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Retailing | Following a week in which much of the comics coverage was fixated on Action Comics #900 and Superman’s apparent renunciation of his U.S. citizenship, mainstream media outlets are now shifting their four-color focus to the 10th annual Free Comic Book Day, which will be held Saturday at more than 2,000 stores worldwide. You can see a list of notable creator appearances at the FCBD website, but here’s a rundown of some event previews: FCBD press release, Wired’s GeekDad blog, Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog, Phoenix New Times, The Marietta (Ohio) Times, The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia), The Daily Athanaeum (West Virginia University) and TribLocal (Evanston, Ill.). [Free Comic Book Day]
Awards | Rich Johnston asks a PRISM executive how DC Comics’ widely reviled miniseries Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal rated the group’s award honoring “the accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness.” “Obviously our criteria is a bit different from that of reviewers,” said Larry Deutchman, PRISM’s executive vice president of marketing and industry relations. [Bleeding Cool]
This isn’t to say that PR people for some indie publishers aren’t doing spectacular jobs; Fantagraphics, Oni Press and IDW have some of the best publicity people in the industry, and I’ve heard that from enough people that I know it’s not just my own personal biases leaking out (Although I will readily admit that I love the folk in charge of publicity/press for each of those publishers). But what I mean is, there are still far too many people out there for whom “comics” means Marvel and DC, and that’s it, despite the fact that they should really know better. Take, for example, the recent Prism Awards. Continue Reading »