Comics A.M. | Bidding farewell to the long-running 'Apartment 3-G'

Comic strips | The soap opera comic strip Apartment 3-G ended its 54-year run Sunday with little fanfare, leaving it up to a handful of bloggers, including Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter and Josh Fruhlinger of The Comics Curmudgeon, to give the longtime funny-page staple a proper sendoff. "It definitely has an unaffected, what-we-call-Lynchian quality where what you’re seeing and what you’re 'hearing' as dialogue don’t match," Spurgeon writes. "The limited sets and slightly faded color choices make it a bit nightmarish, almost like the world is collapsing comic book 'crisis' style around these increasingly feckless characters. It’s hard to believe there are more than a dozen “places” in the world these characters exist. [The A.V. Club]

Legal | Bryan Brandenburg, chief marketing officer for Salt Lake Comic Con, announced Monday that event organizers have made "significant progress" in negotiating a settlement in the lawsuit filed last year by Comic-Con International over the use of the term "Comic Con." [Deseret News]

Legal | The Algerian supreme court has convicted cartoonist Tahar Djehiche and sentenced him to six months in prison and a fine of 500,000 dinars. The conviction reverses Djehiche's May 26 acquittal on charges of insulting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and "inciting a mob." The cartoon in question showed Bouteflika in the bottom half of an hourglass with sand pouring down on him and references the town of Ain Salah, which was the starting point for what turned out to be a large-scale protest against fracking and the environmental damage it causes. [CBLDF]

Creators | Here's your long read for the long weekend, and it's a good one: Chris Mautner transcribes his onstage interview with Bill Griffith from the Small Press Expo, going in depth about Griffith's new graphic novel Invisible Ink. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Kaptara collaborators Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod offer a glimpse into their creative process in this video. [io9.com]

Creators | In a short television news piece, Jerome Walford, Jason Scott Jones, and Christa Cassano discuss their contributions to the APB: Artists Against Police Brutality anthology. [News 12 Brooklyn]

Creators | In a podcast interview, Dale Lazarov talks about his gay sex-positive comics. [Gravy on the Side]

Comics | Comics blogger Reed Beebe interviews the bloggers from The Dinglehopper about how they decoded the alien messages in Paper Girls. [Nothing But Comics]

Graphic novels | Jared Gardner writes about "graphic medicine," the intersection of medical narratives and comics, and discusses The Graphic Medicine Manifesto, Katie Green's Lighter than My Shadow, and John Porcellino's Hospital Suite. [Public Books]

Retailing | Marcus King owner of Troll and Toad Games & Comics in London, Kentucky, is opening up his store on Thanksgiving to share the day with family and customers, kick off his holiday sales and benefit some local charities. [ICv2]

Awards | Rob Rogers, editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the president of the Pittsburgh ToonSeum, is the winner of this year's Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. The judges said, "Rogers has a vivid visual style that invites you in. He tackles really heavy issues with a light-handed visual touch. He leaves no confusion about his point of view; he knows what he wants to say." [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

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