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

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

Manga | A 14-year-old middle-schooler in Owosso, Michigan, has been suspended indefinitely after a classmate found a Death Note-inspired note containing the names of two students and times, and turned it over to a teacher. In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note, the hit manga turned anime and live-action movie franchise, a high school student sets out to rid the world of evil using a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it.

Although the incident with the Owosso student was turned over to police, who forwarded the case to the prosecutor’s office. Police and school officials say they don’t believe the teen intended to harm anyone, and that no one was in danger.

This is at least the sixth incident in the United States in the past few years in which a student was disciplined for possessing a “death note.” [Argus-Press, Anime News Network]

Retailing | At its annual meeting late last week in Memphis, Tennessee, the direct-market trade organization ComicsPRO presented former DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz with its first Industry Appreciation Award. The late Carol Kalish, former direct sales manager at Marvel, was honored with a posthumous Industry Appreciation Award. Matt Price has a roundup of news from the meeting. [Nerdage]

Publishing | Meredith May shines the spotlight on Last Gasp founder Ron Turner as the underground-comics publisher and distributor marks 40 years in business. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Publishing | Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater talks about teaming with Stan Lee for Super Seven. [AICN Comics]

Creators | About 50 fans, family and friends of renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta gathered Friday near the Frank Frazetta Museum in Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania, for a candlelight vigil in support of the artist and his son Frank Jr. The Frazetta family is embroiled in bitter feud marked by criminal charges and a lawsuit against Frank Jr., who’s charged in the December break-in at the museum and is accused by his siblings of selling and reproducing their father’s art without permission. [Pocono Record]

Creators | Cartoonist Rene Engström discusses her recently concluded webcomic Anders Loves Maria. [Sequential Tart]

Creators | Girls With Slingshots creator Danielle Corsetto is the subject of an audio interview from this year’s Emerald City ComiCon. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | Alex Deuben chats with Taki Soma about Rapture, her Dark Horse collaboration with Michael Avon Oeming. [Suicide Girls]

Creators | Brian Heater continues his multi-part interview with Bill Ayers. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Fandom | Chris McNamara profiles the Chicago Nerd Social Club, a collection of about 750 members that holds events around the city. [Chicago Tribune]