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Retailing | Troubles continue for Borders Group as the retailer filed notice Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Executive Vice President Thomas D. Carney and Chief Information Officer D. Scott Laverty have resigned. Just last week Borders, the country’s second-largest bookstore chain, announced it’s delaying payments to some publishers as it attempts to restructure its credit lines. [GalleyCat]
Libraries | Four of the top five young-adult titles checked out from the New York Public Library in 2010 were manga: Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, Tite Kubo’s Bleach, Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, and Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z. Jennifer Holm’s graphic novel Babymouse and Jeff Kinney’s comics-prose hybrid Diary of a Wimpy Kid were the top two children’s titles. [NYPL Wire]
Organizations | Child’s Play, the charity founded in 2003 by Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, raised $2,294,317.53 in donations in 2010, setting a record for the organization, which provides toys and video games to hospitals worldwide. [Gamasutra]
Publishing | Deb Aoki looks ahead to 82 new manga series and one-shots set to debut this year. [About.com]
Conventions | Jessica Testa previews the first Amazing Arizona Comic Convention, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona. Guests include Robert Kirkman, Rob Liefeld, Jeph Loeb, Joe Benitez, John Layman, Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker, and cast members from The Walking Dead. [The Arizona Republic]
Creators | Tom Spurgeon continues his holiday interview series with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick: “Every story is absolutely perfect when it only lives in my head. I’m confident, I have all kinds of ideas, snippets of dialogue, etc. — it’s like a high almost. And then… I have to start writing it down. And once those ideas meet the real world and I can examine them from even the distance of my eyes to the page… well, that’s when it becomes clear that I’m not a genius after all.” [The Comics Reporter]
Creators | Writer Ruthie Kott relates a humorous story told to her by Paul Hornschemeier. [Gapers Block]