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Comics A.M. | Wedding bells ring for Northstar — and for comics fans

Astonishing X-Men #51

Comics | With the release today of Marvel’s heavily publicized Astonishing X-Men #51, which features the wedding of Northstar and Kyle, writer Marjorie Liu and associate editor Daniel Ketchum reiterate that “their story is just beginning.” When asked whether he’d be interested in a Northstar solo series, Ketchum replied, “Is that even a question? I can have a pitch ready by the end of the day. Spoiler alert: Storm and Dazzler will be recurring guest stars.” The New York Times, meanwhile, spotlights Ohio couple Scott Everhart and Jason Welker, who were set to be married this morning in a ceremony at Midtown Comics in Manhattan. Unlike Northstar and Kyle, however, Scott and Jason can’t count Mayor Michael Bloomberg among their wedding guests. [The Advocate]

Publishing | Todd Allen turns an analytical eye on Marvel’s twice-a-month releases as well as the cover prices of the publisher’s comics. Overall, prices are down a bit and frequency is up, but Allen isn’t sure if that’s an actual trend. [The Beat]

Marathon

Creators | Filmmaker Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) and artist Joe Infurnari discuss their new graphic novel Marathon, out this week from First Second, which tells the story of the original Greek messenger who ran a 150-mile round trip to save democracy. [USA Today]

Mini-comics | Creator Dean Haspiel has donated his collection of mini-comics to the Library of Congress. [Comic Riffs]

Comic-Con | If you couldn’t get a badge, there may be another way in: Craigslist has lots of job postings right now for everything from “brand ambassador” to security guard to “an actress who already has a convention badge, and is willing to wear a gas mask and ‘a pregnant suit.’” [Comix 411]

Creators | Ron Goulart posts a letter he got from the late Sheldon Mayer (Scribbly, Sugar and Spike) in the 1970s, about Mayer’s work on the Bobby Thatcher comic strip, along with some art and some memories. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Writer Peter J. Miele’s life sounds like a novel: He was abandoned as a baby on the doorstep of a Catholic church, fought in Vietnam, backpacked around the world, spent time in a Lebanese prison, chatted with Jimi Hendrix … and wrote the comic series Trapman. He even found the artist, Gene Purcell, in a classic comic book way: He looked him up in the phone book. “I called and that was the beginning of our relationship. To this day we are friends – and he has a private number.” [Red Wing Republican Eagle]

Adam Strange

Comics | Mike Romo writes about his favorite superheroes who never hit the big time: “If your heroic inspirado came from Superman or Batman, with their lunch boxes and pillowcases, it was easy enough to keep those connections going, but for other characters, the only time you saw them was when they would appear in someone else’s book or in a mini-series that everyone gets all excited about but never buys.” [iFanboy]

Manga | The latest poll of Japanese readers shows the most popular manga among both men and women is—no surprise here—One Piece. [Kotaku]

Analysis | Rob Salkowitz talks about his new book, Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, which not only draws the curtain away from the inner workings of Comic-Con but also looks at trends in the comics business and where they may be heading — Expanding Universe or Infinite Crisis? [Examiner.com]

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“Comic-Con | If you couldn’t get a badge, there may be another way in: Craigslist has lots of job postings right now for everything from “brand ambassador” to security guard to “an actress who already has a convention badge, and is willing to wear a gas mask and ‘a pregnant suit.’” [Comix 411]”

So if an actress doesn’t have a badge, she can get in if she has a badge?

Simon DelMonte

June 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

Is there really a market for an Northstar comic? How often has Marvel failed with Alpha Flight? Or speedsters? Or fundamentally unlikeable heroes, which he was back when in the old AF series? I might be misremembering, but he strikes me as a second-rate Quicksilver (complete with dysfunctional relationship with unstable sister), who happens to be gay. That he’s the center of a big event seems really odd.

Oooh… I could do this too—-

Is there really a market for an Alan Scott comic? How often has DC failed with GREEN LANTERN? Or Oan ringsters? Or fundamentally underused heroes, back when he was in the old GL series? I might be misremembering, but he strikes me as a second-rate Billy Batson (complete with dysfunctional relationship with mystical power source), who happens [now] to be gay. That he’s the center of a big event seems really odd.

/Big Two, super hero [tm] Comics

Thanks for the plug. The artist mentioned in my clip is Gordon Purcell, senior artist for Star Trek, not Gene.
Hope you guys read my stuff. “THE ADVENTURES OF DR S”.

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