Publishing | Jonathan Yaged has resigned as vice president and U.S. publisher of the Disney Book Group to become CEO of House Party, a consumer-activation and marketing company. Yaged joined Disney in 2000 as director of business affairs.
The Disney Book Group’s Hyperion imprint publishes such graphic novels as Jellaby, Houdini: The Handcuff King, the Artemis Fowl adaptations and the popular W.I.T.C.H. series. [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | Japanese cartoonist Shuuhou Satou, who in April announced he would make his comics available online for a small fee a month after they appeared in print, reportedly earned about $5,500 from Internet sales in January. The mangaka began the online venture because he was unhappy with the profit-sharing setup of traditional publishing. [Japanator]
Legal | Steve Geppi, lawsuit magnet. [The Beat]
Retailing | School of Comics in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will close at the end of March. Manager Jeff Wally hopes to open a new, “more streamlined store” to replace it in early April. [Daily Comet]
Creators | Douglas Wolk kicks off a five-part interview with artist Kevin O’Neill. [TCJ.com]
Creators | Kiel Phegley talks to Brian Azzarello about First Wave, the DC Comics miniseries that features pulp and hardboiled characters like Batman, The Spirit, Doc Savage and the Avenger: “It’s fun to take a character like Batman and say, ‘How would this character have gone if there was no Superman and all the other super powered characters he got tangled up with?’ I’ve never bought into the idea that Batman would be in the Justice League of America. We’re creating a world where none of these super characters exist. Doc is the top of the food chain. He’s the pinnacle of humanity.” [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Christopher Irving profiles cartoonist Raina Telgemeier. [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Atomic Robo writer Brian Clevinger talks about the new miniseries The Revenge of the Vampire Dimension. [Multiversity Comics]
Creators | Cartoonist George O’Connor discusses his new Olympians series for First Second Books. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | John Hogan chats with Chinese artist Benjamin about his new Tokyopop collection Remember and the comics market in China: “The influence of manga is huge in China, widespread. A large portion of the young people are reading them; some of them are pirate books downloaded from the Internet. There are very few genuine ones. But in China, there are even fewer young people who read Chinese manhua. Young people who read them are the ones in the lower age bracket—for example, below high school. In China, it is said that when the child is old enough for surfing the Internet, about 13 years old, he or she will never buy comic books again. So now the mainstream comic books are for children. So when we talk about influence, I think, it is mainly reaching the very young readers.” [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Craft | A comparison of script pages and final art from John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew. [Hideous Energy]
Craft | Letterer Todd Klein begins a multi-part study of logos from DC’s classic romance comics. [Todd’s Blog]
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