Comics A.M. | DiDio & Lee on digital, variants & creator turnover

Publishing | ICv2 has one of its periodic Big Interviews with DC Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, this time covering how new readers are finding digital comics, how variant covers are working and graphic novel sales in bookstores, among other topics. Here's Lee's rather elliptical take on the flurry of recent changes in creative teams: "Without getting into the specifics, from the outside looking in, it might look like there’s a string of changes that point to one common theme, as you suggest. But from the inside looking out, you’ll see that each one has a different set of circumstances and conditions that ultimately led to the conflicts or the resignations or changes in creative personnel." [ICv2]

Retailing | ICv2 also reports that Amazon and Overstock.com are having a price war on graphic novels, and readers are the beneficiaries. The website did a little shopping around and found a handful of graphic novels priced at up to 70 percent off full retail. [ICv2]

Retailing | Hypno-Tronic Comics of Staten Island, New York, had its grand opening last weekend; co-owner Joy Ghigliotti believes this is the first comic shop in New York to be owned and operated by a woman. [Staten Island Advance]

Creators | 2 Guns creator Steven Grant talks about his comic-book sequel 3 Guns, which goes on sale today. [USA Today]

Creators | Artist Sam De La Rosa got his big break with a gig on World's Finest and drew DC and Marvel comics for many years. Now retired, he stopped in at a local comics shop recently to talk about his career and how he puts together a comic. [The Brownsville Herald]

Creators | In a video shot at Comic-Con International, Dave Gibbons and Liam Sharp of Madefire Comics discuss using motion and other features in their digital comics. [Forbidden Planet]

Conventions | Patrick A. Reed has an interesting take on the convention panel report: He compares and contrasts the Marvel and DC "Breaking into Comics" panels at Comic-Con. [MTV Geek]

Manga | Tom Langston presents a brief history of four-panel gag manga in the English-speaking market. [Nigorimasen!]

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