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Comics A.M. | DC’s digital inroads; 30 years of Love and Rockets

Batman: Arkham Unhinged #50

Publishing | As part of its coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Variety spotlights DC Entertainment’s digital moves, particularly its “Digital First” initiative, with titles like Smallville, Arrow and Batman: Arkham Unhinged, and the increase in sales since the company began going day-and-date with its comic books in September 2011. “What we launched last year as an experiment, we’ll increase the frequency now because it’s gotten so popular,” Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of Vertigo and Integrated Publishing, says of Digital First. [Variety]

Retailing | Halifax, Nova Scotia, comics retailer Calum Johnston is looking for a new location for Strange Adventures, as the current location is being redeveloped and the rent will go up as a result. Johnston would rather pay for more staff than pay a higher rent: “When people come in looking for a major title like the death of Peter Parker in Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man, they inevitably have questions about other titles. It is important to have staff available to keep customers up to date on new developments and titles.” [The Chronicle Herald]

Retailing | The Rochester, New York, comics shop Comics, Etc. is looking for a new home after 29 years at the Village Gate Square; the landlord has decided not to renew their lease. [Your News Now]

40th Angoulême International Comics Festival

Conventions | Bart Beaty takes a look at the voting for president of the Angoulême comics festival, which is a fairly complex affair, apparently. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Jaime Hernandez talks about 30 years of Love and Rockets. [Entertainment Weekly]

Creators | Writer Brian Wood, whose new Star Wars series launches this week from Dark Horse, says he can only write stories about the original characters. “I know the original trilogy best,” he says, although this comic has a new storyline, which brings its own challenges: Writing a story in which the audience knows more about the characters than the characters themselves do. [The Associated Press]

Barack Hussein Obama

Creators | Steven Weissman talks about his graphic novel Barack Hussein Obama. [The Writing Disorder]

Creators | In a video shot at Comic-Con International, Eva Volin chats with Jason Shiga, creator of Meanwhile and Bookhunter. [Good Comics for Kids]

Comics | Tom Spurgeon’s latest interview is with Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. [The Comics Reporter]

Comics | I talked to the Namco Bandai folks about the thinking behind their webcomics site ShiftyLook, which features comics based on classic Japanese video games, many of which were never released in the United States. [Publishers Weekly]

Predictions | Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, has five predictions for the year to come. It will be fun to look back in January 2014 to see how many of these panned out. [Co.Create]

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