Comics A.M. | <i>Fun Home</i> musical to open in New York City

Graphic novels | A musical based on Alison Bechdel's acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home will open the fall season of the Public Lab series of the Public Theater in New York City. Featuring music by four-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Tony nominee Lisa Kron, the show is scheduled to run from Oct. 17 through Nov. 4 at the Shiva Theater. [The New York Times, The Public Theater]

Creators | Gilbert Hernandez guests on the comiXologist podcast to talk about Love and Rockets and what he has been reading lately. [comiXology]

Creators | Brian Wood and Ming Doyle talk about their new comic Mara, which will debut from Image Comics in December and features a volleyball player with superpowers in a world where sports and warfare are no longer so far apart. While Wood is not really a sports fan, he is fascinated by the portrayal of athletes in popular culture: "'This is tied into the superhero thing, recognizing parallels between the two,' Wood says. 'I think there's a lot to talk about there and part of me feels I'll need more than one comic series to do it in. We'll see.'" [USA Today]

Creators | The first issue of Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo's new series Bedlam is due out on Oct. 31, which hints at the tone: It's about a reformed supervillain who terrorized a town under the name Madder Red and is now back, a changed man, unrecognizable to the people he once dealt with. "'Comics are full of these psychopathic and sociopathic madmen who terrorize cities and kill indiscriminately, and become these forces of nature that a lot of times overshadow the heroes who are generally tasked with bringing them down,' Spencer explains. 'What does he look like if you changed a certain part of the way his mind worked and he was somebody else? What does the hangover from that look like?'" [USA Today]

Creators | JT Waldman talks about working with Harvey Pekar on his last graphic novel Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, which mixes memoir, politics, and a short course in Jewish history: "I call it the Mr. Miyagi form of education -- you're teaching people without them knowing it. I was like, 'OK, I have an opportunity in these historical moments to show people how did Jews depict themselves and what was the aesthetic style of the period they were in.' I wanted to reward the reader so that each time you read it, there's something new for you to discover." [Jewish Exponent]

Retailing | The local paper profiles Jason Kruger, owner of Battlestar Comics in Burton, Michigan, which took over another comics business that had been in the same spot for 30 years. Kruger, a superhero fan since childhood, has taken care to make his store "kid friendly," and in addition to selling comics he gives piano and guitar lessons and uses the store as studio space. [The Burton View]

Process | Mouse Guard creator David Petersen shares the various stages of his latest TMNT cover and tells how it evolved, a process that was less about his own artistic concerns than those of his editor and Nickelodeon, which holds the rights to the franchise. [David Petersen's Blog]

Comics | Claire Napier talks to Jo Bevan, the force behind Bring Back Bunty, about the importance of comics for girls, the place of comics in British culture, the surprising link between Pat Mills and girls' comics, and the weirdest Bunty story ever. [Women Write About Comics]

Graphic novels | Documentary filmmaker Jahnavi Prasada and illustrator Girish Arora are working on a graphic novel adaptation of The Story of My Experiments with Truth, the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. [The Times of India]

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