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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Publishing | Amazon has backed down in its standoff with Macmillan over the price of digital books. On Friday the Internet giant surprised everyone when it removed both electronic and traditional books from Macmillan after the publisher announced plans to raise the price of e-books from $9.99 to $14.99. Macmillan and other publishers have been engaged in a pricing dispute with Amazon, which insists that all e-books for the Kindle be priced at $9.99.

As Johanna Draper-Carlson notes, Amazon’s move on Friday affected Macmillan graphic-novel imprint First Second Books and publishing partners Seven Seas Entertainment and Hill & Wang. [Media Decoder, GalleyCat]

Awards | French cartoonist Baru won the Grand Prix at the 37th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, held Jan. 28-31. Tom Spurgeon has the complete list of winners, as well as a good round-up of coverage. [The Comics Reporter]


Passings | Keiko Tobe, creator of the award-winning manga With the Light, passed away on Jan. 28. She was 52. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | More than $2.9 billion was spent last year in Japan on 5 billion manga volumes, according to figures released by the survey firm Oricon. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Scottish media company DC Thomson, publisher of The Beano and The Dandy, is accusing the BBC putting the squeeze on independent companies by moving into other markets, such as children’s magazines. [This is Money]

Best of 2009 | Matthew Brady selects the 20 best comics of the year, from 100 Bullets and Garth Ennis’ Battlefields to Beasts of Burden and Grandville. [Warren Peace Sings the Blues]


Creators | Fifteen years after the end of Calvin and Hobbes, John Campanelli briefly interviews reclusive cartoonist Bill Watterson about the impact and legacy of the comic strip: “It’s always better to leave the party early. If I had rolled along with the strip’s popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now ‘grieving’ for Calvin and Hobbes would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I’d be agreeing with them. … I think some of the reason Calvin and Hobbes still finds an audience today is because I chose not to run the wheels off it.” [The Plain Dealer]

Creators | Esther Keller interviews George O’Connor, creator of the 12-part Olympians series from First Second Books. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Robot 6 contributor Chris Mautner previews an appearance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, by Art Spiegelman. [Patriot-News]

Creators | Writer Andi Ewington talks about his debut comic 45. [Techland]

Creators | To mark Grant Morrison’s 50th birthday, Matt Price names 50 of the writer’s trade paperbacks and graphic novels that everyone should read. [Nerdage]