Comics A.M. | Burglars strike Houston store at lightning speed

Crime | The thieves who broke into the Pop Culture Company store in Houston, Texas, early Tuesday knew what they were doing: Surveillance video shows just three minutes elapsed between when they hurled a sledgehammer through the store's glass door and when they left with the cash register, the safe, a laptop and a tablet. Although the three burglars ignored the comics and toys, damage to the store is estimated between $7,000 and $8,000. The speed of the robbery has police and store owner Robert Quijano thinking these are seasoned pros. "This is obviously what they do," Quijano said. "I get up in the morning, I come to work, I sell comic books. They get up in the evening and they go out and they steal things from people." [Click2Houston]

Creators | Artist Jamal Igle has worked on a number of Big Two properties, including Supergirl and Firestorm, but going forward the only comics and prints he'll be bringing to conventions will feature the character he created, Molly Danger. He explains why he won't be carrying Supergirl or Firestorm merchandise: "The thing is, I don’t own either of those characters, and never will. I have no stake in their success, beyond my tangential relationship to them. Spending my time, basically giving DC Comics more publicity while I’m no longer a regular, active member of their talent roster, doesn’t help me promote my work or my character." [13th Dimension]

Creators | In a video interview, Jem and the Holograms co-creator Christy Marx talks about her efforts to create strong women characters in children's comics and cartoons. [The Atlantic]

Creators | Artist Mitch Gerads talks about his career in comics and his new Vertigo title, The Sheriff of Babylon. [Sktchd]

Comics | In the early 1970s, high school student Neal Warner drew an underground comic called Pizza Fella, in which a teenage pizza deliveryman encountered customers who shared weed with him. The comic ran from 1970 to 1974 and got Warner a gig with animator Ralph Bakshi's studio; he went on to a career in animation that included working on Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, She-Ra and other iconic properties. Now he's bringing his comic back, updated for the era of legal weed (his delivery boy is over 18), and interestingly, not as a webcomic but as weekly comic for alternative newspapers. [Rock & Roll Rehab]

Best of the year | R.C. Baker rounds up the 15 best comics of 2015, almost half of which have a New York connection. [The Village Voice]

Publishing | Mark Arsenault of Alternative Comics gives a blow-by-blow account of a comics disaster, from finding out that the printer had left all the text off the inside cover of Sam Henderson's Magic Whistle 3.0 through his frantic (and ultimately futile) efforts to get the comic pulled before it reached stores. He also helpfully provides the missing text, in case you bought a defective comic. [Medium]

Comics | Mark Henely looks at comics about comics — comics about comedians, that is. Back in the day, cartoon versions of standup and movie comics such as Bob Hope and Abbot & Costello headlined their own comics series; Henely also looks at Don Rickles' cameos in the Jimmy Olson comics. [Splitsider]

Retailing | The Cypress, Texas, comic shop 8th Dimension Comics and Games rolls out the welcome mat for female fans — in fact, the co-owner, Annie Bulloch, is the administrator of the Valkyries, an association of women who work in comic shops. [Houston Chronicle]

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