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Comics A.M. | Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark makes final changes

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Broadway | As of last night’s preview performance, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is officially “frozen,” meaning there will be no more script rewrites, new lyrics or altered choreography before the $70-million musical opens on Tuesday. In fact, the producers are confident enough to invite critics to attend previews over the next three nights, with their reviews to be published after the opening. “The show, in my opinion, is bulletproof at this point,” Reeve Carney, who stars as Peter Parker, told The New York Times. “I mean, as bulletproof as anything can be. And we want to do right by the people who stood by us, to help this show be seen for what it is.”

However, it’s not all good news for opening night. The New York Post reports that producers hoped  the Empire State Building would be lit in red and blue on Tuesday, but the landmark’s owners would do it only if a change were made to the show: specifically, that the climactic battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin be moved from the Chrysler Building to … the Empire State Building. [The New York Times]

Retailing | Najafi Cos., a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, is reportedly interested in buying at least half of the 405 bookstores operated by the bankrupt Borders Group. [Bloomberg]

Retailing | Don MacPherson talks with Canadian retailers about how a full-on strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers would affect their business. [Eye on Comics]

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Publishing | Chris Sims traces the history of DC Comics reboots while Glen Weldon tries to sort out the important aspects of the publisher’s September relaunch: “The salient reason that more people aren’t reading about mainstream superheroes, of course, is not because they are unaware of their existence, or confused by backstory — it’s that they don’t happen to be particularly interested in mainstream superheroes.” [ComicsAlliance, NPR]

Publishing | Patrick Rosenkranz profiles Dark Horse Senior Editor Diana Schutz. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Scott Snyder chats about writing Swamp Thing as part of DC Comics’ upcoming line-wide relaunch: ““I would never ever take on this series lightly. [Alan] Moore’s Swamp Thing is a masterpiece and I would only take the series on if I had a take that honored everything that came before — keeping it part of the character’s past, not erasing anything — and moved forward in a way I thought was compelling, different, and central to the core of the character.” [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Chris Sprouse discusses his work on Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom. [Omnivoracious]

Creators | Beau Smith talks about Wynnona Earp, his run on DC’s Guy Gardner, digital comics and more. [GeekDad]

Comics | T.J. Dietsch counts down the 10 coolest comic-book watering holes. [Topless Robot]

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Also regarding Borders, the Detroit News says they’re seeking to liquidate assets at another 51 stores.

http://detnews.com/article/20110609/BIZ/106090426/1001/biz

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