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Comics A.M. | Flush with cash, ‘Charlie Hebdo’ now at crossroads

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Comics A.M. | Flush with cash, ‘Charlie Hebdo’ now at crossroads

Publishing | The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy before armed gunmen attacked its offices last month, but the outpouring of support that followed has changed the financial picture: The first issue after the attack sold millions of copies, 250,000 new subscribers signed up, and the paper even received more than $4.5 million in donations. The flush of wealth is causing dissension among the staff, Sam Schechner reports, with some arguing that the publication should become a cooperative. At the same time, they’re discussing how Charlie Hebdo will keep its edge under the new circumstances. A new issue, the second since the attacks, is out on newsstands today. [The Wall Street Journal]

Awards | The nominees for the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize have been announced, and they include the long-running Naruto and the relatively new Assassination Classroom. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Shea Hennum looks at Fantagraphics’ manga strategy and how it fits into the company’s line. [Paste]

Creators | Alex Dueben talks to JP Ahonen, the co-creator of Sing No Evil, about his creative process and the Finnish comics scene. [The Beat]

Creators | Michael Dooley interviews historian Robert C. Harvey about his research on E. Simms Campbell, who may be the first widely known African-American cartoonist. His work appeared in Esquire from its launch and later in Playboy, The New Yorker and other national magazines. [Print]

Creators | Melissa Mendes, creator of the webcomic The Weight, talks about her work habits and her creative process. [Darling Sleeper]

Creators | Brandon Seifert discusses his new series for Legendary Comics, The Harvester. [Hero Complex]

Comics | Steve Korté, the DC Comics librarian, talks about the history of The Flash, from the Golden Age to the present. [Nothing But Comics]

Conventions | The second annual Camden Comic Con, held on the campus of Rutgers University-Camden, puts the focus firmly on comics, with free admission and a creator lineup that includes Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Bryan Glass (Mice Templar, Furious), Shawn Martinbrough, and recent graduate Ryan Brady. [South Jersey Times]

Retailing | Glenn Brewer has owned Rock Bottom Comics in Columbia, Missouri, since 1973, making it the state’s second-oldest comic shop; Distant Planet just opened this year. The owners, staff and customers of both stores talk about their contrasting philosophies and business models, and what it takes to succeed in comics retailing. [Columbia Daily Tribune]

Retailing | Raleigh, North Carolina, has a new comic shop: Fight or Flight Comics, founded by the former staff of another local comic shop, Foundation’s Edge, but carefully sited so as not to be in competition with it. [Indy Week]

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