Comics A.M. | Suspect arrested in attempted ‘Magic’ card robbery

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Comics A.M. | Suspect arrested in attempted ‘Magic’ card robbery

Crime | Police in Little Rock, Arkansas, have arrested a man suspected in the attempted robbery of  The Comic Book Shop on Monday. Robert Leonard, 24, has been charged with aggravated robbery after he allegedly told a store clerk, “I hate to do this, but I have a gun, and I want a box of Magic cards for my son’s birthday.” However, he left the shop without the cards. [Little Rock Police Facebook]

Manga | Manga sales in the United States are on the upswing, and Justin Sevakis has some reasons why: a few blockbuster series that are “gateway drugs” (Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul and One-Punch Man); more focus on niche cultures in the mainstream, which means bookstores, for instance, are carrying more manga and graphic novels; and the practice of simulcasting anime in the United states and Japan, which builds interest in the associated manga. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | AfterShock Comics has hired Mike Zagari as senior vice president of digital and creative. Zagari is the former executive producer for Disney Publishing Digital, where he oversaw the creation of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars apps. He has also worked for Marvel Entertainment. [AfterShock Comics]

Political cartoons | The Los Angeles Review of Books posts videos of five political cartoonists discussing their own work and their thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo attack and its aftermath. The commentaries were part of a forum commemorating the first anniversary of the attacks. The participants were Lalo Alcaraz, Matt Bors, Steve Brodner, Ann Telnaes and Zunar. [Los Angeles Review of Books]

Creators | Brigitte “Bibi” Andrade talks about her comic, Bibi, which for 17 years has been chronicling the characters, hotspots and history of Miami Beach. [Miami Herald]

Creators | Sabrina Jones discusses the genesis of her upcoming graphic novel Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger. [Chelsea Now]

Creators | Zainab Akhtar curates a list of 10 lesser-known women cartoonists worth checking out. [AV Club]

Conventions | Jeremy Briggs posts a photo review of the inaugural Dunfermline (Scotland) Comic Con. [Down the Tubes]