Comics A.M. | Jules Feiffer to publish first graphic novel

Creators | Veteran artist Jules Feiffer is publishing his first graphic novel (not counting a graphic novel-ish work in the 1970s), and he says his fans won't recognize it, as it's in a much more realistic style than his other work. Feiffer got his start in Will Eisner's studio but felt he couldn't draw like the other artists there, but he seems to have developed the ability recently: "Now I seem to be able to work in the adventure story drawing style. All of this comes out of my early love of Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler." [Publishers Weekly Comics World]

Creators | Pitting teenagers against one another for a television reality/talent show, America's Got Powers may sound a bit like The Hunger Games, but artist Bryan Hitch says there's more to it than that: "The talent show/gladiatorial stuff isn't the story, though — it's the setting against which the story takes place and at heart this is the story of two brothers and how they changed the world, or at least the world from their point of view. It's personal, emotional and, given my own visual tendencies, massive, explosive and destructive!" [USA Today]

Creators | Arne Bellstorf talks about his graphic novel Baby's in Black, the true story the romance between German art student Astrid Kircherr and Beatle Stu Sutcliffe, who left the band to pursue his art studies but died tragically soon after. Bellstorf got the story straight from Kircherr: "We both tend to think in pictures, she's a very visual person, and she basically liked the idea of seeing her story being told in little black-and-white panels." [USA Today]

Creators | Daniel Clowes talks about the exhibit of his work that will open this week at the Oakland Museum of California, and the companion book that Abrams is publishing, as well as his current projects and his general apathy towards digital comics. [Publishers Weekly Comics World]

Creators | Kurtis Wiebe touches on a number of death-related topics in a short interview, including funeral flirtation, the worst way to die, and the concept of his new comic, The Grim Leaper. [iFanboy]

Creators | Stacy Curtis discusses inking Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac—and why he won't sign his name to it—in a podcast interview. [Tall Tale Radio]

Publishing | Tom White looks at Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, which started at Vertigo and then was picked up by Zip Comics in partnership with Top Shelf; Pekar died before the artwork was complete, so it is his first posthumous book. [Publishers Weekly Comics World]

Publishing | Marvel junior art director Rich Ginter is moving to Disney to work on their comic/magazine apps. [The Beat]

Digital comics | Reilly Brown discusses the different types of transitions in digital comics, including panel-by-panel view, slide-shows, and limited animation. [Mark Waid]

Conventions | The first Middle East Film & Comic Con kicks off April 20 in Dubai, featuring such publishers as Marvel, IDW Publishing, Top Cow and Archaia, as well as creators like Jeremy Haun, Mark Sable and Mark Smylie. [Time Out Dubai]

Craft | David Brothers explores the subtleties of Stan Sakai's lettering in Usagi Yojimbo. [Comics Alliance]

Awards | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson recounts her experience as an Eisner judge. [Publishers Weekly Comics World]

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