Publishing | Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s award-winning series, sold out of its initial 100,000-copy printing at the distributor level within a few days of its release last week. Oni Press plans a quick 50,000-copy second printing, with the possibility of additional copies if they’re needed. Edgar Wright’s film adaptation of the series, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, opens on Aug. 13. [ICv2.com]
Publishing | At Comic-Con International, IDW Publishing announced plans for the Ultimate Alex Raymond Collection: The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim, which includes every Sunday installment from both classic comic strips collected in an oversized edition. [press release]
Publishing | Following a string of Vertigo series cancellations — Air, Unknown Soldier, Greek Street — Chris Eckert does some number-crunching and, discovers — unsurprisingly, and among other things — that a majority of the imprint’s titles are axed within about two years of their debut. [Funnybook Babylon]
Comic-Con | With the 2010 convention concluded, it’s time for the annual running of the bulls “Is Comic-Con too big?” stories, this time courtesy of USA Today and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. [Comic-Con International]
Comic-Con | Deb Aoki rounds up manga news from the convention. [Publishers Weekly]
Retailing | This brief snapshot of the direct market focuses on Southern California comic stores 4 Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga and Kemp’s Komics in Riverside. [The Press-Enterprise via The Seattle Times]
Creators | Alan Moore discusses Unearthing, his new collaboration with Steve Moore that combines a spoken-word recording, a musical soundtrack and a book of photographs. [The New York Times]
Creators | Shaenon Garrity interviews pioneering shojo manga creator Moto Hagio during Comic-Con — her first U.S. convention. [TCJ.com]
Creators | Christopher Irving continues his profile of Jim Shooter, focusing on his controversial tenure as Marvel’s editor-in-chief: “Basically, I got the shaft in a major way, and by the time they finally got rid of me, nobody cared. If you saw the day of my thirtieth birthday party and then a few years later when they got rid of me. I won the fight about paying royalties, but they had actually stopped paying international royalties, hoping that no one would notice. Walt noticed, and said ‘Somebody sent me this Star Slammers from France. Where’s my royalty check?’ So here’s my thing: I can say to Walt ‘It’s those bastards upstairs, Walt. They’re screwing you,’ so Walt quits, and then Shooter has scared another creator away. Or, I can say ‘Walt, there must be some mistake or problem. I’ll do my best to fix it.’ I go off and rant at the villains upstairs, and it does no good, so then Walt goes ‘I thought you were going to fix this,’ and then he quits anyway.” [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Eva Volin posts a video interview with Amelia Rules creator Jimmy Gownley from Comic-Con. [Good Comics for Kids]
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