Conventions | With just a day to go until WonderCon kicks off in Anaheim, California, Saturday and three-day passes have sold out. Although Friday and Sunday badges are still available, organizers recommend they be purchased in advance online, rather than at the door. Additional passes will likely become available as cancellations and refunds are processed. [Toucan]
Conventions | Renatt Kuenzi files a report on this month’s Fumetto International Comix Festival, which co-director Marta Nawrocka describes as “a festival for exhibitors and artists – not a fair with stands and people dressed in suits.” Part of the challenge for organizers of the festival, which featured work by Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco, Swiss artist Bastien Gachet, and Arab artists Mohamed Shennawy and Lena Merhej, among others, was to combat the German-Swiss prejudice that comics are “juvenile.” [SwissInfo]
Creators | Lucy Knisley chats about her upcoming graphic memoir Relish, which is all about food and memories. [The Village Voice]
Creators | Phoebe Glockner talks about how she got started in comics, her work process, and how she handles bad reviews. [Lit Reactor]
Creators | Artist J.K. Woodward, whose recent work includes IDW’ Publishing’s Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who crossover, discusses losing his home in Hurricane Sandy and why the “Drink & Draw” event he will guest at in Portland, Maine’s Coast City Comics could have been designed with him in mind. [Portland Press-Herald]
Comics | Writer Jeff Yang and actor Parry Shen spoke to a class at Cal State Fullerton recently about two anthologies of Asian-American comics they have edited, Shattered: The Asian-American Comics Anthology and Secret-Identities: The Asian-American Superhero Anthology. [OC Weekly]
Comics | A Ukrainian publisher is working on a 40-page comic that will, for the first time (they claim) show the integral part that the Tatars played in Ukrainian history. [Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization]
Retailing | The Texas comics retailer Junior’s Comics and Cards offers a wide range of merchandise, not just superhero comics, and it’s sort of unusual in that it’s a family business—the current owner, Henry Buchanan Jr., bought it from his father. [Community Impact]
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