Conventions | Florida Supercon opens this morning in Miami, featuring creators such as Chris Claremont, Dough Mahnke, Tony Moore, Dick Giordano, Greg Horn, Tony Bedard and Clayton Henry. [Miami Herald]
Sales charts | The top of The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller appears to be stuck in a loop as The Dark Tower: Treachery, Watchmen and Negima! Vol. 22 once again hold to No. 1 spots in the hardcover, paperback and manga categories. There’s at least one item of interest, though: Marvel’s Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse, Book 1 — Animator, in the running for the week’s most cumbersome title, enters the hardcover chart at No. 4. [ArtsBeat]
Publishing | On a similar note, Eva Volin presents the hot fall graphic novels for libraries as named at a panel at BookExpo America. [Good Comics for Kids]
Publishing | DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio discusses the new status quo for the Batman books, and why it’s taken three years to move Batwoman into a starring role: “One of the things we wanted to do was build her up slowly as a strong member of the DC Universe, and then as a strong supporting cast member in Batman’s world, and then if the interest was there, to be able to roll her out into her own series. With all the things that were taking place in the Batman universe, it just made sense to hold off her premiere.” [Comics Alliance]
Creators | It’s a Neil Gaiman media explosion as we learn the comics writer-turned-literary superstar has a real gravestone in his garden, thinks he got big in comics but never “Frank Miller big,” and is dating singer Amanda Palmer. [Neil Gaiman]
Creators | Matthew Badham chats with artist John Higgins. [Forbidden Planet International]
Comics | Timothy Callahan annotates Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s Batman and Robin #1 (GeniusboyFiremelon)
Comics | Brandon Soderberg analyzes a panel of Vasilis Lolos’ art from Northlanders #17. [Are You A Serious Comic Book Reader?]
Manga | Christopher Butcher takes a critical look at the cover design of Bandai titles. [Comics212]
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