"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Reported Dead at 61
Publishing | ICv2.com calls the just-announced graphic-novel adaptation of Twilight from Yen Press “the closest thing to printing money that we’ve heard about this year.” That sounds about right. The retailer-oriented website goes on to characterize the move as “the kind of deal that could be a transformational event for Yen,” the three-year-old imprint of Hachette Book Group. Brigid Alverson rounds up some online reaction. [ICv2.com]
Legal | Here’s a little more on DC Comics’ multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Bradenton, Florida, resident John Stacks, who’s accused of selling unauthorized resin kit figurines based on the 1960s Batman TV series. “This was not a profit thing,” Stacks says. “This was a hobby that I enjoy. … It’s not that I’m making a fortune. I’m making nothing. It’s ridiculous.” [Bradenton Herald]
Crime | If you’ve been wondering what became of the young man who, dressed as Superman, got into a highly publicized scuffle with police last week in Times Square, wonder no more: Twenty-three-year-old Bronx resident Maksim Katsnelson has withstood the mockery, and even gained a fan following. Kevin Deutsch gets Our Hero’s backstory. [The Riverdale Press]
Publishing | Sean Kleefeld points out that Marvel stock is at its highest point ever. [Kleefeld on Comics]
Publishing | Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort has announced that Jeanine Schaefer has been promoted from associate editor to editor, and will move from his office to the X-Men office. Lauren Sankovitch, a former assistant editor in the Ultimates office, has been promoted to associate editor in Brevoort’s office. [Blah Blah Blog]
Sales charts | The 45th volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto debuts at No. 31 on USA Today’s bestseller list, followed at No. 53 by the 23rd, and final, volume of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket. [USA Today]
Creators | Neil Gaiman chats with Neal Conan about Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? [NPR]
Creators | Rachelle Goguen interviews collaborators Curt Franklin and Chris Haley, creators of the webcomic Let’s Be Friends Again. “I’m hoping to get to the point where we’re completely unemployable in the comic book industry due to ruined husks of bridges we’ve burnt,” Franklin says, “which is when I’ll take my mask off and reveal that I’ve been Chuck Austen all along and I’ll welcome Chris into my bunker; my years of work having created the perfect sidekick to aid me in exacting revenge on everybody who hated WorldWatch.” [Living Between Wednesdays]
Process | Letterer Todd Klein walks through his design of the Red Robin logo for DC Comics. [Todd’s Blog]
ComicsLive for July 16
Chicago | Artist Dave McKean will sign at Challengers Comics to kick off a weekend full of activities. Details can be found here.
New York | Dan Nadel and David Mazzucchelli will speak at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art starting at 7 p.m. The museum is hosting an exhibit of Mazzucchelli’s work called “Sounds and Pauses: The Comics of David Mazzucchelli.” Details here.
Portland | Arnold Pander will sign his new Image graphic novel Tasty Bullet at Floating World from 4 to 6 p.m. Details here.