Publishing | The big news of the day, obviously, is DC Comics’ entry into the digital-distribution arena with its comiXology-developed application for the iPad, iPhone and iPad Touch. CBR’s Kiel Phegley gets the details from Co-Publisher Jim Lee and John Rood, executive vice president of sales, marketing and business development. (ComiXology is already updating the app to fix a bug that apparently caused early iPhones and iPods to crash.)
David Brothers has early analysis, looking as day-and-date digital release for Justice League: Generation Lost, and a tiered pricing structure. Meanwhile, Matthew Maxwell writes: “… This does mean that both of the Big Two are now officially putting pinkie toes, if not entire feet into the pool. But who will jump in along with them?” We’ll round up more reactions later today. [Comic Book Resources]
Passings | Clifford Meth remembers his friend Adrienne Colan, who was found dead on Monday: “… There are truths I’d like to share about Adrienne Colan, and chief among them was her and Gene’s love for each other. It read like an epic poem. The hardships and tragedies and obstacles were too numerous to count, but for half a century they remained at the center of each other’s universes. For richer or for poorer. In sickness and in health. For better or worse.” [ComicMix]
Publishing | Calvin Reid spotlights five-year-old publisher Zenescope, which recently moved into licensed properties and launched an imprint for children’s and young-adult titles. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | J. Michael Straczynski briefly discusses the 13-part “Grounded” storyline that begins in July’s Superman #700, which takes the Man of Steel on a walk across America. [USA Today]
Creators | The Eastern Edge posts the first part of a promised six-part translated conversation between Takehiko Inoue and Eiichiro Oda. “Around the time One Piece had just begun serialization, I saw a survey in a magazine asking famous people what comics interested them,” Oda said. “In that survey, you had chosen One Piece and commented, ‘The creator really believes in his work.’ I almost literally jumped for joy, I was so happy. I had a copy of that page pinned up at my work place for the longest time.” [The Eastern Edge]
Creators | Dan Nadel talks about PictureBox, Art Out of Time and learning about comics while working at Big Planet Comics. [Washington CityPaper]
Creators | Brian Young briefly spotlights Utah creators Ryan Ottley and Derek Hunter. [In Utah This Week]
Comics | Good Comics for Kids unveils its 2010 summer reading list for children, tweens and teens. Selections include Mercury, Kill Shakespeare, Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites, The Adventures of Tintin, and Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers. [Good Comics for Kids]
Comics | David Brothers rereads DC Comics’ 2008-2009 miniseries Final Crisis: “Everything about the Flash, any of them, in Final Crisis is dead on. The Flash is the best hero in the DC Universe. He’s got the best enemies, best power, and he’s flexible enough to work on both a street level and cosmic level. More than anything else, though, the Flash is a confident hero. They’re consummate professionals, very experienced, and their very power gives them an edge of everything else. It seems like a contradiction, but their superspeed lets them process things faster than any other hero, which means that they are among the few that can afford to take it slow. They should make being a hero look effortless.” [4thletter!]
Crime | The strangest comics-related newspaper headline you’ll see today: “City police step up dinosaur patrols.” [Press & Sun-Bulletin]
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