Comics A.M. | Wizard World Philadelphia's $5.9M economic impact

Conventions | While the South Jersey Times and Philadelphia Inquirer focus on the fans who turned out over the weekend for the 14th annual Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, Philadelphia Business Journal zeroes in on its economic impact: an estimated $5.9 million, which seems like a lot, until you compare it to the expected $16.2 million impact of the 6,000-person American Industrial Hygiene Association conference. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Conventions | First-timer Michael Smith reports on the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. [Liberty Voice]

Creators | John Romita Jr. talks about moving from Marvel to DC Comics to draw Superman and about comics being his family business; and his father, John Romita Sr., chimes in as well. [The New York Times]

Creators | Richard Gehr remembers New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti, who died last week. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Dustin Harbin discusses how his work has improved over time, why he loves his hometown convention (HeroesCon), and dinosaurs. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Bone creator Jeff Smith and his wife Vijaya Iyer showed off their rooftop garden on a recent house tour. [The Columbus Dispatch]

Awards | The shortlist has been announced for the fourth Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards. [Forbidden Planet]

Comics | British rockers The Wedding Present are starring in their own comic book, written by their former bassist and drawn by a longtime fan; the series is up to five issues so far and it sounds like more are on the way. [Halifax Courier]

Comics | Last year's Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray steps in as guest editor for this week's issue of the venerable U.K. children's comic The Beano. [Bleeding Cool]

Webcomics | David Knopf writes about Camden Bottoms, a webcomic based around the real town of Camden, Missouri, which thrived until the Mississippi River changed course and left it behind. Artist Scott Quick used to spend summers in Camden with his family. [Kansas City Star]

Fandom | Avi Steinberg pays a visit to Boston's Comic Book Club (which actually meets in Cambridge). [The Boston Globe]

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