Publishing | In advance of Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada discuss who’s reading their comics, and the creative challenges of writing about characters who have been around for generations. Asked if he was the custodian of contemporary myths, DiDio answered, “You know, I feel like a renter, to be honest. I’m in charge at this moment, and the goal is to keep these myths healthy enough so that, eventually, you can pass them down to the next person who rents them.” [Chicago Tribune]
Conventions | Christopher Butcher, the organizer of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, talks about how the show has grown and what to expect this year, including an interesting slate of international creators, from David B. to Taiyo Matsumoto. [The Comics Reporter]
Conventions | Eileen Shim reports in, with plenty of pictures, from last weekend’s Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. [DCist]
Creators | Dan Jolley describes his comic Bloodhound, which is being reissued by Dark Horse, as “a superhero crime noir story. I’ve also described it as like the ‘X-Files’ if you replaced Mulder with Conan the Barbarian.” [Daily Citizen]
Politics | The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) has created a comic book depicting Helen Zille, head of the Democratic Alliance party, and Planning Minister Trevor Manuel scheming against workers; the booklet, which has been published in several different languages, sets out the union’s opposition to the proposed National Development Plan. Zille dismissed the comic as “goofy speech bubbles.” [iOL News]
Academia | How do you pack the students in to your course on international affairs? Teach it with comics, that’s how. Professor Tsai Zheng-jia has had no problem filling the seats in his classes at the National Chengchi University in Taipei since he started using manga to illustrate his points. [Taipei Times]
Awards | Scott Stantis took the top prize for Political Cartooning for a big newspaper in the Sigma Chi Delta journalism awards. [Comic Riffs]
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