Comics A.M. | This weekend, it's Wizard World Chicago

Conventions | Wizard World Chicago Comic Con kicks into full gear today in Rosemont, Illinois. Special guests for the four-day event range from creators like Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo to such television and movie personalities as Zachary Quinto, Norman Reedus, Summer Glau and the cast of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. [Daily Herald]

Retailing | Retailer Brian Hibbs breaks down what's problematic about DC Comics' announcement that it will allocate its "Villains Month" 3D covers, which essentially means to publisher won't completely fill all the orders. Instead, the company has added a 2D variant to make up the difference: "You have to understand, as well, that a lot of folks weren’t at all happy about the idea of a line of $3.99 covers, and there was a certain amount of 'talking people into' signing up for them. So, to find out just three weeks before shipping that there’s suddenly going to be a version of these comics without the stunts, for $1 less, well this is migraine inducing, at best." [Savage Critics]

Creators | Mark Millar, who's been criticized this week for comments he made in a recent profile regarding the use of rape in some of his comics, is profiled in the U.K. press ahead of the opening of Kick-Ass 2. On The Authority and his eventual split with DC Comics:  ""I think DC went apeshit because they're owned by Warner Bros and are always terrified of getting fired, and they had a guy who looked like Superman kissing a guy who looked like Batman and I think they just panicked and they wanted me out as soon as possible. And that just goaded me into doing it more. I found myself doing gay sex scenes, or things I knew would piss them off. It was a marriage made in hell, me and DC, because they're so corporate and I enjoy just having a bit of fun with it all." [The Guardian]

Creators | Sarah Horrocks argues that the comics industry undervalues colorists, and that colorists are paid so poorly that much of the time they must do cookie-cutter work. [Mercurial Blonde]

Creators | Writer Allan Stanleigh talks about his new graphic novel, USNA: The United States of North America, which imagines a world in which the United States takes over Canada. It started as a screenplay but when it didn't garner much interest on either side of the border, Stanleigh turned to the graphic novel medium instead. [Calgary Journal]

Creators | Greenville, South Carolina, creator Bradd Parton is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund his comic Gloomy Roomies, a lighthearted story with characters based on classic movie monsters. He published four issues of the comic in 2009, then set it aside for a while to do Alpha-Sketches, drawings in which every line is a letter of the alphabet. Now he's back at it. [Greenville Online]

Creators | Ero-manga artist Mahiro Takura explains, in tweets, how he taught himself to draw using his left hand after losing some control of his right hand due to a stroke. There's an image at the bottom of the post that's kind of NSFW. [Rocket News 24]

Manga | Helen McCarthy, author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, presents the history of manga (including the British connection) in an 8 1/2-minute video. [MangaComicsManga]

Retailing | After serving the comic book needs of the people of Sunnyside, Queens, for 26 years, Comic Book Heaven is closing its doors. However, Enigma Bookstore in Astoria is picking up the slack—they have begun carrying comics. [New York Daily News]

Events | Union City, New Jersey, was home last weekend to Artists Assemble!, a comics festival organized by Union City poet laureate Ben Figueroa and sponsored by Mayor Brian Stack, the Union City Board of Commissioners, and New York's Midtown Comics. The event included panel discussions, exhibits of comic book art, and the opportunity to get your picture taken with models in superhero garb. [Hudson Reporter]

Comics | Paper matters, Bob Temuka realizes as he looks at some disintegrating comics from the 1990s, and he goes on to write a very interesting piece about the variance in paper quality over the past 30 years. [Tearoom of Despair]

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