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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

Crime | Authorities have arrested the last of three suspects in the April shooting of retailer David Pirkola, owner of Apparitions Comics and Books in Kentwood, Mich. [The Grand Rapids Press]

Creators | Jeffrey Klaehn wraps up his two-part interview with writer Grant Morrison, who talks about DC’s Final Crisis, and the nature of superhero comics: “Superhero comics, like all pop trash art, tend to function as reliable barometers of cultural change. … In recent years, we’ve seen the superhero as celebrity and as super-soldier, tool of the Military Industrial Complex. The coming wave is more escapist, more psychedelic in tone. The Hero home from the War. The superhero always mirrors the emotional needs of his audience, and comic book creators adapt—sometimes quite unconsciously—to provide the kind of protector and role model each age demands.” [PW Comics Week]

Superhero comics | Tucker Stone lays out the reasons why Marvel’s Secret Invasion worked from a commercial standpoint. [comiXology]

Creators | Often-controversial Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder stirred a little more controversy at a speaking engagement on Monday when he said that, to him, President Obama isn’t black because he isn’t descended from a slave. “The person who is one of us in the White House is Michelle Obama and her momma,” he said. [Palladium-Item]

Creators | Get Your War On creator David Rees holds court on the Bush administration, and the end of the webcomic. [National Post]

Creators | Richard Starkings remembers legendary editor Archie Goodwin, “the nicest man in comics.” [Don’t Think of the Elephantmen]

Creators | TV critic Mark Dawidziak profiles comics writer Brian K. Vaughan, focusing on his work on the television drama Lost. [The Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Best of the year | Bloggers Sandy Bilus, Matthew J. Brady and Sean Collins list their favorite comics of 2008.

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