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Comics A.M. | Manga creators team up to help devastated region

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Comics A.M. | Manga creators team up to help devastated region

Manga | Eight manga creators, including Rumiko Takahashi (InuYasha, Maison Ikkoku), will create new comics featuring the characters they are known for and donate the royalties to the effort to rebuild the Tohoku region of Japan, which was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The fund-raiser is being spearheaded by Gallery Fake creator Fujihiko Hosono. [The Japan Times]

Awards | While we were all busy at New York Comic Con, the Frankfurt Book Fair was going on in Germany, and Torsten Adair rounds up the comics awards that were given at the fair to German and international creators. [The Beat]

Conventions | Christopher Spata talks to some of the attendees at this past weekend’s Tampa Bay Comic Con, including the parents of a 1-year-old who was in costume—and already has a room full of superhero items. [Tampa Bay Online]

Conventions | Meanwhile, this report on the Peoria Comic Book Convention focused on the people who buy back issues at a discount, and the dealers who sell them. []

Conventions | Just like in San Diego, movies were a big part of last weekend’s Mumbai Film and Comic Con. [Daily News Analysis]

Editorial cartoons | South African newspaper The New Age has fired cartoonist Jeremy Nell because his cartoons contained “political judgements or statements” — which would seem to be the whole point of a political cartoon. More likely, he was let go for criticizing the African National Congress and South African President Jacob Zuma. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Creators | Mark Siegel talks about his new book, Sailor Twain, and its genesis in a handful of doodles he did on his morning commute as well as his fascination with the mid-19th century: “Those sketches and little watercolors kept coming over days and weeks, and the early outline of a story revealed itself… What started out as a need to deal with some inner turbulence became its own world, with its own rules and characters. And I found greater and greater pleasure exploring that world.” [USA Today]

Creators | Julia Wertz discusses her new book The Infinite Wait, her book deal with Koyama Press, and the difference between working with a big publisher (that doesn’t really get comics) and a small press. [The Comics Reporter]

Comics | Steve Morris interviews Marvel editor Jordan D. White, whose portfolio includes Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, and the Thunderbolts relaunch. White talks about his day-to-day work, juggling several series at once, and working in the “Marvel Style” (in which artists work from an outline and writers supply the dialogue later in the process): “Personally, I think the Marvel Style is a lot of fun, and I do like how collaborative it makes things, that it can result in a writer coming up with lines in a scene they never would have thought of before the art was drawn. I will say, though, since we’ve been doing comics as full-script for so many years, I don’t know that all artists are prepared for what Marvel Style asks of them.” [The Beat]

Creators | Zack Giallongo discusses the process of developing his first graphic novel Broxo, which was just published by First Second. [SouthCoast Today]

Creators | Why did Little Nemo creator Winsor McCay merit his own Google doodle? Fast Company has a slideshow of 16 ways he changed the world. [Fast Company]

History | Remember when Pogo ran for president? Probably not, as it happened in 1952, but Tucker Stone has an entertaining account of the short-lived campaign—and the riot that ensued at Harvard when Walt Kelly was late for a rally. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Mallory Stuchin interviews chef (and former Iron Chef competitor) Amanda Cohen about her graphic novel cookbook Dirt Candy. [Village Voice]

Comics | The contributors to the online magazine Sequential Tart discuss their favorite comics that involve science, from xkcd to We3. [Sequential Tart]

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