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

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

Publishing | Yen Press’ graphic-novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight debuts today in bookstores. With its staggering 350,000-copy first printing, the $19.99 hardcover likely will be the bestselling English-language comic this year (if not for some time afterward). But how will “possessive” Twilight fans — the same ones who have helped the YA series sell 53 million copies worldwide — react to artist Young Kim’s rendition of the characters after seeing them brought to life on the big screen? [USA Today]

Comics | Just weeks after Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 were bought at record prices of $1 million and $1.07 million, respectively, a near-mint copy of Flash Comics #1 has sold for $450,000. The 1940 comic features the first appearance of The Flash and Hawkman. [ArtsBeat]

Conventions | It looks as if Thursday memberships for Comic-Con International could sell out by the end of the day. That will leave only Sunday passes. [Comic-Con International]

Conventions | Tom Spurgeon posts an interview with Lance Fensterman, group vice president and convention organizer for Reed Exhibitions, about the fast-approaching debut of C2E2: “We are committed to Chicago. We have a multi-year deal with McCormick Place because we are committed to the vision our customers had about three massive ‘tent pole’ events in different parts of the country and different times of the year. We think Chicago needs an event like this and our customers want it. While I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to speak for Diamond, we are committed to creating valuable experiences for the retailer community with Diamond for years to come.” [The Comics Reporter]

Digital comics | Heidi MacDonald checks in with LongBox CEO Rantz Hoseley about the launch of the public beta testing for the digital-comics platform. [The Beat]

Publishing | John Jackson Miller crunches direct-market sales estimates for February, comparing them with previous years. [The Comichron]

Creators | Brian Heater continues his four-part interview with cartoonist Graham Annable. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | Artist Dustin Nguyen chats briefly about his background, work process and Batman: Streets of Gotham. [Major Spoilers]

Graphic novels | Neal Wyatt suggests seven “classic” graphic novels that serve as good starting points for new readers and library collections — among them, From Hell, Fun Home and Black Hole. [Library Journal]

Manga | Sean Gaffney considers why some Japanese comics — Kimagure Orange Road, in particular — aren’t licensed for release in North America. [A Case Suitable For Treatment, via MangaBlog]

Comics | Alex Boney considers the lengthy legal battles over the rights to Superman in the context of the recent $1-million auction of Action Comics #1. []

Comics | David Uzumeri provides annotations for Batman and Robin #8-9. [Funnybook Babylon]

Craft | Todd Klein examines the logo for DC’s offbeat 1970s humor/horror anthology Plop! [Todd’s Blog]

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