Comics A.M. | Borders gets more time for sale; Bud Plant to retire

Retailing | A federal bankruptcy judge has granted Borders Group permission to loosen the terms of its $505-million bankruptcy loan, giving the bookseller more time to line up a buyer and avoid the immediate liquidation of 40 more outlets. The book chain, which has closed 237 of its 642 stores, will file a proposal on July 1 to sell itself at a court-approved auction to a guaranteed buyer -- most likely, the Los Angeles-based Gores Group. The private-equity firm has a plan that would save about 250 of the remaining Borders locations by transforming them into "more appealing destinations" similar to the Apple Store chain. [Bloomberg]

Retailing | Bud Plant, one of the initial direct-market distributors who, at one time, operated the largest chain of comic stores in the United States, has announced his retirement. In a letter to his mailing list, Plant said he is looking to find a buyer for Bud's Art Books, his mail-order/online retail business. [The Comics Reporter]

Retailing | Jetpack Comics in Rochester, New Hampshire, has put out the call for area residents to participate in a photo shoot for retailer-specific variant cover for The Amazing Spider-Man #666: "This is not the first time Rochester has appeared on the cover of a comic book — the organizations also organized a photo shoot of Main Street that was featured on the cover of a Godzilla comic, with the city about to be crushed by the creature. [...] According to Jetpack Comics owner Ralph DiBernardo, after seeing how well the Godzilla comic sold, Marvel Comics wanted to capitalize on that success and suggested the city be featured again." [Foster's Daily Democrat]

Conventions | The Albuquerque Comic Expo kicks off Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico. Comics guests include Stan Lee, Ethan Van Sciver, Arthur Suydam, Michael Golden, Bernie Wrightson, Ale Garza, Gene Ha, Len Wein, James O'Barr, Whilce Portacio, Mitch Breitweiser, Tony Harris, Jill Thompson, Steven Grant and Ryan Cody. [Alibi, Albuquerque Comic Expo]

Creators | Christopher Irving concludes his profile of veteran writer Chris Claremont, covering his 1982 Wolverine miniseries with Frank Miller, his departure from, and return to, X-Men, Jean Grey and the never-ending cycle of death and resurrection, and the evolution of the characters he's so closely associated with: "“I love Joss Whedon’s writing. It’s just that when he’s writing my characters, it’s hard, especially when he’s writing my characters that I can’t write because he’s writing them. But, by the same token, that phrase in itself points out the dichotomy of the media, because they’re not my characters, and they never were. It’s foolish to bond with them, even though in most cases one can’t help it, because the company doesn’t give a fuck. They may like you personally as a creator, and respect you tremendously as a contributor to the cannon, but in the structural reality of publishing, they go with the guy that works here and now. They go with the concept that works here and now.” [Graphic NYC]

Creators | The Anchorage Press profiles Alaska natives Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner, creators of Witch Doctor. [Anchorage Press]

Creators | Writer James Patrick is spotlighted by a local newspaper for his three-issue run on Green Arrow. [The Marietta Times]

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