"The Flash" Director Seth Grahame-Smith Departs Over 'Creative Differences'
Publishing | Despite indications that Amazon had blinked in its weekend-long standoff with Macmillan over the price of electronic books, by Tuesday afternoon some of the publisher’s major titles had not returned to the retail website.
On Friday, the Internet giant surprised everyone when it removed both electronic and traditional books from Macmillan after the publisher announced plans to raise the price of e-books from $9.99 to $14.99. (The titles were still available on the website from third-party vendors.) Macmillan and other publishers have been engaged in a pricing dispute with Amazon, which insists that all e-books for the Kindle be priced at $9.99. [Bits, Jacket Copy]
Publishing | Heidi MacDonald and Calvin Reid round up publisher reaction to last week’s iPad announcement. [PW Comics Week]
Retailing | Jim Mroczkowski considers the state of the secondary comics market: “In my neck of the woods, unless your grandfather’s estate just found Action Comics #1 in his airlocked vault, the comic shop’s not buying your comic. The comic shop has plenty of comics. That’s why they have that shop.” [iFanboy]
Legal | Rich Johnston digs up Jim Shooter’s affidavit in support of Charles Atlas’ 2000 lawsuit against DC Comics over Flex Mentallo. [Bleeding Cool]
Libraries | Robin Brenner, Michele Gorman and Kat Kan pull back the curtain on Young Adult Library Service Association’s list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. [Graphic Novel Reporter]
Creators | Jamie Delano discusses Hellblazer: Pandemonium and returning to John Constantine after almost a decade: “I got quite obsessive writing Constantine in the earlier years and decided I better stop for the sake of both the series and my own mental health. But each time I go back to him, I gotta admit, it’s like putting on an old pair of shoes. I find it very comfortable and enjoyable.” [USA Today]
Creators | Christopher Irving profiles Brian Michael Bendis, touching upon the writer’s early work, Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil, and disassembling the Avengers: “When I look back at it, I came in and wanted to blow shit up. I came in like a bull in a china shop and blew up Avengers Mansion on page six, and everybody died. Then there were my Avengers. … There was no difference between what I did and a little kid coming up on the playground, coming up to a toy, and stepping on it. I did exactly the same thing: you don’t know who I am, and I came up to you and popped your balloon with a pin. I kept doing it, for five straight months, and then I ended it. I had a great idea that I would direct my Avengers so that every reader is an Avenger. If you were sitting at the table with them, you were the one at the table, and were an Avenger. If I made you an Avenger, then I could sit you down at the table and blow your world up. It wasn’t the nicest first thing to do to you as a reader.” [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Guy Davis chats about his influences, Mike Mignola and the Hellboy universe, and winning an Eisner Award. [Multiversity Comics]
Creators | Brian Wood talks about DEMO, Vol. 2, which debuts this week from Vertigo: “One thing that always made me uncomfortable with the first stories how they were constantly perceived as stories about teenagers. I mean, some were and some weren’t, but collectively it was called a ‘teenage experience’ book and I think that wasn’t being totally fair to the entire thing. So for the new stuff I wanted to avoid that pigeon-hole label and also reflect the fact that, I, the writer, am way closer to my forties than I am to my twenties. I felt the new stuff should reflect that a bit more.” [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Jeffrey Brown looks at 12 paintings from the Northern Renaissance that influenced him. [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Jeff Lemire shows off his new studio. [Jeff Lemire’s Blog]
Comics | Ben Morse suggests some collections for Marvel to add to its Visionaries series. [The Cool Kids Table]