Comics | Reporter Henry Hanks asks three experts about the increasing tendency toward “headline-grabbing plot twists” in comics, such as the death of Damian Wayne, and which ones they think have been the most successful. “I strongly believe that The New 52’s Batgirl can be seen as a great example of a major plot shift or re-imagining of a story that required readers to let go of a long-loved character (Oracle) and begin to believe in Batgirl as a new character, one who’s recovered from a life-threatening attack,” says Dr. Andrea Letamendi, a clinical psychologist and convention speaker. “The character essentially presented the determination, resilience and psychological strength that she needed to put the cape back on after a severe injury, just as readers were challenging her ability to represent a strong rebooted character. It’s as if we could relate to the weight on her shoulders, because we were a part of that process. [CNN]
Comics | Todd Allen looks at comics crowdfunding in 2012 and crunches a few numbers — for instance, there were 35 comics Kickstarters that topped $50,000 in pledges last year — as well as what types of projects are likely to succeed. [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | Emma Hayley, editorial director and publisher of the U.K. graphic novel house SelfMadeHero, talks about graphic novel publishing and her company’s strategic partnership with Abrams to distribute its books, including the much-acclaimed The Nao of Brown, in the U.S. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | In video of a panel discussion, Bob Fingerman, Laura Lee Gulledge, Dean Haspiel and Ethan Young address how they use autobiographical elements in their graphic novels. [Mike Lynch Cartoons]
Creators | Paul Gravett talks to brothers Warren and Gary Pleece about their graphic novel (also a webcomic on Act-I-Vate) Montague Terrace, a collection of short stories about the denizens of a London apartment building. [Paul Gravett]
Events | Calvin Reid reports on the comics news from last week’s South by Southwest, which went beyond the Marvel panel: A number of creators were there in different capacities, and of course comiXology rolled out its comiXology Submit service. [Publishers Weekly]
Digital comics | I talked to Beth Kawasaki, Viz Media’s senior editorial director, children’s publishing, about the company’s new kids’ comics app sticky DOT comics, which carries Pokemon manga and a variety of other licensed content. [Publishers Weekly]
Graphic novels | The folks behind Honest Tea are publishing their corporate history as a graphic novel. [The New York Times]
Retailing | How welcoming are comics shops to women? What about older women? Rebecca Angel recounts some of her own experiences and the observations of others about gender dynamics in comics/gaming stores. [GeekMom]
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