Comics | The negatives for Cerebus: High Society were destroyed last week in a fire that gutted a building in Waterloo, Ontario, that contained the apartment of Sandeep Atwal, communications director for Dave Sim’s Aardvark-Vanaheim Inc. According to Sim, Atwal, who had been scanning artwork for the Kickstarter-funded audio/visual digital edition of High Society, escaped with only his wallet and the clothes he was wearing. “So, I thought I’d better let everyone know that we’re definitely not on track for the September 12 launch at this point,” Sim wrote. “I don’t expect that I’ll hear from Sandeep for at least a few days — he’s staying with friends and obviously has a lot more important things to think about than HIGH SOCIETY DIGITAL.” Cerebus Fangirl has begun collecting donations to help Atwal. [A Moment of Cerebus, via The Beat]
Comics | The New York Daily News covers the upcoming romance between Superman and Wonder Woman, a.k.a. “the hot-pants wearing Amazon popularized by the 1970s TV show starring Lynda Carter.” [New York Daily News]
Creators | Geoff Boucher sits down with DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary as an artist, for a video interview about his work and how it has evolved over the years: “As you get older you have kids, you get more introspective about what you’re doing and start connecting some of the dots. People ask me, ‘What happened in your life that might have pushed you as an artist to get to where you are today?’ I always felt a little on the outside. And as such you’re always observing things. So I’d be kind of re-creating these things in my mind and I think drawing it was a way to deal with that.” [Hero Complex]
Creators | Writer Paul Tobin discusses Colder, his new horror series for Dark Horse. [Bloody Disgusting]
Manga | If you’re curious about manga in its native habitat, Three Steps Over Japan has been doing reviews of manga magazines, mostly of the seinen (appealing to young men) variety. This week’s selection is Bessatsu Shonen Magajin, which is not a top-tier magazine by any means, but that’s what makes this series interesting—there’s more to manga than Shonen Jump. Although the reviewer is not impressed, this magazine is the home to three series that have been licensed in the U.S.: Attack on Titan, Animal Land, and The Flowers of Evil. [Three Steps Over Japan]
Publishing | First Second’s Gina Gagliano presents a publisher’s-eye-view of Scholastic Book fairs, both the good (they sell millions of books, and they really know what sells) and the not so good (low royalties, rejecting books because of content or even cover color). [First Second blog]
Retailing | Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics in Ankeny, Iowa, explains the basics of the comics business — what’s special about Wednesdays, what are HeroClix—and how he strives to make his store welcoming to all customers. [Des Moines Register]
Retailing | A local newspaper profiles Monkey King Comics, which just opened in Woodstown, New Jersey, ending 20 years of deprivation; owner Jeffrey Frisone, who got into comics via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is including his own comics collection in the starting inventory. [NJ.com]
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