Video games | Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai has revealed a video game will be released later this year for smartphones, tablets and personal computers based on his long-running historical action-fantasy comic. Called Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin, it’s not the first video game to feature the samurai rabbit: Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo debuted in 1987 for Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC. Expect more details next month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. [Facebook]
Conventions | Organizers of the Denver Comic Con anticipate that this weekend’s show was their second-largest ever. Batgirl writer Gail Simone praised the show, noting it sold out Friday and Saturday: “Sheesh, both Friday and Saturday completely sold out, the place was packed. There are tons of interesting guests, lots of great panels, and a real emphasis on diversity. The attendees have huge percentages of females, there’s more cosplayers here than any con this size I have been to, and very welcome indeed, there are lots and lots of kids.” [Denver Post]
Digital comics | Steve Smith attributes the success of digital comics storefront/reader comiXology to the human element involved in adapting the comics to the small screen: “Thoughtful merchandisers are considering what that app looks like to visitors every day they open it and how it relates to the market and world around them. The reading experience is driven by people actively thinking about how narrative works and how technology deepens experience. Algorithms don’t do that.” [MobileInsider]
Passings | Daredevil fan Aaron K., who contributed frequently to the blog The Other Murdock Papers, has passed away. “I will miss Aaron terribly and feel absolutely gutted that he’s no longer with us, but at the same time, I’m not a close friend or family member. What tipped the balance in favor of sharing this sad news with the rest of you was how much Aaron has meant to this website and how much his many, long and insightful comments have meant to me personally in keeping me going. Though we only spoke on the phone a couple of times, Aaron became a friend to me, someone I loved to bounce ideas off of,” writes Christine, the blog’s administrator. [The Other Murdock Papers]
Culture | Stephen Marche talks about the problem of explaining racist depictions in classic works, from Asterix to Huckleberry Finn, to young readers. [The New York Times]
Manga | Shaenon Garrity takes a fond look at the wrestling manga Ultimate Muscle, the sequel to the 1980s series Kinnikuman: “As in the original series, the superhuman world is packed with weirdoes: a wrestler who turns into a sneaker, a wrestler who’s a walking toilet, a young wrestler with an elderly wrestler growing out of his arm, a wrestler with a microwave in his abdomen, a wrestler who turns into a motorcycle, a wrestler made of Legos, wrestlers shaped like bananas, sushi rolls, photo booths, roller coasters… Also as in the original series, most of these characters come from ideas and sketches submitted by readers.” One of the readers who submitted an idea to the original Kinnikuman, which ran in Shonen Jump, was Eiichiro Oda, who later incorporated that character, Pandaman, into his own manga One Piece. [Anime News Network]
Creators | Sydney Padua talks about her webcomic phenomenon, The Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, which Pantheon will publish in print form. The comic started as a one-shot to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day and took on a life of its own. Padua says Lovelace is a perfect comics heroine: “Hers is really a classic young mutant story. She has all these powers and she’s full of angst. There’s something so over-the-top about her story that suits a comic really well.” [The Edmonton Journal]
Creators | In honor of Father’s Day, the New Jersey Star-Ledger ran a photo essay featuring father-and-son artists Joe and Andy Kubert. [New Jersey Star-Ledger]
Creators | Mary Worth writer Karen Moy talks about the character Dawn Weston, a 19-year-old who has been through quite a few changes since she first appeared in the strip: “Many years ago Dawn was an overweight unhappy teen who closely resembled Wilbur. This was before she got contacts and took up swimming. She was destructive, hateful, and lied a lot. Her former self does not resemble who she is today. She’s grown out of that painful time in her life. As do we all. She still has growing pains, but they are much easier to deal with nowadays.” [DailyINK Blog]
Creators | Len Brown, who wrote the backs of trading card lines like Garbage Pail Kids and Mars Attacks for Topps as well as the first issue of Wally Wood’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, is profiled. [Austin American Statesman]
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