Publishing | ICv2 sits down for a three-part interview with DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio that takes the long view of the past year, covering the launch of the New 52, the effect of digital and the loss of Borders, and the recent discussions around creators’ rights. “It’s a cyclical thing. It’s an issue that constantly comes back,” DiDio said. “We hear about the great jobs and the great books that creators might participate in, but what we don’t hear about are all the books we’ve invested in over the years that never delivered, where we’ve invested in the talent and the time to make sure they had the opportunity to tell the stories they tell. It’s a very big picture, and it’s a very complex issue that can’t be boiled down. One thing I feel the most strongly is that I feel extraordinarily confident that we do everything we can to make this a very creator friendly company, to make sure they have an opportunity to tell the stories they want to tell with our characters and also in their creator owned stories too.” [ICv2]
Publishing | “The comic market in the Spring Season of 2012 was the best in years,” ICv2 declares unequivocally, and while the brief article cited here doesn’t include any numbers to back that up, it echoes what we have been hearing from other quarters. What this article does include, and it will be fascinating reading for some folks, is lists of the top properties in a variety of different types, including superheroes, shoujo and shonen manga, “fiction and reality,” and genre comics. [ICv2]
Publishing | Alternative Comics, the indie publisher that debuted in 1993 but ceased operations about five years ago, plans to relaunch with works by James Kochalka, Sam Henderson and Josh Neufeld, and put its backstock back into circulation. [Publishers Weekly]
Conventions | David Glanzer of Comic-Con International responds to fan suggestions of how to improve the convention. [U-T San Diego]
Creators | Brian Bolland addresses a range of topics, from the 1980s “British Invasion” at DC Comics and Before Watchmen to webcomics and Burma. [Comics Bulletin]
Creators | In a video shot at Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Kazu Kibuishi talks about how he got his start, his work on the Flight and Flight Explorer anthologies, and how reading an early comic Vera Brosgol (who just won an Eisner Award for Anya’s Ghost) convinced him to quit his job and turn to comics full time. [Good Comics for Kids]
Creators | Ron Marz talks about Prophecy, the crossover title he is working on for Dynamite Entertainment, which has a tie-in to the theory that the world will end in 2012 (because that’s when the Mayan calendar ends): “The “doomsday” prophecy is part of the zeitgeist this year, so it’s something we could play with for the story. Certainly the mix of characters demanded some kind of device to bring them all together. It’s not like Red Sonja and Sherlock Holmes hang out at the same bar.” [Comic Attack]
Creators | Mark Millar was bitten by a spider — although not the radioactive variety. [The Scottish Sun]
Comics | Alexandra West runs down her list of the five “Essential Women in the Batman Universe.” [WhatCulture!]
Internet | Michael Cavna celebrates four years of comics blogging by re-running his first post, about how even the mighty Ben Bradlee was no match for the mighty Mark Trail fanbase. [Comic Riffs]
Commentary | Jude Terror is shocked by the latest press release from Zenescope — and you will be, too. (If you’re reading this at work, the URL for the link is a spoiler.) [The Outhouse]
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