Publishing | George Gene Gustines spotlights Image United, the miniseries that reunites six of the seven Image Comics founders, and previews the first five pages of the debut issue. Six more pages will be shown Wednesday at Comic-Con International. [The New York Times]
Publishing | SLG Publishing has placed a freeze on submissions from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1 so Editor-in-Chief Jennifer de Guzman, whose hours have been cut, can catch up on the backlog. [SLG Publishing News]
Publishing | In case you still doubt whether the long-awaited conclusion of Planetary will actually ship in October, writer Warren Ellis assures us he’s seen “the complete lettered book” (which contains extra pages). [Warren Ellis]
Sales charts | The hardcover category of The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List undergoes a shakeup this week as Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns and David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp grab the top two spots. Watchmen and Naruto, Vol. 45, maintain their lead positions in the paperback and manga divisions. [ArtsBeat]
Crime | A comic-store owner in Maple, Ontario, is accused of voyeurism after he allegedly was caught using a hidden camera to spy on a woman in the store’s restroom. Police were called to A Dragon’s Realm on Wednesday after the woman’s boyfriend reportedly discovered the camera. The couple confronted the retailer, and a minor physical altercation followed. Store owner Domenic Giorgio, 43, was arrested and charged with voyeurism and two counts of assault. [Yahoo News]
Retailing | Local newspapers profile Greensboro, North Carolina’s Acme Comics and Oakland, Pennsylvania’s Phantom of the Attic, finalists for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. [News & Record, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Creators | Ryan Ingram talks with Camilla d’Errico about her self-published comic Tanpopo, her Vertigo collaboration with Grant Morrison, and her art book. [Pop Culture Zoo]
Creators | Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios have revealed the script for the Shadow Complex video game was writter by Peter David. [Joystiq]
Graphic novels | Stumptown Trade Review exhaustively annotates David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp. [Stumptown Notes]
Comics | Jeff Stolarcyk and Matt Springer talk over the first issue of DC’s big summer event Blackest Night. “I just … I know this makes me sound like a fuddy-duddy or one of those ‘comics were better when they were FUN, damnit’ reactionaries, but the level of violence and the way these characters are treated just fundamentally bothers me,” Springer says. “I think it’s possible to have adult complex comics without constantly depicting graphic acts of violence. And while it could be argued it’s appropriate to this story, it bothers me that it defines so much of Geoff Johns’ other work that it seems almost rote here.” [Alert Nerd]
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