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Comics A.M. | ‘Airwolf,’ ‘Saved by the Bell’ revived as digital comics

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Publishing | Lions Forge Comics announced a partnership this morning with NBC Universal to create digital comics based on five television series from the 1980s and 1990s: Knight Rider, Airwolf, Miami Vice, Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell. The comics will be released on a variety of e-book platforms, including Kindle, Nook and Kobo, but there was no mention of comics apps such as comiXology. [USA Today]

Publishing | Denis Kitchen’s Kitchen Sink, long a packager whose comics were published by others, will now be an imprint of Dark Horse, releasing four to six books a year. The imprint will include art books, reprints of archival material, and new graphic novels; it will kick off with The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground!, a collection of works from the Marvel magazine, which was edited by Kitchen and Stan Lee. [ICv2]


Comics | The locals in Perth, Australia, are chuffed that their city turned up as a locale in an Avengers comic — even if it was as a bomb impact site with overpriced beer. [WAtoday]

Comic strips | An employee of the Louisville Courier-Journal who was rummaging around the storage room looking for Christmas decorations came upon a treasure trove of original comic-strip art from the 1960s, including The Family Circus, Blondie, Donald Duck and Rex Morgan, MD. Courier-Journal Oublisher Wesley Jackson says the newspaper is in the process of authenticating artwork and determining its value, adding, “Once we have a clearer understanding of the pieces and their authenticity, we will work to make them accessible to the community.” [Louisville Courier-Journal]


Manga | Viz Media’s digital manga magazine Shonen Jump will serialize Jaco the Galactic Patrolman (Ginga Patrol Jako), the newly announced series by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, with each chapter debuting in English within days of its Japanese release. [Anime News Network]

Digital comics | Pundit Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, tracks the rise of digital-first comics over the past year and discusses what sets them apart from their dead-tree counterparts. [ICv2]

Creators | Andrew Aydin, former press secretary for Rep. John Lewis, talks about the conversations he had with Lewis that led to their co-authoring the autobiographical graphic novel March. [The Guardian]

Creators | Zainab Akhtar talks to Julia Gfrӧrer. [The Beat]

Conventions | Alan Gardner files his report on the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists annual convention. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Conventions | Louisville, Kentucky’s Derby City Comic Con will expand from one day to two next year, with plans to gradually take over more and more of the Kentucky International Convention Center each year as well. [Louisville.com]

Conventions | Hannah Means-Shannon went to Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, and found it to be … not too terrible. [The Beat]

Manga | Jason Thompson takes a look at the space-school manga Twin Spica. [Anime News Network]