Conventions | Retailer Christopher Butcher, organizer of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, surveys the comics-convention landscape and wonders where the comics are. He also comments on the Twilight “controversy” at Comic-Con International: “… The 10,000 Twilight fans at the con really were a problem for the show, but a lot of the reasons that got floated came from a sexist, xenophobic, bullshit fanboy place. I actually feel bad even writing this, but truly, legitimately, 6,000 people at the show just for Twilight means 6,000 people that weren’t spending money at the show means 6,000 people that might’ve wanted to go that had an interest in dropping a few bucks at the various vendors? Shut out.” [Comics212]
Publishing | Where have all the great comic-book hucksters gone? [Comiks Debris]
Publishing | Lynn Neary spotlights Tim Hamilton’s graphic-novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. [NPR]
Publishing | Sam Kusek takes a look at Viz Media’s Shonen Sunday website and titles: “There has been a lot of discussion in the past few years about how the internet is going to be the future of manga and anime. Assimilating manga into an online format has been met with some distaste in the past few years; however, with Shonen Sunday, I believe Viz is taking the right steps towards utilizing the internet.” [Manga Recon]
Sales charts | Say what you will about The New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List, but this week’s hardcover category is certainly diverse. Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (DC Comics) leads off the chart, followed by David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp (Pantheon), Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW), Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls (Top Shelf), and Joss Whedon, Bryan Lynch and Franco Urru’s Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 4. (On a related note, George Gene Gustines reviews the top three hardcovers.)
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen and Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket, Vol. 3, hold on to the top spots in the paperback and manga divisions. [The New York Times]
Anime | The recession has dealt a blow to Japan’s $2-billion-a-year animation industry. [CNN]
Fandom | The 10 types of (constumed) Comic-Con fans. [Neatorama]
Pop culture | “Spider-Man’s 8 Most Insane Non-Comic Book Moments.” [Topless Robot]
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