Comics A.M. | ComiXology surpasses 200 million downloads

Digital comics | It took three years for comiXology to reach 100 million downloads, but just one year for it to reach 200 million. Matthew Flamm profiles the company and its CEO, David Steinberger, who first saw a business opportunity in comics when he was trying to sell his collection and couldn't find software to catalog it. The next big moment for comiXology is likely to come in October, when the fourth season of The Walking Dead premieres on television the same week the 10th-anniversary issue of the comic is released. Image Comics projects it will sell 300,000 print copies and another 45,000, or about 15 percent, as digital. [Crains New York]

Creators | Writer Mark Waid admits he didn't think he'd be a good fit for Daredevil, because he doesn't write in the darker style favored by his predecessors. "I'm better at swashbuckling ad­ven­ture," he says. "When I was asked to take that tack, I was in." [Comic Riffs]

Creators | In an interview conducted at the National Book Festival, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez talk about the increased acceptance of comics, the current indie-comics scene, and what they're working on now. [Bleeding Cool]

Creators | Jamal Igle talks about his all-ages comic Molly Danger: "For me, Molly has become almost a backlash against the gradually darkening tone that a lot of superhero comics. I began to think about it in terms of younger readers, particularly female readers. What was the story I wanted to ultimately tell? One about a strong, capable young girl with real emotions. A hero who didn’t need to be attached to the hip of an older male hero to be seen as viable." [MTV Geek]

Creators | Evan Dorkin and Peter Bagge are the guests on the Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. [BoingBoing]

Creators | Brian Truitt interviews Julie Maroh, creator of Blue Is the Warmest Color. [USA Today]

Creators | Charles Forsman, who just won an Ignatz Award for The End of the Fucking World #16, discusses his inspiration, his subject matter and his recent work with risograph prints. [The Shed]

Creators | Mike Rhode interviews webcomicker and documentary filmmaker John Kinhart. [Washington City Paper]

Creators | Several cartoonists, all members of the National Cartoonists Society, talk about their experiences visiting troops on a tour sponsored by the USO. [Ocala Star-Banner]

Comics | Horror artist Jacen Burrows (Crossed) reveals his five favorite horror comics. [Bloody Disgusting]

Deals | Pantheon has acquired the rights to Michael Cho's first graphic novel, Shoplifter. [Quill & Quire]

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