Comics A.M. | Rare Tintin drawing sells for $670,000

Auctions | An original 1939 drawing of Tintin created by Herge for the cover of the weekly magazine Le Petit Vingtième sold Sunday for $673,468 at an auction of French and Belgian comics art held simultaneously in Paris and Brussels. The auction featured 101 works, of which 86 were purchased for a total of $2.4 million. [Agence France-Presse]

Auctions | A copy of The Hulk #181, featuring the first appearance of Wolverine, fetched $8,000 at an auction held Saturday at Back to the Past comics store in Redford, Michigan. [My Fox Detroit]

Retailing | System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, who shuttered his online store Torpedo Comics in 2010 after about three years in business, is looking to open a brick-and-mortar shop. A brief story notes that while Las Vegas store Comic Oasis, owner Derrick Taylor is partnering with Dolmayan to open Torpedo Comics in January at 8775 Lindell Road, Building H, Suite 150. [Vegas Inc.]

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Publishing | Charles Kochman, executive editor of Abrams ComicArts, talks about three upcoming books in a three-part interview with ICv2: Part 1 is about The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio, Part 2 focuses on the upcoming spring releases, which will include Darryl Cunningham's The Age of Selfishness, and Part 3 looks at the fall 2015 lineup, which includes a Peanuts art book and Derf Backderf's Trashed. [ICv2]

Creators | Cece Bell discusses El Deafo, her memoir of growing up deaf, going to a hearing school and using a hearing aid that gave her a unique "superpower." [NPR]

Creators | Artist Jake Myler talks about his latest book, Orphan Blade, and the importance of including gay romances in YA books, the lack of diversity in fantasy stories, and the impact of losing his writer, Nick Almand, who died in 2013. [Seattle PI]

Creators | Kenny Mah profiles Malaysian artist Tan Eng Huat, whose credits include Doom Patrol, Ghost Rider, X-Men: Legacy, and, most recently, the Marvel miniseries Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. (The term "Malaysia Boleh!" in the title means "Malaysia can do it!") [Malay Mail Online]

Creators | At age 82, Bob Kain has retired from a second career as cartoonist for Chirp magazine and is now teaching young people how to draw manga-style comics. [Barrie Advance]

Retailing | After several months of declining business, Paul Tappay has decided to close his Niagara Falls store Pulp Comics. The store had moved to a bigger space just three years ago, and Tappay is one of the co-founders of the Niagara Falls Comic-Con. Still, he said, "There’s only so much hobby money to go around," and with two other comic shops in town, and mass-market retailers selling graphic novels, "When you start saturating the market with options, that piece of the pie you’re used to getting inevitably will change." [Niagara Falls Review]

Exhibits | Montreal's Museum of Masters and Artisans of Quebec (Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec) will feature an exhibit of cartoons by Iranian artist Behzad Ghafarizadeh and Oleg Dergachov of Russia. [Mehr News]

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