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Shojo Beat

Shojo Beat

Industry | Sales at troubled Quebecor World, the largest printer of comics in North America, fell 25 percent in the first quarter of the year because of the recession. The company lost $125.9 million, which is still an improvement over the same period in 2008. [ICv2.com]

Publishing | According to a notice on the website of distributor Alini Magazine Services, Viz Media’s four-year-old Shojo Beat will end with the July issue. The magazine, which targets young women, had a monthly circulation of 38,000 in 2007. [Alini Magazine Services, via David Welsh]

Disney Fairies

Disney Fairies

Publishing | Papercutz has inked a deal to produce a line of graphic novels based on Disney Fairies, a popular property built around Tinker Bell that’s already staked a claim to chapter books, clothing, video games and toys. The publisher plans to release four titles a year beginning in April 2010. [Publishers Weekly]

Publishing | David Wohl, former president and editor-in-chief of Top Cow Productions, has been named editor-in-chief of Radical Comics. He replaces Dave Elliott, who remains as special projects editor. Rich Johnston has more on the move. [Radical Comics]

Conventions | Adri Cowan and Heidi MacDonald post reports and photos from Sunday’s Maine Comics Art Festival in Portland. [Maine Comics Art Festival]

ECBACC

ECBACC

Conventions | Organizer Rich Watson reflects on last weekend’s East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia. [PopCultureShock]

Events | Photos from the Tony Millionaire exhibit opening and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. [FLOG! Blog]

Retailing | Ryan Germick visits The Beguiling in Toronto. [Same Hat! Same Hat!]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to Craig Yoe about Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster and Boody. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Gerard Way discusses the future of The Umbrella Academy. [TFAW.com]

Green, by Colleen Coover

Green, by Colleen Coover

Art | Colleen Coover draws the characters from the game Clue, which makes me want her to create an Edwardian murder mystery. [Colleen Coover]

Fandom | Rare Golden Age comics from the collection of 78-year-old Ralph Chicorel will go up for auction later this month. About 110 books, which include Batman #1 and Marvel Comics #1, are expected to bring in somewhere around $500,000. [The Associated Press]

Licensing | Fashion designer Marc Ecko is teaming with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to release limited-edition collections based on Batman and his rogues gallery. The clothes will be sold under several of Ecko’s brands beginning in September. [WWD]

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