Comics A.M. | Gilbert Hernandez wins PEN Center USA award

Awards | Gilbert Hernandez is the recipient of the 2013 PEN Center USA award for outstanding body of work in graphic literature. Drawn and Quarterly announced the honor along with news that it will publish Hernandez's next graphic novel, Bumperhead. [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | "SPX is all about the hugs," says Heidi MacDonald, who relegates her business piece on the Small Press Expo to Publishers Weekly and turns to her blog to discuss not only her impressions but what folks were saying on social media. [The Beat]

Conventions | RM Rhodes and his wife both went to SPX and came back with totally different experiences — and different comics. And they weren't all about zombies, cute monsters, or angst, either. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Editorial cartoons | Michael Cavna rounds up cartoonists' responses to the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Mike Carey and Peter Gross chat about their new Vertigo graphic novel The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice. [USA Today]

Creators | Karl Kerschl, creator of The Abominable Charles Christopher, talks to Gary Tyrrell about his adaptation of "The Musicians of Bremen" for First Second's Fairy Tale Comics anthology. [Fleen]

Creators | Ales Kot discusses his new spy thriller Zero, which debuts today from Image Comics. [USA Today]

Creators | Mouse Guard creator David Petersen interviews Charles Paul Wilson III, who wrote the story "When Moles Are Around" for the Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard anthology and also has his own series, The Stuff of Legend. [David Petersen's Blog]

Creators | Stuck in the Middle creator Ariel Schrag talks about making comics as a teenager and what she's working on now. [Shalom Life]

Retailing | The local newspaper pays a visit to Alter Ego, the Muncie, Indiana, comics shop co-owned by Mark Waid, Christy Blanch and Jason Pierce. [The Star Press]

Retailing | The Grand Rapids, Michigan, store Vault of Midnight Comic Books & Stuff, which is an offshoot of the Ann Arbor store of the same name, opened Tuesday to steady sales. If this store works out, they may open more, says co-owner Curtis Sullivan. If you're a connoisseur of comic shops, check out the slideshow. [MLive.com]

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