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Comics A.M. | Archie feud goes into mediation; C2E2 attendance ‘way up’

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Legal | The New York Times ventures deep into the legal battle between Archie Comics Co-CEOs Nancy Silberkleit and Jonathan Goldwater, noting the two sides have gone into court-approved mediation. “Competing lawsuits filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan and State Supreme Court in Westchester County lay out a litany of bitter allegations. He punctured her car tires, destroyed her Web site and claimed that she sexually harassed employees. She ordered him to fire several longtime employees because they were too old, too fat or too buxom, and let her dog, Willow, roam the offices and defecate in the art department.” [The New York Times]

Conventions | Although no figures have been released for last weekend’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, organizer Lance Fensterman said attendance was “way up,” noting that, “the size of the show floor doubled and the aisles were much more full than last year. That tells you how much attendance jumped to keep pace with the floor growth.” [Publishers Weekly]

From Matt Wuerker's Pulitzer portfolio

Awards | Michael Cavna interviews Politico’s Matt Wuerker, who on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. “This feels fantastic, to state the obvious,” Wuerker said. ”This is a dream come true. I’ve been cartooning for some 30 years now, and up until a few years ago, I didn’t think anything like this was vaguely possible.” Politico posts his Pulitzer portfolio. [Comic Riffs]

Crime | An Ontario man claims someone in Charlotte, North Carolina, scammed him on eBay, making off with a rare copy of The X-Men #1. [WBTV]

Creators | Tom DeFalco discusses being on the other side of the table when the original Image founders left Marvel to form their own company. [Newsarama]

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Creators | Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo discuss their work on the “Night of the Owls” storyline running in Batman. [USA Today]

Creators | Robin McConnell has posted the audio from a panel he moderated at the Emerald City Comicon featuring Mike Allred, Nate Powell, Brandon Graham and Moritat discussing “Comics Influencing Comics.” [Inkstuds]

Creators | Eric Trautmann discusses work on the Vertigo graphic novel Shooters and the story of his brother, who inspired it. [The News Tribune]

Creators | Evan Dorkin recalls the time he was asked to write a Donald Duck story for BOOM! Studios and shares the unused outline. [Evan Dorkin]

Awards | The controversy around the Eisner judges not picking any nominees this year for the Best New Comic category probably doesn’t even rank next to the jurors not awarding a Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category this year. [Shelf Life]

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Gotta wonder if there is a link also between Nancy Sieberkleit and all of the weird stuff that Archie Comics has been publishing lately.

But I’m just thinking out loud

What weird stuff have they been publishing?

Publishing falls under Jon Goldwater. Silberkleit, at least prior to the restraining order, oversaw things like stage productions, book fairs and educational initiatives.

She was also in charge of Bring Your Pet to Work Day, apparently.

I’m glad that C2E2 did well but overall, I felt the show was a bit of a disappointment. There were a lack of vendors who would take credit cards and a lot of publishers who were not there. I hope some of that is resolved for next year’s show, as Chicago is a great place to visit.

@Kevin

Thanks for clarifying. I read this article a while back about Stan G leaving Archie, and I could not help but wonder if it was all somehow related (there is definitely some internal turmoil at the company). But I suppose there is no way to tell

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=36516

@JK

And, apparently, the dog was some kind of performance artist to boot. But the Archie staff was just to bourgeois to understand what it was trying to say…

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