Comics A.M. | WonderCon wants 'to get back to the Bay Area'

Conventions | Although convention organizers rolled out an altered name -- WonderCon Anaheim -- and logo when they confirmed two weeks ago that the event will return to Anaheim, California, again next year, they insist they haven't close the door on San Francisco. “We still want to get back to the Bay Area. [...] We are in touch with [the Moscone Center organizers] fairly regularly and we have an open dialogue,” says David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations. “They haven’t given up on us, either.” The convention was uprooted from the Moscone Center in 2012 first because of remodeling and now because of scheduling conflicts. WonderCon Anaheim will be held April 18-20. [Publishers Weekly]

Digital comics | I spoke with Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater and iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey about the new "all-you-can-eat" digital service, Archie Unlimited. [Good E-Reader]

Best of the year | Michael Cavna lists his picks for the Top 10 superhero (and a few non-superhero) comics of the year. [Comic Riffs]

Best of the year | Rob Kirby lists the 20 best minicomics and self-published comics of the year, plus another 10 honorable mentions and some graphic novels and anthologies. [Rob Kirby Comics]

Best of the year | Tom Spurgeon posts the year-end picks of the French retailer Fnac, which include the French editions of My Friend Dahmer and Saga, among others. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Jevon Phillips talks to novelist Max Brooks (World War Z) about the world of Shadow Walk, his new series debuting this week from Legendary Comics. Brooks collaborated with comics writer Mark Waid and artist Shane Davis to create the series. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Justice League artist Ivan Reis discusses the challenges of drawing superheroes, singly and in teams. [Kindle Daily Post]

Graphic novels | Emily Thomas writes about Glyn Dillon's The Nao of Brown from the perspective of a person who has OCD (as does the lead character in the story), and she has a larger point to make: "The Nao of Brown is not the first or the worst offender, but it illuminates the problems with the prestige-narrative market, and the inability of those who suffer from mental illness to find just representation rather than well-intentioned but deeply misguided spectacularization. The Nao of Brown is a perfect example of this spectacularization, a work that, despite its best intentions, perpetuates deeply entrenched myths about mental illness and gender and uses its glossy surface to dissimulate a lack of faith in graphic narrative and a deep misunderstanding of what it means to have OCD. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Comics | Do comics have their own visual language? Researcher Neil Cohn thinks so, and he will be publishing a book about it next month. [The Guardian]

Comics | Critic Paul Gravett, whose newest book Comics Art was just published in the United Kingdom, talks about the nature of the comics medium and its cultural significance. [Comics Bubble]

Comics | Comics are ubiquitous in India, it seems. Here's a story about a new comic series honoring the "visionary dairy technologist" Dr. Verghese Kurien, titled Varghese Kurien: The Man with the 'Billon-Litre' Idea, which includes some interesting (if a bit obscure to the non-Indian reader) political byplay. [The Indian Express]

Process | Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons explains, with lots of sketches, how the cover of Victor Santos' Polar: Came from the Cold grew from a bunch of loose initial concepts to finished product. [Pizza Party!]

Collecting | DC's All Access video series pays a visit to Bob Bretail, who allegedly has the largest comics collection in the world. [Uproxx]

Criticism | Where are all the comics critics? Heidi MacDonald pens a lengthy article, with plenty of links, summing up several recent conversations about the dearth of comics critics, why creators aren't doing criticism, and whether it's all happening but just out there on Tumblr, Twitter, etc. Set aside some time if you're going to go to the next level and follow the links, but it's a good read on its own and even better if you include the comments from critics and creators, including Brian Fies, Ben Towle, Sarah Horrocks, and no fewer than three contributors to the Hooded Utilitarian. [The Beat]

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