Manga | The Naruto spinoff Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, which is running simultaneously in the Japanese and American versions of Shonen Jump, will end in the July 6 issue. [Anime News Network]
Fandom | Rob Salkowitz presents results of a recent survey of convention-goers conducted by the online ticket platform Eventbrite. Interestingly, they found almost complete gender parity (48.9 percent female, 48.7 percent male, and 3.1 percent non-binary/other) among convention-goers in general but much bigger skews in individual categories: “Comics, toys and gaming are predominantly male, while media, anime/manga and sci-fi/fantasy fandom are predominantly female.” A typical con-goer spends between $100 an $500, with comics fans being the biggest spenders and prints and original art the most popular thing to buy. There’s a lot more detail in the article about what people like and don’t like (biggest beef: lack of wi-fi an connectivity in convention centers). The survey updates and expands on a similar survey conducted last year. [ICv2]
Conventions | Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, has signed a deal to remain at the Los Angeles Convention Center through 2019. This year’s Anime Expo, which will take place over the Fourth of July weekend, is expected to draw 100,000 unique visitors, its highest attendance yet. [Anime News Network]
Passings | Czech artist Kaja Saudek has died at age 80. The son of a Jewish bank clerk, Saudek spent part of his childhood in the Luža concentration camp in Poland with his father and twin brother. All three survived, although other members of his family did not. Saudek returned to Prague after the war. For much of his active life, his country was under Communist rule, and his works couldn’t be published freely. His most prominent work, Muriel a andělé (Muriel and Angels), written by Miloš Macourek, was completed in the 1960s but couldn’t be officially published until 1991, after the Velvet Revolution. Saudek was involved in the underground comics scene in the 1970s and 1980s, but he also did illustrations for films and film posters. Saudek had been in a coma since 2006, following injuries from an accident. [The Prague Post]
Political cartoons | The Greek cartoonist Arkas briefly shut down his Facebook page because of a barrage of abusive comments. Arkas, who doesn’t reveal his full name, is one of the best known cartoonists in Greece, and his work is published in magazines and as stand-alone collections, but his recent cartoons critical of the government’s handling of the economic crisis led to accusations that he was being paid off. Ironically, a member of the Greek parliament tweeted in his defense, saying, “Arkas is the greatest and whoever accused him of being paid off is mistaken. Satire judges all, it needs neither accusers nor protectors.” The web page is now back up. [Down the Tubes]
Publishing | Drawn and Quarterly Publisher Peggy Burns talks about how she helps books find their audiences, deciding which books to publish in the first place, and what changes she envisions as the publisher launches into its second quarter-century. [The Hairpin]
Creators | Kate Beaton talks about her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony. [A Fuse #8 Production]
Art | Ken Parille dissects Chris Ware’s recent New Yorker cover, the one with the kids playing Minecraft that has been a hot topic recently. [Blog Flume]
Graphic novels | Here’s a look at a steampunk graphic novel that speculates about what life would be like if the British were still ruling India. [Scroll.in]
Conventions | While no figures are available, this year’s Mississippi Comic Con in Jackson, Mississippi, was much bigger than last year’s inaugural event, said organizer Greg Hanks. The local TV station dropped in to interview a number of attendees. [WAPT]
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