Manga | Remember when Kadokawa published a manga based on the BBC’s popular Sherlock television series? Well, maybe not, because the manga hasn’t been licensed for English-language countries. But now the first volume has been translated: Kadokawa, the publisher of the original manga, has released a bilingual Japanese and English version of “A Study in Pink” intended for students of English. [Anime News Network]
Conventions | Attendance at ReedPOP’s second annual Special Edition: NYC, held June 6-7, reportedly increased 40 percent from the first year. [Publishers Weekly]
Manga | Shaenon Garrity lists five manga that inexplicably haven’t been licensed for English-language readers yet. [Anime News Network]
Creators | Morten Harper interviews Bastien Vivès, co-creator of The Last Man, a French comic recently published in English by First Second. He talks a bit about the French comics industry, where sales are slipping and publishers are trying to compensate by increasing the number of titles they put out. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Jeffrey Burandt explains how his debut graphic novel, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad, reflects his experiences as a high school student in Plano, Texas. [Plano Star Courier]
Comics | Robin Parrish writes about a major barrier to new comics readers: People like to start reading episodic stories at the beginning, so they are put off by high issue numbers. Who knows what you missed in the first 700 issues? The publishers’ solution has been renumbering and reboots, but Parrish and retailer Benn Ray look at other media and come up with a different solution. [Tech Times]
Digital Comics | If you have been piling up those DRM-free comics files and want a reader to view them, check out Mike Williams’ review of five desktop readers that work well with comics files. [Beta News]
Conventions | As a response to the all-male “Women in Comics” panel at Denver Comic Con, a group of women will present an all-female “Men in Comics” panel at IndyPopCon. While the concept and poster are tongue in cheek, the panel (which was actually proposed and put together by a man, Gabrial Canada of Racebending.com) features some serious talent, including Christina Blanch, the Ball State University instructor who created a Gender in Comics online course a few years back, and Nutmeg co-creator Jackie Crofts. [The Mary Sue]
Retailing | Leola, Pennsylvania, has a new comic shop: Red Rose Comics, which specializes in back issues and Walking Dead-related items, has just opened, and owners Brian and Melissa Poppe will offer a free comic to all customers. [Lancaster Online]
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