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Conventions | The big news yesterday was the announcement that Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus has purchased Toronto Comicon from Paradise Conventions. Former owner Peter Dixon will continue to be involved in the show, which skipped a 2009 event.
The announcement comes at a tumultuous time for Shamus and Wizard. Amid waves of firings, the closing of Anime Insider magazine and the cancellation of conventions in Dallas and Los Angeles, Shamus & Co. have rebranded WizardWorld Chicago, purchased New York City’s Big Apple Con, and revealed plans for a new, or at least retooled, toy publication.
Publishing | Archie Comics has named Jon Goldwater, son of company founder John L. Goldwater, as its new chief executive officer. [Archie News]
Publishing | Death Row Records is set to return with, among other things, a line of comics. The label’s assets were acquired earlier this year by Canadian development company WIDEawake. [Billboard]
Publishing | A New England gay newspaper talks with DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio about Batwoman’s starring turn in Detective Comics: “This is the first time since Detective #27 [in 1939] that somebody other than Batman has been the star,” DiDio points out. “It shows a level of dedication from our standpoint, and level of belief in how strongly we feel about this character. We’re putting her in one of the most prestigious DC Comics.”
Conventions | Lori Henderson provides a helpful survival guide for those attending a large convention for the first time. [Good Comics for Kids]
Art | Letterer extraordinaire Todd Klein continues his study of Aquaman logos through the decades. [Todd’s Blog]
Process | Sean Phillips works on the page design for Criminal: The Deluxe Edition. [Sean Phillips]
Process | Artist Paolo Rivera pours one for his homies. [The Self-Absorbing Man]
Process | Vertigo Group Editor Shelly Bond shares edited and final pages for Peter & Max: A Fables Novel. [Graphic Content]
Blogosphere | The comics blog Fortress of Fortitude calls it a day. [Fortress of Fortitude]