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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Conventions | Everyone who has been waiting months to learn whether Comic-Con International will remain in San Diego past 2012 will have to wait a little longer, as no decision was reached Sunday during the meeting of the board of directors. Marketing Director David Glanzer said he expects an answer within the next three weeks.

The brief article in The San Diego Union-Tribune notes a new — or least not previously reported — concession being made to convention organizers: Hotel owners have agreed that no rooms in the dedicated Comic-Con block will exceed $300 a night. [Union-Tribune]

Retailing | Amazon’s total revenue for the first quarter jumped 46 percent to $7.13 billion; net income rose 68 percent to $299 million. [Publishers Weekly]

Awards | Political cartoonist Bill Day, who was laid off last year by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, is among the winners of the 42nd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. [Comic Riffs]

Publishing | If you can ignore the “POW!” headline, Matthew Shaer’s brief overview of the issues surrounding the iPad, digital publishing and the comics industry is pretty decent, with quotes from the likes of Gareb Shamus, Jim Lee, Douglas Wolk and Tucker Stone. [The Christian Science Monitor]

Publishing | Writer Tom DeFalco tries to rally support after Marvel switched Spectacular Spider-Girl from an ongoing monthly to a four-issue miniseries. [Bleeding Cool]

Comics | Frank Santoro exposes Glenn Danzig’s swipe from Michael Golden’s cover to Crystar #8. [Comics Comics]

Conventions | Reports and photos from Stumptown Comics Fest, Denver Comic Fest and the South Bend Comic Book Convention. [The Portland Mercury, Comics Alliance, John Porcellino, South Bend Tribune]

Retailing | The local newspaper profiles Peter DeFelice, owner of Pyramid Comics & Cards in Sparta, New Jersey. [New Jersey Herald]

Creators | NANA creator Ai Yazawa was released earlier this month from a Tokyo hospital, where she had been treated for a serious, but unspecified, illness. The manga was placed on hiatus last summer because of Yazawa’s health. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Writer Ed Brubaker talks briefly about Secret Avengers and getting death threats as a result of Captain America #602: “I guess they’re all for freedom of speech except for mine! What was really infuriating is that they weren’t reading the story, they were just reading some blogger. Has our media really come to the point where anyone can just blog about something and it becomes a news article that warrants death threats? We’re seeing this with Trey Parker and Matt Stone of [South Park] receiving death threats from Muslims. How is this any different from Tea Partiers telling me I should die in a fire because I wrote an issue of Captain America? It’s a little disconcerting to me. It makes me feel like our society has gotten to the point where it’s a little too easy to get access to people.” [io9.com]

Creators | Collaborators Mike Carey and Peter Gross discuss their Vertigo series The Unwritten. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Artist Matthew Southworth talks about Stumptown, his Oni Press crime series with Greg Rucka. [TCJ.com]

Creators | Writer Scott Snyder continues his American Vampire interview tour. [Suicide Girls]

Creators | Writer Greg Rucka delves into the character of Renee Montoya. [Xtra]

Creators | Artist Ryan Ottley chats about Invincible, Haunt and Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark. [Earth 616]

Creators | Brian Heater continues his three-part interview with Jamie Tanner and Robin Enrico. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | Collaborators Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele discuss their Image Comics series The Light. [Broken Frontier]

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