Publishing | Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing were named Publishers of the Year in Diamond’s annual Gem Awards, which recognize “outstanding suppliers in the comic book specialty market.” Marvel’s Secret Invasion #1 was dubbed Comic Book of the Year in the over-$3 division; Image’s The Walking Dead #50 for under $3. DC Comics’ Joker was named Original Graphic Novel of the Year. [Diamond Comic Distributors]
Conventions | Blogger Deb Aoki provides a manga-centric guide to this weekend’s New York Comic Con. [About.com]
Creators | Marc Mason talks with artist Josh Medors about his health and his current work. [Comics Waiting Room]
Creators | Mouse Guard creator David Petersen speaks at length about the evolution of his well-received series, his upcoming children’s book, and why he stuck with publisher Archaia Studios Press through its drawn-out restructuring: “I always felt like nobody would want to publish a silly book about mice. So I really felt like ASP was doing me a huge favor by taking the chance on the book. Now everybody goes, ‘Oh, why didn’t you go to Marvel or DC, or try to pitch to them?’ Because I would’ve gotten laughed out of the booth! So they took a chance on me, and we had solicited issues that hadn’t come out yet, so I didn’t really have a reason to go anywhere else.” [The A.V. Club]
Fandom | Jack Hsu traces the evolution of Taiwan’s otaku culture. [Taiwan News]
Meme watch | Blogger Doctor K imagines what song Superman sang into the Miracle Machine in Final Crisis #7. Other bloggers follow suit. [Doctor K’s blog]
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