Retailing | The annual meeting of ComicsPRO, the direct-market trade organization, begins today in Memphis, Tennessee, with DC Comics-focused programming — we’ll likely see some announcements this afternoon — and continues through Saturday. Matt Price gauges the general mood among attendees concerning the economy, digital comics and the increasing reliance by publishers on “classified” solicitations whose details aren’t revealed until just before the final-order cutoff. [Nerdage]
Publishing | French publisher Les Humanoïdes Associés, which in recent years has had deals with DC Comics and Devil’s Due Publishing, plans to “formally reestablish itself” as a U.S. comic-book publisher — this time without a partner. The venture, called Humanoids Inc., is overseen by Publisher Fabrice Giger, Director Alex Donoghue, Editor-in-Chief Bob Silva and Senior Art Director Jerry Frissen. The first titles will be released in June. [Humanoids]
Conventions | As Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Diego vie over who will lay claim to Comic-Con International after 2012, a group of artists is pushing for the establishment of a more “creator-friendly” Creator-Con. To that end, the artists have created a Facebook fan page as “a forum for the artists, writers, designers, self-publishers, retailers and fans that have become disillusioned and frustrated with what the flagship of comic conventions has become … The Creator Con idea was hatched a few years ago by a few exhibitor friends as a reaction to the popular media takeover of a convention that used to celebrate artists and creators. We were tired of being pushed further and further aside each year to make room for the bigger, louder and flashier attractions that had nothing to do with the convention’s humble beginnings.” As of this morning, the page has nearly 1,700 fans.
However, writer and industry historian Mark Evanier thinks the organizers’ efforts may be a bit misguided: “I’m not attacking those who complain about the con or want to start something else, even though I don’t quite understand what they want that’s doable and doesn’t already exist somewhere. I’m just suggesting it’s silly to bash the biggest con for being the biggest con or to fault it because people who are into comics these days are more into movies and video games and TV shows.” [Cartoon Brew, News From Me]
Awards | The deadline for voting for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame is March 31. [Eisner Awards]
Awards | Nominees have been announced for the annual Comics Buyer’s Guide Fan Awards. Voting is open through May 31. [CBGXtra.com]
Publishing | Calvin Reid spotlights Archaia’s comics and graphic novel line, noting that David Petersen’s first Mouse Guard hardcover has sold more than 100,000 copies. [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | Jeffrey Simpson considers the apprehension and head scratching surrounding digital distribution. [Georgia Straight]
Publishing | Steve Jones looks at the resurrection of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics biographies through a partnership between Revolutionary Comics and Bluewater Productions. [USA Today]
Creators | Author Joe Hill, writer of the Locke & Key series from IDW Publishing, answers questions from newspaper readers. [Liverpool Daily Post]
Creators | Actress-writer Felicia Day discusses her web series-turned-Dark Horse miniseries The Guild. [USA Today]
Creators | Jonathan Hickman chats about Fantastic Four, his new series S.H.I.E.L.D. and more. [The Weekly Crisis]
Creators | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson talks with writer J. Torres about the new editions of Alison Dare. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Alex Dueben begins a two-part interview with Ho Che Anderson. [TCJ.com]
Creators | Garfield creator Jim Davis will be honored April 17 by his alma mater Ball State University with “An Extraordinary Evening with Jim Davis.” [The Star Press]
Blogosphere | Happy fifth anniversary to the 4thletter! crew. [4thletter!]
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