Comics A.M. | Man accused in Tokyo store theft turns himself in

Crime | Kazutoshi Iwama, the 50-year-old man accused of shoplifting a Tetsujin-28 go figure worth more than $2,400 from a Mandarake store in Tokyo, has turned himself in to police. The theft became a matter of high public interest when Mandarake posted a security-camera photo of the man, with his face pixelated, and threatened to show his face if he didn't return the figure by Aug. 12. The stunt attracted scores of journalists to the store, but Iwama reportedly told police he wasn't aware of the threat until after he sold the figure to a secondhand store ... for about $623. [Anime News Network, The Japan Times]

Publishing | Alex Segura, senior vice president of publicity and marketing for Archie Comics and editor of the newly renamed Dark Circle superhero line, talks about where the comics are coming from, what to expect — and his new dual role at Archie: "Usually, I’m the PR guy collecting the information from editorial and deciding how to announce it. Now, I was the editor getting the details together for the PR guy to announce and basically having conversations with myself. I’m exaggerating slightly." [13th Dimension]

Publishing | Football player Israel Idonije, who launched his own line of comics two years ago, has struck a deal with the NFL Players Association that will allow him to incorporate real-life football players into his comics (which are written and drawn by others under his supervision). Idonije has founded a publishing house, Athlitacomics, which has released two volumes of his first series, The Protectors. More comics are on the way, and Idonije plans a big multi-platform launch for next spring. [The New York Times]

Creators | Spike Trotman, the creative force behind Templar, Arizona, the Smut Peddler and Sleep of Reason anthologies, and a number of other successful Kickstarters, talks about self-publishing, the crowd-funding platform, the rising fortunes of webcomics, and the state of comics: "Honest to God, I think we’re in a renaissance right now. I think there are people that ten years ago would have never considered making comics [who are] making comics now. I think things are better than they’ve been, certainly in my lifetime. This completely eclipses previous renaissances like the 80s black and white boom, in my opinion. [Comics Alliance]

Creators | Brad Potts discusses his webcomic Sunday Superheroes, and goes into a bit of detail about the business model and how much he makes (he hasn't quit his day job yet). [Belleville News-Democrat]

Creators | Gregory Miller explains how he manages to juggle taking care of his three children as a stay-at-home dad with drawing and publishing his own comics. [Stockton Record]

Political cartoons | Arnon Avni draws cartoons about the Gaza war from a position of proximity: The 61-year-old artist has lived his whole life in a kibbutz that's just a mile from the Gaza Strip. Avni can hear the rocket fire, and he recently helped a neighbor who had been injured by a rocket. Still, he hasn't let go of his view that reconciliation, not war, is the answer: "I think that it's very easy to become an extremist. When you are hit with missiles, you can be the hero on the side that's seeking revenge. It's not easy but I don't want to give up my sense of humanity. I don't want to give up my political views." [PRI]

Digital comics | Sean Gaffney takes a second look at Crunchyroll's digital manga service. Ten months after its launch, the site has a greatly expanded lineup that seems to skew heavily toward male readers. [A Case Suitable for Treatment]

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