Comics A.M. | Daniel Clowes on 'Eightball' and Shia LaBeouf

Creators | Daniel Clowes talks about Eightball, his hate mail, and the Shia LaBeouf affair: "I mean, I don’t hold a grudge. I don’t think about it that much. But I don’t think what he did was really forgivable. I don’t know that it matters that much if he’s apologizing or whatever. I just hate the idea of anybody doing that to some young artist who couldn’t hire legal representation. I’m sort of the one guy who could deal with something like that, and it would be really possible for somebody with his amount of money and power to just crush some poor young artist if that happened to them, and I would hate to see that. So I don’t think it’s something that needs to be forgiven; I think it’s something that always needs to be thought of as just a horrible thing to do." [Vulture]

Passings | Comics scholar David Beronä, author of Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, passed away Monday. Beronä was the dean of Library and Academic Support Services at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, but he retired after learning he had a brain tumor. His work focused on the woodcut graphic novels of Lynd Ward, Franz Masereel and others, and Wordless Books was nominated in 2009 for a Harvey Award. Matthew Cheney has posted an appreciation at his blog. [Concord Monitor]

Comics | U.K. cartoonist Roger Bowles is creating a humor comic about the lighter side of dementia. The comics were commissioned by the Carmarthenshire Dementia Action Board and will be distributed to doctors' offices to raise awareness of dementia and help people cope with the anxiety of having a family member with dementia. [South Wales Evening Post]

Creators | Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer discusses the "multiple acts" of his life in a radio interview. [NPR]

Creators | Marc Sobel interviews Anders Nilsen at length about his life and his work, which includes Big Pictures and the upcoming Poetry Is Useless. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Writer Brian Buccellato talks about his comic Sons of the Devil, which was funded last year by a Kickstarter campaign. The  first issue was released this week from Image Comics. [Paste]

Commentary | Andrew A. Smith looks romance comics and finds them more horrific than Tales of the Crypt, but he prescribes an antidote: Rat Queens. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

Awards | Hubert & Kerascoët's Beauty won the Firecracker Award for best graphic novel. The awards, given by the Community for Literary Magazines and Presses, honor the best in independent literature. [NBM Blog]

Retailing | When he got the word that the power company was going to shut the lights off in his Bristol, Indiana, comic shop Fat Boy's Nerd Emporium, owner Logan Beckwith told his customers he was closing down—but they weren't having any. A friend lent him a generator, and customers started paying extra for their purchases and tossing change into a tip jar to help keep the shop going. Two years later, the store is still in business, with new customers coming in all the time. [Elkhart Truth]

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