Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Retailing | Diamond Comic Distributors runs the numbers on Free Comic Book Day: 1.2 million fans went to 2,000 participating comics shops and picked up 4.6 million free comics, generating $2.2 million worth of publicity along the way. And fans reported on their experience with more than 66,000 tweets with the FCBD hashtags. [ICv2]
Conventions | The Philadelphia Daily News previews this weekend’s Wizard World Philadelphia, which marks the return of Marvel after a several-year absence. [Philadelphia Daily News]
Comics | Laura Sneddon writes about the reverence for capitalists in superhero comics as well as the long history of comics publishers exploiting their creators. [New Statesman]
Comics | Writer Brian Wood and editor Jeanine Schaefer discuss this week’s debut of Marvel’s X-Men, which features an all-female lineup; bloggers and readers weigh in as well. [New York Daily News]
Creators | Misaki Kido interviews Taiyo Matsumoto, creator of Tekkonkinkreet and GoGo Monster, who was at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival a few weeks ago for the North American debut of his latest series, Sunny. [Mangaka Interview & More by Misaki Kido]
Creators | Writer Charles Soule talks about his new graphic novel, Strange Attractors, in which a mathematician and his apprentice try to manipulate the Butterfly Effect to avert a catastrophe in New York. [New York Daily News]
Advice | Steven Forbes talks about the importance of contracts, and when they are really needed: when something goes wrong. [ComixTribe]