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Manga | Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team behind the Legend of Zelda manga, hinted on their Facebook page last week that Viz would license the English-language version of their new series, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Viz refused to confirm the license, but given that they published the earlier Legend of Zelda manga (which they are planning to reissue as two-in-one omnibus editions), and the Japanese publisher of the series, Shogakukan, is one of Viz’s parent companies, it would be odd if they didn’t get the license. [Anime News Network]
Retailing | The owners of Lauderdale Comics in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are working hard to make their store welcoming to customers who are on the autism spectrum. “It’s important to understand what the barriers and triggers are to reach people with autism without overwhelming them,” says co-owner Stacey Giulianti. That concern goes beyond the physical layout of the store: All staff will be trained in autism sensitivity, and the owners hope to hire people with autism to work there as well. [SouthFlorida.com]
Comics | Sabrina Vourvoulias talks to three movers and shakers in the black comics scene: Bill Campbell, owner of Rosarium Publishing; Arielle Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse; and writer Mikki Kendall. The article, which was written in advance of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention but casts a much wider net, ends with a list of suggested reading. [Philly Magazine]
Comics | Sheena Howard (the first black woman to win an Eisner award) looks at at the rising prominence of black women in comics and discusses Julianna “Jewels” Smith’s (H)afrocentric, which won a Glyph Award at ECBACC. [Huffington Post]
Political Cartoons | Three political cartoonists, Marshall Ramsey, Darrin Bell and Gary Varvel, discuss their coverage of the presidential campaign. [Here and Now]
Passings | John Freeman pays tribute to Stewart Perkins (a.k.a. WR Logan), a comics fan who had a huge impact on British comics; he founded Class of ’79, a 2000AD newsgroup and fanzine, provided inspiration for many creators, and was himself a character in Judge Dredd—Judge Logan is named for him. Perkins was so knowledgeable that John Wagner himself used to check facts with him, and Freeman also pays tribute to his “quiet generosity”: “I have read the comments of many people online mentioning how, when they mentioned a comic they’d like to read on a forum, having Stewart send it to them, free of charge and with no fuss.” [Down the Tubes]
Creators | New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks about the New York roots of her humor. [Times of Israel]
Creators | Tom Hart talks about his graphic novel Rosalie Lightning, the story of his daughter and of his grief after she died unexpectedly at the age of two. [Mutha Magazine]
Comics | Thomas Maluck discusses why spoilers matter, and he actually looks at two studies; one concluded that “What the plot is is (almost) irrelevant. The pleasure is in the writing,” but the other, which was inspired by the first, found that “unspoiled stories were more fun and suspenseful. Surprisingly, unspoiled stories were also more moving and enjoyable in general.” [Panels]
Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team behind the Legend of Zelda manga, have debuted new art from chapters 5 and 6 of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
The new series has been running on the digital manga app Manga One, and is only available in Japan at the moment. Writing in English, the creators were coy about any possible overseas licenses for the collected editions:
Manga | Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team that drew the Legend of Zelda manga, has announced a new project: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, based on the 2006 game of the same name. The manga will be published on Shogakukan’s MangaOne app, which is not the same as the Manga One app available in English. Viz Media published Akira Himekawa’s previous Zelda manga, which ran from 1998 to 2008. [Anime News Network]
“2015, after 7 years … The Legend of Zelda manga series returns! Please support it!” the duo wrote on their website, as translated by Anime News Network. “Which version of me can you meet this time? Look forward to finding out!!” They also posted a new piece of art, below.
Akira Himekawa produced serialized adaptations of The Legend of Zelda video games, from 1999’s Ocarina of Time to 2009’s Phantom Hourglass. They returned to Hyrule in 2011 with a stand-alone prequel to Skyward Sword.
Cosplay | The Christian Science Monitor looks at how cosplay is spilling out of comics and sci-fi/fantasy conventions and into “daily life,” such as movie theaters, pubs and public squares: “The spread of cosplay owes a lot to the Internet. Social media sites build buzz around the next big cosplay event. Tumblr and Instagram allow strangers to pass around photos of past work and offer words of encouragement from afar. YouTube videos reveal how to craft foam core into realistic-looking armor and braid hair like an elf.” [The Christian Science Monitor]
Publishing | Sales of comics, graphic novels and digital comics totaled $750 million in 2012, making that year the best of the millennium so far for the comics business, according to the retail news and analysis site ICv2. Total print sales were estimated at $680 million and digital at $70 million, a hair over 10 percent of print and almost triple the 2011 total of $25 million. The website also breaks down the top properties in eight graphic novel categories (superheroes, genre, manga, etc.), based on interviews with retailers, distributors and manufacturers. Interestingly, Hawkeye is nestled at No. 7 on the list of Top 10 superhero properties, between Iron Man and Spider-Man. [ICv2]
Publishing | Torsten Adair takes a look at IDW Publishing’s financials, and they’re looking pretty good. [The Beat]
Retailing | Saying that video games, texting and digital comics have killed interest in collectibles, 80-year-old Joseph Liesner is closing his Sunnyside, Queens, store Comic Book Heaven after nearly three decades. “The store’s not making any money,” he says, “and, besides, I’m as old as Methuselah.” The store will remain open for another two months, with Liesner using the time to search for a much younger girlfriend via a sign in the window. [Sunnyside Post]