Passings | Cartoonist Anne Thorburn Cleveland, author of the 1955 collection It’s Better With Your Shoes Off, died last month in Oregon. She was 92. [The Comics Reporter]
Sales charts | Watchmen slips five places to No. 10 in its 36th week on USA Today’s bestseller list as the 22nd volume of Tayaka Natsuki’s Fruits Basket debuts at No. 40. Meanwhile, the second wave of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto onslaught continues its slide off the chart, with Vol. 41 dropping 47 places to No. 102, Vol. 40 plummeting 78 spots to No. 129, and Vol. 39 falling 71 places to No. 145. [USA Today]
Conventions | Planet Comicon is being held this weekend in Overland Park, Kansas. Guests include Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Michael Golden, Jeremy Haun, Phil Hester, Bruce Jones, B. Clay Moore, Tony Moore, Jai Nitz, Ande Parks, Eric Shanower and Mark Texeira. [The Kansas City Star]
Conventions | Fearing, in part, the loss of Comic-Con International, a San Diego city task force is considering an expansion of the 600,000-square-foot convention center. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
Comics | Christopher Butcher has announced the full lineup for the Comics Festival 2009 offering for Free Comic Book Day. Contributors include Kate Beaton, Scott Chantler, Emmanuel Guibert, Faith Erin Hicks, Ryan North, Steve Rolston, Kean Soo and Chip Zdarsky. [Comics 212]
Creators | Jeff Lemire gives a tour of his workspace. [Jeff Lemire’s blog]
Creators | Writer B. Clay Moore is featured in a brief profile. [Ink]
Creators | A list of “50 ubergeeks worth following on Twitter” includes a handful of comics folks. [TechRepublic]
Fandom | This little rant about the apparent difficulty of finding “adult comics” somehow lumps Vertigo titles with Bondage Fairies and the Eros Comix stable. [Comic Book Movie]
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