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• ICv2.com reports that Diamond Comic Distributors and Alliance Game Distributors will have just one retailer summit this year, held in conjunction with October’s Baltimore Comic-Con. The more games-oriented event, in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been removed from the schedule.
• Jones also points out that the number of items listed in the front of Previews actually has increased since Diamond’s much-discussed cuts: “The total number of items offered has not decreased by much. The size of the catalogue was reduced by nearly 20% compared to the huge October issue, but that seems rather small savings given all the hoopla.”
• West Hollywood’s celebrated gay and lesbian bookstore A Different Light is closing its doors after nearly 30 years. Owner Bill Barker told Instinct magazine that road construction and the destruction of the bar next door led to a significant decline in business. The San Francisco location and the online store will remain open. (via Jacket Copy)
• The Daily Herald looks at how artists in suburban Chicago try to make ends meet during the recession. “You just have to live beneath your means if you’re serious about your work,” says Brian Babendererde, creator of Soul Chaser Betty.