Comics A.M. | FCBD 2011 generated $1.5 million in publicity

Retailing | Free Comic Book Day founder Joe Field reports that this year's event drew between 300,000 and 500,000 people to participating retailers, and generated an estimated $1.5 million in publicity for comics and comics stores. "Free Comic Book Day may have been my idea ten years ago,  but seeing the remarkable things this event has done for the entire comics world is really encouraging," he writes on his store's blog. "Many of my comics retailer colleagues in the U.S., Canada and 40 other countries bring energy, creativity and enthusiasm to FCBD, making it a very special community event that is now the world's largest annual comics' event. All of this shows just how current the comics' medium is -- and how vital comic book specialty stores are to our local communities." [Flying Colors, via The Beat]

Legal | In the wake of the latest confiscation of comics by Canadian customs agents, Laura Hudson looks at how creators and fans can protect themselves when crossing the border. [Comics Alliance]

Comic strips | Tundra marketing director Bill Kellogg has launched Ink Bottle Syndicate, which represents eight comic strips: That Monkey Tune, by Mike Kandalaft; Holy Molé, by Rick Hotton; Sunshine State, by Graham Nolan; Half Baked, by Rick Ellis; Future Shock, by Jim and Pat McGreal; 15 Minutes, by Robert Duckett; Biz, by Dave Blazek; and, of course, Tundra, Chad Carpenter. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Conventions | Eva Volin posts a video interview with Toronto Comic Arts Festival organizer Christopher Butcher. Meanwhile, Squidface & The Meddler posts a terrific TCAF photo diary by Sam Javanrouh. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Scott Snyder briefly talks about his upcoming DC Comics miniseries Batman: Gates of Gotham: "I feel like every time I write the Batcave, I’m going into the Batcave. It’s so much fun — it feels like being a kid in a candy store. Batman has always been my favorite superhero since I was a kid. There’s nothing better than getting the reins to your favorite superhero and getting to put on paper what interests you the most and tell your own favorite story." [am New York]

Comics | Don MacPherson kicks off a survey of this year's Eisner Awards nominees with a look at Joe Kubert's Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965. [Eye on Comics]

Pop culture | The fate of Dogpatch USA, the abandoned Arkansas theme park based on Al Capp's Li'l Abner comic strip, is in the hands of 23-year-old Pruett Nance and his family. Six years ago, Nance was riding an ATV on the grounds of the park, which closed in 1993, when he struck a throat-high cable stretched between two trees. A lawsuit resulted in a $650,000 judgment against the park's owners, who couldn't pay. So this month a judge ordered the deed be signed over to Nance. [KUAR]

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