Comics A.M. | Alan Moore to make rare convention appearance

Creators | Alan Moore will make a rare convention appearance in September — his first in 25 years, according to this article — at the inaugural Northants International Comics Expo in Northamptonshire, England. To attend Moore's hour-long talk on writing comics or the hour-long question-and-answer session, convention-goers are required to donate graphic novels to the Northamptonshire Libraries, which will have a table at the event. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | Mark Waid gets the NPR treatment, as Noah J. Nelson interviews him about his digital comics initiatives. "I got news for you: I've been doing this for 25 years, and this is the hardest writing I've ever had to do," Waid says of creating digital comics. [NPR]

Publishing | Abrams ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman discusses the publisher's spring lineup, which will include William Stout's Legends of the Blues, Darryl Cunningham's What the Frack, a history of Bazooka Joe comics, and a Will Eisner artbook written by Paul Levitz. [ICv2]

Publishing | Veteran editor Diana Schutz discusses her career at Comico and Dark Horse, developing a relationship with creators, attracting female readers, and working in a traditionally male-dominated industry: "When I first came to Dark Horse, I found out that the day before I started, Mike [Richardson] forced his almost all-male staff to take down their Playboy pinups from the wall. Eleven years ago, when I first taught my Comics Art & Literature course at PCC [Portland Community College], I had only two girls in a class of 35 students. Now women routinely make up half the class. [TFAW.com]

Creators | John Shirley, the original writer for The Crow film, talks to Alex Dueben about writing the new comic series The Crow for IDW Publishing: "Working with an artist as opposed to producers/director, it's different! But I did feel more like the real author of the tale than I would if it were for television. In television things are more committee oriented. There are showrunners and other writers to filter through. In comics there is a lot of input from the editors but one can be more of a creator true to one's vision in comics, at least more than one can in television." [Suicide Girls]

Creators | Brian Truitt interviews collaborators Jamie S. Rich and Mike Norton about It Girl and the Atomics, the new Image Comics series set in Mike Allred's Madman universe. (Robot 6 contributor Tim O'Shea chatted with Rich earlier this week). [USA Today]

Creators | Deb Aoki talks with film producer F.J.DeSanto, who is writing a graphic novel for American audiences based on the classic manga Cyborg 009. [About.com]

Creators | Richard Gehr interviews New Yorker cartoonist Arnie Levin; his name may not be familiar to most readers, but his style will be. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | The Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Ann Hurd discusses her transition from film to comics and her latest comic Anti, published this week by 12 Gauge: "'It's another creative outlet for storytelling. The idea initially was what better way to create, whether it's ultimately a television series or a feature film, than to have essentially the storyboards already done? And it was a fantastic story.'" [USA Today]

Graphic novels | Torsten Adair pulls out the graphic novels from Barnes & Noble's top 1,000 selling books; predictably, The Walking Dead does well, and there are three manga from Viz Media on the list. As he points out, any graphic novels in the top 100 should be considered best-sellers, and there are two: The Walking Dead Compendium and vol. 9 of Yu-Gi-Oh GX. [The Beat]

Nostalgia | Drew Friedman recounts his visit to the offices of MAD Magazine at the age of 15: He met publisher Bill Gaines, and while most of the staff was too busy to chat, Sergio Aragones made time not only to talk but to do a drawing for him. And he winds it up with a piece he drew for MAD years later, in which Gaines is a stand-in for God. [Drew Friedman]

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