Retailing | The driver died early Sunday after crashing a car into Mile High Comics’ Jason Street “mega store” in Denver. There were no passengers, and no one was in the store at the time of the accident. [CBS Denver]
Creators | Journalism professor Pierre Christin was in New York doing field research for Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City when he realized the book would work best as a graphic novel, so he could show all the places he was talking about. [The New York Times]
Creators | Nick Abadzis discusses his work as the writer of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor. [Doctor Who Reviews]
Creators | Rich Tommaso talks about working with indie publishers, his decision to return to self-publishing, and why he goes to comics shows. [Bleeding Cool]
Comic strips | Dana Simpson’s kid-friendly comic strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn starts appearing today in newspapers around the country. Simpson won the the Amazon/Universal Uclick Comic Strip Superstar Contest in 2009, and the prize was a two-year development contract. The strip, which was originally titled Heavenly Nostrils, launched online in 2012, and a collected edition has already been published. Simpson says the strip was originally just about a little girl who talked to animals. “It was originally a one-off gag that there was a unicorn there, but as I was drawing that strip, I just sort of knew: This character needs to hang around. She was like the missing piece,” Simpson said. [Deseret News]
Comic strips | Kurt J. Kolka takes a broad look at the state of newspaper comics, talking to readers as well as the local librarian and Gil Thorp writer Neal Rubin, Dick Tracy writer Mike Curtis, and Stone Soup creator Jan Eliot. Interviewees comment on the continuing popularity of legacy strips such as Blondie as well as the fact that many readers discover comic strips in collections rather than in the funny pages. [Petoskey News]
Commentary | Some of these are just continuations of existing trends, but still, Paste Magazine’s list of eight reasons why this year is already looking better for comics fans than last year is an interesting read. [Paste Magazine]
Conventions | The inaugural Myrtle Beach Comic Con drew more than 1,000 attendees. [WBTW]
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