Publishing | Gemstone Publishing President Steven Geppi has issued a statement congratulating BOOM! Studios on its acquisition of the Disney comics license previously held by his company.
"I think the whole industry has observed their initial successes with their Boom! Kids line with great interest, particularly the immediate sell-through on The Incredibles #1, The Muppet Show #1, and Cars #1," Geppi said. "It would be exciting to see Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories and Mickey Mouse and Friends, as well as any subsequent titles, follow in similar form."
When Gemstone picked up the Disney license in 2003, the characters hadn't appeared in U.S. comics for four years. However, rumors began swirling in March that the financially troubled publisher wouldn't renew its agreement with Disney.
“We had some notable successes, both in terms of critical acclaim and sales, particularly with The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck," Geppi said in his statement. "While I am of course disappointed that I won’t be the one publishing these great characters anymore, I believe the future for them is still one of untapped potential.” [Scoop, via Disney Comics Worldwide]
Publishing | Scott Morse reports that a recent mention on Boing Boing of The Ancient Book of Sex and Science has led to a sellout of the hardcover before its actual release: "Amazon has placed an order so large that I can't fill it. We've vowed to NOT go back to press on these initial Ancient Book hardcovers (you'll recall that Myth and War sold out in a few months). It appears that Sex and Science is now effectively 'sold out' as well." He notes that he'll have a limited number of copies available at Comic-Con. [Red Window]
Sales charts | Watchmen and the 27th volume of Bleach retain their top spots in the paperback and manga categories of The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List while the collection of Final Crisis debuts at No. 1 on the hardcover chart. [ArtsBeat]
Awards | The Locus Awards, as chosen by readers of Locus magazine, were presented Saturday in Seattle during Science Fiction Awards Weekend. Winners include The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (with illustrations by Dave McKean), for Young-Adult Book, and Coraline: The Graphic Novel, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell from Gaiman's novella, for Non-Fiction/Art Book. [Locus Online]
Awards | The Mouse Guard Role-Playing Game, based on David Petersen's comic series, has won the 2009 Origins Award for Role-Playing Game of the Year, beating out Dungeons & Dragons. [2009 Origins Awards winners, David Petersen's blog]
Manga | Japanese Prime Minister (and avowed otaku) Taro Aso is putting his support behind increasingly controversial plans for a $150-million manga museum. [ABC News]
Conventions | It's been confirmed that anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki will attend Comic-Con International to promote the U.S. release of Ponyo. [The Envelope]
Conventions | With San Diego's summer off to a slow start, the city's tourism industry is looking hopefully toward next month's Comic-Con International. In the words of one hotel manager: “Thank God for Comic-Con.” [Union-Tribune]
Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks at length with veteran cartoonist Trina Robbins, editor of The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons 1913-1940. [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Tori Cheifetz talks with writer Matt Yocum and Marvel editor Mike Horwitz about a short story in this week's issue of Astonishing Tales that spotlights the Israeli superhero Sabra. There's also a focus on Yocum's somewhat unorthodox way of getting his foot in the industry door. [The Jerusalem Post]
Comics | And with this article begins another game of Telephone involving DC's Batwoman. A fairly subdued complaint from a parent regarding a year-old issue of Batman Confidential purchased at a library sale is transformed by the writer into a "wave of 'family values' complaints after a nude wresting [sic] Batgirl and Batwoman featured in a two page spread." Also, it was Catwoman in that issue, not Batwoman. [GayNZ.com]
Comics | Just how old is Peter Parker, anyway? [4thletter!]
Editorial cartoons | J. Caleb Mozzocco disassembles Glenn McCoy's recent homage to Charles Addams. [Every Day Is Like Wednesday]
Pop culture | The comics origins of seven common words and phrases, from "security blanket" to "the heebie-jeebies." [Neatorama]