Manga | Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team behind the Legend of Zelda manga, hinted on their Facebook page last week that Viz would license the English-language version of their new series, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Viz refused to confirm the license, but given that they published the earlier Legend of Zelda manga (which they are planning to reissue as two-in-one omnibus editions), and the Japanese publisher of the series, Shogakukan, is one of Viz’s parent companies, it would be odd if they didn’t get the license. [Anime News Network]
Retailing | The owners of Lauderdale Comics in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are working hard to make their store welcoming to customers who are on the autism spectrum. “It’s important to understand what the barriers and triggers are to reach people with autism without overwhelming them,” says co-owner Stacey Giulianti. That concern goes beyond the physical layout of the store: All staff will be trained in autism sensitivity, and the owners hope to hire people with autism to work there as well. [SouthFlorida.com]
Comics | Sabrina Vourvoulias talks to three movers and shakers in the black comics scene: Bill Campbell, owner of Rosarium Publishing; Arielle Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse; and writer Mikki Kendall. The article, which was written in advance of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention but casts a much wider net, ends with a list of suggested reading. [Philly Magazine]
Comics | Sheena Howard (the first black woman to win an Eisner award) looks at at the rising prominence of black women in comics and discusses Julianna “Jewels” Smith’s (H)afrocentric, which won a Glyph Award at ECBACC. [Huffington Post]
Political Cartoons | Three political cartoonists, Marshall Ramsey, Darrin Bell and Gary Varvel, discuss their coverage of the presidential campaign. [Here and Now]
Passings | John Freeman pays tribute to Stewart Perkins (a.k.a. WR Logan), a comics fan who had a huge impact on British comics; he founded Class of ’79, a 2000AD newsgroup and fanzine, provided inspiration for many creators, and was himself a character in Judge Dredd—Judge Logan is named for him. Perkins was so knowledgeable that John Wagner himself used to check facts with him, and Freeman also pays tribute to his “quiet generosity”: “I have read the comments of many people online mentioning how, when they mentioned a comic they’d like to read on a forum, having Stewart send it to them, free of charge and with no fuss.” [Down the Tubes]
Creators | New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks about the New York roots of her humor. [Times of Israel]
Creators | Tom Hart talks about his graphic novel Rosalie Lightning, the story of his daughter and of his grief after she died unexpectedly at the age of two. [Mutha Magazine]
Comics | Thomas Maluck discusses why spoilers matter, and he actually looks at two studies; one concluded that “What the plot is is (almost) irrelevant. The pleasure is in the writing,” but the other, which was inspired by the first, found that “unspoiled stories were more fun and suspenseful. Surprisingly, unspoiled stories were also more moving and enjoyable in general.” [Panels]
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