Major "Justice League" #50 Revelations, Changes Lead Into "DC Universe: Rebirth"
Pop culture | With the death yesterday of Michael Jackson, several sites are rolling out comics-related trivia: The singer was a comics collector, and made the first of his comic-book appearances in 1973 on the cover of Marvel’s Spoof #3. But his biggest connection — or, perhaps, near-connection — is that he met with Stan Lee and Peter Paul in the late ’90s to discuss the possibility of buying Marvel, which was then emerging from bankruptcy. [Splash Page, Comix 411, ComicBook.com]
Publishing | Simon Jones takes a closer look at Diamond’s recent cancellation of more than a dozen Yen Press titles, plus manga and anime from several other companies: “These may not be big titles, but cancel enough of them, and DM retailers will eventually have enough reasons to move most or all of their manga orders to someone who keeps a more complete stock. … And that’s not a bad thing at all for the rest of the industry.” [Icarus Publishing]
Creators | Writer Greg Rucka is interviewed by two Dallas newspapers about the new Batwoman, whose starring turn in Detective Comics debuted this week: “The ‘big deal’ about her is she’s gay, which I say with a certain amount of sarcasm. According to some people, that was a big deal.”
Conventions | Robert Michael Poole previews next month’s Anime EXPO, and looks at the the relationship between fans and the industry. [The Japan Times]
Comics | New York magazine’s entertainment blog has a 10-page excerpt from The Nobody, Jeff Lemire’s upcoming graphic novel from Vertigo. [Vulture]
Fandom | Blogger K.D. Bryan discusses attempts as a child and teen to find Hispanic superheroes with which to identify. [Look Out! Here Comics A Comics Blog!]
Process | Art duo Gurihiru shows pages from Wolverine: First Class #16, from pencils to finished product. [Gurihiru-Blog]