Business | Disney has followed its announced $4-billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment with the hiring of Bungie Software founder, and Halo co-creator, Alex Seropian as the head of creative for its video-game division. As part of the deal, Disney Interactive Studios acquired Chicago-based Wideload Games, the studio Seropian founded in 2003 after leaving Bungie. [CNBC.com]
Business | Not only will Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter become $4.3 million richer on the day the Disney merger closes, he’ll become Disney’s second-largest stockholder behind Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. [Orlando Sentinel]
Comic strips | Tom Tomorrow’s This Modern World has returned to the Village Voice after a seven-month absence. Parent company Village Voice Media announced in late January it had suspended publication of syndicated comics in its 15 newspapers as part of company-wide cost-cutting measures. [This Modern World, via The Daily Cartoonist]
Publishing | Brigid Alverson spotlights Tokyopop’s new and resurrected titles, and the company’s efforts to refocus after last year’s downsizing and the loss of the Kodansha licenses. [PW Comics Week]
Publishing | Deb Aoki highlights 50 “great new and noteworthy” manga and related art books set for fall release. [About.com]
Conventions | Reed Exhibitions Vice President Lance Festerman discusses the company’s stable of conventions, the “fantasy economy,” and competing directly with Wizard Entertainment: “The choice of dates for Anaheim [the same weekend as C2E2] is curious, but I don’t run any other business but my own and I’m sure there’s a valid reason for that. My first concern is with the fans and with my exhibitors. We have a strong track record based on New York, and when you do right by your fans and your partners, good things happen regardless of what else happens.” [PW Comics Week]
Conventions | Reclusive Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed is scheduled to appear Oct. 3 at the first Long Beach Comic Con to promote IDW Publishing’s Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 1. Breathed will host a panel discussion about his influential comic strip, and sign at the IDW booth. [IDW Publishing]
Conventions | Brooks Barnes spotlights the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit that will serve as the centerpiece for the inaugural D23 Expo, which kicks off Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. [The New York Times]
Creators | Kurt Busiek answers seven questions about Astro City, storytelling, his work on DC Comics’ two most-recent weekly series, and his recently announced project American Gothic. [The Vault]
Creators | Michael Lark discusses art tools, technique and inspiration. [Comixtalk]
Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his three-part interview with Jordan Crane. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | B. Clay Moore posts the backmatter material from his Hawaiian Dick series. [On Broken Radio]
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