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

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

Manga | Wicomico County Public Library in Maryland is conducting an “internal reconsideration” of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball after the popular series was removed from a combined elementary/middle school library last week due to depictions of nudity and sexual situations. The public library has pulled the manga while it decides in what section the T-rated series should be shelved. [The Daily Times]

Publishing | Deb Aoki gets more details from Viz Media Senior Editor Eric Searleman about the publisher’s relaunched original comics initiative, which began accepting submissions last week: “We’re hoping to publish a wide range of comics by a diverse group of creators. A lot of people are expecting Viz Media to publish manga (or comics that look like manga) but we don’t plan on limiting ourselves, in any way. It doesn’t matter to us if you draw like Tite Kubo or Darwyn Cooke. If you’ve got an awesome idea for a comic book, we want to see it.” Simon Jones provides commentary. [About.com, Icarus Publishing]


Publishing | Viz Media also is looking to fill four staff positions. [Japanator]

Events | Coverage of Lynda Barry, Paul Buhle and Harvey Pekar at the just-wrapped Wisconsin Book Festival. [A.V. Madison, The Cap Times]

Conventions | The second annual Tsubasacon, an anime convention held over the weekend in Huntington, West Virginia, drew an impressive 900 attendees. [WOWK]

Conventions | This Big Apple Comic-Con preview-cum-profile paints a rosy picture of Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus and his convention and magazine empire. [New York Post]

Retailing | Cabin Fever Comics has opened in Longmont, Colorado, providing the city with its first comic store since Time Warp closed three years ago. [Times-Call]


Sales charts | Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, which centers on the life and work of logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell, debuts as the No. 1 paperback on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List. [The New York Times]

Graphic novels | Speaking of Logicomix, John Handoulis looks at the surprise international success of the book, which was released last year in Greece. [AFP]

Webcomics | Lauren Davis spotlights a selection of horror titles. [io9.com]

Creators | “Failed cartoonist” Jeff Kinney talks about his insanely popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. [The Baltimore Sun]

Creators | Illustrator David Small discusses his well-received memoir Stitches: “I tried to be completely candid, but without the complaining quality or, for that matter, the philosophizing that makes so many memoirs unreadable for me. I took my tone from the memoirs I’ve been moved by, most of which were from the events in Europe during World War II. In these brief, usually harrowing memoirs, there is a remarkable lack of adjectives because the facts stand alone. If you get caught up in, as it were, ‘customizing’ your story (the way they customize, or tart up cars), it detracts from the verisimilitude, which should be the goal of any memoir.” [The Washington Post]

Creators | Your Berkeley Breathed profile for the day. [New York]


Creators | Arthur de Wolf talks to Giorgio Salati, who wrote the “Ultraheroes” storyline in Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories. [Disney Comics Worldwide]

Creators | Lora Innes discusses her webcomic-turned-print comic The Dreamer. [The Trades]

Creators | Congratulations to Mike Baron and Ann Fisher, who were married on Oct. 10. [Living On Mars]

Blogosphere | MangaBlog writer and Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson has launched a blog devoted to webcomics news. [Paperless Comics]

Art and design | Todd Klein wraps up his study of Legion of Super-Heroes and related logos through the decades. [Todd’s Blog, Todd’s Blog]

Comics | Ben Morse recalls The Secret Defenders and JLA: Incarnations. [The Cool Kids Table]

Comics | Marc Russel counts off “five superheroes rendered ridiculous by gritty reboots.” [Cracked]