Publishing | American publisher Viz Media and Japanese magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday will simultaneously premiere the new manga by Inuyasha and Ramna 1/2 creator Rumiko Takahashi beginning April 22.
Rin-Ne, about a girl who disappears into the woods and returns with the ability to see ghosts, will debut online for U.S. readers at TheRumicWorld.com the same day it launches in Weekly Shonen Sunday. New chapters will appear each week in both venues. [Publishers Weekly]
Conventions | The Portland Mercury and the Daily Vanguard preview the Stumptown Comics Fest, being held Saturday and Sunday in Portland, Oregon. Guests include Jeff Smith, Craig Thompson, Farel Dalrymple, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Brian Michael Bendis and Derek Kirk Kim. Nominees for the convention's Trophy Awards can be found here. [Stumptown Comics Fest]
Sales charts | The 43rd volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto bounds 103 places to land at No. 40 on USA Today's bestseller list, while the 44th and 42nd volumes debut at No. 44 and No. 50, respectively. Watchmen continues its drift back down the chart, falling 19 spots to No. 48. [USA Today]
Publishing | Using yesterday's front page of A.M. New York as a springboard, Rick Marshall looks at the increasing practice by DC Comics and Marvel of spoiling major plot developments with stories planted in mainstream-media outlets: "Questions aside about daily newspaper circulation trends and their readership’s likelihood to pick up a comic book, the most troubling development in this burgeoning relationship between comic book publishers and newspaper media could be the basic notion of bartering 'spoilers' for coverage." [Splash Page]
Publishing | Speaking of big mainstream coverage, Peggy Burns of Drawn & Quarterly comments on the lack of online reaction to yesterday's package in The New York Times about A Drifting Life: "It's interesting to see that we have reached a point in comics, where a front-page of the Arts section review in the New York Times gets a perfunctory link from the pundits, or maybe none at all. I'm not complaining, being in my tenth year of comics, (!) I actually find the blase reaction fascinating. And it makes us just have to up our game."
But, more importantly, Burns points to the hefty sales bump the book received on Amazon.com thanks largely to the piece in The Times. [Drawn & Quarterly]
Creators | Writer Arvid Nelson and his alternate-history comic Rex Mundi get a sizable spotlight from The Times, with a focus on the approaching end of the 10-year-old series, Nelson's split with co-creator EricJ, and the planned film adaptation. The profile includes a PDF of Rex Mundi #1. [Times Online]
Creators | Christopher Irving profiles veteran writer-artist Walter Simonson. [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Blammo! cartoonist Noah Van Sciver discusses the benefits of being Ethan Van Sciver's younger brother: "Because Ethan’s into the whole superhero stuff and that whole scene, I can sneak in there too and get some press from his side. Like Wizard magazine—which is predominantly superhero comics—they’ll cover something that I did just because of who my brother is. I’m in the issue this month, actually. They did an article on the Van Sciver brothers—it’s really weird. So, that’s the good part of it, but the bad part is that the people that read my brother’s stuff wouldn’t really be interested in my comics, because I don’t really draw comics for comic fans. I draw it for regular people to read, not the fanboy crowd, really." [Decider Denver]
Creators | Writer Tommy Kovac talks about his SLG Publishing series Wonderland, and working with artist Sonny Liew. [The New Straits Times]
Pop culture | Comics writer and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is providing additional material for an update of the musical It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman, which will debut at the Dallas Theater Center. The original Broadway production closed after just 129 performances in 1966. It was adapted as an ABC TV special in 1975. [Broadway.com]
Crime | A woman was arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of breaking into the studio of cartoonist Masamichi Yokoyama in December and stealing about 800 original drawings. [Daily Yomiuri]