Comics A.M. | Borders to close Tenn. center, Muppets/Pixar titles canceled

Retailing | The picture keeps looking worse for Borders Group: Even as news surfaced Wednesday that Diamond Book Distributors has stopped shipping to the troubled retail chain a report circulated that Borders will close its LaVergne, Tenn., distribution center in mid-July, resulting in the elimination of 310 jobs. That follows more than 200 layoffs made at the center since 2009. [WKRN.com, via GalleyCat]

Publishing | The remaining licensed Muppets and Pixar titles from BOOM! Studios have been listed as "canceled by Previews." In response to inquiries, the publisher pointed to the teaser for "BOOM! Kids 2.0," the relaunch of its kids imprint announced in September. Rumors that BOOM! had lost the Muppets/Pixar licenses began swirling in late November, following Roger Langridge's announcement that he would no longer be drawing The Muppet Show. The publisher's relaunched kids line will include such Disney licenses as Darkwing Duck, and reprints of Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories. [Comics Worth Reading]

Retailing | In the first week of Tuesday delivery to the direct market, reports have emerged of suspected mystery shoppers sent by Diamond Comic Distributors to ensure stores adhere to the on-sale dates. [Bleeding Cool]

Conventions | Priority registration for Comic-Con International is open to returning professionals. Registration for first-time professional applicants opens on Feb. 28. Convention organizers also are soliciting contributions to the 2011 souvenir book. [Comic-Con International]

Conventions | Stumptown Comics Fest has opened submissions for the 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards. [Stumptown Comics Fest]

Conventions | Retailer and convention organizer Jim Burleson talks about this weekend's Albuquerque Comic Con. [Weekly Alibi]

Retailing | The Duquesne University Barnes & Noble location has cuts its graphic novel and computer-book sections to make more space for Duquesne women's clothing. It also condense its children's, young adult and travel sections. [The Duquesne Duke]

Retailing | Leslie Westbrook briefly profiles Acadiana Comics and Collectibles in Lafayette, Louisiana. [The Advertiser]

Creators | Collaborators Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt chat about their Oni Press series The Sixth Gunn. “If you’re a reader who has a hankering for zombies, it’s definitely got more action than some zombie comics,” Bunn says. “The Sixth Gun gets miscast as a horror story a lot, but it’s a fantasy.” [Time Out Chicago]

Creators | Collaborators Nick Spencer and Christian Ward discuss their new Image Comics miniseries The Infinite Vacation. [USA Today]

Digital comics | A Dubai newspaper spotlights the growth of digital comics. [Gulf News]

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