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Publishing | The discussion continues about Diamond's decision not to carry James Turner's Warlord of Io, with clarifications from SLG Publisher Dan Vado, an overview from Editor-in-Chief Jennifer de Guzman, and commentary from Heidi MacDonald (followed by debate in the comments section), Greg Burgas, Sean Collins and Dirk Deppey.

I haven't fully read and absorbed all the articles, but I liked Tom Spurgeon's contention that, "[S]ome things have value even if they only sell 4000 units, both in terms of one day potentially selling many more than that but also in and of themselves and, perhaps most importantly of all, by adding to a varied and rich and unique experience that involves stringing together multiple titles."

Pedro Bouça follows sometime later with this observation: "Funny thing is, Asterix, the world’s best-selling comic series has sold some 350 MILLION books all over the world. But guess how much the first book sold originally? Some 6000 copies. Luckily it was sold in bookstores, not on the direct market."

Publishing | Archaia Studios Press resumes publishing in June under a slightly different name: Archaia. [press release, via Comics Worth Reading]

Publishing | The first titles from Japanese publisher Kodansha's new North American division have appeared on Amazon.ca: Akira and Ghost in the Shell, both previously licensed to Dark Horse. [Anime Vice]

Publishing | The solicitation for Love and Capes #11 was omitted from the May issue of Previews. Johanna Draper Carlson talks with creator Thom Zahler about Diamond's efforts to make up for the error. [Comics Worth Reading]

Publishing | Montreal-based publisher Drawn & Quarterly, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, is profiled. [The Globe and Mail]

Conventions | The National Post continues its preview of Toronto Comic Arts Festival with more interviews with creators scheduled to attend the May 9-10 event: David Lapp, Michèle Laframboise, Sarah Becan, Aaron Costain, Dash Shaw, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Brian Hoang, James Turner, Jason Loo, Brian McLachlan and Chuck Forsman. The programming schedule also has been released. [Toronto Comic Arts Festival]

Events | The date has been set for 24-Hour Comics Day 2009: Oct. 3. Registration will begin on June 1 at the event website. [24HCD]

Creators | Pádraig Ó Méalóid kicks off a multi-part interview with Alan Moore, this installment focusing on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century. [Forbidden Planet International]

Creators | Julian Lopez will take over as regular series artist of DC's Action Comics with August's Issue 880. [The Source]

Creators | Strongman artist Allen Gladfelter talks with Johanna Draper Carlson about his new wrestling title from SLG Publishing. [Comics Worth Reading]

Creators | Zuda Comics competitor Adam Atherton, creator of Lily of the Valley, gets profiled by his local newspaper. [Miramichi Leader]

Education | The Hero Foundry has donated more than $3,000 worth of comics and graphic novels to Skyline High School in Mesa, Arizona, and Hamilton Middle School in Wichita, Kansas, to help "increase literacy, inspire creativity and most importantly provide positive role models and moral guidance to today's youth." [The Hero Foundry]

Retailing | Marvel has given ComicsPRO first-edition copies of The Amazing Spider-Man #583, which the retail organization is using as an incentive for recruiting new members. [ComicsPRO]

Comics | Speaking of President Obama comics, Antarctic Press breaks out the pun machine for the zombie-fighting President Evil. [Kotaku]

Comics | A preview of stories by Paul Grist, Jeff Lemire and Dean Motter from Dark Horse's upcoming book Noir: An Anthology of Crime Comics. [PW Comics Week]

Books | Brian Cronin excerpts his new book Was Superman A Spy?, based on his "Comic Book Legends ... Revealed" feature at sibling blog Comics Should Be Good. [CSBG]

Fandom | Who are the greatest comic-book writers of all time? [Mania.com]

Art | It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another installment of Paolo Rivera's "Wacky Reference Wednesdays." I love that feature. [The Self-Absorbing Man]

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