Comics A.M. | A look back at 10 years of Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day | In anticipation of Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle interviews Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics, who came up with the idea in the first place, inspired by "free scoop" days at ice cream shops. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Free Comic Book Day | John Jackson Miller traces the 10-year history of Free Comic Book Day. [The Comics Chronicles]

Conventions | ReedPop Group Vice President Lance Fensterman takes stock of this year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and sees plenty of growth, both in attendees (42,000 this year) and exhibitors. It looks like the show will continue: "We feel like we got the answer we needed. We made maybe a little bit of money, which is fine. Year 3 is when we expect to start to see some positive cash flow, but even more so we felt that the community embraced the event and the turnout and the ticket sales reflect that—and that is just what we needed to see." [ICv2]

Conventions | Stumptown artist Matthew Southworth reports on the Stumptown Comics Festival (no relation). [The Beat]

Creators | Alex Zalben talks to Mark Waid about the launch of his digital site Thrillbent, his relationship with brick-and-mortar retailers, and what works — and doesn't work — in a digital comic: "What works is anything that hews to the mechanics of comics: letting the reader be in control of the pace of how he or she absorbs the story. In other words, to me, that’s what makes comics an intimate reading experience--turning pages, or the equivalent thereof. Adding music, adding sound, adding motion or animation or what have you--that turns the experience from something you’re reading to something you’re just watching, and that makes my teeth hurt." [MTV Geek]

Creators | X-O Manowar writer Robert Venditti is the guest on the comiXologist podcast. [comiXology Blog]

Creators | Mark Medley posts questionnaires with a handful of creators attending this weekend's Toronto Comics Art Festival: MariNaomi, Leah V. Wishnia, Benjamin Marra, Jesse Moynihan and Natalie Nourigat. [National Post]

Creators | Minnesota artist Erik Evenson, who won a Xeric Grant for his graphic novel Gods of Asgard, is working on "an adventure/sci-fi story with a splash of comedy, folklore and a bit of romance," titled The Beast of Wolfe's Bay, which he is funding on Kickstarter. [Bemidji Pioneer]

Creators | Veteran writer Stefan Petrucha talks about his latest project, writing the Power Rangers Super Samurai graphic novels for Papercutz, which included some grueling preparation: "Saban provided a detailed, invaluable 'Bible' of how the characters the world worked, which I devoured, but more importantly I started watching the series. It’s not much different from kicking back and watching something purely for the fun of it, but I did have more an eye to getting under the hood and thinking about what made it click before I sat down and started writing." [CSICON]

History | As Fantagraphics publishes a collection of Bill Mauldin's Willie and Joe cartoons, Bob Levin sketches a quick bio of Mauldin and reflects on the genesis of his cartoon about ordinary soldiers in World War II and what it meant to the rest of the world. [First of the Month]

Publishing | Hernan Migoya pens an appreciation of Josep Maria Berenguer, publisher of the Spanish underground comic El Vibora. [The Comics Journal]

Marketing | Kotaku takes on the burning question of why manga titles are so damn long; some, like What If A High School Baseball Team Manager Read Drucker's "Management," seem more like sentences. (That one is not licensed in English, alas.) The answer seems to be that the market is crowded and this is one way to distinguish your book from all the others. [Kotaku]

Criticism | The Hooded Utilitarian is devoting an entire roundtable to Wonder Woman #28, including essays by Jones, one of the Jones Boys on why people keep trying to "fix" Wonder Woman, and Trina Robbins on the latest reboot. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Education | Creator and editor Ken Steacy and his wife, illustrator Joan Steacy, are working together to offer a comics and graphic novels certificate program through the creative writing department in Camosun College, Victoria, British Columbia. This is the first full-time comics certificate program in Canada. [Vancouver Sun]

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