Publishing | Everything else kind of pales in comparison to the big Disney-Marvel announcement, doesn’t it? [Comic Book Resources]
Conventions | As a mayor’s task force this afternoon delivers its final report and, presumably, officially endorses the proposed $750-million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, the focus again turns to how the city will raise the roughly $50 million a year to fund the project.
Meanwhile, a leading expert on convention centers claims his views have been misrepresented in the task force’s report. “There is stuff that so misrepresents reality it is appalling,” says Heywood Sanders, professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He tells the San Diego Reader that convention centers are grossly overbuilt nationwide, and that the task force distorts statistics in its report. [Convention Center Task Force]
Editorial cartoons | The Westchester, N.Y., Journal-News has reversed its decision to lay off Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Davies, who has been with the newspaper for 17 years. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Digital comics | Retailer Jerry Ringi sees the rapid growth of mobile comics not as a potential expansion of the market but as “the last nail in the coffin of the Direct Market Industry as we know it today and the end of Diamond as a distributor of comic books.” [ICv2.com]
Digital comics | Jake Forbes details four hurdles the industry must overcome “before going digital will help comics grow.” [Jake Forbes]
Webcomics | Ada Price takes a generalized look at moves by web cartoonists into print and merchandise. [Publishers Weekly]
Webcomics | Steve Sunu asks Lora Innes, Scott Kurtz and Chris Onstad about their webcomics and the technology they use. [Wizard Universe]
Webcomics | The roughly 673rd article about the evils of spec work sets off a raucous debate about Zuda Comics that draws comments from PvP creator Scott Kurtz, Ron Perazza, DC’s director of creative services, Night Owls co-creator Robert Timony, High Moon co-creator David Gallaher, and others. [Webcomics.com]
Publishing | Top Cow Productions is hiring a marketing assistant. [Comix 411]
Creators | Alexa Kitchen is 12 already? [Star-Bulletin]
Creators | Mystery author Janet Evanovich discusses dipping her toe into the comics pool with a graphic novel due out next year from Dark Horse: “My daughter and I have always loved comics. I actually still get a subscription to Uncle Scrooge. That’s because I’m so old.” [Jacket Copy]
Comics | Apparently there’s a comic coming out that features ’80s rocker Lita Ford and her family? [Blabbermouth.net]
Art | Sean Kleefeld considers the market for original comic-book art. [Kleefeld on Comics]
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