Comics A.M. | Boston Comic Con a boon to local retailers

Conventions | Retailers in the Boston area talk about the importance of Boston Comic Con to their bottom line. This year's event will be held Saturday and Sunday. [The Boston Globe]

Creators | Leslie Chew, who recently faced legal action because of his political cartoons on Facebook, and his attorney talk about Chew's cartoons and the legal case against him. [PRI's The World]

Creators | Nate Powell, who got his start distributing photocopied minicomics at punk-rock shows, talks to his hometown newspaper about working with Rep. John Lewis on March, drawing a Percy Jackson graphic novel, and life as a full-time comic artist: "There's a whole lot of constant hustling as a cartoon artist, and really I credit DIY punk as far as shaping the way that I navigate the world to allow me to still tap into the constant hustling necessary to keep my head above water." [Arkansas Times]

Creators | Author Laurie Halse Anderson and artist Emily Carroll discuss their work on the graphic novel adaptation of Anderson's young-adult novel Speak, the story of a girl who retreats into silence after she is raped. The novel has sold 3 million copies and was a finalist for a National Book Award. Anderson, who is writing the adaptation herself, says Carroll's art is a "perfect fit" for her novel: "Emily’s drawings are dark, but she knows how to create moments of light in the darkness." [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Hip-hop artist Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, a comics fan since childhood, talks about the comic he is creating, which will feature DMC himself as a superhero, the opportunity to give young creators an opening, and the thrill of working with Sal Buscema, whose comics he read as a child: "How the hell do I get a chance to work with God?" [AllHipHop.com]

Creators | Nathan Edmondson, writer of The Light and Who Is Jake Ellis?, tries his hand at a game tie-in with Splinter Cell: Echoes, a graphic novel that fills in the story between Splinter Cell Conviction and Splinter Cell Blacklist. [Ubisoft Blog]

Creators | Darryl Cunningham explains why he added new material to the latest editions of Science Tales and Psychiatric Tales. [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Paul LaPorte hosted a release party last weekend for his graphic novel Today's Hero, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. [Utica Observer-Dispatch]

Graphic novels | John Przybys rounds up graphic novel recommendations from local retailers and other experts. [Las Vegas Review-Journal

Events | The local paper pops in on a drink and draw night at FOS Comics in Mobile, Alabama, that featured a dozen artists, including Clown Town artist Amanda Rachels. [AL.com]

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