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Comics A.M. | Cartoonist Bill White dies; superhero comics/film disparity

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Comics A.M. | Cartoonist Bill White dies; superhero comics/film disparity

Passings | Cartoonist and animator Bill White has died at the age of 51. According to his Lambiek page, White studied animation at the Kubert School and was a penciler and inker for a number of publishers, including DC Comics, Marvel, Archie, Disney and Harvey. His animation work included stints on Ren and Stimpy and Inspector Gadget. Infinite Hollywood has a nice remembrance. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Comics | Jim Beard looks at the apparent contradiction between the mass popularity of superhero movies and the relatively limited audience for the comics that spawned them; Mark Waid attributes this to a lack of comics shops, while Ethan Van Sciver thinks that most people simply have a hard time reading comics. Two local retailers weigh in as well, making this an interesting and well-rounded overview of the problem. [Toledo Free Press]


Creators | Sean Edgar has a nice in-depth interview with writer Scott Snyder about his new Superman gig, the artist he would most like to work with, and the comics he drew as a kid: “I had a cyborg character named Vengeance who was a complete rip-off of three other characters. I spelled it wrong by mistake; I remember on the cover I left out the ‘A.’ So someone told me and I was like, ‘yeah, that’s because he writes it in blood above that.’ He scribbles in the ‘A’ with a little arrow that points up to it, and that’s a cool signature.” [Paste]

Creators | Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov brings amazing depth to the character of Skeletor, the villain of the Masters of the Universe comics: “I could show him having an acid bomb thrown at his head, but that’s not what made him him. The fact that he got his face burned off is more than just the actual physical act of burning his face off. It has an emotional root. He’s stripping away who he was to become who he will be.” [USA Today]


Creators | Riley Rossmo talks about designing his new character Madder Red, star of Bedlam, his new Image Comics collaboration with Nick Spencer. [USA Today]

Creators | Jeffrey Brown talks about his favorite book as a child, Mark Alan Stamaty’s Small in the Saddle, and how as an adult, his then-girlfriend (now wife) found a copy of the book for him — and engineered a meeting with Stamaty. [Pop Candy]

Creators | Your local-artist profile of the day is of Florida artist Alex Cutri, who has been a colorist for Marvel and is currently working on his own comic Rebirth (via Kickstarter) and a giant mural. [Tampa Bay Online]

Creators | The city of Paradise Valley, Arizona, wants to honor the late cartoonist and local resident Bil Keane with a bronze statue of the characters from his long-running newspaper comic The Family Circus. [The Arizona Republic]

Retailing | Bismarck, North Dakota, will get a new comics shop next week when Action Jackson opens its doors. Owner Jackson Bird isn’t too worried about the storm disrupting his supply chain, as he is using his own collection of more than 70,000 comics as starter stock. [Bismarck Tribune]

Conventions | Paul Gravett looks ahead at what to expect at this year’s Comica Festival in London. [Paul Gravett]

Exhibits | Here’s a look at some of the works in the traveling exhibition “Comics, Manga & Co. – The New Culture of German Comics,” which has just come to rest in Dundee, Scotland. [Forbidden Planet]