Publishing | This report from Editors’ Day at the Savannah College of Art and Design indicates Viz Media’s planned line of original graphic novels may not be canceled after all. The initiative, announced last summer, was presumed dead after the departure in February of Marc Weidenbaum, the company’s vice president of original publishing. [Opinion Prone, via Brigid Alverson, with additional comments by Gia Manry]
Passings | Draper Hill, longtime editorial cartoonist for The Detroit News, died May 13. He was 73. [The Detroit News]
Sales charts | The top of The New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Seller List looks the same as it has for the past couple of weeks, with Marvel’s The Dark Tower: Treachery, DC Comics’ Watchmen and Viz Media’s Naruto holding the No. 1 spots in their respective categories.
IDW Publishing’s Star Trek movie prequel stands firm at No. 2 in paperbacks, while Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century — 1910, from Top Shelf, debuts at No. 4. Also of possible note: blasts from the past, like Civil War and The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes, and the reappearance of The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born and Joker. Go figure. [ArtsBeat]
Publishing | Archie Andrews is getting married … kind of. Maybe? To mark the 600th issue of Archie, publisher Archie Comics is releasing “Archie Gets Married Part 1: The Proposal,” which catches up with the Riverdale gang after they graduate college. Let’s hope it turns out better than Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again. The issue hits comic stores on Aug. 19. [Archie News]
Publishing | Sean Kleefeld reviews Jeremy Love’s Bayou, the first collection from DC Comics’ Zuda imprint, with an eye toward how well the horizontal-format comic makes the transition from web to print: “There was absolutely no issues/problems with the unusual format and, I think, should give other webcomic creators prime incentive to stop formatting their strips as if they were for a traditional comic just because they’d like to see it printed sometime.” [Kleefeld on Comics]
Creators | Mike Mignola discusses the direction of the Hellboy and B.P.R.D. series: “The Hellboy and B.P.R.D. Universe is not meant to be like a Marvel or DC comic, where it’s going to go on forever, and things will get fixed and go on to be the way they were. Let’s break some stuff that can’t be fixed. Let’s turn some corners where there’s no going back. In both Hellboy and B.P.R.D., we’re saying, ‘Well, once we do this — once we round this corner — that’s it!’ It’s not like, ‘Oh, Batman, different costume.’ We’re doing stuff where there’s no way to fix it. That is the new reality in our world. You will see changes in the planet.” [Omnivoracious]
Creators | Marjane Satrapi talks about creating Persepolis, and adapting her graphic novel as a film. [WA Today]
Comics | Jeffery Klaehn counts down the 10 coolest comic-book sidekicks. Robin is No. 3? Now I think he’s just screwing with us. [Pop]
Comics | Not to be outdone, Teague Bohlen rolls out “The 10 Most Useless Archie Comics Characters.” I recognize only about half of them. [Topless Robot]
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