Comics A.M. | 'Spider-Man' vs. 'black Spider-Man'; <i>Daredevil</i> audio edition

Comics | David Brothers argues that the problem with Miles Morales is that he is being defined as "the black Spider-Man" rather than simply "Spider-Man": "Miles Morales is notable for being the first black Spider-Man, particularly in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, but it isn’t his blackness that makes him special. It’s the fact that he’s not Peter Parker. The fact that he’s half-black, half-Puerto Rican, (and how cool would it be if his dad was a dark skinned Puerto Rican and his mom was light skinned black?!), that it looks like he’s taking part in a lottery to get into a good school in the preview images, and that he’s thirteen years old is just sauce. It’s not the meal. It’s part of the meal, sure, but you do yourself and the character (or rather, the concept, what the character represents, or something, because we do not respect characters ’round these parts) a disservice by boiling him down to “black Spider-Man.” He’s so much more than that, judging by the press run Marvel just went on, that breaking him down to being the black Spider-Man is… it’s garbage, it’s lazy, it’s stupid." [4thletter!]

Comics | Marvel has released an "audio edition" of Daredevil #1, "so that the visually-impaired could enjoy the dawn of a new era for DD, his friends and his enemies." It features the voice talents of Dardevil writer Mark Waid and Marvel editors Tom Brennan, Ellie Pyle and Jordan D. White. [Marvel.com]

Creators | Tom Neely, creator of The Wolf, discusses page structure and the hard work of revision in the latest installment of his interview with Brian Heater. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Retailing | Rich Johnston reports that water damage to many DC Comics titles at Diamond's warehouse in Cheshire, England has led to "major allocations on a number of comic books shipping this week" around the country. [Bleeding Cool]

Comic strips | A reader writes in to complain about excessive swearing in Stephan Pastis' strip Pearls Before Swine, although its all of the $%&#@ variety). Seriously. Laugh Tracks has an interesting followup. [The Baltimore Sun]

Review | Serdar Yegulalp reviews Jiro Taniguchi's one-shot zombie apocalypse manga Velveteen & Mandala. [Genji Press]

Review | John Hilgart takes a long look at IDW's deluxe edition of Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta's sci-fi saga Starstruck. [The Comics Journal]

Review | Richard Bruton writes about Sean Azzopardi and Douglas Noble's creepy suburban-horror comic Built of Blood and Bricks; even if you don't have time to read it, click through to see the art. [The Forbidden Planet blog]

Conventions | Christopher Butcher asks his Twitter followers what advice they have for making conventions more financially rewarding for creators, and they answer with lots of suggestions. [Twitter]

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