Comics A.M. | 'One Piece' takes two-week hiatus due to illness

Manga | Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that One Piece will go on hiatus for the magazine's next two issues because creator Eiichiro Oda has been hospitalized for a peritonsillar abscess, a complication of tonsillitis. The popular series is expected to return June 10. One Piece, which has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 1997, has sold more than 280 million volumes in Japan alone. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly share their thoughts (and sometimes disagree) on their own world, the comics world in general, and digital media. [National Post]

Creators | Lisa Hanawalt discusses her new book My Dirty Dumb Eyes, which comes out next Monday but is already creating a stir. [The L Magazine]

Creators | Rob Liefeld talks about his Kickstarter campaign to help fund the revival of Brigade; the first issue will be distributed for free. [The Beat]

Creators | The Unwritten creators Mike Carey and Peter Gross talk about how they develop their story, how it has evolved over the years, and what's next. [Graphic Novel Reporter]

Creators | Editorial cartoonist Dick Locher has announced he's retiring after 40 years at the Chicago Tribune. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Publishing | Ryan Sands discusses his just-launched publishing endeavor, Youth in Decline, which will gather Sands' different projects under a single umbrella. [The Chemical Box]

Comics | Students at York University are making comics about sexual violence in order to help change social norms; one is a single-panel cartoon showing Superman, head in hands, saying “I shouldn’t have worn such tight clothing! I was asking for it. . . . It’s all my fault” as a sympathetic Batman looks on. [Toronto Star]

Comic strips | R.C. Harvey takes a long look back at Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie. [The Comics Journal]

Comics | Nicole Menard, co-owner of the French-language bookstore Top Titles in Melbourne, Australia, talks about her childhood love of Tintin and the French attitude toward comics in general. [The Courier Mail]

Conventions | Mike Lauterborn reports in on the first-ever Westport (Connecticut) Comic Con, sponsored by the Westport Public Library. Featured guests included how-to-draw author Christopher Hart and Archie Comics writer Paul Kupperberg. [Westport News]

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