Comics A.M. | Disney Publishing expands; <i>Spider-Man</i> choreographer ousted?

Publishing | Disney Publishing is pushing further into the kids' periodical market with four new magazines, including two standalone issues tied to Marvel's upcoming Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger movies. Marvel's comics division apparently won't be producing content for the publications. A third magazine, based around Cars 2, will be monthly beginning in the fall, while the fourth, tied to the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb, will be bimonthly. [Variety, Deadline]

Broadway | On the heels of the recent departure of director Julie Taymor, producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are reportedly in talks to replace choreographer Daniel Ezralow, who designed the $70-million musical's complex flying sequences. Chase Brock is likely to step in for Ezralow, who was described by a cast member as "a Julie person.” [Bloomberg]

Publishing | Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second, discusses the state of the market, webcomics and what lies ahead for the five-year-old imprint: "I know it sounds like PR spin, but I genuinely feel like 2011 is the year that First Second has been preparing for all along. In terms of the range of themes, genres, styles, [and] age categories, it’s what the First Second dream was from the start." [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Archie Comics has teamed up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten for a story out this week in Archie Double Digest #217. [The Associated Press]

Publishing | The 2003 biography Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic is being republished in "a smaller, manga-style format for a new generation of fans to pore over." [Independent Online]

Retailing | Caitlin McGill spotlights A Comic Shop, the Winter Park, Fla., store that recently added a lounge, and created the Fangirls club to give female readers a place to meet. [Orlando Weekly]

Internet | PopCrunch names the 14 best comic book websites, a list topped by Comic Book Resources. [PopCrunch]

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