Publishing | Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater responds to Singapore’s ban of the third volume of Life With Archie, which features the wedding of Kevin Keller and Clay Walker: “Riverdale will always be about acceptance, equality and safety. I’m sad readers in Singapore will miss out on the chance to read such a pivotal moment in comics.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
Business | Devin Leonard looks at the possible effects of a Fox/Time-Warner merger on superhero movies; Time-Warner owns DC Entertainment, and Fox has the movie rights to some Marvel characters. The New York Times offers a broader overview. [Business Week]
Retailing | Martin Wisse summarizes some Dutch newspaper stories that say the Amsterdam comics shop Lambiek, which has been operating since 1968, may have to move and may possibly even close. [Cloggie]
Creators | Here’s your creator-on-creator interview of the day: Dash Shaw talks to Bryan Lee O’Malley, whose new graphic novel Seconds debuts this week. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Joshua Hale Fialkov talks about his new Dynamite series The Devilers, in which the longtime pact the Catholic church made with the devil to keep him and his demons at bay finally breaks down: “When suddenly it’s ‘Oh that is a giant hellmouth that opened up in front of me,’ that changes your beliefs. They all have to realign because their world view has to change. The petty wars of man and the rivalries between all the different faiths on the planet have to be put aside because the armies of hell are literally marching right now.” [USA Today]
Creators | Sara Lautman, who will be participating in the Cartoonist in Residence program at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, talks about how she went from frustrated writer to happy comics creator. [SFGate]
Minicomics | David Ulin reviews Milo & Sam, by Andy Brown and Joe Ollman, a small-format comic about two boys and their fathers, published by Conundrum Press. The comic is sized to fit into a reconfigured cigarette machine. [Los Angeles Times]
Commentary | Retailer Brandon Schatz talks about the effect that media-covered events, such as the “death” of Archie, have on comics shops, and he also critiques Life With Archie #36, in which the death in question occurs. [The Beat]
Crowdfunding | Is it OK to crowdfund your trip to Comic-Con? Mike Roe gathers some tweets both pro and con. Note that the person involved isn’t just going for fun — she’s a writer and vlogger who will be appearing in a panel on women in comics. [KPCC]
Crime | A Spider-Man comic valued at $900 was stolen July 3 from a Reynoldsburg, Ohio, business (although the store is unidentified, the general address would indicate Capital City Comics). According to the store manager, the comic was kept behind the cash register and was found to be missing after the area was left unattended for about half an hour. As the store has no security cameras, there are no leads in the case. [This Week Community News]
Conventions | A new, but old-fashioned, comics event debuts at the Eagles Lodge in Portland, Oregon: “This weekend, Frankenstein’s Comicbook Swap offers a return to the flea market-style comics shows of the past, where people could buy, sell, and trade comics without coughing up $50 admission fees or sharing a urinal with Steampunk Wolverine.” It’s organized by fans of the quarter bin, and admission is just a dollar; if it’s a success, the organizers plan to do it three times a year. [Portland Mercury]
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