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Digital comics | By ICv2’s tally, the number of mobile comics has nearly doubled in the past 60 days, jumping from 105 to 207. [ICv2.com]
Digital comics | AdHouse Books and Dark Horse Comics have announced new mobile comics. Dark Horse’s first releases, available via iPhone, will be three Star Wars collections: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Vol. 1 – Shipyards of Doom, Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 1 – Betrayal, and Star Wars: Legacy, Vol. 1 – Broken. Meanwhile, beginning today AdHouse will offer a preview of Vito Delsante and Rachel Freire’s FCHS through the Comics by comiXology application. The print edition is set for release in November. [press release, press release]
Conventions | Vanessa McCray previews Cherry Capital Con, which will be held Saturday and Sunday in Traverse City, Michigan. Guests include Tommy Lee Edwards, Jason Howard and Daniel Way. [Traverse City Record-Eagle]
Events | Ann Taylor reviews the “Monsters of Webcomics” exhibit, which opened last night at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. [SF Station]
Sales charts | Likely feuled by the release of the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s 1989 graphic novel of the same name debuts as the No. 10 paperback on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List. The 12th volume of Fables enters the category at No. 1, pushing The Walking Dead, Vol. 10, to the third spot.
Meanwhile, Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? climbs to No. 1 in the hardcover category; Josh Neufeld’s much-publicized A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge enters the list at No. 10. The manga chart is again topped by the seventh volume of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight. [The New York Times]
Retailing | John Haines has opened Comics and Friends in the Mentor, Ohio, Great Lakes Mall: “It’s something I always wanted to do. I started to think about what kind of store I would want, and I looked and saw that at the conventions there’s a lot more women coming, and they’re not just coming with their boyfriends, but they’re actually interested. … I also notice that at the stores there’s not a lot of appeal for children and younger readers. So I said I’d like to do that. I thought the mall would get comics in front of people who otherwise wouldn’t just stop at a comic store driving past it.” [The News-Herald]
Crime | Ben Novack Jr., the Florida hotel heir who was murdered in July, owned a collection of Batman memorabilia that may be one of the largest in existence. Novack’s collectibles filled four warehouses and his $3-million home; he also had a life-sized replica of the Batmobile. [Orlando Sentinel]
Creators | Artist Gerhard has made a public statement about his financial settlement with longtime collaborator Dave Sim, apparently in response to recent comments made by Sim. [Yahoo! Groups, via The Beat]
Creators | Jeff Lemire discusses his new Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, and using more rural settings for his stories: “I kind of get sick of the stuff in New York. I love New York, but there are so many other stories. I wish other people would spend time telling where they come from.” [The Wall Street Journal]
Creators | Michael Machosky profiles Wizzywig creator Ed Piskor. [Tribune-Review]
Comics | PopMatters continue its “Sweet Sixteen” examination of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, celebrating the 16th anniversary of pulp-horror-adventure franchise. I particularly enjoy C.E. McAuley’s look at the comics’ depictions of science and magic. [PopMatters]
Comics | Wesley Smith explains comic-book decompression. [Examiner.com]
Comics | Ben Morse pinpoints when four super-team franchises got desperate. [The Cool Kids Table]
Pop culture | The samurai craze apparently is sweeping Japan. Again. [AFP]