Comics A.M. | A nonprofit alternative for some publishers?

Publishing | Spurred by the GoFundMe campaign launched last week by Dan Vado to get SLG Publishing "back on its feet," Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture author Rob Salkowitz wonders whether a nonprofit model might make sense for some indie/niche publishers: "Contrary to popular perception, however, being a non-profit doesn’t mean you can’t make money. Lots of successful non-profits generate revenues in the millions and pay their staff, executives and contributors salaries comparable with those in the private sector. They can also pay contractors and contributors like performers or creators full market rates. They just don’t pay shareholders, and they plow any excess revenues back into their operations." [ICv2.com]

Passings | Michael Cavna rounds up tributes and remembrances from the colleagues of the editorial cartoonist Etta Hulme, who died last week at age 90. [Comic Riffs]

Political cartoons | News outlets in Egypt have been reluctant to run cartoons portraying new president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi or the military in an unflattering light, but cartoonists are turning to social media to make their points. Younger, anti-government cartoonists are also using a new set of symbols in their work, shying away from the traditional portrayal of Egypt as a beautiful, fertile woman. [Daily News Egypt]

Retailing | Brian Hibbs, owner of Comix Experience in San Francisco, breaks down the bestselling comics and graphic novels/collections for the first half of the year at that store and at Comic Outpost, by both copies and dollars sold. [The Savage Critics]

Creators | Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay discuss their reimagining of the 1990s Rob Liefeld comic Supreme in the upcoming sci-fi mystery Supreme: Blue Rose, which focuses on the Lois Lane analog Diane Dane. [USA Today]

Creators | Ed Brubaker talks about Velvet, the Image Comics espionage series he created with his Captain America: The Winter Soldier collaborator Steve Epting: "The unexplored perspective is always the more interesting. If I wanted to write an Encyclopedia Brown story, I’d write it from the point of view of Sally. If I wanted to write a Sherlock Holmes story, I’d write it from the point of view of Watson.” [Wired.com]

Creators | Box Brown talks about his new graphic novel Andre the Giant and the kinship he feels with the late wrestler. [NJ.com]

Creators | Greg Fox explains why he is keeping Brad Steele, the hero of his baseball comic Kyle's Bed and Breakfast, in the closet: "The reason is this: I'm waiting for the first real-life baseball player to come out before Brad does. And why is that? Because I don't want Brad to be the first. Because when it does happen in real life, when baseball gets its first Michael Sam or Jason Collins, that will entirely negate any stories in Kyle's B&B about Brad being the first player to come out. At which point, I'll be forced to ignore or 'retcon' a large chunk of the comic strip's history, omitting any details about Brad being the first out player." [Outsports]

Creators | Political cartoonist Kevin "Kal" Kallagher, whose work is regularly featured in The Economist and The Baltimore Sun, is spending a few months in Bermuda and hopes to create a cartoon travelogue of his experiences. [The Royal Gazette]

Creators | Justin Jordan unleashes a horrifying menagerie of monsters and parasites in his apocalyptic horror series Spread. [USA Today]

Creators | Artist Matt Freedman talks about Relatively Indolent but Relentless, his comics/journal memoir of his experiences with cancer. [Chicago Reader]

Comics | Rob Salkowitz (again) looks at the impending death of Archie Andrews in the context of other comics deaths and the changes at Archie Comics over the years. [Here and Now]

Manga | Shonen Jump creators Tite Kubo (Bleach), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), Takeshi Obata (Bakuman) and Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) draw their creations for the camera in a short video. [RocketNews 24]

Digital comics | Webtoons (webcomics) are a national phenomenon in Korea, where webcomics supplied by the search engine Naver get 6.2 million views a day, and webtoons entrepreneurs are looking to expand across the globe. This article praises the speed of Korean creators, who can create an episode a week, and also the scrolling format, which eliminates the distraction of page turns. [Inside Korea]

Comics Conventions | The Virginia Vintage Comics Show, coming up in August, is the only show dedicated solely to old comics in the Eastern U.S. [SW VA Today]

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