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Comics A.M. | Todd McFarlane Productions emerges from bankruptcy

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Comics A.M. | Todd McFarlane Productions emerges from bankruptcy

Legal | Todd McFarlane Productions has emerged from bankruptcy after more than seven years, having paid more than $2.2 million to creditors, according to court documents dug up by Daniel Best. Of that, $1.1 million was part of McFarlane’s settlement with Neil Gaiman, which brought to a close the decade-long legal battle over the rights to Medieval Spawn, the heavenly warrior Angela and other characters (it’s unknown how much of that disbursement was eaten up by legal fees and how much actually went to Gaiman; the writer has publicly stated he gives money won in the proceedings to charity). Todd McFarlane Productions filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 2004 following the $15 million court award to former NHL player Tony Twist, who sued over the use of his name in Spawn for the mob enforcer Antonio “Tony Twist” Twistelli. McFarlane and Twist settled in 2007 for $5 million. [20th Century Danny Boy]


Comics | John Jackson Miller assembles five decades’ worth of sales figures for Marvel’s Avengers comics, and finds that 1996’s The Avengers Vol. 2 #1 (“Heroes Reborn”) was probably the top-selling main Avengers title. [The Comichron]

Conventions | Heidi MacDonald wraps up last weekend’s MoCCA Fest, noting that despite questions about increased ticket prices, organizers say attendance actually grew by more than 1,000 over last year’s event. [Publishers Weekly]

Conventions | Umika Pidaparthy takes a look at India’s second annual Comic Con, which drew more than 35,000 attendees, and the country’s unique set of homegrown superheroes. [Local10.com]

Conventions | Matt Maxwell reports on the action at last weekend’s Stumptown Comics Fest, and contrasts it with his less-congenial experience a few weeks earlier at WonderCon: “My single favorite part of the Stumptown Comics Fest, aside from the excuse to visit Portland? There is no Artist’s Alley. There is no small press area. There’s only comics in every aisle and at just about every booth. ” [Highway 62]


Publishing | Following the departure last month of DC Comics Vice President of Publicity David Hyde, publicity manager Josh Kushins has left the company for a job in California because his significant other got a job in California. [The Beat]

Retailing | Retailer Brian Hibbs reflects on his first week of digital sales (via a Diamond Digital storefront), and emerges with his skepticism intact. The comments to this post are instructive, however. [The Savage Critics]

Retailing | Veteran retailer Paul Salerno of A Timeless Journey in Norwalk, Connecticut, talks about the comics business and the upcoming Free Comic Book Day: “This event draws in a ton of people and sure, we’ll get the people who just come in this one day a year to get their free comic, but we’ll also get those kids who aren’t so interested in books and suddenly, they find something they can see themselves really getting into.” [Norwalk Patch]

Awards | The nominees have been announced for the Max und Moritz prize, the preeminent award for German-language comics. [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Matthew Murray interviews U.K. creator Garen Ewing, who has just completed the third volume of his series The Rainbow Orchard. [The Beat]


Creators | Alison Bechdel discusses new graphic memoir Are You My Mother?, her family, her process, and why she hand-lettered some lengthy quotes from psychologist Donald Winnicott: “It took forever! It was insane. But somehow I felt like I had to do it. There was something about wanting to bring the quotations alive or wanting to replicate the experience of reading through my eyes, maybe. Somehow that had to come through my hand.” [Graphic Novel Reporter]

Graphic novels | Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin’s Anomaly, which looks like it is being self-published, is being hyped by the authors as the longest full-color original graphic novel ever published. For those who can’t handle all that paper, the book is also being released as a stand-alone app. [ICv2]

Culture | Columnist Cal Thomas joins the chorus of objections to calling the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner the “nerd prom,” a sobriquet previously reserved for Comic-Con International. What’s mind-bending about this column is seeing Thomas out not only himself but several other Washington types as nerds: “I once spent a half-hour with one of the most respected (liberal) political analysts in Washington talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was like discovering he was from my homeland. Or consider Paul Krugman; I strongly suspect that the Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist is a nerd. He says he was inspired to become an economist, by the ‘psychohistorians’ in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is a Batman fanatic.” [Chicago Tribune]