Creators | Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was traveling the day a tornado devastated Moore, Oklahoma, and he saw the damage on a news broadcast while waiting for a flight. The images stuck with him, so he rounded up fellow creators Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine, Timmy Failure) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), all of whom he describes as “novelists whose DNA is in comics,” to hold a benefit to rebuild the town’s school libraries. The quartet will meet in Norman, Oklahoma, for a panel discussion and will raffle off original art and sell autographed copies of their books this weekend, with all proceeds going to the Moore Public Schools Foundation, earmarked for the school libraries. [Oklahoma Gazette]
Creators | Joe Sacco, author of Palestine, Footnotes in Gaza and, most recently, The Great War, talks about his work day, his process and the places he’s been. [The Telegraph]
Creators | Underground comics pioneer Denis Kitchen guests on the latest Gweek podcast. [BoingBoing]
Creators | Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama says he plans to end the series after 20 volumes (the 11th volume just came out in Japan). Of course, that’s not really the end, as a spinoff is already in the works. [Anime News Network]
Creators | “There really is no data center comic book out there, and I think there should be,” says Diane Alber, a data-center professional with a fine art degree who’s crowdfunding her book What Happens in the Data Center… via Kickstarter. [Data Center Knowledge]
History | Michael Dooley posts the second half of his massive article about the comics that Dr. Fredric Wertham used as source material for his influential anti-comics book Seduction of the Innocent. [Print]
Comics | Barbara Thau talks to Bluewater Productions President Darren Davis and branding consultant Amy Shea about Bluewater’s bio-comic of Paula Deen and the role it may play in repairing her image. [Forbes]
Retailing | Toad Hall, a comics/books/vinyl record store with a truly remarkable history (at one point, it was for sale on eBay) will celebrate its 40th anniversary this week. The Rockford, Illinois, store changed hands in 2005, and the new owners are trying to make it more user-friendly by, for instance, organizing the 30,000 vinyl soundtrack albums alphabetically. [Rockford Register Star]
Retailing | Olivia Just profiles Stamford, Connecticut, comic shop A Timeless Journey, including conversations with both the owner and a regular customer. [Stamford Advocate]
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