Digital comics | Jeff Gomez examines the implications of Amazon’s planned acquisition of comiXology, opining that it will give comics a wider reach but also force publishers of superhero fare to broaden their appeal beyond the core demographic: “The books will now be exposed to millions of newcomers, so it will behoove major publishers to make their stories more female-friendly, streamlined, and accessible. With comiXology’s new aim to make ‘every person on the planet a comics fan,’ publishers will need to consider new genres, greater variety, and more varied age groups.” [Business Insider]
Digital comics | ComiXology will continue to offer its Digital Storefronts for retailers, and it will not allow Amazon to target users of its Pull List service with its own offers, according to spokesman Chip Mosher. Also, no changes are planned to comiXology’s other retailer tools. [ICv2]
Comics | The radio show Marketplace took a broad view of the comics industry this week, starting with the Amazon/comiXology deal and including interviews with Publishers Weekly senior news editor Calvin Reid and critic and Judge Dredd writer Douglas Wolk. [Marketplace]
Libraries | Michigan’s Ypsilanti District Library is one of the two winners of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Award, which includes a $7,000 grant to purchase graphic novels and a set of this year’s Eisner Award nominees. The library has a number of graphic novel events planned, including an event showcasing Eisner’s work and a lecture on the connections between graphic novels and medicine. [The Ypsilanti Courier]
Creators | Art Spiegelman spoke about the history of comics and his own work last week at Eastern Michigan University. [The Eastern Echo]
Creators | I talked with James Kochalka about his newest book, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, as well as his SpongeBob SquarePants comics, his work process, and the Glorkian Warrior video game. [Good Comics for Kids]
Creators | Sean Michael Robinson discusses the graphic novel he never finished, explaining what the roadblocks were (with illustrations). His struggles make interesting reading even if you don’t have a half-finished book tucked away in a drawer. [The Hooded Utilitarian]
Education | Two colleges in the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area will offer classes related to Japanese culture, anime and manga this summer. It’s clear from this article that, despite the slump in manga sales over the last few years, enthusiasm remains high among young adults. [Green Bay Press Gazette]
Conventions | John O’Boyle files a brief con report, with photos, on this past weekend’s Asbury Park Comic Con. [Newark Star-Ledger]
Conventions | After last year’s successful Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City couldn’t wait another year for the next one, so the organizers set up Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience for this coming weekend. [The Spectrum]
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