Comics A.M. | Duncan wins LA Times Book Prize; Wizard World returns to LA

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Comics A.M. | <i>Duncan</i> wins LA Times Book Prize; Wizard World returns to LA

Awards | Adam Hines has won the graphic novel category in the 31st annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his debut book Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One. The other nominees were Dash Shaw’s Bodyworld, Karl Stevens’ The Lodger, Carol Tyler’s You’ll Never Know, Book II, and Jim Woodring’s Weathercraft. [press release]

Conventions | More than two years after canceling its Los Angeles convention, Wizard World announced it will return to the city Sept. 24-25 with Los Angeles Comic Con, to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Big Apple Comic Con, which previously had been scheduled for those dates, will be moved to the spring. [press release]

Publishing | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson talks with Viz Media Vice President Alvin Lu about the expansion of the publisher’s iPad app to include iPhone and iPod Touch. [Publishers Weekly]

Publishing | Margaret O’Connell looks at the role Tokyopop played in bringing boys’ love manga to the English-language market. [Sequential Tart]

Publishing | In the past two years, $943,118 has been raised for comics projects through Kickstarter. [Bleeding Cool]

Passings | Margalit Fox pens an obituary for comic strip historian and archivist Bill Blackbeard, who passed away March 10 at age 84. [The New York Times]

Creators | Veteran writer Roger Stern is interviewed in advance of his Free Comic Book Day appearance at Chautauqua Comics in Jamestown, N.Y. [The Observer]

Creators | Carla Speed McNeil discusses bringing her acclaimed Finder series to Dark Horse. [Sequential Tart]

Comics | In light of the recent uproar, here’s a look at Superman’s history of “un-American activity.” []