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Comics A.M. | Taipei Comics Exhibition draws 582,000 visitors

Taipei Comics Exhibition

Taipei Comics Exhibition

Conventions | The Taipei Comics Exhibition drew 582,000 people this year, up from 560,000 last year, with more than 450 booths and appearances by 49 creators, 25 of them from Taiwan. Roger Kao, one of the organizers, said that sales of Taiwanese comics were up, perhaps because of the personal appearances. [Taipei Times]

Conventions | Graeme McMillan notes some comments by First Second’s Gina Gagliano about the cost to publishers, in time and money, of attending comics conventions. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Creators | Unshelved co-creator Gene Ambaum talks with Lucy Knisley about her graphic novel Relish and food in general. [Unshelved]

Skyward #1

Skyward #1

Creators | Jeremy Dale discusses his new all-ages comic Skyward, which will be published by Action Labs: “It’s an all-ages book in the same vein as, say– Bone, Tellos, the Studio Ghibli films, Little Nemo, The Neverending Story… I’ve long been a fan of this type of fantastic, epic style of fantasy and really wanted to add to the classic ‘hero’s quest’ trope with my own voice.” [Jazma Online]

Creators | Ralph Schlegel reminisces about life as a political cartoonist for the Trenton Times as a show of his work is about to open in a library in nearby Lawrence, New Jersey. [NJ.com]

Creators | Scottish political cartoonist Frank Boyle talks about his work as an exhibit opens in the Scottish Parliament. [Edinburgh News]

Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

Comics | Julian Darius discusses his own theory on the end of Batman: The Killing Joke. [Sequart]

Comics | The Indian publisher Amar Chitra Katha is now publishing its comics about traditional Indian stories in the Tamil language, not just to attract readers in the Tamil Nadu region but also to help Tamil children living in other areas retain their native language. [The Economic Times]

Retailing | Joy Ghigliotti, owner of Hypno-Tronic Comics on Staten Island, New York — which is apparently the only comic shop in the city owned and operated by a woman — says she is trying to create a shop that is “a little bit more female-friendly.” She adds, “I try to concentrate more on female superheroes and villains.” With its location near the Staten Island Ferry terminal, the store is picking up some foot traffic from tourists. [NY1]

Collecting | Frank Santoro and a friend look over a Bronze Age comics collection and find it’s worth considerably less than was hoped. Part of the problem: All the fortysomethings are getting rid of their comics at the same time, so the market is flooded. [The Comics Journal]

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