Manga | Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto comes to an end in next week’s issue of Shonen Jump, but it’s not going away. Already side projects are popping up, including a miniseries that will launch in the spring, marking the 15th anniversary of the manga, and a series of novels about the different characters in the franchise. It all seems to be part of something bigger, the “Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project” (Naruto‘s New Era Opening Project), and the official Naruto website has a countdown to an announcement on Monday. [Anime News Network]
Digital comics | Tom Spurgeon talks to comiXology’s Chip Mosher about the comiXology Submit program, which is tailored for small publishers and self-published work. To prepare for the interview, Spurgeon gathered questions from creators at the Small Press Expo (which comiXology co-sponsored), and he talks to Mosher about the nuts and bolts of the Submit program, including payments, processing and the willingness to handle unusual formats. “We’ve had people sell thousands of copies and we’ve had people sell one or two copies,” Mosher says. “People have told me they’ve paid their rent with money from Submit. Or they were able to work on more comics with the money they made from Submit. It’s great to offer our customers such diverse comics from the program and at the same time be able to support the creation of more diverse work.” [The Comics Reporter]
Comics culture | Ryan Boudinot wants Seattle to be recognized by the United Nations as a City of Literature, and one of his chief arguments is the presence there of Fantagraphics. [KUOW]
Creators | Chinese political cartoonist Wang Liming gives a brief interview about why he decided to stay in Japan — because he fears for his safety if he returns to China, which he feels is returning to the days of the Cultural Revolution: “I realized how wonderful freedom is while in Japan. I wonder why (I have to be called) a traitor for conveying my thoughts on Japan. We’re not allowed even to make a joke about the government and bureaucrats. I’m pessimistic about the future of China.” [The Japan Times]
Conventions | Deb Aoki talks with Dan Vado about his plans for Alternative Press Expo, which has been returned to him by Comic-Con International (he founded the event in 1994). [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Joe Simko, one of the creators working on the current line of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards as well as the new comics, talks about the enduring popularity of the franchise and the challenges that presents to him as an artist. [IGN]
Creators | U.K. political cartoonist Christian Adams discusses the niceties of his work, starting with getting a good caricature of the public figure in question: “Take David Cameron: unremarkable at first sight, but on closer inspection the owner of an unusually high forehead. Rather deep set eyes. No mouth really – a little pursed line. And the skin. The Times’s cartoonist Peter Brookes described Cameron’s skin as ‘reeking of privilege’. When I first bumped into the leader of the opposition – as he then was – I thought: ‘Yes! His face really is that pink and flushed!'” [The Telegraph]
Manga | From a recent poll in Japan, here’s the list of the top 15 manga series readers say they own every volume of. The No. 1 pick might surprise you. [RocketNews 24]
Comics | Graphic designer Rian Hughes discusses his work on the DC Tangent comics of the late 1990s, and how he gave them their unique look. [Great Krypton!]
Conventions | As the name suggests, the Underground Comic Con in Wilmington, Delaware, eschews the glitz in favor of indie comics and a strong artists alley — and it was founded, not by show promoters, but by two creators, Jabaar Brown and Eric Cooper, who were looking to find a broader audience for their work. [The News Journal]
Retailing | Michael Moore, owner of the just-opened Impact Comics in Grove City, Ohio, says that while comics and toys are important, his bestselling product is original art; the shop has exclusive deals with six artists. [Grove City Record]
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