Comics A.M. | Looking back on 30 years of Dark Horse

Publishing | Dark Horse founder and CEO Mike Richardson looks back at 30 years in the business in a two-part interview that covers the rise of shoujo manga and the way it changed American comics, the evolution of comics distribution and the direct market, the status quo and future plans for Dark Horse, and how the comics world is changing and continues to change: "The internet, of course, has changed the industry dramatically. The comic book industry was pretty much focused on the East Coast. As the internet rose, it helped companies like Dark Horse build a comics industry here in Portland. Portland right now is probably the epicenter of the comic book industry in the United States -- companies, creators, organizations, all related to comics. We have a huge comic book population here from all angles of the business. It’s pretty amazing." [ICv2]

Creators | Philip Pullman is best known as a novelist (he's the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy), but he read American comics when he was growing up in Australia, and now he's working on a comic of his own, The Adventures of John Blake: The Mystery of the Ghost Ship, which appears in The Phoenix. [The Guardian]

Creators | Writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan "Doc" Shaner discuss their new DC Comics series Future Quest, which debuted this week. [MLive.com]

Creators | Dean Haspiel and Shamus Beyale talk about their Brooklyn-based comics on a local morning show. [Fox 5]

Creators | Lisa Hanawalt chats about Hot Dog Taste Test, which debuted over the weekend at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. [CBC]

Creators | Ahead of this weekend's VANCAF, a Vancouver newspaper conducts a video interview of cartoonist Doug Savage, who talks about his comic, Savage Chickens, and draws cartoons on Post-It notes. [Vancouver Sun]

Comics | Anna Popova rounds up seven comics by Russian creators that were featured at last weekend's KomMissia International Comic Festival. [Russia Behind the Headlines]

Comics | A friend of Christopher Panayiotou, who is accused of murdering his wife, has been recording the South African court proceedings as a comic. [Times Live]

Conventions | The 3 Rivers Comicon, which takes place this weekend, emphasizes comics over other forms of entertainment. [Pittsburgh City Paper]

Retailing | Jay Berent, owner of Pulp 716 in Lockport, New York, struggled with reading as a kid, because the books were so boring. Now his comic shop hosts a reading club with a literacy tutor who uses comics to boost students' reading skills — and the kids will be collaborating on a comic of their own. [Buffalo News]

Retailing | Oblivion Coffee & Comics is one of five finalists in the Downtown Sacramento Foundation's Calling All Dreamers competition. The winners will receive $110,000 worth of free rent and other items to help get their new business off the ground. [Sacramento Bee]

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