Comics A.M. | Salt Lake Comic Con expects 40,000 in first year

Conventions | Next week, Salt Lake City will get its first comics convention, Salt Lake Comic Con, which has already sold a reported 23,000 tickets (the event's website says 20,000). But founder Dan Farr expects attendance to far exceed 40,000, surpassing the 33,000 recorded for New York Comic Con's inaugural year.[Deseret News, The Salt Lake Tribune]

Conventions | Oni Hartstein, the co-founder of Intervention, talks about why she established the Washington, DC-area convention and why its DIY aspect sets it apart. [Comic Riffs]

Conventions | Brian Frederick recounts how he survived Tampa Bay Comic Con. [Creative Loafing Tampa Bay]

Creators | Here are to reports on Grant Morrison's appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he discussed his lengthy run on Batman, his run on Action Comics, his upcoming Trials of Diana Prince and Seaguy Eternal, and, yes, his desire to write The Flash. [Edinburgh Festivals, The Beat]

Fandom | Richard Schaen of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was becoming worried about the cost of his daughter's upcoming wedding until he remembered a box of comics he had put in storage. Dusting them off, the 69-year-old retiree discovered a CGC-graded 6.5 copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1, which he sold for in an online auction for $7,900 (he'll pocket $7,000 after the listing fee). He then sold a copy of Daredevil #1 for $1,600, which will likely go toward a new roof for his house; next will be the first three issues of The Hulk. [The Plain Dealer]

Retailers | Acme Comics in Greensboro, North Carolina, recently collected more than 200 pounds of supplies and donated them to local Cone Elementary School. [News & Record]

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