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Retailing | Well-regarded Brooklyn retailer Rocketship, whose owners confirmed just last week had closed after five years, apparently has reopened. However, it's unclear whether that's only temporary.

An update posted yesterday on the store's blog reads: "Rocketship is currently open again for business. We apologize for any inconvenience over the past few weeks." C0-owner Alex Cox had attributed the closing primarily to the end of the store's five-year lease: "Five years went by fast, and my partner and I are suddenly making some large life decisions about what comes next. We love the shop, and as fun as it is, we have to figure out what makes sense for us on a practical level." Cox posted yesterday on Twitter that, "Rocketship is back open for a bit; vacation is over, time to sell some books!." [Rocketship]

Retailing | Gary Warth spotlights local comic-store owners about Comic-Con International, from the first-time exhibitors to the veterans -- some of whom don't view the event as a moneymaker. "All I ever did was just make enough to pay for next year,'' said former retailer Tom Piper. [...] At the 'Con,' there was so much competition. I did the best I could." [North County Times]

Retailing | Jared Myland, owner of OK Comics in Leeds, England, claims scaffolding erected outside his building five weeks ago has caused business to plummet, threatening the future of his store. [Guardian]

Creators | Bryan Lee O'Malley is profiled in a pair of articles focusing on the release this week of Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, the end of the series, and the upcoming film adaptation. [Publishers Weekly, USA Today]

Creators | TV host and comics fan turned comics writer Jonathan Ross interviews influential creator Jim Steranko, whose graphic novel Red Tide is being re-released by Dark Horse: "I did 29 comic books. A number of experts have gone through those books: one said he found 150 narrative devices that had never been done in comic books before. I remember in one of the stories, there was a man and a woman talking. The woman was suddenly very cold, and her answer was an empty balloon. To give it an extra punch, I had icicles hanging from the balloon. That may seem like a small point, but it had never been done before." [Guardian]

Creators | John Geddes chats briefly with Mike Mignola about Hellboy: The Storm. There's also a preview of the miniseries' second issue. [USA Today]

Creators | Sharon Eberson profiles editor, author and book designer Chip Kidd. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Creators | John Geddes also interviews legendary illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, who will appear Saturday at Comic-Con International, about his career and his Dark Horse graphic novel Shinjuku. [USA Today]

Creators | Brian Heater begins a multi-part interview with Dean Haspiel, with the first installment focusing on his Emmy-nominated work on the opening credits of HBO's Bored to Death. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | Writer Sam Humphries discusses BOOM! Studios' CBGB anthology miniseries. [Comic Vine]

Comics | Joe Keatinge offers his summer-reading recommendations, from I Kill Giants to Blacksad to Pluto. [Neon Monster]

Comics | David Brothers spotlights Dark Horse's B.P.R.D. series: "Maybe it’s due to being a product of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, maybe Mignola, John Arcudi, and Guy Davis are more willing to break the toys they’re playing with, but when someone dies in BPRD, whether a main cast member or a random cannon fodder schmuck, it counts. There’s no hand-waving, no cheap tricks to squeeze a few more dollars out of some IP, none of that. There’s just a villain saying 'He won’t,' and then someone you’ve grown to love, another in a long line of lost souls, is gone forever." [4thletter!]

Comics | "25 Books Starring Comic-Book Teenagers Who Tried in Vain to Topple Archie from His Teen Humor Throne." [A Dispensable List of Comic Book Lists, via Comics Worth Reading]

Comics | Jeffrey Klaehn lists his Top 10 Thor covers by Walter Simonson. [Pop]

Reviews | Greg McElhatton on Prime Baby; Andrew Wheeler on Wet Moon, Book 4; and Richard Bruton on Jack Staff, Vols. 1 and 2.

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