Denny O’Neil was editor for the Batman comics when Knightfall, the story where Batman’s back was broken, took the Batman line over for a year. Here he talks about the mega-event and about the genesis and execution of Knightfall.

Denny O’Neil Talks Knightfall and Mega-Events in Comics from The Comic Archive on Vimeo.

Comixology, one of the prominent figures in digital comics distribution, is expanding their reach, so that brick & mortar comics retailers can utilize comixology’s digital comics.  Retailers will be able to add a digital component to their websites that feeds to comixology, allowing traditional local comic shops to take advantage of the digital distribution dollars.  From Comics Alliance:

Popular digital comics retailer comiXology today announced a new initiative whereby traditional direct market retailers — which is to say, your local comic book stores — can plug in comiXology’s digital infrastructure, inventory and reader to sell digital comics on their own websites. Called the Digital Storefront Affiliate program, the Amazon-like scheme appears to offer brick-and-mortar retailers a way to sell their customers digital comics without going to comiXology or a competing digital retailer directly, while also increasing the ubiquity of the comiXology brand.

Amazon.com has enjoyed a lot of success by offering business and individuals a way to embed an Amazon-style store in their websites through which any number of products can be purchased, including inventory from Amazon itself, all without directing users to other websites or creating the appearance of a middleman. The comiXology Digital Storefront Affiliate program appears to operate similarly.

From the press release:
The comiXology Digital Storefront Affiliate program offers retailers the opportunity to tap into comiXology’s vibrant digital marketplace with a simple integration into their existing site. These retailers will be able to offer their customers access to comiXology’s library of digital comics and integrated reader from participating publishers. Consumers will now be able to purchase digital comics online from their local comic store’s digital storefront for the first time. All digital purchases will also be compatible with the Comics by comiXology platform, providing fans the ability to enjoy their comics on their mobile devices and on the Web at their retailer’s websites by way of cross-platform synchronization.
For the full article with press clippings click HERE.

Having written comics for over forty years, scripting over a thousand issues, Denny O’Neil has seen his fair share of scripts pass his desk. He talks about the tools he has used over the years and how that has effected his writing process.

Denny O’Neil Compares Writing on Typewriters and Computers from The Comic Archive on Vimeo.

Where you work, the physical space you’re in when you try to create, is for many as important a tool as anything else. Jason Aaron writes about how once he had a room in his house that he could call office, his productivity went through the roof.

I wasn’t always so lucky. For the first four or five years of my writing career, my “office” was a laptop and a lapdesk. Actually, before there was the laptop there was just a desktop computer in my son’s bedroom. But most of my comics were written on that lapdesk. When I had the house to myself, I’d sit in the living room. Sometimes when the wife and kids were home, I’d sit on the bed next to the few shelves I had crammed with books in our bedroom. Once everybody else went to sleep, I’d usually take over the kitchen table.

Even now, I have a hard time writing when my family is home. When there’s a TV blaring in the next room or people coming and going, I just can’t focus. When I’m alone, I work in complete silence. I can’t listen to music or the radio, nothing. I get too distracted. My brain is too weak. I just can’t focus with any background noise going on.

About a year and a half ago, my wife and I were able to move to a bigger house, and at the expense of a guest room (sorry friends looking to spend the night) I was able to make my dream of an office come true.

Work-wise, it made me feel like a new man. Seriously. There is no substitute for having your own space in which to write. It’s one of those things, like a DVR or a smartphone or, I don’t know, viagra, that once you get it you wonder how the fuck you ever lived without it before.

I am in a building full of different businesses and professionals. This got me thinking about my work and me. Am I just someone in the building drawing some books? Or, am I a business? I learned that I am a business. I now have a full corporation for my comics work and am learning how to maximize the money I make and the expenses I can write off. As a freelancer, you are a business and need to treat it like one

I am a better Father/ Husband and a better cartoonist.

Probably the best thing that’s come out of my studio is the separation of work and family. As an artist, I can’t put the work away. When I was working out of this house, I would come downstairs for dinner, but my brain was in my work I would eat my dinner as fast as I could, waiting to get back up to fix that busted drawing. I was vacant during family functions and such. Now, when I leave the studio, I leave the work. When I’m at home, I’m a father and a husband. When I’m in the studio, I’m a cartoonist. It’s all about balance, and I’ve found it.
Shawn Crystal
Artist, Wolverine & Deadpool: The Decoy

The whole article is worht a read. Tony Moore and Jeff Parker also chime in about their work spaces. Click HERE.

This december saw the torch passed on my favorite NYC comic shop, Cosmic Comics on 23rd street. Before the shop closed I sat down with owner Mark Friedman to talk about the shop. Here he talks about how it was starting the shop and why he did it.

How Cosmic Comics in NYC Came To Be from The Comic Archive on Vimeo.