Comics A.M. | National Cartoonists Society splits webcomics award

Awards | The National Cartoonists Society initiated a webcomics award last year, and this year the organization is splitting it in two, one for short-form works and one for long-form. The challenge with including webcomics, says NCS President Tom Richardson, is that to be eligible, creators must make the majority of their money from cartooning. "That isn't an easy thing to quantify anymore. With online comics, we need to take into account site traffic, professionalism in consistent and regular publication, online community activity and other factors that are the hallmark of professional online work," he says. "In some cases, it's pretty obvious the creator is making a career out of cartooning. In some, it's not so obvious." [Comic Riffs]

Passings | British writer and producer Charles Chilton has died at the age of 95. Chilton was the creator of two radio serials, Riders of the Range and Journey Into Space, and the producer of The Goons. He also wrote Western and science fiction comics for Eagle, Girl and other publications. [Bear Alley]

Censorship | Jason Thompson looks at manga censorship in all its forms: Over the years publishers have covered up body parts, removed religious imagery, even taken out cigarettes and swears, not to safeguard the readers' morality so much as to increase sales. Even Pokemon was censored — apparently that first volume was pretty scandalous. Good stuff, and you can have fun playing spot the differences with the before and after pictures. [Anime News Network]

Conventions | Emerald City Comic Con director Jim Demonakos and Rose City Comic Con co-founder Ron Brister discuss joining forces for 2013. [TFAW.com]

Creators | Mike Mignola talks about taking Hellboy back to hell, why it's easier to draw hell than the real world, and sundry other topics. [Paste Magazine]

Creators | Artist Ethan Nicolle discusses the origins of Axe Cop, the hit webomic-turned-print comic-turned animated series he created in 2009 with his 5-year-old brother Malachai. [LA Weekly]

Blogosphere | Tom Spurgeon continues his holiday interview series with a conversation with Heidi MacDonald. [The Comics Reporter]

Retailing | Here's a report from the ceremony held at That's Entertainment in Worcester, Massachusetts, to mark the renaming of the adjacent private road as Lois Lane. [DC Women Kicking Ass]

Best of the year | Don MacPherson bestows his 2012 Glasss Eye Awards for best limited and new series. [Eye on Comics]

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