Business | During a surprise appearance Thursday at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger assured reporters that, “There will be no Disney-fication of Marvel.”
“When you look at it as part of the Walt Disney Company and the application, the presence of Marvel is virtually in everything that we’re in,” Iger said at the presentation. “You can expect that, over time, that’s what you will see. We became impressed with the talent of Marvel as we got to know them better. Once the the deal closes their is expected integration, but we plan to keep Marvel as an entity and and to respect both the talent that is there, working as one and also respect what Marvel is and what the essence of Marvel is. There will be no Disney-fication of Marvel.” [ScreenCrave]
Business | I overlooked this nugget when I was assembling our overview of the new DC Entertainment: Batman: Arkham Asylum, the new video game from Warner Bros. Interactive and Eidos Interactive, has sold a reported 2 million copies since its release on Aug. 25. [Los Angeles Times]
Conventions | Deb Aoki has commentary on Thursday’s confirmation that Reed Exhibitions will “co-locate” next year’s New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival. That means the two events will be held at the same time — Oct. 8-10, 2010 — and share exhibition space in the Javits Center while maintaining separate programming and guest lists. “With a tight economy to contend with,” Aoki writes, “Reed Exhibitions has likely figured out that combining New York Anime Festival with New York Comic-Con might make it more appealing for more publishers, game and anime companies to put some of their marketing budget toward exhibiting at next year’s shows.” [About.com]
Publishing | Editorial Talent Coordinator Chris Allo has left Marvel. C.B. Cebulski, who works on a consultant basis as the publisher’s talent scout, will step in to the Allo’s role while Marvel finds a replacement. “… It’s not really an upgrade or promotion,” Cebulski wrote on Twitter. “Just stepping in to help out the Mighty Marvel that I love.” [Bleeding Cool]
Publishing | A business website profiles the 33-year-old Emerati entrepreneur behind Gold Ring, billed as the first original, Arabic-language manga. [Arabian Business]
Sales charts | Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is again the No. 1 hardcover on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List as Watchmen reclaims the top paperback spot and the 28th volume of Bleach knocks Vampire Knight from its manga throne. [The New York Times]
Webcomics | John Allison’s online series Scary Go Round ends today after more than seven years, to be replaced on Monday by a new, and still-secret, comic. “I’ve been working on Scary Go Round for seven and a half years, which is longer than I’ve done anything else — longer than grammar school or any job I’ve done,” Allison writes on his blog. “I was 25 when I started, and I vowed that unlike the comics I’d made before, this would be a nice coherent whole, visually consistent and professional! Well what a roaring success that turned out to be. The last strip (the 1785th) bears absolutely no relation whatsoever to the first. But the journey’s the thing and I emerge older and wiser, mostly older, so old.” [Scary Go Round]
Creators | Artist Philip Bond discusses his new Wildstorm miniseries Red Herring. [iFanboy]
Art | I really like this analysis of a Geoff Darrow-drawn explosion from the pages of Big Guy and Rusty, the Boy Robot. [Are You A Serious Comic Book Reader?]
Art | Paolo Rivera shows his process for creating the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #615. [The Self-Absorbing Man]
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