Comics A.M. | Comics market on the verge of a turnaround?

Comics | ICv2's latest report on the comics market shows a mixed picture for monthly comics and graphic novels. While DC's New 52 reboot has helped push comics sales, the graphic-novel versions of those comics won't be out for months — and Amazon is gobbling up a larger and larger share of graphic novel sales, especially at the high end. And this is interesting: "Digital sales are growing as a percentage of the market, but apparently not at the expense of print sales. Retailers interviewed by ICv2 do not feel they’re losing sales to digital competition on DC’s day and date titles." That seems to be more anecdote than data, but you would think retailers would be the first to notice a drop in sales. The report also includes lists of the top 10 properties in various categories. [ICv2]

Creators | Writer Kieron Gillen reflects on his year's worth of stories in Marvel's Generation Hope: "I always suspected I’d leave Generation Hope at the end of the first year, and so planned it as a coherent statement that would establish the book. I saw it as my job to properly delineate the lights and define Hope’s post-Cable existence as a somewhat desperate Messiah. Like all work, I’ve got some things I regret and some things I’m enormously pleased with. I think to start with I was a note too overconfident and obtuse, and immediately following that went too far the other way into being a little nervous and crass before swiftly (and thankfully) finding its balance. Taken as a whole, I can only view it as a success. I’d taken six kids, shown how each one ticks, and took them from meeting, to bonding, to an initial success, to heartbreak and then near destruction, and both showed who they were and how the experience changed them, while setting the stage for whatever comes next. Obviously being deep in the X-Office, with Hope on my team, means that I’ve got more than a few fingers in the assorted mutant-pie (which is a disturbing, Disir-esque quasi-cannibalistic metaphor I’m going to abandon immediately), but it’s still more than a little sad saying goodbye to the kids." [Kieron Gillen's Workblog]

Creators | Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads discuss their new Image title The Activity. [MTV Geek]

Creators | Writer Tim Daniel walks through the process he used to pitch his new Image series Enormous: "While there are scores of excellent columns, creator blogs, and publisher’s submission guidelines to help steer a creative team, there is only one truth to this entire crazy process – there is no definitive manner for successfully presenting your book. Follow the submission guidelines for a publisher, knowing full well that just because you dutifully adhere to the rules does not in any way guarantee success. When pitching Enormous, we were lucky, fortunate and foolish; lucky to have discovered artist Mehdi Cheggour on Facebook, fortunate to have built a relationship with Shadowline publisher Jim Valentino through dedication and hard work, and foolish enough to assume our story would stun him with its creative genius – guaranteeing the immediate green-light." [Multiversity Comics]

Creators | Art Asylum, the company creating Minimates based on the mid-1980s Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man storyline "The Death of Jean DeWolff," interviews the story's writer Peter David. [Art Asylum]

Creators | Rebecca Guay discusses her work on the new graphic novel A Flight of Angels, due out next week from Vertigo. Guay handles the art and a number of writers, including Bill Willingham, contribute loosely related stories that are all knit together by a single framing tale. [USA Today]

Process | In his regular "Wacky Reference Wednesdays" post, artist Paolo Rivera shares how he used photos from the Tenement Museum as reference for his Mythos: Captain America work. [Self-Absorbing Man]

Process | In two posts, comics writer/editor Jim Shooter gives a "how to" lesson on continued stories and next-issue "teases." [Part 1, Part 2]

Comics | David Brothers makes several spot-on points about Marvel's now-canceled Iron Man 2.0 series, not the least of which is that it never really felt like James Rhodey, aka War Machine, was the star of the book: "I was actually sort of annoyed when Rhodey slipped further and further into the background. I hit one issue where Rhodey wasn’t in it at all, or on one page or something ridiculous like that. And then Fear Itself hit and the book turned into Cast-Off Iron Fist Characters Monthly (sometimes featuring War Machine)." He also talks in general about the current slate of black characters starring in Marvel's comics. [4thletter]

Comics | Christine at the Other Murdock Papers shares something I'd never noticed, that Daredevil has rarely featured a computer in its pages. She notes that issue #5 of the current series brings Matt Murdock into this century, giving him both an iMac and an iPhone. [The Other Murdock Papers]

Commentary | Tim Callahan shares plans to reread and talk about the major works of Alan Moore over the next year. [Tor.com]

Commentary | Chad Nevett and Alec Berry have started a series, "Direct Messages," in which they discuss DC's New 52 releases. [GraphiContent, Alec Reads Comics]

Cosplay | Frederico Garza of Cleburne, Texas, owns a hot dog shop that's underneath a plaza infested with bats. Instead of having them exterminated, Garza has taken to wearing a Batman costume and has added a "Cleburne Bat Dog" to his menu. He's also taking donations so students at the local high school can build bat boxes for the animals to move into. [KVUE]

Conventions | LaToya Peterson takes us inside the speed-dating event at New York Comic Con; while her writing is intelligent, she leans a bit hard on the device of setting up stereotypes so she can debunk them. But she's right to describe the lower level of the Javits Center as "a deeply unsexy underground bunker" — and the speed dating was in one of the nicer rooms. [Slate]

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