Comics A.M. | Locust Moon to close store, focus on publishing

Retailing | The Philadelphia comics and art shop Locust Moon is closing its doors as a retailer so that co-owner Joshua O'Neill can focus on a different area of the business: publishing. "[A]s publishers, we're just getting started," O'Neill posted on his Facebook page. "[W]e'll now be able to focus our attentions on making books full time. we're incredibly excited about that. locust moon is not dying -- it's still just being born." Locust Moon has already published an Eisner Award-winning anthology of Little Nemo comics, and is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of some very early "lost" Will Eisner comics. [PhillyVoice]

Libraries | A graphic novel has been removed from the school library of Lake Myra Elementary School in Knightdale, North Carolina, after a parent complained it isn't appropriate for her first-grader — or children of any age. The book, Amityville, is one of a series of ghost stories published by Rosen Publishing, which specializes in children's graphic novels for schools and libraries; the book is one of a series called "Junior Graphic Ghost Stories." "It was talking about a man who murders his family and shows a man walking with his shotgun going to his parents and his sister and brother," said Kay Walker, the parent who made the complaint. The school has removed the book from the library while a committee is formed to review it; Walker hopes it will be removed from all the schools in the system. [WNCN]

Comics | Alex Abad-Santos calls Marvel editor Sana Amanat "the Shonda Rimes of Marvel Comics"; she's the editor of Captain Marvel, Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel, all of which break away from the usual comics tropes. [Vox]

Creators | Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Emma Ríos talk about their series Pretty Deadly, which launched its second arc this week. [EW]

Creators | Seth talk about his latest New Yorker cover (and why that's a thrill for him) and the exhibit of his art that will open Saturday at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art in Guelph, Ontario. [Guelph Mercury]

Manga | Graham Kolbeins, the editor of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame and the anthology Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, discusses gay manga and its place both in Japan and in North America. [Manhattan Digest]

Commentary | Stephen Burt discusses gender roles in Jem and the Holograms; he includes writer Kelly Thompson and artist Sophie Campbell in the conversation. [The New Yorker]

Commentary | Ardo Omer discusses the use of comedic violence in Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun. [Women Write About Comics]

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