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Comics A.M. | North Carolina convention war brewing?

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Conventions | Brian Howe looks at the rivalry between Comic Book City Con, which debuted two weekends ago in Greensboro, North Carolina, and NC Comicon, which returns Saturday in Durham. The latter, which is now co-owned by artist Tommy Lee Edwards, drew 4,000 attendees last year (its first at the Durham Convention Center), and this year doubled its exhibit space and ramped up its programming. The conflict, which manifested in a flier for Comic Book City Con that one party considers playful but the other calls “bullying,” seems to be rooted in the proximity of the dates and a perceived lack of communication. However, it’s not simply a rivalry between nearby conventions; it’s one between retailers: Durham’s Ultimate Comics organizes NC Comicon, while Greensboro’s Acme Comics operates Comic Book City Con. [Indy Week]

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Tommy Lee Edwards becomes co-owner of NC Comicon

nc comiconTommy Lee Edwards, the acclaimed artist whose comics work includes Turf, Bullet Points and The Question, has become co-owner and senior director of his local convention, Durham’s North Carolina Comicon.

Launched in 2010 by Ultimate Comics owner Alan Gill as a one-day show at an outlet mall, the convention moved to the Durham Convention Center in November 2012, bringing with it such big-name creators as Frank Cho and Duncan Fegredo, thanks in large part to Edwards, who lives in nearby Pittsboro. Last year’s convention drew about 3,000 fans, triple that of those earlier shows.

“Tommy has been involved with the convention and its planning since our first one-day show,” Gill said in a statement, “Now we’re moving to make the partnership official. Tommy has been an amazing friend to the convention and to me personally. I want this con to mirror what he has brought to it and what I believe makes his work so great.”

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Comics A.M. | DC Comics’ digital move into the ‘mainstream’

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Digital comics | Technology journalist Andy Ihnatko discusses the significance of DC Comics’ expansion of its digital-comics availability from comiXology and its branded app to the iBooks, Kindle and Nook stores: “Now, all of the company’s titles have a presence in the same bookstore where hundreds of millions of people worldwide buy the rest of their content.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

Conventions | Steve Morris reports in on this past weekend’s Thought Bubble convention, in Leeds, England, which sounds like it was amazing. [The Beat]

Conventions | Meanwhile, on this side of the pond, Young Lee has an account of Durham’s NC Comicon. []

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