Retailing | Borders Group reported an 18-percent drop in revenue for the second quarter amid an overhaul that finds the chain moving away from the sinking music and DVD categories and embracing the growing young-adult, graphic-novel and fantasy markets. [Wall Street Journal]
Retailing | Agents with the Kansas Department of Revenue and Alcohol Beverage Control last week closed Agents Comics & Games in Wichita and seized the assets of Doc Timm LLC, reportedly due to nearly $60,000 in unpaid retail sales taxes. Personal assets of owner Tim Warren also were seized because of unpaid income taxes. The assets will be sold at auction. [Wichita Business Journal, via Journalista]
Publishing | First Second Books has announced it will publish new works by Gene Yang, Dave Roman and Lucy Knisley. [Publishers Weekly]
Publishing | Could digital comics be the salvation of midlist titles? [Yet Another Comics Blog]
Conventions | The Toronto Star previews this weekend’s Fan Expo with a fandom FAQ and a brief spotlight on Canadian web cartoonists. The convention will feature such creators as Joe Quesada, Dan DiDio, J. Michael Straczynski, Ethan Van Sciver, Darwyn Cooke, David Finch, Olivier Coipel, Len Wein, Bill Sienkiewicz and Alex Maleev. [Fan Expo]
Comic strips | Tirdad Derakhshani uses the release of Fantagraphics Books’ Prince Valiant, Vol. 1: 1937-1938 as a chance to survey the work and impact of illustrator Hal Foster. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Creators | Sean Collins talks to Michael Kupperman about his Sub-Mariner contribution to Marvel’s Strange Tales MAX. [Marvel.com]
Creators | Supertron creator Sheldon Vella chats about his Zuda series, and why he submitted it to the DC Comics imprint: “The cash. I couldn’t be more shameless admitting that. Supertron was already a published story in the Image anthology PopGun. But I was in Seattle, sleeping on a couch that wasn’t mine, scrounging for work, and running out of money, and artistic integrity was the last thing my rumbling tummy cared about. One recycled comic later, and shazam, I’m in the January comp. As I mentioned before, actually WINNING the bloody thing never crossed my mind, and I was actually stuck in an airport in Fiji when I found out I had a chance.” [mpd57]
Blogosphere | As part of his “Jack Kirby Week” celebration, Bully looks at … the many splendid hats and headgear that Kirby drew. [Comics Oughta Be Fun]
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