con in San Diego, the city’s three waterfront hotels have committed to providing for free about 300,000 square feet of meeting space from 2013 to 2015, while the Convention Center Corp. is proposing to increase the number of dedicated convention hotel rooms from 7,000 to 14,000.
Comic-Con’s organizers, who have been courted by cities such as Anaheim, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, are expected to make a decision about the show’s future within the next month. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
Publishing | Dirk Deppey, Warren Ellis, Brian Hibbs, Graeme McMillan, Tom Richmond, Tom Spurgeon and Douglas Wolk offer thoughts on DC Entertainment’s new executive management team. [Comic Book Resources]
Publishing | John Jackson Miller crunches January’s direct-market sales figures and compares them to previous years. [The Comichron]
Conventions | Christine Amarantus reports on Saturday’s Comic Expo, a one-day event held by organizers of Long Beach Comic Con. [Daily Titan]
Legal | In the wake of the sentencing of Christopher Handley, a blogger at Anime Vice argues in support of the Iowa man’s prosecution for possessing obscene manga: “Critics of the Handley ruling have been quick to point out how this could lead to the illustrated depiction of any illegal activity, such as drug use, being banned. I find that assertion to be as absurd as comparing apples to oranges though, as drug use is a personal decision and more or less victimless crime whereas raping an adolescent is most certainly, well, do I even have to explain?” [Anime Vice]
Copyright | Matt at Multiversity Comics examines comics piracy in light of a couple of recent title cancellations: “Now, some scanners believe that what they are doing is right. The biggest scanner’company’ that I know of is DCP, or Digital Comics Preservation. Every book they scan ends with a logo from them that insists that ‘if you like it, buy it!’ That is probably the most important aspect of piracy, and always has been. I don’t care if it’s a comic book or the fifty hour long Lord of the Rings quadruple extended cuts: if you like something enough to pirate it, you should like it enough to buy it.” [Multiversity Comics]
Retailing | David Gabriel, Marvel’s senior vice president of sales and circulation, lists what services the publisher offers to direct-market retailers. [Marvel.com]
Retailing | Tim Schulte, owner of Granite City Comics in St. Cloud, Minnesota, gets profiled in the St. Cloud State University student newspaper. [University Chronicle]
Manga | Katherine Dacey lists 10 great “global manga,” plus a half-dozen honorable mentions, including Chynna Clugston’s Blue Monday, Adam Warren’s Empowered and Brandon Graham’s King City. [The Manga Critic]
Creators | Jeet Heer looks at the “mid-life crises” of several comics artists that saw them make a leap to more ambitious works. [Comics Comics]
Creators | David Harper kicks off a multi-part interview with writer Jason Aaron, who discusses The Other Side, being a Marvel-exclusive creator, and being selective with his assignments: “When things are getting offered you kind of want to grab everything you can because you’re like ‘this might be my only chance to write this character or that character.’ You want to say yes to everything but you have to think a little farther ahead because you don’t want to overburden yourself. Then your other work starts to suffer and you shoot yourself in the foot. I’ve tried to be careful about the things I’ve said yes to so far. Ghost Rider I was really excited to get that, it was my first ongoing series. It’s not a book that’s going to launch you to superstardom or put you at the top of the sales chart but I was really proud of what I was able to do on that book and hopefully it will hold up for Ghost Rider fans. I also was happy because I think we brought some new fans to the character.” [Multiversity Comics]
Creators | Writer and editor Jamie S. Rich recounts his visit with Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz to Brian Michael Bendis’ writing class at Portland State University. [Oni Press]
Creators | Brian Heater continues his multi-part conversation with James Sturm. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Scott Thill spotlights Andi Ewington and his new Comi.x graphic novel Forty-Five. [Underwire]
Creators | Writer Elizabeth Genco talks about her non-comics influences. [Graphic NYC]
Blogosphere | Gary Groth, executive editor of The Comics Journal, responds to growing online criticism of the recently relaunched TCJ.com. [TCJ.com]
Blogosphere | Happy fourth blogiversary to Sean Kleefeld. [Kleefeld on Comics]
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