Comics A.M. | Vertical snags <i>Gundam: The Origin</i>, <i>Wolfsmund</i>

Publishing | Vertical Inc. announced Sunday at Otakon in Baltimore that it has licensed Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's 23-volume Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin and Mitsuhisa Kuji's Wolfsmund. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | A year after the launch of Kodansha Comics, general manager Kimi Shimizu and Dallas Middaugh of Random House Publisher Services discuss their re-release of Sailor Moon, Kodansha's fall line and the state of the manga market in the post-Borders landscape. "Manga numbers have been in decline for the past couple years, but what we’ve discovered in the past year or so is that decline is dramatically slowing," Middaugh said ."So the simple fact of the matter is that most manga readers —usually when they’re committed, they’re committed—are reading a series. I actually believe that it takes more than the loss of a retail outlet to keep them from pursuing the manga that they want to read." [ICv2]

Conventions | Susan Myrland solicits opinions of how to make San Diego more "artist-friendly," creating an environment that lasts beyond the annual Comic-Con International. Author Greg Bear, one of the founders of Comic-Con, suggests starting by establishing "The San Diego Jack Kirby Museum of Comics Art and Culture" downtown. [U-T San Diego]

Conventions | Rich Shivener reports on the “Bringing Comics to Life in the Library!” panel at Comic-Con International. [Publishers Weekly]

Conventions | Attendance for the second annual River City Comic Convention, held Sunday in Marietta, Ohio, is expected to have surpassed that of the inaugural event, which drew 450 people. [The Marietta Times]

Creators | Susie Cagle briefly discusses the future of political cartooning and reactions to her own work: "I've been surprised by how so many people still subscribe to the view that a 'journalist' comes from a place without an opinion, and, of course, that a journalist cannot be a cartoonist, or vice versa. I think that's changing and that we're growing more savvy in our consumption of media, recognizing all the frames and sources of our stories. But until then, a lot of people are uncomfortable with the fact that I have opinions and those opinions are sometimes in the story. For me, it's a more honest way of reporting. I like to let my readers know where I'm coming from, and I work to not let it affect my gathering of facts." [Imprint]

Comics | Greg Rucka reflects on the first full year of his webcomic Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, and he has not only some thoughts on what he has learned but some advice for his readers: Stop buying comics you don't like. "This is about you realizing that the love of a character does not require you to be abused every time you pay for the privilege of spending time with said character," he writes. "This is about you realizing that, until you stand up for yourselves and walk away, nothing is ever going to change." [Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether]

Comics | Anthony Glassman provides a snapshot of gay characters in mainstream comics. [Gay People's Chronicle]

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