Comics A.M. | Eisner ballot change; more on March comics sales

Awards | The Guy Davis short story "The Phototaker" has been removed from the 2012 Eisner Awards ballot after it was determined to be ineligible. "The 'Phototaker' Eisner nomination was a mix up," Davis wrote on Twitter. " Jackie Estrada messaged me after I posted asking about the original English version, which came out in Metal Hurlant #9 (2003). So it's not eligible for the 2012 Eisner nomination and has been removed. Thanks for all the congratulations yesterday, but I'm happy to clear this up and have it removed from the running." [Eisner Awards]

Publishing | DC Comics' Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne and Vice President of Marketing John Cunningham respond to March's direct-market sales estimates, which saw Marvel claim three of the Top 10 spots after a February shutout. "We are pleased that we gained share, and we never expected that we would hold ten out of ten at the top of the chart for ever," Wayne said. "I think it is better for the business if everybody is firing on all cylinders, that our competitors are doing interesting things, and we are doing interesting things. It keeps everybody on their toes and it keeps enthusiasm in the readership. The retailers remain involved wanting to make sure that they have enough of everything. I think it’s a good thing all around." [ICv2.com]

Creators | Writer Jim McCann discusses his new Image Comics series Mind the Gap, and the Breakfast Club-inspired cover he collaborated on with Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback for the third issue. He says the Breakfast Club movie poster is "perfect in what it subtly says about each of the characters and their archetypes. It hit me that, by issue 3 of Mind the Gap, all of the characters on the cover will have shown some aspect of their archetype, and are the five most important to watch in the first act." [USA Today]

Creators | Writer Brandon Easton talks about his preference for decompressed storytelling, and the evolution of Shadowlaw, from screenplay -- "Blade Runner meets The Lost Boys" -- to comic. [Forbes]

Creators | Leeia Corman discusses her new graphic novel Unterzakhn, the story of twin girls growing up on the Lower East Side of New York that draws social and class issues into its narrative. [Jweekly.com]

Creators | David Jablow talks about his baseball-themed comic Dugout Phunnies, which he describes as "a comic for Phils fans rather than a Phillies comic for comic fans": "I think of the stories in DP as being in the same tradition as MAD Magazine. Taking something that a lot of people take serioiusly and then spoofing it and turning it on it’s ear." [That Ball's Outta Here]

Comics culture | Scott Tobias looks at Morgan Spurlock's documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope and finds it surprisingly uncritical: "You'd think the rabble-rouser responsible for Super-Size Me and Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? would be inclined to explore the more troubling aspects of the Con; it stands to reason that the same Spurlock who rallied against corporate control of American diets would cast a jaundiced eye toward an event that's been co-opted by the entertainment industry. But a few mild misgivings aside, Spurlock has made, in essence, a 90-minute promo reel for the convention, a paean to fanboy (and fangirl) enthusiasm that could double as an orientation video, if such a thing were necessary. It's a brisk and cheery overview, sweet but superfluous." [NPR]

Criticism | Katherine Wirick worries that the Watchmen prequels will miss some subtle but important points about Rorschach, both the fact that he is short and Alan Moore's implication (or, perhaps, Wirick's inference) that he was the victim of sexual assault as a child: "Rorschach is a portrait of the body under threat, and, even more crucially, a portrait of resistance to which I can directly relate. I am a pacifist; I do not condone violence; but I also have some understanding of trauma: the feeling of helplessness, the shame, the rage... I think we can agree that Rorschach is, for better or worse, not just another comic book crimefighter, and I dread DC reducing him to that: just another brawny beast of a man with heroic proportions and nothing to fear." [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Process | Colleen Coover was having trouble with a page layout for Creepy, so Jeff Parker sketched it out for her and she took it from there. [Colleen Coover]

Criticism | Forrest Helvie discusses some recent criticism of Herge's treatment of non-European individuals and cultures in his Tintin comics. [Sequart]

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