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Comics A.M. | New York Comic Con attendance tops out at 116,000

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Comics A.M. | New York Comic Con attendance tops out at 116,000

Conventions | Attendance at New York Comic Con was about 116,000, according to ReedPop Group Vice President Lance Fensterman, who talked about why lines were so long outside the Javits Center, the decision to put artists alley in the North Pavilion, and the problem of counterfeit badges. The construction at the Javits will be complete next year, opening up an additional 90,000 square feet for the event. [ICv2]

Conventions | Sam Thielman explores the way marketers use New York Comic Con to sell everything from video games to Craftsman tools. [Adweek]

Conventions | Scott Cacciola tags along after Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez, a huge comics fan in both senses of the word, as he makes his way through NYCC, hangs out with DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, and checks out artists alley. [The Wall Street Journal]

Creators | Five days after Cleveland unveiled a Superman statue, another Cleveland native, Harvey Pekar, got a statue of his own at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library. The likeness of Pekar is about two and a half feet tall and shows him emerging from a page of one of his graphic novels. []

Creators | The Outhousers talk to longtime Marvel writer Chris Claremont. [The Outhousers]

Creators | Orpheus Collar, the artist who adapted Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid into a graphic novel, returned to his alma mater to talk about how he used bits of reality to create a fantasy story: “When he was looking for a particularly exaggerated facial expression, he made it in the mirror and drew what he saw. He drew the birds to fly as birds do, and took inspiration from real-life places and historical and mythological figures referenced in the book.” [The Baltimore Sun]

Creators | Artist Emma Vieceli is creating a graphic novel based on new research about the life of King Richard III, based in part upon an archaeological dig at the University of Leicester. She recently provided five panels that were used as a backdrop for the university’s announcement of findings from the dig. “I knew that the press conference could not display photographs of the findings, for several reasons, so having something visual for people to be able to look at was a nice idea. We were also able to sum up the reasons for the location of the dig, and also why the search may hit difficulties. As a ‘comicker’ myself, I tend to believe that nothing can’t be told with pictures and words combined.” [in Loughborough]

Retailing | Dallas retailer Zeus Comics has moved to a larger location at 1334 Inwood Road.  [Dallas Voice]

Retailing | Comic Crypt, in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, may be off the beaten path, but owner Brian Stretton knows how to keep customers coming back anyway: “This place is like a clubhouse,” he said. “I’ve tried to create the best atmosphere. I’m willing to talk (comics) with anyone, and people who come here feel like they’re really welcome.” []

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