Awards | Cartoonist Roz Chast is one of six recipients of this year’s Heinz Awards, which recognize “exceptional Americans, for their creativity and determination in finding solutions to critical issues.” The honor comes with an $250,000 cash prize. “‘Floored’ does not begin to describe it,” says the author of the acclaimed graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? “I don’t think I’ve fully absorbed it yet.” [The Washington Post]
Political cartoons | In a radio interview, Afghan political cartoonist Habib Rahman Habib talks about his work. [NPR]
Creators | Chris Ware is on the cover of this month’s issue of Juxtapoz, and the website features an interview, samples of his work, a short piece by Ware about his studio, and a commentary by Francoise Mouly about his New Yorker covers. [Juxtapoz]
Creators | Francoise Mouly and Mina Kaneko interview Dan Clowes. [The New Yorker]
Creators | Chip Zdarsky talks about the difficulty of maintaining a secret identity when you’re winning major comics awards, and also about taking on his first major gig as a writer, Marvel’s Howard the Duck. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Bastien Vivès, Michael Sanlaville and Balak discuss their fantasy/fighting series Last Man in an article that also includes an exclusive reveal of the cover of the fourth volume. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Dominic Umile writes about pre-Code horror comics and the work of Howard Nostrand. [Dominic Umile]
Comics | Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses superheroes, comics vs. movies, and why he reads Marvel comics but not DC: “For reasons right or wrong, you’ll see the lead character for DC is Superman. So, truth, justice, and the American way. And, not even consciously, I just kind of said, Hmm, maybe not. Then you pick up X-Men, right, and you see all these weirdos and freaks, you know? And you think, Oh, man, that kind of rings true for me. When I was a kid, I didn’t even think of Peter Parker as white. It didn’t even occur to me.” [Vulture]
Webcomics | The long-running webcomic Kevin and Kell has a new home: It will run on King Features’ Comics Kingdom site, starting with strips from 2009. Creator Bill Holbrook checks in in comments to note that Kevin and Kell will turn 20 later this year, making it the longest-running webcomic. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Conventions | Olly McNamee reports in from the Birmingham (England) Comics Festival, an indy-comics event that drew almost 2,000 fans. [Bleeding Cool]
Retailing | The Ashburn, Virginia, comic shop Comic Logic is opening its doors on Saturday, just ahead of Free Comic Book Day. [Leesburg Today]
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