Comics A.M. | How one manga publisher is expanding into China

Publishing | Keiko Yoshioka explains how Japanese publisher Kodansha is getting into the Chinese market, not by selling Japanese products but by publishing a magazine in China that's geared toward Chinese audiences — and using Chinese creators as well. The article puts a special focus on the two-woman team known as Navar, whose suspense series Carrier: Xiedaizhe now runs in Japan as well. [The Asahi Shimbun]

Academia | Northwestern University Prof. Irving Rein discusses why superheroes have secret identities, ticking off several superhero comics tropes and then going a bit deeper: "The usual script of a superhero episode revolves around a threat occurring in which the superhero is the victim of the decision making of the criminals. The hidden identity is a standard form of the superhero narrative and it allows the creators to use the formula and still deviate from the script. Throughout the comic book or movie there are a series of fundamental questions. Will the superhero be identified? When and under what circumstances will the superhero become a superhero? How will the superhero get back into his civilian identity without being identified?" [Daily Herald]

Comic strips | Author Len Deighton reminisces about his Cookstrips, recipes in comics form that ran in the British newspaper The Observer in the 1960s and explained in step-by-step format how to cook new and interesting dishes. [The Guardian]

Creators | MariNaomi, creator of Dragon's Breath, talks about building community, the importance of forgiveness and her databases of LGBTQ creators and comics creators of color. [Women Write About Comics]

Creators | Rob Kirby talks to Max Clofelter, with plenty of samples of his work in case you're not already familiar with it. [Panel Patter]

Comics | Sean Kleefeld relates a conversation with a comics creator that includes a whole lot of "what not to do" even if you do get to work with a porn star. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Awards | Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, is the winner of this year's Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Retailing | Brookings, South Dakota, has a new comic shop: Uncanny Comics, opened Dec. 5 by brothers Matt and Chad Vis. [The Brookings Register]

Conventions | The fourth annual Comic Book, Sports Card & Toy Show is coming this weekend to the Biggs Park Mall in Robeson County, North Carolina. Attendance has been growing, says organizer Michael Chaudhuri, and the show will feature dealers from three states as well as video game artist Christian Tyner. [The Robesonian]

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