Comics A.M. | MorrisonCon's $500 tickets already sold out

Conventions | Despite the $500-plus price tag, the least-expensive tickets for MorrisonCon, the Grant Morrison-focused convention being held in September in Las Vegas, are already sold out. Remaining tickets cost between $699 and $1,099. Morrison says the high-priced event combines "visionary ideas, occult ritual, music and spoken word performances, art workshops, experimental films, DJ sets and in-depth discussions inspired by the comics.” [Hero Complex]

Publishing | Industry veteran Jim "Ski" Sokolowski, who was let go in October as Marvel's chief operating officer ahead of a round of layoffs, has been hired by Archie Comics as senior vice president-sales and business development. The publisher also promoted Harold Buchholz from executive director of publishing and operations to senior vice president-publishing and operations, Paul Kaminski from editor to executive director of editorial, and Alex Segura from executive director of publicity and marketing to vice president-publicity and marketing. [Archie Comics]

Comics | Stan Lee recalls the creation of Spider-Man in an article highlighting  the 50th anniversary of the Marvel superhero. [New York Daily News]

Conventions | Wired spotlights Tr!ckster, the DIY "creator convention" that's returning to San Diego next month during Comic-Con International. [Wired.com]

Creators | Director Patrick Meaney talks about Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, a documentary on the life and work of Warren Ellis. [USA Today]

Creators | Matt Fraction discusses the next arc of Iron Man, which kicks off in September's The Invincible Iron Man #521. Titled "The Future," the arc features Tony Stark going to war with the Mandarin. "Building to this ultimate Tony/Mandarin war, this kind-of third iteration of Armor Wars, was always the destination. I’ve had a lot of time to think about it, and it’s a lot of fun to play the finale of this long game of chess between the two." [iFanboy]

Creators | Writer Jamie S. Rich and artist Mike Norton discuss their plans for the new Image series It Girl & The Atomics. Here's Rich: "As far as It Girl is concerned, I am always attracted to characters that are learning and growing. I see this series as her chance to really come into her own as an international adventurer. I want these to be good-time comics with a strong lead who gets better at what she does and more confident with each new mission. If she suffers setbacks, she learns from them." [Newsarama]

Creators | Justin Giampoli talks to Brian Wood about the final volume of DMZ, "The Five Nations of New York." [Live from the DMZ]

Creators | Jim McCan discusses the cast page of Mind the Gap #2. [iFanboy]

Creators | Most comics aren't actually comic, in the sense of being funny, anymore, and Matt D. Wilson asks a number of creators of comics that are funny to weigh in on why that is. Roger Langridge, Jim Rugg and Jeff Parker are among those who have something to say on the topic. [Comics Alliance]

Commentary | Tom Spurgeon reviews Journalism, Joe Sacco's new release: "I want to recommend Journalism because I had more fun reading this book than the supposedly fun comics I've read recently, and found it more exciting than the comics I'm reading that are supposed to provide thrill after thrill. I'd like to suggest that you read Journalism as a comic book." Meanwhile, at Spandexless, David Anderson digs into another Sacco comic, War’s End. [The Comics Reporter]

Commentary | David Brothers offers an analysis of the back-up story in Prophet #26 by Emma Ríos. [ComicsAlliance]

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