Comics A.M. | Jeff Smith on CBLDF; Archie's 'hardcore horror book'

Creators | Jeff Smith, who was named last week to the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, talks briefly about the importance of the organization, and the 2010 challenge to his all-ages graphic novel Bone in a Minnesota school. [Comic Riffs]

Comics | Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla have a few things to say about the new zombie series Afterlife With Archie. "We are taking a series of characters known to be lighthearted and young adult-oriented and doing a horror comic with them, so the mood, atmosphere, and setting are very important to make this a believable horror and not a comedy horror," says Francavilla, who's also the creator of The Black Beetle. "Fortunately, I am really good at making things dark and ominous." [The Associated Press]

Creators | Here's the second interview in two days with Ian Edginton about his new Vertigo series Hinterkind. [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Keith Knight talks about his life and his work, including The K Chronicles, in a podcast interview. [Comics Grinder]

Comics | Here's a slideshow of 50 key moments in the 50-year history of the Avengers. [Hero Complex]

Manga | The dark vampire manga Seraph of the End, which runs in the Japanese magazine Jump Square, is the latest addition to the lineup of Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. [Anime News Network]

Exhibits | Israeli comics from 1975 to 1995 (the Yom Kippur War to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin) are the topic of "Teenage Acne," the latest show at the Israeli Cartoon Museum in Holon. The article is a fascinating overview of the topic, kicking off with the story of a satirical zine that was critical of the Israeli military — and got its teenage creators in big trouble. [Haaretz]

Retailing | Davy James pays a visit to 3rd Earth Comics, a recently opened (April) comics shop in South Brunswick, New Jersey. [Patch.com]

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