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Barnes & Noble

Retailing | Barnes & Noble, the largest book chain in the United States, lost $63 million in the first quarter, a vast decline from a $12-million profit it reported for the same period a year ago. The retailer pinned about $10 million in losses on its costly fight with billionaire investor Ronald Burkle, and warned that a proxy battle could push the company even further into the red. [Reuters, ICv2.com]

Passings | Paprika director Satoshi Kon, who began his career as a manga artist before moving into anime in 1995, died Tuesday from pancreatic cancer. He was 46. Kon made his directorial debut in 1997 with Perfect Blue, and went on to helm such critically acclaimed anime features as Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and the aforementioned Paprika, as well as the television series Paranoia Agent. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Kai-Ming Cha looks at initial efforts by manga publishers to provide digital content as legal alternatives to scanlations. [Publishers Weekly]

Conventions | Brian Heater reports on last weekend’s Minneapolis Indie Xpo. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Dick Giordano

Awards | The Hero Initiative will debut the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award this weekend at Baltimore Comicon. Named in honor of the legendary artist and editor who passed away earlier this year, the award “will recognize one person in comics each year who has demonstrated the generosity and integrity Dick brought to the charity and to the comic book community at large.” [press release]

Retailing | Ed Walls, owner of The Deep in Huntsville, Alabama, is profiled in the local newspaper. [The Huntsville Times]

Creators | Bill Marshall interviews Pictures for Sad Children creator John Campbell, who’s begun blowing up short strips from his webcomic and pasting them on buildings around Chicago: “One time I was taking pictures of one of my recent paste-ups and some guy pulled over in his car and started asking me about it, because he’d noticed some of the other ones and wanted to know more about the artist. For whatever reason, I was not capable of taking responsibility for it, so I just said, ‘It’s some guy who does a comic on the Internet.’ So I talked with him about it without him knowing I had made it. He was like,’ This one’s okay, but this other one is a lot better.’ It’s a really different kind of feedback than online, which is usually either bizarrely critical or bizarrely complimentary.” [The A.V. Club]

Creators | In advance of his appearance at this weekend’s FanExpo Canada in Toronto, Stan Lee chats briefly about his early career, the popularity of comics, and conventions. [Metro]

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

Creators | Josh Neufeld discusses A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and its move from the Internet to print: “… When comics are presented on the web — often one panel at a time — something of the gestalt of the comic book is lost: the interplay of the tiers of images on a page; the way a two-page spread can work to frame and augment the drama; aspects of timing, meter, and rhythm; and even details, such as how you use the final panel of a right-hand page to lead into the physical act of turning the page. All that is missing — or changed in important ways — when reading comics on the Internet. And of course, the physical book is missing: the feel and weight of it in your hand, the dust jacket, the texture of the paper, and the other design elements that make a book into an ‘art object’.” [Suvudu]

Creators | Douglas Wolk talks to Tom Taylor about writing Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. [Techland]

Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson

Creators | John A. Walsh posts a Q&A with Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second Books and creator of the webcomic Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson: “I’ve never worked this long on a single project, but this one keeps getting more interesting for me. And the idea of serializing it as a web-comic came later in the process. Reading a few web-comics myself, some of them long-form stories, some of them short strips (like Kate Beaton, my continuing favorite) it struck me that this was the 19th century serial-novel tradition, in its freshest incarnation. You know how people lined up on the docks to get the latest chapter of Great Expectations? Now I guess we have RSS feeds.” [Go Home Paddy]

Creators | Norm Breyfogle talks about drawing the new Archie Comics series Life With Archie: The Married Life. [NewsOK.com]

Creators | John Hogan interviews Kill Shakespeare creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. [Graphic Novel Reporter]

Creators | Brian Heater continues his multi-part interview with Dan Goldman. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Comics | Cyriaque Lamar previews 31 fall comics releases. [io9.com]

Comics | Is Archie Comics really out of touch? Bully examines the lag times between real-world fads and events and their appearance in the company’s titles. [Comics Oughta Be Fun!]

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Archie comics should stop doing stupid stunts in an effort to be relevant, and stick to being what they were for 50+ years, bland, wholesome, timeless entertainment. Doing things like changing the art style, aging the characters, addressing social issues, etc. only serves to make them more like Marvel/DC and less accessable to new/casual readers.

Archie’s pandering is pathetic. Satoshi Kon deserves a nice thorough article on his amazing work.

I prefer the older style Archie comics, but still, it is good that they explore ‘new’ styles but hopefully not at the experience of their readers. Comics other than just Marvel / DC is always a good thing, just a pity is often so hard to find Archie books in the UK comic shops, one or two occasionally turn up on the shelves here.

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