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Comics A.M. | Publisher Filip Sablik leaves Top Cow Productions

Filip Sablik

Publishing | Heidi MacDonald catches word that Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik is moving on to a new job, which will be announced next month at Comic-Con International (Rich Johnston contends that gig is at BOOM! Studios). Friday will be Sablik’s last day at Top Cow; Social Marketing Coordinator Jessi Reid will assume his marketing duties. [The Beat, Bleeding Cool]

Creators | Through its partnership with the Small Press Expo, the Library of Congress has acquired works by cartoonists Matt Bors, Keith Knight, Jim Rugg, Jen Sorensen, Raina Telgemeier, Matthew Thurber and Jim Woodring. Dean Haspiel’s minicomics collection was added to the holdings just last week. [Comic Riffs]

Fandom | Instead of sending waffles to DC Comics, Gordon Dymowski recommends that fans of Stephanie Brown should do something positive in the character’s name — including donating to The Hero Initiative, followed by “a taunting note” to the publisher. [Blog This, Pal]

Dark Horse

Publishing | Dark Horse has promoted Matt Parkinson from senior director of marketing to vice president of marketing. [Dark Horse]

Publishing | Lots of sites were reporting this week that DC Comics is putting its graphic novels on Barnes & Noble’s Nook, after being exclusive on the Kindle Fire for a while, but the normally poker-faced ICv2 wins the prize for best headline. [ICv2]

Conventions | Dave Scheidt writes about Everett Watford, the 17-year-old who organized last weekend’s VertCon in Chicago. [The Huffington Post]

Creators | Geoff Johns talks about Batman: Earth One, in which he and artist Gary Frank depict the Caped Crusader at the beginning of his career, when he was still a little rough around the edges. “I like starting out this early, where it’s just a guy in a suit and a couple of things that don’t work,” he says, pointing out that makes the comic more about Batman than about the villains. [USA Today]

Ales Kot

Creators | Writer Ales Kot discusses his upcoming Image Comics one-shot Wild Children: “What Wild Children turned into surprised me. I’d be giving away too much if I went into detail here, but I realized that the story opened itself up, becoming a more layered experience. It felt a bit scary–it’s easy to feel like some things might be out of my reach, especially since this was my first longer comic–but I had to dive in, even if that meant risking failure. Not risking failure would be much worse, because it would mean the story wouldn’t be allowed to reach its full potential. I’m glad I made the decision to jump into the void; it made this comic better.” [TFAW]

Commentary | Larry Cruz has high praise for Mark Waid’s Insufferable, despite its use of a “gimmicky” technique: “As you click page by page through Insufferable, panels will appear one after the other in a limited form of animation. I’ve seen this done before with Turbo Defiant Kimecan and Power Play. Here, though, it comes across effortlessly, and without the need to download a Flash player.” [The Webcomic Overlook]

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century -- 2009

Commentary | The Mindless Ones go deep on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century — 2009. [The Mindless Ones]

Commentary | Dominic Umile takes a look at Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. [PopMatters]

Process | Dean Haspiel shows some of the ideas he went through while designing the cover of Surveillance in America. [Trip City]

Manga | Helen McCarthy, author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, gives a quick summary of the history of manga in a nine-minute video shot at the British Design and Art Direction’s “Japan: PechaKucha” event. [Manga Therapy]



Simon DelMonte

June 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

Donations are positives. Taunting DC isn’t. But then, I don’t get sending someone perishable foddstuffs either.

Maybe there should just be a campaign to increase sales of the Steph Brown Batgirl TPB and online comics?

Glenn Simpson

June 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

Whatever effort is made, you have to bring DC’s attention to why things happened. Just buying more of the Steph Brown TPBs wouldn’t do much, because DC might just decide there’s interest in “Batgirl” in general or in the writer or something. The waffles accomplish that because, of course, once the word is out that people who send waffles to DC are asking for Steph, then the waffles accomplish the job (although I believe the movement does also ask people to write as well, so that DC can know more details about what they like about Steph or under what circumstances they might want to see her). But if you just make a donation to HI, DC doesn’t know that you did it or why, so that’s why you need to tell them.

I did see some less-perishable waffles (kinda like hostess cupcakes – baked, but lots of preservatives and designed to be eaten on the run) at the grocery the other day.

who cares about Steph Brown, bring back Cassandra Cain as BG! She was the best one of all…

As the guy who made the “taunting note” to DC comment….that was meant purely tongue-in-cheek. I apologize that I didn’t have a big smiley face by it….but I still stand by my other comments.

There are far more positive things that can be done than sending waffles to comic companies. Doing something positive – and possibly letting DC Comics know that you’re making that positive contribution in the name of a beloved character – may have much more of an impact.

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