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Comics A.M. | Dilbert moves syndicates, Brenda Starr counts down final days

Dilbert

Comic strips | Scott Adams’ Dilbert is moving to Universal UClick after two decades with United Feature Syndicate. The news doesn’t come as a big surprise, as it was announced more than three months ago that Peanuts would make the same move in February. Both properties are represented by Peanuts Worldwide. UClick will begin management of Dilbert.com on Saturday, with print syndication to follow in the summer. Dilbert will join a lineup at the syndicate that includes Doonesbury, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Ziggy. [press release]

Comic strips | Writer Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman discuss the end of Brenda Starr, whose final strip runs on Sunday. “(Brenda) is a continuity strip, like a soap opera. Those have been dropping like flies,” Brigman says. “It is amazing she has lasted. It’s not a laugh-a-day strip. It requires some effort, like reading the paper every day.” [Boston Herald]

Retailing | Gendy Alimurung chronicles the final days of the Borders Books and Music location is Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood: “The protracted demise is helping [12-year employee Camilla] Ostrin gradually acclimate to her new reality, at least. Empty bookshelves are the saddest part. She’s used to seeing them full. Customers likely would agree; they don’t seem to understand that the store isn’t being restocked, that the new Obama calendars aren’t coming in, or that once the Paperchase journals are gone, they’re gone.” [LA Weekly]

Mome 20

Publishing | Chris Mautner talks at length at TCJ.com with editor Eric Reynolds about Mome, Fantagraphics’ quarterly anthology series. [Part 1, Part 2]

Creators | George Rigakos, who teaches political economy at Carleton University in Ottawa, is adapting the Communist Manifesto as a four-issue comic series. “There is nothing like a comic book and graphic novel to grip a reader,” he says. [London Free Press]

Creators | Robert Kirkman discusses The Walking Dead — the comic and the TV adaptation — and his upcoming kids’ series Super Dinosaur: “It’s definitely a time in comics history where there needs to be more things aimed at younger readers, just because the majority of comics out there these days are actually aimed at teenagers and above. It’s definitely a market that needs to be fulfilled. This is our effort to do the coolest comic ever and make sure that it’s appropriate for all ages.” [USA Today]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon continues his holiday interview series with an extensive Q&A with Dylan Horrocks. [The Comics Reporter]

Echoes

Creators | Collaborators Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal talk about their horror-noir series Echoes. “For being a book about a child murderer, it is the most populist, fun book that I’ve done,” Fialkov says. “I haven’t really done a hard horror book in a long time. It was a lot of fun to actually do something that’s just grotesque and upsetting.” [USA Today]

Creators | Co-writer Anthony Del Col chats about his IDW Publishing series Kill Shakespeare. [Timmins Daily Press]

Broadway | Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark director Julie Taymor has withdrawn from a public Q&A planned for Jan. 8, citing changes in the show’s production schedule. However, Vulture wonders whether Taymor, who’s never been publicity-shy, is “going off the grid” following the string of delays, accidents and criticism that’s plagued the $65-million musical. [Arts Beat]

Comics | Austin Hartman names the 10 best drinking buddies in comics. [iFanboy]

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