Comics A.M. | Animator and blogger Michael Sporn passes away

Passings | Animator and blogger Michael Sporn died Sunday in New York City from pancreatic cancer. He was 67. Sporn's short film Doctor DeSoto, based on William Steig's book, was nominated for an Oscar, and his The Man Who Walked Between the Towers won several awards. He created animated adaptations of a number of children's books, including Lyle Lyle Crocodile and Goodnight Moon, for HBO. In comics circles, he was also known as a blogger who turned up cool bits and pieces of animation and art. [Variety]

Publishing | Torsten Adair crunches some numbers from The New York Times 2013 bestseller lists, looking at each category and, in some cases, each publisher separately and breaking down the charting books into easy-to-follow pie charts. [The Beat]

Creators | Scott Snyder explains the thinking behind his pre-Batman glimpse of Bruce Wayne and the events in Batman: Zero Year. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Mike Carey and Peter Gross talk about what's next for Unwritten, as their story heads into its final arc, "The Apocalypse." [Hero Complex]

Creators | Steve Duin covers Rep. John Lewis' appearance at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, to talk about his graphic memoir March. [Oregon Live]

Creators | Fred Van Lente discusses what's going on these days in Archer & Armstrong and about the research he's been doing for the series. [Comicbook.com]

Creators | I talked to writer Ian Lendler and artist Zack Giallongo about their upcoming graphic novel The Stratford Zoo, in which a group of zoo animals stages a nocturnal production of Macbeth. The book will be published in the fall by First Second. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Alyssa Milano does a brief interview about Hacktivist, the comic that sprang from her fascination with Anonymous and takes as its premise the notion that there is really just one guy behind it all. [LAist]

Creators | Scott Lobdell talks about Teen Titans, which will wrap up in April. [Comicosity]

Manga | Crunchyroll continues to expand its online manga service with the addition of two more titles, Okitenemuru and Star Light Woman. [Anime News Network]

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