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Comic-Con

Comic-Con

Conventions | Friday passes for Comic-Con International appear to have sold out on Monday (although this morning the red bar on the convention website is back to 99 percent). That’s three months ahead of those for last year’s event, which were gone by mid-April. They join Saturday memberships, which sold out over the holidays, and four-day passes, which disappeared the first week of November. [Comic-Con]

Publishing | The Japanese Magazine Publishers Association reports that while the circulation of some manga magazines, such as Weekly Shonen Jump, increased slightly in 2009, others, like Weekly Shonen Magazine, dropped. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Jason Overdorf takes a look at the changing Indian comics scene, focusing on a group of artists called the Pao Collective. [GlobalPost]

Jellaby, Vol. 1

Jellaby, Vol. 1

Publishing | Cartoonist Kean Soo reveals that the first volume of his Hyperion children’s series Jellaby won’t remain in print: “This decision was wholly out of my hands. It was, I presume, a financial decision on the part of my publisher, Disney-Hyperion, even though the book has been a modest success by comic standards (more than 18,000 copies sold over the span of 21 months), and had been slowly picking up readers as time went on. Having Jellaby off the shelves does create an unfortunate situation, however — the second book, Jellaby: Monster in the City, is the conclusion of the story that runs through both books, and by removing the availability of the first book, Monster in the City is in danger of leading a shortened life as well, being a now-incomplete second half to a two-part story.” [The Secret Friend Society]

Publishing | Tom Spurgeon interviews Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing, who discusses the company’s marketing strategy and licensed comics. [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson browses the exhibit floor at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston. [Good Comics for Kids]

TCAF 2010 poster

TCAF 2010 poster

Conventions | The website has gone live for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, set for May 8-9. [TCAF]

Best of the decade | Blogger Sean Witzke selects the best comics released in the past 10 years, including Chris Onstad’s Achewood, Paul Pope’s Batman: Year 100 and Ann Nocenti and David Aja’s “3 Jacks” story from Daredevil. [Supervillain]

Creators | Dana Goodyear devotes a good deal of ink to Neil Gaiman, delving into the author’s upbringing, his literary success, fandom and, of course, The Sandman. [The New Yorker]

Fables, Vol. 12

Fables, Vol. 12

Creators | Writer Bill Willingham discusses how Shrek came this close to torpedoing Fables: Had I waited another week to submit Fables or had they taken longer to accept it, I’m certain I would’ve talked myself out of doing it. Simply because of, well, that damned Shrek. At the same time, several years have passed now and there are 90 Fables comics and there are three Shrek movies, and now I think the similarities aren’t quite as acute as I first thought they would be. But every once in a while I do wince when, you know, some snarky reviewer — and the Internet is full of them — says something along the lines of “Fables is Wolverine in the land of Shrek.” You know, getting another cut in about my character Bigby being too close to Wolverine.” [Hero Complex]

Creators | Brian Heater continues his interviews with Eddie Campbell and Frank Santoro. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | Luke McBain artist Kody Chamberlain is profiled by a local newspaper. [Daily Comet]

Fandom | Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs talks about comics, and mentions that he’s working on a project with Top Cow. [The A.V. Club Chicago]

Blogosphere | Katherine Dacey offers editing advice for bloggers. [The Manga Critic]

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