It looks as if we’ve hit a pre-New York Comic Con lull.
Digital comics | An article that begins with a nod to this weekend’s convention transforms into an overview of the rise of webcomics, and moves by mainstream publishers to seize the online market — or to respond to illegal downloading. “More companies will gravitate to providing a legal alternative,” says John Dokes of Marvel Digital. “Primarily, this is an evolution in our product.” [The Independent]
Conventions | Writer Grant Morrison has canceled his planned appearance at New York Comic Con “as a result of family issues.” [press release]
Publishing | USA Today has a pair of articles about Hollywood studios using comic-book prequels to help market movies and television shows. The focus is largely on Wildstorm and IDW Publishing, and such properties as Transformers, Star Trek, Push and G.I. Joe. [USA Today]
Publishing | Cherry Hill, N.J., known primarily for its shopping mall, is excited about Image Comics’ Jersey Gods, which features cosmic deities battling in … the Cherry Hill Mall. “To be chosen out of all the malls in New Jersey is an iconic thing,” said the mall’s marketing director. [The Courier-Post]
Art and design | Letterer Todd Klein examines Dave Gibbons’ logo and cover layout, for Watchmen, which were designed with the direct market in mind. [Todd’s Blog]
Blogosphere | Girl Wonder has launched Sequential Smarts, a resource for anyone who wants to use comics in education. [Sequential Smarts]
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