Comics | With the release today of Marvel’s heavily publicized Astonishing X-Men #51, which features the wedding of Northstar and Kyle, writer Marjorie Liu and associate editor Daniel Ketchum reiterate that “their story is just beginning.” When asked whether he’d be interested in a Northstar solo series, Ketchum replied, “Is that even a question? I can have a pitch ready by the end of the day. Spoiler alert: Storm and Dazzler will be recurring guest stars.” The New York Times, meanwhile, spotlights Ohio couple Scott Everhart and Jason Welker, who were set to be married this morning in a ceremony at Midtown Comics in Manhattan. Unlike Northstar and Kyle, however, Scott and Jason can’t count Mayor Michael Bloomberg among their wedding guests. [The Advocate]
Publishing | Todd Allen turns an analytical eye on Marvel’s twice-a-month releases as well as the cover prices of the publisher’s comics. Overall, prices are down a bit and frequency is up, but Allen isn’t sure if that’s an actual trend. [The Beat]
Creators | Filmmaker Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) and artist Joe Infurnari discuss their new graphic novel Marathon, out this week from First Second, which tells the story of the original Greek messenger who ran a 150-mile round trip to save democracy. [USA Today]
Mini-comics | Creator Dean Haspiel has donated his collection of mini-comics to the Library of Congress. [Comic Riffs]
Comic-Con | If you couldn’t get a badge, there may be another way in: Craigslist has lots of job postings right now for everything from “brand ambassador” to security guard to “an actress who already has a convention badge, and is willing to wear a gas mask and ‘a pregnant suit.'” [Comix 411]
Creators | Ron Goulart posts a letter he got from the late Sheldon Mayer (Scribbly, Sugar and Spike) in the 1970s, about Mayer’s work on the Bobby Thatcher comic strip, along with some art and some memories. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Writer Peter J. Miele’s life sounds like a novel: He was abandoned as a baby on the doorstep of a Catholic church, fought in Vietnam, backpacked around the world, spent time in a Lebanese prison, chatted with Jimi Hendrix … and wrote the comic series Trapman. He even found the artist, Gene Purcell, in a classic comic book way: He looked him up in the phone book. “I called and that was the beginning of our relationship. To this day we are friends – and he has a private number.” [Red Wing Republican Eagle]
Comics | Mike Romo writes about his favorite superheroes who never hit the big time: “If your heroic inspirado came from Superman or Batman, with their lunch boxes and pillowcases, it was easy enough to keep those connections going, but for other characters, the only time you saw them was when they would appear in someone else’s book or in a mini-series that everyone gets all excited about but never buys.” [iFanboy]
Manga | The latest poll of Japanese readers shows the most popular manga among both men and women is—no surprise here—One Piece. [Kotaku]
Analysis | Rob Salkowitz talks about his new book, Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, which not only draws the curtain away from the inner workings of Comic-Con but also looks at trends in the comics business and where they may be heading — Expanding Universe or Infinite Crisis? [Examiner.com]
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