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From "Troublemaker!"

From "Troublemaker!"

Publishing | Publishers are wagering that Stephenie Meyer isn’t the only prose author whose name can move massive amounts of graphic novels. We already knew that Yen Press is rolling out a staggering — by North American comics market standards, anyway — 350,000-copy first printing for Twilight: The Graphic Novel. But now George Gene Gustines reports that Dark Horse will print 100,000 copies of Troublemaker!: A Barnaby Adventure, a continuation of Janet Evanovich’s series of Motor Mouth novels. The Evanovich deal was announced in May. [The New York Times]

Business | Imagi International, the computer-animation studio behind TMNT and Astro Boy, has shut down amid layoffs and mounting debt. Although the studio will ask a Hong Kong court to name liquidators, it plans to continue to develop film ideas and outsource the animation work to other countries. [ABC News]

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Publishing | Chris Ryall, publisher and editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing, has announced that “thanks to some graciousness on DC Comics’ part –namely that of Paul Levitz and a few others,” his company will collect the original 20-issue run of Fallen Angel, by Peter David and David Lopez. The series was published by DC from July 2003 until its cancellation in May 2005. The title relaunched at IDW in December 2005. [RyallTime]

Publishing | First Second Books Editor Calista Brill continues her look at the company’s submissions process. [First Second]

Conventions | Don MacPherson detects some problems with the rapid expansion of the Wizard World convention stable: “If there are 11 Wizard World cons, which one is the big one, the most important show? Furthermore, why is Shamus clinging to the Wizard brand at all with what appears to be a new business venture with these comic conventions? Wizard’s a damaged label. The publishing and product-sales divisions have been shrinking and stumbling. Once a powerhouse in the industry, Wizard magazine is really more a symbol of the excesses of comics in the 1990s. It’s like a C-list media guest at one of Shamus’s conventions, smiling awkwardly as it hopes people remember it fondly as they pass by.” [Eye on Comics]

The Complete Peanuts: 1971-1972

The Complete Peanuts: 1971-1972

Best of 2009 | Rob Clough concludes his list of the top 50 comics of the year. [The Comics Journal]

Events | LA Weekly has a slide show from the “Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950″ exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center. [LA Weekly]

Creators | Brian Heater kicks off a multi-part interview with James Sturm, co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | Writer John Layman discusses his surprise-hit series Chew, and the long journey to get to that point: “I’ve been trying to do comics since 1995 and now I’ve got a comic that some people care about and that makes it a hit. It’s been a long road and you better freakin’ love comics. It takes awhile.” [Multiversity Comics]

Sweet Tooth #5

Sweet Tooth #5

Creators | Cartoonist Jeff Lemire is briefly profiled in advance of an appearance in London, Ontario. [London Free Press]

Creators | “Brian Wood Month” continues with this interview focusing on DMZ, whose 50th issue is released this week. [Comics Alliance]

Creators | Artist Tommy Lee Edwards discusses his concept work for movies like The Book of Eli, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Batman Begins. [Daily Press & Argus]

Creators | I love Brandon Graham’s meandering, art-filled posts. [Livejournal]

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…the ABC News link refers to TMNT as “based on the characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon series in the 1980s”.

(Eye roll)

Astro Boy rocketed to third place in the UK box office this past weekend:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6182H520100209

Nice to see some good news about what is actually a very good little movie.

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