Comics A.M. | 'Big Hero 6' drives up prices on original comics

Comics | Check your longboxes, folks: Copies of Marvel's Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1, from 1998, with a CGC grade of 9.8 are selling for $450 and up ahead of the premiere of the Disney animated film, and even non-graded copies are good for $25 or more. [ICv2]

Creators | Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick talks about the character, and her reaction to the newly announced Marvel film: “I feel so proud of her, like Carol is this person who lives in my head, and ‘look what you did, girl!’ It feels like a friend just got a promotion.” [Speakeasy]

Publishing | Chris Butcher announced that, after three years as marketing director, he's left UDON Entertainment to focus more fully on his work for the Toronto store The Beguiling (where he's manager) and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (where he's festival director). [Comics212]

Retailing | Cartoonist and retailer Kate Leth discusses the Valkyries, a growing group of women -- numbering 300 as of now -- who work in comic stores and champion the books and creators they love. [ComicsAlliance]

Comics | Jill Lepore talks about her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, on NPR's Fresh Air: "[Wonder Woman is] a tangle and it's a puzzle kind of like [how] Lady Gaga is. You look at Lady Gaga and you're like, "Huh, what do I think about her?" You know? ... Wonder Woman looks like that for me, too. She didn't look like that when I started, but now I'm like, 'She's way more complicated and rich — there's no wonder why she has permeated the culture and has lasted so long. There's a lot going on there.'" [NPR]

Creators | The New York Times profiles cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz as part of its "Off Color" video series. [The New York Times]

Creators | Dan Greenfield interviews Joe Quinones, artist for Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell and many variant covers. [13th Dimension]

Comics | Lauren Pelley looks at the recent influx of Canadian superheroes — and the revival of some of the older characters. [Toronto Star]

Comics | Scott Snyder lists his favorite horror comics, books and films, and shows off a preview of his latest comic Wytches. [Hero Complex]

Political cartoons | A collection of political cartoons by the late Lebanese cartoonist Mahmoud Kahil will be published next week, and the America University of Beirut, where he studied, has also announced an award in his honor that will be given to cartoonists and artists in five different categories. [Daily Star]

Reviews | "Superman is a total prick": Joshua Rivera reviews the Man of Steel's debut in Action Comics #1. [Entertainment Weekly]

Retailing | A new comic shop, League of Comics, has opened in Geneseo, New York, within convenient walking distance of the SUNY campus. [Genesee Sun]

Conventions | The Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival is being held this weekend in Las Vegas; formerly part of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, it split off this year and is a separate event. Admission is free, but there's a VIP package if you're willing to pay $5. [Las Vegas Review Journal]

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