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Comics A.M. | C2E2 attendance rises; Borders closing 28 more stores


Conventions | Early estimates place attendance three-day attendance at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo at 34,000, up from 27,500 at last year’s inaugural event. “Last year was disappointing,” said Eric Thornton, manager of Chicago Comics. “But now you definitely see this starting to take hold.” [Chicago Tribune]

Retailing | Borders Group has announced it will close an additional 28 stores, bringing the total to 228. The bookseller, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 16, had used the possibility of as many as 75 closings as leverage to negotiate lease concessions. This latest wave will bring the chain’s remaining store total to about 400. [Media Decoder]

Publishers | Chicago-based publisher Archaia, which expects sales of $11 million this year, has raised capital from a group of investors with local connections. [Crain’s Chicago Business, via]

Chris Onstad

Creators | Chris Onstad discusses burnout and Achewood‘s hiatus: “Whenever I cracked my knuckles and attempted to start a fresh strip with an idea that had popped into my head that day, I’d get halfway through it and realize I’d already done that particular gag, say, six years ago. Frustrating. Had I run through everything that my finite brain knew to talk about? Couldn’t be … I’d boasted in earlier times that a good writer could write his way out of anything. What a cocksure young man I was. Maybe it’s time to recharge.” [Achewood Premium Updates, via The Webcomic Overlook]

Creators | Several creators, including Garth Ennis, Matt Fraction, Gene Ha and Jill Thompson, talk about the first comic book they really loved. [The A.V. Club Chicago]

Joe Sacco

Creators | Vit Wagner briefly profiles Joe Sacco: “The term ‘graphic novels’ is a way of making adults feel like they’re not buying a comic book. I call them comic books. And I call myself a cartoonist, who is working in the field of journalism.” [Toronto Star]

Creators | Ted Naifeh chats about Courtney Crumrin Tales, Polly and the Pirates and his other upcoming projects. [Sequential Tart]

Creators | Mike Rhode talks with David Malki, whose Wondermark appears on Washington City Paper‘s newly reborn comics page: “The future of comics will be a single giant Garfield panel that everyone can type their own name into, and it will follow them around their house reading the newspaper to them while they eat breakfast, and read the sports scores to them in the car. Later, at work, it will follow us everywhere, even into meetings, and project itself looming onto the wall of the bathroom stall, reading random articles from Wikipedia out loud. It will be inescapable.” [Washington City Paper]



Joe Sacco: “The term ‘graphic novels’ is a way of making adults feel like they’re not buying a comic book.”

LOL so true!!!

Kevin T. Brown

March 21, 2011 at 8:20 am

I think they’re severely underestimating the attendance to C2E2. We shall see….

So nothing sells more than 100,000 copies and yet 34,000 attended a local comics con? I think that one of these numbers is a lot more telling than the other, but I don’t know which.

I’m inclined to say those numbers aren’t really comparable on the same scale. The sales numbers we get from Diamond indicate that 5+ million new single issues are stocked in a given month (and most of them probably go to consumers), and that doesn’t count other products like back issues or trade paperbacks.

Thanks for noticing the interview, and the others you’ve linked to recently. Since Journalista went down, I rely on ComicsAM to keep up with comics news.

btw – you’ve got a typo – an extra ‘i’ in Malki

Thanks for linking the Toronto Star Sacco piece. In connection with his visit to Toronto, he did a few other media interviews. One with Canadian comics website Sequential, one with radio show Inkstuds, and a forthcoming video interview/program of his lecture for Strombo.

Sequential: (Part 1, more coming soon)

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