Comics A.M. | Palestinian cartoonist released from Israeli prison

Legal | Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Saba'aneh was released from an Israeli prison on Monday, as scheduled. Saba'aneh, who was originally held without charges and eventually sentenced to five months for "contacts with a hostile organization," drew several cartoons while he was in prison and plans to do a show of his prison drawings, focusing on Palestinian prisoners who, he says, are in prison "just because they are Palestinians." [PRI's The World]

Manga | In a major coup for a manga publisher, Digital Manga (which, contrary to its name, also published print manga) announced at Anime Expo that it has signed a deal with Tezuka Productions to publish all of Osamu Tezuka's works in North America. While the details aren't entirely clear, it sounds like Digital is working on some new licenses and will have digital rights to books released here in print by other publishers. [Anime News Network]

Manga | Also at AX, Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez announced that the publisher has licensed Moyoco Anno's Insufficient Direction, an autobiographical manga she created with her husband, Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno. Moyoco Anno is the creator of Flowers and Bees and Sakuran. [The Fandom Post]

Digital comics | Aurich Lawson explains why Image's decision to sell DRM-free downloads of comics is big news for everyone, not just comics fans. [Ars Technica]

Creators | Cullen Bunn talks about some recent developments in his supernatural Western The Sixth Gun. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | The local newspaper profiles Charles Buckley of Kittery, Maine, who has created a set of superheroes inspired by the ghosts of famous scientists; he's hoping to get a syndication deal for Prince Lightning, who is inspired by Albert Einstein. [Seacoast Online]

Retailing | Aw Yeah Comics, the store run by Tiny Titans co-creators Franco Aureliani and Art Baltazar, along with Marc Hammond, has been named the Skokie Merchant of the Year by the Skokie Village Board. [Patch.com]

Retailing | Another day, another story about a comic shop expanding because business is so good; this time it's Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which will open a second store in Grand Rapids. [MLive.com]

Comics | The publication of yet another massive Archie tome starts Mike Gold off on a reminiscence about summer vacations and the time DC brass pranked a leaker. And he does say a few words about the book as well. [ComicMix]

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