Comics A.M. | Hero Initiative, Kirby Museum report <i>Avengers</i> donations

Organizations | Tom Spurgeon reports that The Hero Initiative has now received close to $3,000 so far due to campaigns asking those people who watch Marvel's The Avengers to donate money to the organization. The Jack Kirby Museum, meanwhile, reports it has received $1,300 from Avengers-related giving. [The Comics Reporter, The Kirby Museum]

Conventions | Chris Butcher, co-founder and director of the Toronto Comics Art Festival, reports that about 18,000 people attended this year's TCAF-related events: "TCAF 2012 was the most ambitious festival yet, and my most ambitious personal undertaking. With more off-site and lead-up events than ever before, more partnerships than in previous years, an additional day of programming, and more than 20 featured guests, I worried in the weeks leading up to the show that perhaps we’d bit off a bit more than we could chew. Luckily through the talent and support of some wonderful folks we had varying levels of success on every front, and as always, lessons were learned and we think 2013 will be even stronger." [Comics212]

Creators | Following a Heritage auction that saw a page from a Jack Kirby-drawn issue of Fantastic Four fetch $155,350, The Wall Street Journal profiles the artist. "Kirby was like Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis in that his touch just elevated what he did," author and collector Glen David Gold tells the newspaper. "He turned [comics] from junk into something with real emotional depth." [The Wall Street Journal]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon provides a thorough rundown of the creators of the various characters who appeared in The Avengers film. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | CNN talks to Stan Lee about the success of The Avengers: "I hate to admit this, but I do not share in the movie's profits. I just share in the interviews, in the glamour, in the people saying, 'Wow, I love that movie, Stan' -- but I'm not a participant in the profits." [CNN]

Creators | Shannon O'Leary reports on how the Cartoon Network has become a "haven for some of the best independent comic book creators working today," including Sarah Oleksyk and Minty Lewis. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Matthew Perpetua profiles cartoonist Arne Bellstorf, creator of Baby's in Black, a graphic novel chronicling the courtship of photographer Astrid Kirchherr and original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe. [Rolling Stone]

Creators | ESPN chats with professional poker player Giancarlo Antonetti about his upcoming poker-themed comic book Shut Up and Fold. [ESPN]

Process | Brian Fies details the creation of the cover to his graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? [The Fies Files]

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