Comics A.M. | Movies, merchandise and Mumbai comic con

Conventions | Complaints about comics conventions are apparently the same the world over, as a writer who attended the third annual Mumbai Film and Comic Convention (simply Mumbai Comic Con in its first year) this weekend notes, "Not to seem hypocritical, since we all tend to buy curios and the occasional t-shirt at Comicon every year, but when merchandising stalls (read: t-shirt shops) start outnumbering those which have an actual reason for being at a convention in the first place, we’ve got a problem." According to DNA India, this year's event saw the debut of the convention's mascot, Wonder Bai (at right). [Think Digit]

Digital comics | Microsoft and the Indian publisher Amar Chitra Katha launched a comics app for Windows 8 at Mumbai Film and Comic Convention. "Children these days are drifting away from their Indian mythologies and stories, so this was our attempt to bring these value building stories on a platform familiar to them," said Vineet Durani of Microsoft's Windows Phone Business Group. [DNA India]

Digital comics | ComiXology is making more than 700 French-language comics from the French publisher Delcourt available to North American readers. The selection includes not only native French-language comics but translations of comics originally published in English. [press release]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to Dave Kellett, creator of the webcomic Sheldon and also of Stripped, a documentary about newspaper comics and webcomics and their creators. [The Comics Reporter]

Comics | Spurge also talks to comics scholar Brian Cremins about Pogo and other matters. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Cartoonists Ruben Bolling and Vanessa Davis are guests on the Gweek podcast. [BoingBoing]

Creators | James Romberger interviews Paul Kirchner, whose best-known work appeared not in comics proper but in magazines like Heavy Metal and High Times in the 1970s and 1980s. [The Comics Journal]

Comics | Lance Parkin tells the tangled tale of the publication Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was originally published by DC Comics under tense circumstances and later migrated to Top Shelf. [The Oxonian Review]

Manga | Viz Media's Kevin Hamric and Eric Eberhardt look forward to what the next year holds for the largest manga publisher in the United States. [Comics Alliance]

Political cartoons | A.D. McKenzie looks at an international collection of political cartoons with the unwieldy title of 100 Cartoons by Cartooning for Peace for Press Freedom, published by Reporters Without Borders. [Inter Press Service]

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