• A preview of this weekend's Planet Comicon convention in Overland Park, Kansas, focuses on the speculator market and the idea that comics are "recession-proof."
“The economy doesn’t affect us too much,” retailer William Binderup tells the Kansas City Star. “I guess it could if too many customers lose their jobs. But as far as most comics people go, they’re a pretty dedicated lot. They’re food, shelter, comic books, and not necessarily in that order. If money gets tight it’s a lot easier to go out to dinner one time less a month (than it is to break the comic-book habit) because a lot of these people have been reading Amazing Spider-Man since they were 12 years old. It’s been a big part of their life.”
• Daisy Owl creator Ben Driscoll has announced he quit his day job last Friday to focus full time on his webcomic.
"Thanks so much for reading the comic, for helping out with signed strips, and for just being awesome in general," Driscoll writes on his website. "I hope to do this for a long, long time, and you guys make it possible. Holy crap." (via Xaviar Xerexes)
• The release next month of the anime Tears To Tiara simultaneously in Japan and across Asia apparently is part of an effort to combat illegal downloads.