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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Conventions | Despite a decreased presence by major publishers, fewer panels and rampant online speculation, Wizard CEO Gareb Shamus says he’s expecting “record attendance” for this weekend’s Chicago Comic-Con. “We’re absolutely committed to the show and its location,” Shamus says. “As far as I’m concerned, we’ll be there forever.” [Daily Herald]

Events | Chicago Comic-Con will include an auction to benefit veteran writer John Ostrander, who has been battling glaucoma for years. The Saturday event will include work donated by such creators as Neal Adams, Howard Chaykin, George Perez, Matt Groening, Jim Lee, Dave Sim and countless others. []

Legal | Vanguard Productions has emerged the winner in a lawsuit filed last year against by Warren Publishing founder Jim Warren over art from the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. [press release]

Publishing | Viz Media’s Gonzalo Ferreyra speaks briefly about the company’s accelerated release schedule for Naruto and One Piece. []

Publishing | Retailer Christopher Butcher notes that the term “bromance” apparently didn’t work well for Marvel. The publisher has retitled the Marvel Bromance trade paperback, collecting “male-bonding” stories starring such buddies as Wonder Man and the Beast, Wolverine and Nightcrawler, and The Warriors Three. Now called Marvel Super Hero Team-Up, the book gets new, more conventional solicitation text, too. [Comics212]

Sales charts | The composition of The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List is pretty much the same as it was last week, but it’s worth pointing out that Dave Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp has moved to No. 1 on the hardcover chart while Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter holds steady at No. 3. David Petersen’s Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 enters the list at No. 4, and Jeff Smith and Charles Vess’ Rose debuts in the paperback catgory at No. 9. [The New York Times]

Awards | Friends of Lulu has opened nominations for the 2009 Lulu Awards, and added new categories for kid-friendly work and best female character. [Friends of Lulu]

Creators | Lynda Barry talks about winning an Eisner, her work process, and exclamation points: “A friend of mine pointed out that one of my main literary influences must be the labels on Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, and it’s true. I love the jerky writing and all the exclamation marks on those soap labels. In my comic strip, Marlys is especially fond of exclamation marks.” [Eugene Weekly, via Tom Devlin]

Creators | Sean Collins chats with cartoonist Dash Shaw about his Doctor Strange story for the upcoming Strange Tales MAX miniseries. []

Creators | Michael Cavna interviews Jerry Scott, co-creator of the comic strip Zits. [Comic Riffs]

Comic strips | Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie turned 85 years old this week. [Editor & Publisher, via The Daily Cartoonist]

Webcomics | On his Whitechapel forum, Warren Ellis has a terrific thread for creators to showcase/promote their webcomics. I’ve only just begun to read through it but already there are plenty of comics I’d never seen before. [Whitechapel]

Comics | Graeme McMillan is reading X-Men Forever … and he likes it. A lot: “My name is Graeme and I love X-MEN FOREVER.” [The Savage Critics]

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