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Comics A.M. | What the growth of tablets means for comics

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Digital comics | Ethan Gach contemplates what the popularity of tablets means for the comics industry, with a particular focus on comiXology. He points out that the digital distributor offers not only bestsellers but also titles that appeal to a broader audience — and has brought success to some indie creators via its comiXology Submit program. [Forbes]

Academia | Tom Spurgeon talks to Professor Benjamin Saunders, director of the Comics & Cartoon Studies Program at the University of Oregon, which just received a major donation that will serve as an endowment for the program. [The Comics Reporter]

Manga | Kodansha will release a second printing of the January issue of Aria magazine, which features the debut of Hikaru Suruga and Gan Sunaaku’s Attack on Titan spinoff No Regrets. The first printing was five times greater than the magazine’s usual press run — Aria has a verified circulation of 13,667 copies — so with this new printing, the January issue will have 10 times the number of copies of the  average issue. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Is Shigeru Mizuki, the 91-year-old creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, the world’s oldest working comic artist? Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft asks the question as Mizuki prepares to launch the autobiographical manga My Days later this month. [Kotaku]


Creators | Rick Remender discusses his upcoming Image Comics series Deadly Class, a collaboration with Wes Craig featuring a group of teens in a school for assassins in 1987: “It’s collaboration so there’s also a lot of my co-creator Wes Craig and editor Sebastian Girner in there as well. I spent countless hours on the phone with Wes and Sebastian beating this thing in the shape, cooking up new characters, devising interesting plot structures. The high panel count is something that I’ve always been a fan of, and a staple of Frank Miller from the era of the story, so Wes and I have tried to go for maximum panel count per page. The effect is basically giving people twice as much story or at least twice as much motion. Wes goes nuts with this stuff. He designs pages to look like frameable art that just happens to also have perfect story telling. The dude is a threat to all the living. He will spell doom for our people.” [IGN.com]

Creators | Those who have missed Bad Signal may be pleased to know that Warren Ellis has launched a new email newsletter called Orbital Operations. [Twitter]

Publishing | Seven Seas Entertainment has acquired eight new licenses, among them, I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland and the continuation of the popular Strike Witches. [press release]