Comics A.M. | C2E2 attendance rises; Borders closing 28 more stores

Conventions | Early estimates place attendance three-day attendance at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo at 34,000, up from 27,500 at last year's inaugural event. "Last year was disappointing," said Eric Thornton, manager of Chicago Comics. "But now you definitely see this starting to take hold." [Chicago Tribune]

Retailing | Borders Group has announced it will close an additional 28 stores, bringing the total to 228. The bookseller, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 16, had used the possibility of as many as 75 closings as leverage to negotiate lease concessions. This latest wave will bring the chain's remaining store total to about 400. [Media Decoder]

Publishers | Chicago-based publisher Archaia, which expects sales of $11 million this year, has raised capital from a group of investors with local connections. [Crain's Chicago Business, via ICv2.com]

Creators | Chris Onstad discusses burnout and Achewood's hiatus: "Whenever I cracked my knuckles and attempted to start a fresh strip with an idea that had popped into my head that day, I’d get halfway through it and realize I’d already done that particular gag, say, six years ago. Frustrating. Had I run through everything that my finite brain knew to talk about? Couldn’t be ... I’d boasted in earlier times that a good writer could write his way out of anything. What a cocksure young man I was. Maybe it’s time to recharge." [Achewood Premium Updates, via The Webcomic Overlook]

Creators | Several creators, including Garth Ennis, Matt Fraction, Gene Ha and Jill Thompson, talk about the first comic book they really loved. [The A.V. Club Chicago]

Creators | Vit Wagner briefly profiles Joe Sacco: "The term ‘graphic novels’ is a way of making adults feel like they’re not buying a comic book. I call them comic books. And I call myself a cartoonist, who is working in the field of journalism.” [Toronto Star]

Creators | Ted Naifeh chats about Courtney Crumrin Tales, Polly and the Pirates and his other upcoming projects. [Sequential Tart]

Creators | Mike Rhode talks with David Malki, whose Wondermark appears on Washington City Paper's newly reborn comics page: "The future of comics will be a single giant Garfield panel that everyone can type their own name into, and it will follow them around their house reading the newspaper to them while they eat breakfast, and read the sports scores to them in the car. Later, at work, it will follow us everywhere, even into meetings, and project itself looming onto the wall of the bathroom stall, reading random articles from Wikipedia out loud. It will be inescapable." [Washington City Paper]

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