Comics A.M. | Festival celebrates cartoon library re-opening

Events | The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University steps into the spotlight for the Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art, which celebrates the library's move to a new 30,000-square-foot home on campus. The library's extensive collection includes more than 300,000 original comic strips, 29,000 comic books, 45,000 books and 2,400 boxes of manuscripts, personal papers and the like. The festival, held today through Sunday, includes such guests as Eddie Campbell, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Herandez, Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Hilary Price, Kazu Kibuishi and Dylan Meconis. [The Associated Press, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive]

Creators | Art Spiegelman talks about history, Maus, and being the creator of Maus: "I have to keep moving as best I can through the shadow of something that I’m glad I had pass through me." [Tablet]

Creators | Gail Simone talks about writing Red Sonja. [Comic Vine]

Creators | Peter Bagge discusses his graphic biography of Margaret Sanger on the Gweek podcast. [BoingBoing]

Creators | Dan Greenfield interviews writer Kyle Higgins about Nightwing. [13th Dimension]

Creators | On the Vodka O'Clock podcast, Paul Allor talks about his creator-owned work as well as working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe comics. [Amber Unmasked]

Comics | Rob Clough has a good roundup of some prominent creators in the Minneapolis comics world. [The Comics Journal]

Graphic novels | Jason Heller compiles a list of 10 graphic novel biographies of rebels and outsiders. [The AV Club]

Education | Andy Lanning and Anthony Williams are getting a bit of help with their latest comic, an educational story about an engineering professor who gets superpowers after being struck by lightning. The comic is being produced in tandem with the University of Central Lancashire, in the UK, and grade-schoolers are being invited to contribute ten new characters to the story. The catch: Their superpowers must stem from real science, and a team of engineers is preparing materials that will help them distinguish science fact from science fiction. [Lancashire Evening Post]

Conventions | The Allentown (Pennsylvania) Comic Con is coming this weekend, with 43 guests from the comics and entertainment world, 30 vendors, and a costume contest. [The Morning Call]

Crime | The manga creator Namori recently called out a counterfeiter — on Twitter. A sketch of one of the characters from the Yuruyuri manga, purportedly drawn and signed by Namori, was up on Yahoo! Japan's auction and had racked up a top bid of 150,000 yen (about $1,500) when someone tweeted a screencap of the drawing to Namori, who promptly denounced it as a fake. The drawing was removed from the auction. [Anime News Network]

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