Retailing | Ada Price surveys six retailers from across the United States about weathering the tough economy, what’s selling (and what’s not), and the effects of price increases and “event fatigue.” “Event titles brought people in last year, both long-time fans and new readers, but [this year] people are suffering from event fatigue,” said Eric Thornton of Chicago Comics. “The last year and a half [crossover] events didn’t bring people in, and catered to people who are [already] fans.” [PW Comics Week]
Publishing | Manga sales in Japan fell 6.6 percent to $4.63 billion in 2009, the largest annual decline in market history. The Tokyo-based Research Institute for Publications points to fans reading in manga cafes instead of buying in bookstores because of the recession, and the release of fewer hit titles. [Anime News Network]
Publishing | Matt Thorn, editor and curator of Fantagraphics Books’ recently announced manga line, reveals plans for four releases a year with print runs of 6,000 to 8,000 copies each. [PW Comics Week]
Legal | The vote by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on the proposed legislation to restrict sexual provocative “visual images” of characters that appear or sound to be younger than 18 years old apparently will be postponed until June. The amendment, which would affect manga, anime and video games sold in metropolitan Tokyo, was protested earlier this week by manga creators. [Anime News Network]
Conventions | Reed Exhibitions Group Vice President Lance Fensterman discusses the debut Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, set for April 16-18. There’s also a brief preview of the Diamond Retailer Summit, which will be held April 14-16 in Chicago, in conjunction with C2E2. [ICv2.com]
Creators | The American Vampire promotional tour continues as writer Scott Snyder discusses working with Stephen King, and why he focuses on vampires, rather than, say, zombies or werewolves, for the new Vertigo series: “What’s so scary about vampires is that they are the same people — they just come back from the dead and they have this infection, this abomination of the blood that makes them into something that’s unnatural. For me they were always the scariest creatures for that reason. Scary zombies are sort of No. 2, where your father can come back and try and kill you. Vampires come back and are actually knowledgeable. It was the people around you turned into these monsters — the people you trusted like your neighbors in Salem’s Lot, or the people who live in the trashy trailer next door in Near Dark, or the kids you look up to in Lost Boys. It’s that idea of someone you care about or somebody you trust coming back and being this evil version of themselves that Stephen King does so well.” [USA Weekend]
Creators | Brandon Burpee posts a video interview with Mike Allred from last weekend’s Emerald City ComiCon. [Multiversity Comics]
Creators | Bob Fingerman discusses From the Ashes, the End of Days, his upbringing and more. [Heeb]
Creators | Brian Heater talks with artist Ryan Alexander-Tanner about his Xeric-winning book Television #1 and his collaboration with Bill Ayers on To Teach: The Journey, In Comics. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Comic strips | Olivia Putnal names seven comic strips, now in collected form, that deserve a second look. [Woman’s Day]
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