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D23 Expo

D23 Expo

Business | During a surprise appearance Thursday at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger assured reporters that, “There will be no Disney-fication of Marvel.”

“When you look at it as part of the Walt Disney Company and the application, the presence of Marvel is virtually in everything that we’re in,” Iger said at the presentation. “You can expect that, over time, that’s what you will see. We became impressed with the talent of Marvel as we got to know them better. Once the the deal closes their is expected integration, but we plan to keep Marvel as an entity and and to respect both the talent that is there, working as one and also respect what Marvel is and what the essence of Marvel is. There will be no Disney-fication of Marvel.” [ScreenCrave]

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Business | I overlooked this nugget when I was assembling our overview of the new DC Entertainment: Batman: Arkham Asylum, the new video game from Warner Bros. Interactive and Eidos Interactive, has sold a reported 2 million copies since its release on Aug. 25. [Los Angeles Times]

Conventions | Deb Aoki has commentary on Thursday’s confirmation that Reed Exhibitions will “co-locate” next year’s New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival. That means the two events will be held at the same time — Oct. 8-10, 2010 — and share exhibition space in the Javits Center while maintaining separate programming and guest lists. “With a tight economy to contend with,” Aoki writes, “Reed Exhibitions has likely figured out that combining New York Anime Festival with New York Comic-Con might make it more appealing for more publishers, game and anime companies to put some of their marketing budget toward exhibiting at next year’s shows.” [About.com]

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