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Comics A.M. | Comic-Con badges go on sale Saturday

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Comic-Con | Badges for Comic-Con International go on sale online Saturday at 8 a.m. PT for those who met the Feb. 28 deadline to register for Member IDs. Emails were sent out Thursday directing those with Member IDs to the specific Event Planning International Corp web address. Organizers instituted the registration system this year in an attempt to make the notoriously problematic badge-purchasing process go more smoothly: Everyone — attendee, volunteer, professional or press — who intends to purchase or apply for a convention badge must first have a Member ID. Comic-Con will be held July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center. [Comic-Con International]

Community | If you helped Mike Meyer, the mentally disabled man whose entire Superman collection was stolen last year, NPR would like to talk to you. After the theft, comics fans sent hundreds of Superman items to Meyer to replace the ones that were stolen. Eventually the original collection was retrieved, and Meyer shared most of the donated items with a local children’s hospital. NPR interviewed Meyer for its State of the Re:Union show and would like to talk to donors large and small as well. Contact details are at the link. [ComicsAlliance]

Legal | Tom Spurgeon is impressed that U.S. marshals were able to sell meth dealer Aaron Castro’s collection of 18,000 comics for a cool $125,000. “Have you tried to sell comics in a “take them all” fashion these days? They got a ton of bids, too. I’m not saying it’s worth starting a prostitution ring to find someone willing to take on my complete run of Dagar The Invincible, but if I have to move again I’ll definitely think about it.” [The Comics Reporter]

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Theme parks | Universal Orlando’s Spider-Man attraction will reopen Thursday after being refurbished with high-definition animation, new music and a cameo by Stan Lee. [MyFOX Orlando]

History | A tangled tale of peanut butter and political persecution: Larry Cruz tells the story of Percy Crosby’s Skippy (soon to be published in a lovely archive edition by the Library of American Comics) and the sordid tale of its connection with Skippy peanut butter. Warning: Reading this may cause you to switch to Jif. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Creators | Tom Gauld talks about his new graphic novel Goliath in a video filmed at the London comics store Gosh. [YouTube]

Creators | The long-running podcast The Webcomic Beacon interviews Neal Adams. [The Webcomic Beacon]

Publishing | Jeff Webber, IDW Publishing’s director of digital development, takes the mic in the latest comiXologist podcast to talk about digital comics, Doctor Who and non-superhero comics. [comiXology]

Manga | Jason Thompson presents a primer on the manliest manga of them all, Takao Saito’s Golgo 13, the long-running story of a stone-cold assassin. [Anime News Network]

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Rollo Tomassi

March 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

I was already switched to Jif, as it is the superior Peanut Butter.

i’m glad we all read the e-mail that suggested discretion regarding comic con badge sales. it would be a real shame if some careless news media outlet posted it on their bloody website so that everyone and their mother who didn’t register for a member ID can now erroneously access, and consequently crash, the EPIC website. real great that you guys didn’t post the news publicly or anything like the e-mail requested.

@Jeremiah: They didn’t post the link, TG.

But, yeah, I guess CBR doesn’t have to worry about getting tickets.

@Matt M: true enough, although the message we all received did say, “if you share the link OR date online, it’s likely to be picked up by a much larger audience.”

i already know that a good part of my saturday will most likely be spent queued .. but i’m squarely in favour of anything that decreases the odds of a repeat of last year’s ticketleap fiasco – and unimpressed that CBR didn’t take it seriously.

unfortunately, we don’t all have the option of just parking our yacht behind the con.

@Jeremiah Yeah, my thoughts exactly. 3-4 hours on my CPU waiting “in line?” That’s ridiculous.

Can’t believe there is not a better way to sell these.

Just imagine if your CPU fails at the last second, lol.

The most impressive thing about those cops selling that meth drug lord’s collection is they sold it at about $7 a comic.

Thanks very much for linking The Webcomic Beacon Newscast interview with Neal Adams!

Though the name is “The Webcomic Beacon” or “The Webcomic Beacon Newscast” not “The ‘Webcomics’ Beacon”, etc. I don’t know why people always say “Webcomics Beacon”. o_O I don’t mean to nitpick, really! But that’s the name.

Again, Thank you!

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