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Comics A.M. | Jeff Robinov to exit Warner Bros. amid shakeup

Jeff Robinov

Jeff Robinov

Business | Following weeks (if not months) of rumblings, Warner Bros. has made it official: Jeff Robinov, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group president who oversaw the 2009 restructuring of DC Comics into DC Entertainment, will leave the studio following a reorganization that establishes a new leadership team: Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production, and Toby Emmerich, president and chief operating officer of New Line Cinema. It doesn’t appear as if Robinov will be replaced. DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, who initially reported Robinov, presumably will answer directly to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara; following a shakeup last month in the television and home entertainment division, Nelson reported to both Robinov and Tsujihara. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Legal | Thai editorial cartoonist Somchai Katanyutanant, who draws under the pseudonym Chai Rachawat, reported to the Metropolitan Police on Monday to acknowledge charges of defamation, insulting a public official and violation of the Computer Crimes act, all stemming from a comment he posted on his Facebook page that criticized Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Rachawat’s supporters came to the police station to offer encouragement; the police had threatened, via the media, to arrest him if he did not come in voluntarily. [The Bangkok Post]

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

Conventions | Heidi MacDonald counts down the 10 biggest conventions, by attendance figures, in North America. [Publishers Weekly]

Conventions | This one would be at the smaller end of the scale: The Pittsburgh Comic & Collectibles Show, run by the local chain New Dimension Comics, comes to the Pittsburgh Mills Mall this weekend. There will be replicas of the Batmobile and R2D2 along with an array of comics creators (unnamed in the article). One interesting fact: New Dimension owner Todd McDevitt opened his first store when he was a 17-year-old high school student. [The Times]

Retailing | The San Antonio, Texas, comics shop Heroes and Fantasies was featured in the pages of IDW Publishing’s G.I. Joe comic last week as the reward for being the largest donor in a recent CBLDF fund-raiser. [San Antonio Express-News]

Retailing | The singly named Bishop, owner of M&I Comic Heaven in White Plains, New York, gives the perspective from his side of the counter: Digital comics haven’t hurt sales, because even people who read comics digitally like the full-page experience of print; comic book movies haven’t really helped sales; and all those moms who threw away their kids’ comics are responsible for the high values of older comic books—although newer titles won’t ever achieve that level of scarcity. [Patch.com]

The New York Five

The New York Five

Comics | Joseph Heflich picks the best depictions of New York in comics. [Bookish]

Creators | Brian Azzarello discusses the mythology underlying his version of Wonder Woman and also chats a bit, rather enigmatically, about his new Vertigo miniseries Brother Lono. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Roger Langridge talks about how Dave Sim’s Cerebus has influenced his work and his approach, his favorite Cerebus scene, and other Cerebus-related topics. [A Moment of Cerebus]

Creators |  Greg Pak discusses Batman/Superman, which debuts Wednesday with a story detailing the heroes’ first meeting, and his upcoming run on Action Comics. Artists Jae Lee and Aaron Kuder also offer a couple of quotes. [USA Today]

Creators | At the age of 87, gag cartoonist Jim Whiting is not only going strong, working 20 hours or more a week at his craft, he is also showing his work in the exhibit “Art Illustrated: Celebrating Comic Art” at the Escondido Center for the Arts. [The Coast News]

Superheroes | A handful of this year’s NBA draft prospects talk about what superhero they would like to be. [Bleacher Report]

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In a perfect world this restructuring at DC would lead to a full line revision.

In a good world, it would at least lead to better comic books.

“In a perfect world this restructuring at DC would lead to a full line revision.

In a good world, it would at least lead to better comic books.”

Amen. Fingers crossed.

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