Comics A.M. | Kirby4Heroes campaign to benefit The Hero Initiative

Organizations | Jillian Kirby, the 16-year-old granddaughter of Jack Kirby, makes a pitch for Kirby4Heroes, a campaign to encourage donations to The Hero Initiative on Aug. 28, which would have been the legendary creator's 95th birthday. [Los Angeles Times]

Comics | Roger Rautio, who's spearheading an effort to establish a physical Comic Book Hall of Fame, said he's received responses from officials in four cities -- Chicago, Cleveland, New York City and San Jose -- and he may meet with a Chicago city council member as early as next month. [North Country Now]

Creators | Cartoonist Reinhard Kleist discusses his graphic novel The Boxer, the true story of  Polish Jew Harry Haft, who had to fight other prisoners at Auschwitz for the entertainment of the Nazi soldiers. [Deutsche Welle]

Creators | Artist Graham Nolan chats briefly about comics and co-creating Bane. [Buffalo News]

Creators | Kelly Roman discusses the thought process behind his graphic novel adaptation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War: "I found myself haunted by the question: 'What would the world look like if China considered the performance of its investment portfolio a legitimate national security interest that may be protected through the application of military force?'" [The Huffington Post]

Creators | Vaneta Rogers talks to writer Ian Flynn about the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man crossover he's working on for Archie Comics. [Newsarama]

Political cartoons | Justin Brown rounds up some recent articles about the rising importance of cartoonists in the Arab world — and their increasing willingness to defy attempts at censorship. [CBLDF]

Publishing | Russ Burlingame argues that comics publishers should adopt a practice from TV producers and give creators who are no longer working on the project a "created by" credit on current issues. [ComicBook.com]

Comics | Paul Gravett looks back at the comics published by American Comics Group from the 1940s to the 1960s, which included work by Ogden Whitney (creator of Herbie) and Patricia Highsmith. [Paul Gravett]

Comics | British creator Jim Medway picks five great kids' comics, including some vintage annuals and an anarchist remake of Tintin: "Published by the anarchist Freedom Press, Breaking Free follows Tintin and Haddock from building site strike to general strike to all-out class war... Yes, it was pure propaganda, yes it was badly drawn, but for me this book works, and beats Club Penguin hands down." [The Forbidden Planet Blog]

Retailing | Tom Spurgeon rounds up his readers' reminiscences of early comics shops as he tries to figure out which one is the oldest. [The Comics Reporter]

Comics | Things are slow out there, so Frank Santoro re-runs an article about Klaus Janson's coloring technique. [The Comics Journal]

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