Conventions | The fight for Comic-Con International is heating up as representatives from Anaheim, Las Vegas and Los Angeles confirm they’re trying to convince convention organizers to leave San Diego for greener — or at least bigger — pastures. The event, which generates some $16 million in direct spending annually, is under contract with the San Diego Convention Center through 2012. [San Diego News Network]
Publishing | BOOM! Studios has signed agreements with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollinsCanada to distribute the publisher’s graphic novels to bookstores in the United States and Canada, respectively. [press release, press release]
Publishing | Although it was mentioned in passing last week, IDW Publishing now has officially announced its new imprint Yoe! Books, which will release books by author and editor Craig Yoe (Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster). The first titles, The Art of Ditko and The Complete Milt Gross Life Story and Comic Books, will debut this fall. [press release]
Retailing | Ken Grobe profiles retailer James Sime, owner of Isotope Lounge in San Francisco. [Examiner.com]
Retailing | Robert Stull spotlights Austin Books and Comics in Austin, Texas. [Examiner.com]
Creators | Artist J.H. Williams III discusses his work on Detective Comics: “Comics are a medium where design can play a major role in how to affect the reader and impact the story in ways that can’t be done in prose or film. I’m very much into toying with what’s possible there. However, I don’t fret over it as much as some might think. I really don’t do thumbnails, and I do my designing right on the art boards as I work. I keep everything up in my head. Very rarely do I feel I need to throw something away and start over-maybe once every couple years. So when you see the printed page in a comic from me, you’re seeing my first crack at designing that page, scene, or entire issue. I do this by my gut, on what feels right based on what I want to bring out in the attitudes of the story.” [Las Vegas CityLife, via Journalista]
Comics | Johnny Bacardi takes a look at 1970s Marvel hero Red Wolf. [The Johnny Bacardi Show]
Chicago | Neil Gaiman, Terry Moore and Craig Thompson will appear on a panel about censorship at the American Library Association’s annual conference.
New York | Neil Kleid will appear on the Comic Book Club at The People’s Improv Theatre. More details here.
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