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Business | During a quarterly-earnings call on Tuesday, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes revealed the company likely will announce plans “in a matter of weeks” regarding DC Entertainment. Bewkes appeared to be speaking specifically to the film slate, but perhaps we’ll also learn who will replace Paul Levitz as publisher. [ComingSoon.net]

Webcomics | In the wake of a malware-distributing hack that briefly affected Karl Kerschl’s The Abominable Charles Christopher website comes word of a possible a WordPress/ComicPress-targeting hack that could wreak havoc on the webcomics community. “It’s not clear yet how serious this is, but since ComicPress is pretty much the dominant ecosystem for self-hosted webcomics, it would have the potential to really abuse our community,” writes Gary Tyrrell. [Fleen]


Awards | Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics, by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost, has received the Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature, awarded annually by the Center for Children’s Books. Kit Feeny: On the Move, by Michael Townsend, was one of three Gryphon Honors winners. [press release]

Publishing | Author and comics writer Duane Swierczynski, whose novels are caught up in the standoff between Amazon and Macmillan over e-book pricing, chronicles his efforts to free the titles “held hostage” by the retail giant. “Please, @amazon, will you let me send in some bookmarks, tape and a few polyethylene bags?” he wrote on Twitter. “Maybe a UN bookbinder, to check on the hostages?” [Secret Dead Blog]

Conventions | Dash Shaw reports on last weekend’s Angoulême International Comics Festival. [Comics Comics]

Conventions | Chris Butcher talks about managing The Beguiling, the origin of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and the state of the comics industry. [Torontoist]


Creators | John Geddes profiles Brian Wood for USA Today, spotlighting milestone issues for DMZ and Northlanders, and the return of DEMO. [USA Today]

Creators | Joe Sacco discusses Footnotes in Gaza, Arab-Israeli relations and investigative reporting. [Los Angeles Times]

Creators | Neil Gaiman chats about the appeal of myth, selecting the right medium for a story, and how his writing differs now as compared to early in his career: “It’s less exciting and less scary. When I started out there were a lot of things I knew I couldn’t do, and a lot of things I only found out I couldn’t do by going and doing it. And no-one was watching and nobody cared. These days there are a lot of things I know I can do (but I don’t want to repeat myself) and too many people watching.” [The Huffington Post]

Creators | Jim Rugg talks briefly about Afrodisiac in advance of a Saturday signing at Chapel Hill Comics in North Carolina. [Independent Weekly]


Creators | S.W.O.R.D. artist Steven Sanders discusses the title’s cancellation, and his somewhat-controversial rendition of Beast: “I thought it was a neat look, and so did Nick Lowe, but apparently a lot of fans don’t cotton to it. I had very little exposure to the online comics community prior to this job, so I wasn’t quite prepared for the vitriol. (Some’reviews’ spent half the time thinking of names to call the design. Super classy and professional, people.)” [The Weekly Crisis]

Creators | David Harper interviews War of the Woods creator Matthew Petz, winner of the January Zuda Comics competition. [Multiversity Comics]

Comics | Iron Man’s armor and the Green Lantern rings are among “the 10 Most Useful Gadgets from Science Fiction and Comics.” [GeekDad]