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Comics A.M. | Japan’s Kadokawa expands its digital reach

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Comics A.M. | Japan’s Kadokawa expands its digital reach

Digital comics | Japanese publisher Kadokawa will relaunch its English-language e-book service BookWalker on Oct. 8 with 700 new manga and light novel titles. BookWalker, which includes a website and iOS and Android apps, debuted last year with a library of Kadokawa books, including Sgt. Frog and Neon Genesis Evangelion, some of which have also been published by Viz Media and Dark Horse. The new site will include a wider range of books from other Japanese and North American publishers. Kadokawa also runs ComicWalker site, which offers free chapters of manga in English. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Colin McEnroe interviews Zippy creator Bill Griffith about his new book, Invisible Ink, which is the story of his late mother’s affair with a cartoonist — or, as McEnroe puts it, “Zippy Meets Freud.” [NPR]

Creators | Just ahead of Saturday’s Batman Day events, Tim Seeley talks about his work as writer of Batman: Eternal and Grayson. [Chicago Tribune]

Creators | Annie Mok interviews Jane Mai, creator of Sunday in the Park with Boys and See You Next Tuesday, both published by Koyama Press.[The Comics Journal]

Covers | The CMYK-Stained Paste Comics Team presents a gallery of its favorite comics covers by 71 different artists. [Paste]

Conventions | The inaugural Fort Collins (Colorado) Comic Con, which had an attendance of 2,000, raised $15,000 for the local library system. [Coloradoan]

Conventions | SenshiCon, Alaska’s own anime con, is back this year with special guest Jennifer Cihi, a voice actress on Sailor Moon and the singer of the Hot Pockets jingle. [Anchorage Press]

Retailing | Ted Mays opened his own comic shop Gecko Comics in the Kaimuki neighborhood of Honolulu, Hawaii, when he happened to get several checks all at once, and he has kept it going for 28 years. As regular customer Rusty Baily says, “It’s very well-organized, but it’s got things everywhere. And it’s just disorganized enough to make you think you can find that little treasure in the corner if you look hard enough.” [Hawaii Business]

Retailing | Crescent City Comics of New Orleans celebrated its sixth anniversary with a comics kegger—discounted comics and free beer. [Tulane Hullabaloo]

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