Conventions | So you think Comic-Con International is too big? The Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival drew 330,000 attendees last year — its first year — and with Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama as a guest, this year’s show promises to be just as big. [Focus Taiwan]
Conventions | Crystal Gutierrez files a report on Albuquerque Comic Con, which took place over the weekend. [KRQE]
Comics | Gene Demby talks to several “thoughtful geeks” about race and superheroes, using as a starting point Orion Martin’s project in which the X-Men were re-colored to appear to be brown-skinned. Related: Writing for CBC News, Niigaanwewidam Sinclair looks at the depictions of indigenous peoples in comic books. [NPR]
Creators | Former X-Men writer Chris Claremont discusses his 1980s-era story Marada the She-Wolf, drawn by John Bolton, which has just been collected by Titan; it started as a Red Sonja story and changed when Marvel lost that license. [Suicide Girls]
Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to alt-comics creator Jesse Reklaw, whose latest graphic novel, Couch Tag, is just out from Fantagraphics. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Sex Criminals artist Chip Zdarsky did a brief interview with “Weekend Edition” about his Facebook friendship with a local Applebee’s. [NPR]
Editorial cartoons | Editorial cartoonist Clay Jones is leaving the Creators Syndicate and opting for self-syndication instead. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Exhibits | Calvin Reid talks to Cheryl Harper, curator of “Compulsive Stories: Narratives That Must Be Told,” an exhibit of autobiographical comics and other art by Carol Tyler, Lance Tooks and others. [Publishers Weekly]
Retailing | Dave Ulansky, owner of Amazing Fantasy Comic Shop in Crown Point, Indiana, talks about the business, what people like (The Walking Dead, The Avengers, Batman), and why he moved there from Calumet City. [NWI Times]
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