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Comics A.M. | Salt Lake Comic Con draws a reported 120,000

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Comics A.M. | Salt Lake Comic Con draws a reported 120,000

Conventions | Attendance at the second annual Salt Lake Comic Con was estimated at between 120,000 and 130,000, putting it on a par with the big shows like Comic-Con International in San Diego and New York Comic Con. Even better, Stan Lee proclaimed it “the greatest comic con in the world” (but he probably says that to all the shows). [The Salt Lake Tribune]

Conventions | The scale of the first Las Cruces [New Mexico] Comic Con was considerably smaller, with expected attendance of 3,000 to 5,000, but organizers were pleased with the event, which featured a Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament, a Comic Strip Burlesque show, and appearances by Jim Steranko, Power Rangers stuntman Jason Ybarra, and the 1966 Batmobile. [Las Cruces Sun-News]

Graphic novels | The 21st volume of The Walking Dead topped the BookScan chart of graphic novels sold in bookstores in August, but it was the only volume of the Robert Kirkman-Charlie Adlard series to make the list. The number two book was Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, and the Barnes & Noble-exclusive edition also showed up as number 17. All three volumes of Saga made the list, as did three volumes of Attack on Titan and one spinoff, the first volume of Attack on Titan: No Regrets. [ICv2]

Comics | Zachary Reid explores the continuing popularity of comics in a story that includes interviews with Cindy Jackson, library specialist for comic arts at Virginia Commonwealth University (which has a collection of 150,000 comics and comics-related items), Comichron blogger and numbers guy John Jackson Miller, and local retailer Dave Luebke, who once sold a copy of Archie Comics #1 for almost $40,000. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Creators | Mark Millar talks about Scotland, Scottish independence, the difference between making a movie and making a comic, and the contrasting office cultures of Marvel and DC Comics. [Under the Radar]

Creators | John Porcellino talks about his new graphic memoir, The Hospital Suite, which depicts his struggle with mysterious health problems over the past 17 years. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Lumberjanes creators Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters discuss what it’s like working at BOOM! Studios, how social media figured in the promotion of the comic, and how they taught new readers how to pre-order Lumberjanes at their comic shops. [Comics Alliance]

Creators | Jack Baxter had just finished filming a documentary about Mike’s Place, a bar that provided a little oasis of normalcy in Tel Aviv, when a suicide bomber wrecked the place. Baxter was injured in the bombing but came back to make a very different movie, and now he’s making it into a graphic novel, Mike’s Place, with art by Koren Shadmi (The Abaddon), to be published by First Second. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | In an excerpt from a longer interview that’s behind a paywall, Chris Ware tells Jeet Heer how his early TV habits affected his later comics. [The Paris Review]

Comics | Mark Peters lists the scariest presidents in comics. [Salon]

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