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Comics A.M. | Borders loses another $132M; Rubenstein exits Marvel

Borders

Retailing | Borders Group, the second-largest book chain in the United States, reported a loss of $132.3 million in April, its second full month in bankruptcy. That figure follows on the $52.6 million loss reported in February and March as the bookseller sought Chapter 11 protection and began liquidating 226 locations. [Detroit Free Press]

Publishing | Ira Rubenstein, executive vice president of Marvel’s Global Digital Media Group, has left the company to become executive vice president of digital marketing for 20th Century Fox. He begins the new job in Los Angeles on Monday. Rubenstein joined Marvel in 2008 after 12 years at Sony, and oversaw the launch of the publisher’s digital subscription service. His departure comes less than two weeks after news surfaced that Ron Perazza is resigning as DC Entertainment’s vice president of online. [Variety]

Publishing | Ada Price surveys the graphic novel exhibitors at this year’s BookExpo America, which opens today in New York City. [Publishers Weekly]

Publishing | Publishers Group West will be the book market distributor for Archaia Entertainment beginning June 20. [press release]

Phoenix Comicon

Conventions | Brad Hamilton and Benjamin Leatherman preview Phoenix Comicon, which kicks off Thursday at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. [Modern Times, Phoenix New Times]

Conventions | Jason Baxter wraps up Saturday’s 10th annual Olympia Comics Festival. [Weekly Volcano]

Creators | Roger Langridge discusses his work on Marvel’s Thor: The Mighty Avenger and BOOM! Studios’ The Muppet Show. “It’s not like I have a lot of affection for the original material,” he says of Thor. “Being allowed to play with those toys wasn’t really the attraction for me. I was interested in being given a superhero concept to play with and seeing if I could push myself to do that. I wanted to see if I had it in me to make something that works within those parameters.” [The New Zealand Herald]

Creators | Gail Simone chats briefly about superhero comics, Women in Refrigerators, Twitter, and considering a relocation to Asheville, North Carolina. [Mountain Xpress]

Comics | Fans weigh in on the cycle of death and resurrection in superhero comics: “”It’s daytime drama for guys. It’s accepted that death isn’t permanent.” [The Capital]

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One Comment

Simon DelMonte

May 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

And now I see why Langridge’s take on Thor appealed to me so much. He and I are on the same page about the original character.

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