Comics A.M. | Farewell, United Media; comic-book twist in murder case

Comic strips | After outsourcing all editorial, production, sales, marketing and distribution functions for its 150 comics and other features to Universal Uclick earlier this year, United Media closed the doors on its Madison Avenue office in New York on Friday. [Comic Riffs]

Comic Books | A copy of Detective Comics #27 owned by multimillionaire hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., who was murdered in 2009, could go up for auction and end up paying to defend his widow Narcy Novack. Narcy is facing charges that she had the comic fan and his mother murdered, plundered his bank accounts, then tried to pin the crimes on her own daughter. Narcy's daughter, May Abad, has persuaded a Broward County judge to hold off on the auction and give her at least 14 days to find suitable storage and insurance for Novack's massive collection. [Miami Herald]

Passings | Walter W. Schwartz, who illustrated Captain Midnight in the 1940s, passed away last Thursday. The Golden Age artist, who died of pneumonia, went on to work in advertising after his brief career in comics, drawing advertisements for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. [Plainview Patch]

Publishing | Former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter recounts the circumstances behind the creation of Dazzler and shares a PDF of the Dazzler movie treatment he put together. [Jim Shooter]

Publishing | Paul Gravett talks about his upcoming book, 1001 Comics You Should Read Before You Die, and the challenge of assembling an international list and catering to international audiences. [Bleeding Cool]

Craft | Frank Santoro discusses coloring comics by hand—and why everyone should try it once in a while. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Robert Venditti discusses his most recent graphic novel, The Homeland Directive. [The Daily Blam]

Creators | Brandon Seifert discusses his new Image/Skybound comic, Witch Doctor. [Fangoria]

Comic art | Heritage Auctions will open bidding July 23 on a piece of John Romita artwork featuring Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in front of the Sanger Harris department store at Town East Mall in Mesquite, Texas. The auction house is unsure if the piece, which was intended for an advertising supplement in the long-defunct Dallas Times Herald, was ever used. Sanger Harris was the setting of at least one Spider-Man comic included with copies of the paper in the late 1970s/early 1980s. At least the X-Men got to go to the State Fair. [Dallas Observer]

Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his four-part interview with EmiTown author Emi Lenox. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Publishing | The Good Comics for Kids bloggers, including Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson, share 39 graphic novels kids can't resist. [School Library Journal]

Conventions | Alverson also rounds up the new manga announcements from last weekend's Anime Expo. [MTV Geek]

Conventions | The Miami New Times' Cultist blog looks at five outrageous things at the Florida Supercon. [Miami New Times]

Retailing | The San Francisco Chronicle's "The Poop" blog profiles retailer and singer Joe Ferrara, owner of Atlantis Fantasyworld in Santa Cruz, Calif. [The Poop]

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