Publishing | The managing director of Tokyopop Germany says he doesn’t know why Japanese publisher Kodansha pulled its licenses. “There has been no explanation by Kodansha, just the information that old contracts won’t be extended and no new contracts signed,” Joachim Kaps told ICv2.com. “We can only guess that Kodansha is sorting its activities in a new way for Germany.”
Kaps says that two other publishers in Germany of canceled several manga from the Kodansha catalog because of low sales.
Meanwhile, the editorial director of German publisher Carlsen leaves word at the Icarus Publishing blog that his company is unaffected by Kodansha’s moves.
Retailing | The Los Angeles location of Secret Stash, one of writer/director Kevin Smith’s two comic/novelty stores, will close on Jan. 11. Secret Stash West originally opened in Westwood in 2004 but relocated three years later to the Laser Blazer DVD store on West Pico Blvd. But now tough economic times are forcing Laser Blazer to close.
Publishing | The whirlwind of speculation about who would replace David Tennant as the 11th Doctor ended over the weekend as the BBC finally announced that 26-year-old Matt Smith will step into the Tardis in 2010. But what does that mean to comics — specifically, IDW’s Doctor Who titles? Nothing, for now at least.
“The obvious question here is which Doctor we’ll use in the comics going forward,” writes IDW Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, “and the answer for now is Tennant’s 10th Doctor. Smith will make his debut on the show and then after that, we’ll see, but for now Tennant remains our guy (and my personal favorite of ’em all so far).”
Creators | In an interview with Bookslut, cartoonist Jason Lutes (Berlin) talks superhero comics, and Westerns (among other things): “[Doing superhero comics today] is like squeezing blood from a stone. No, a better analogy is beating a dead horse. Because the horse, at this point, isn’t even there. It’s like a putrefied puddle. Within the context of superhero comics today there’s a million of interesting different takes on the subject, but for me that basic subject matter is so — characters die and then are brought back to life and they’re discovering the darkness of the human soul through the superhero — so dead and gone to a point where I have so little interest.”
Creators | At Good Comics for Kids, Mouse Guard creator David Petersen discusses gender roles in his well-regarded series, and answers the question, Why mice?