Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Conventions | A limited number of four-day memberships for Comic-Con International will go on sale at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST today as part of hotel-stay packages. [Comic-Con]

Conventions | Michael Cieply looks at Comic-Con as a destination for filmmakers to promote their next big projects, and convention attendees as "consummate insiders" who don't always pick the box-office winners. [The New York Times]

Legal | As a Brussels court decides whether Tintin in the Congo should be banned in Belgium, Pallavi Aiyar provides some background on the book's history and on the civil case. [Business Standard]

Publishing | Former staff members of Aurora Publishing have launched Manga Factory, "an all-American manga publishing company owned & operated by the same people who brought you all of your favorite Deux, Aurora & Luv Luv books." The new company will exhibit this week at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Aurora, the American subsidiary of Japanese publisher Ohzora Publishing, was put up for sale in April. [Anime News Network]

Business | Bill Jemas, the former chief operating officer of Marvel, has joined the board of directors of Alloy, Inc., parent company of Alloy Entertainment, which develops and produces books, television series and movies like Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Alloy is being acquired by ZelnickMedia for $127 million. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | Nick Curtis spotlights the biographical comics of Bluewater Productions. [London Evening Standard]

Passings | Ted Dawson reports that artist Joe Messerli, whose comics work included Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, The Flintstones and Woody Woodpecker, passed away on June 23.  He was 80. As a television production artist, Masserli designed the logo for The Twilight Zone and illustrated the credits for Bonanza. [Three Men in a Tub, via The Daily Cartoonist]

Creators | Veteran artist Tony DeZuniga talks about the creation of Jonah Hex, his career and his new graphic novel Jonah Hex: No Way Back. [Asian Journal]

Creators | Jeffery Klaehn chats with writer Chuck Dixon about his early influences, superheroes, CrossGen, the comics industry, and continuity: "Continuity is a framework. I always find it more instructive than restrictive. Continuity is just the readership’s perceived reality for whatever comic you’re writing. You get into the feel of it and build on it rather than constantly looking for ways to tear it down. Sometimes there’s stories you can’t tell. But generally these are stories that shouldn’t be told in any case." [Pop]

Creators | Joe McCulloch transcribes a Q&A session with cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley from the 2008 Small Press Expo. [Comics Comics]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon interviews Bongo Comics writer Ian Boothby. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro lists his major influences. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Creators | Michael Cavna profiles Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate. [Comic Riffs]

Comics | Does DC hate cats? [Multiversity Comics]

Comics | Tom Mason offers a peek into Superman's diary as the Man of Steel walks across America: "Batman called to laugh at me. Said even Terra-Man used a horse. Ha-ha. Prick." [Comix 411]

Dark Multiverse Knightfall: DC's Scariest Batman Is Not Who You Expect

More in Comics