Retailing | The rental chain Tsutaya and the bookstore chain Yurindo have returned Kuroko’s Basketball books and DVDs to their shelves after “X-Day,” Nov. 4, passed without incident. Someone has sent hundreds of threatening letters to convention sites, bookstores, the media and Sophia University (the alma mater of Kuroko’s Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki), over the past year, and the most recent batch of letters said that “X-Day will be on the final day of the [Sophia University] school festival.” Meanwhile, police are checking security cameras near all the mailboxes in the districts from which the letters were mailed, looking for suspicious people. [Anime News Network]
Comics | Brian Steinberg looks at Archie Comics’ most radical move yet: the relatively adult Afterlife with Archie, which literally turned America’s most iconic teenagers into zombies. Steinberg talks to Archie CEO Jon Goldwater, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, artist Francesco Francavilla and others about the significance of this comic, which sold almost 65,000 copies to the direct market. [Variety]
Comics | Here’s a fascinating look at the comics journalism movement in India, where grass-roots organizers use comics, sometimes posted on walls in public places, to raise awareness about issues from the dangers of uranium dust to the threat posed to children by sex tourists. [Truthout]
Creators | Joe Sacco writes about his new book The Great War, and shows off some of the art as well. [The New Yorker]
Creators | Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner talk about their new Harley Quinn series. “We want to explore things from her normal life: where she lives, how she gets her groceries, how she gets her suit off for a bathroom break, any of that stuff,” Palmiotti explains. “So we’re going to try to dig into the character and give the audience a chance to get to know who she is. Which I think will also really enhance the experience you get on Suicide Squad. You’ll a chance to get a better feel for the character.” [Kindle Post]
Creators | A.D. Amoroso profiles Philadelphia creator Rob Woods, creator of 36 Lessons in Self-Destruction: The Depressed Punx Collection, and talks to Joshua O’Neill, owner of Locust Moon, the comic shop that published the book. Peter Bagge also appears to give Woods a shout-out. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Creators | Paul Gravett interviews Algerian creator Sofiane Belaskri. [Paul Gravett]
Creators | Dan Greenfield continues his conversation with Nightwing writer Kyle Higgins. [13th Dimension]
Creators | Janelle Asselin profiles emerging artist Cathy G. Johnson. [ComicsAlliance]
Criticism | Art Spiegelman has been getting a lot of press lately, as a retrospective of his work goes up in New York, but Jed Perl thinks he’s overrated. [The New Republic]
Kickstarter | Rob Mc Monigal talks to Kel McDonald about her planned anthology Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa Edition, a compilation of African folk tales, with a list of contributors that includes Faith Erin Hicks and Chris Schweitzer. [Panel Patter]
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