Comics A.M. | Hero author Perry Moore found dead; more on Borders
Passings | Perry Moore, executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia movie franchise and author of Hero, was found dead Thursday in his New York City apartment after an apparent overdose. He was 39. A longtime comics fan, Moore wrote the acclaimed 2007 young-adult novel Hero, about the world’s first gay teen superhero. At one point he and Stan Lee were developing the book as a series for Showtime, but the cable network ultimately passed.
Moore was outspoken about the portrayal of gay characters in mainstream superhero comics, releasing in 2007 a “Women in Refrigerators”-inspired list of ignored, mistreated or retconned LGBT heroes. He also appeared at Comic-Con International in 2008 and 2009 on the gays in comics panels. [New York Daily News]
Retailing | A bankruptcy judge on Thursday told Borders Group it can liquidate 200 of its 642 stores immediately, allowing the bookseller to begin going-out-of-business sales today. Meanwhile, publishers are expected to inform the chain at a meeting scheduled for next Thursday that they won’t ship books to the retailer under normal terms. “A company in bankruptcy can’t expect that we would extend credit in the same way as before,” one publisher told Publishers Weekly. [Publishers Weekly]
Retailing | A small fire broke out Thursday in the basement of 11 St. Marks Place in New York City, the building that houses St. Marks Comics, resulting in the temporary closing of the 27-year-old store. [The Village Voice, DNAInfo]
Retailing | Jessica Rossini has still more on the closing of Berkeley, Calif., retailer Comic Relief. There’s nothing new to the article, but it’s worth checking out for the accompanying photo of manager Chris Juricich loading longboxes into the back of a hearse. [The Daily Californian]
Passings | Mark Evanier writes a remembrance of Joanne Siegel, wife of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, who passed away on Monday. The Los Angeles Times also publishes an obituary. [Los Angeles Times]
Conventions | Shruti Chakraborty previews the inaugural Indian Comic Con, being held this weekend in New Delhi. [India Real Time]