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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Publishing | Dark Horse is expected to announce today at New York Comic Con that it will price its digital comics at $1.49 per issue, 50 cents below the industry average. []

Publishing | Although Marvel’s pricing announcement received the most attention, it certainly wasn’t the only news to come out of ICv2’s Conference on Comics and Digital, held Thursday at New York Comic Con. ICv2 Publisher Milton Griepp delivered a white paper indicating that sales were down 12 percent overall, with graphic novels down 20 percent and comics up just 1 percent; manga saw a 20-percent drop. Sales of digital comics, meanwhile, have increased to $6 million to $8 million in the U.S., more than 10 times ICv2’s estimate for 2009. [, The Beat, Comics Alliance]

Publishing | Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series continues to dominate graphic-novel sales in bookstores, taking six of the top seven spots on BookScan’s September chart. []

Legal | A 35-year-old Lafayette, Indiana, man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the attempted burglary of Castle Comics and Cards in June 2009. [Journal and Courier]

Conventions | Writer Chris Yambar is playing host on Saturday to Lawn-Con 2010 … in the front yard of his Youngstown, Ohio, home. Guests include Ron Frenz, Jimmy Proctor, Levi Krause and George Broderick Jr. [The Vindicator]

Retailing | Tufts University’s student newspaper spotlights Boston’s “robust comic book community,” focusing largely on the city’s comic stores. [The Tufts Daily]

Creators | Adam Hughes chats briefly about comics and covers, and reveals, perhaps unsurprisingly, that his long-churning All-Star Wonder Woman is “on hold at the moment.” [The Star-Ledger]

Creators | Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, grapples with the idea of his characters aging: “I worked my entire adult life to be a cartoonist, which is my dream, and to think that it might all be over in 3½ years is kind of shocking. But I don’t want to go back to the well again and again. I do think these things have a life span … I’m definitely not in the business of milking the cow as much as I can.” [The Vancouver Sun]

Creators | Meredith Deliso spotlights Julia Wertz (Drinking at the Movies) and Martin Lemelman (Two Cents Plain). [The Brooklyn Paper]

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