Comics A.M. | 'Please let me rest now,' says 'Naruto' creator

Creators | Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto isn't getting the break he was looking forward to, although he was finally able to take his honeymoon, more than 10 years after his wedding. At a preview of Boruto: The Naruto Movie, he talked about moving from the hit manga, which ended its 15-year run last fall, to working on the movie: "I had thought that I could finally rest when I finished the manga series, but I couldn't rest …" His own son is the same age as Boruto, the protagonist of the new movie (and Naruto's son). And when asked about a sequel, he said, "I can't. Please let me rest now," adding that he thought Boruto was "perfect." The movie will open on Aug. 7 in Japan and Oct. 10 in the United States. [Anime News Network]

Comics | The variant cover of Southern Bastards #10 that shows a dog tearing up the Confederate battle flag seems to be going over well in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where retailers are ordering extra copies. "When we saw the proceeds of that cover went directly to help the victims of the [Charleston, South Carolnia] church shooting, we decided to order heavily," said Bret Parks, owner of Ssalefish Comics, who ordered 50 copies of the variant on top of 35 copies of the regular issue. [Winston-Salem Journal]

Comics | Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito talks about the way the publisher is changing its lineup and what it does, and what to expect in the future. [Geeks With Wives]

Creators | Sean T. Collins talks with Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, a character that started out on MySpace, starred in a handful of Boys Club comics, and then became a 4Chan meme. Furie has just come out with the first new Boys Club comic in several years. [Vice]

Kickstarters | Matt Bors discusses his Kickstarter for The Nib, the comic section that he curated at The Medium, and his plans for the next phase, which starts with a print anthology and will continue in some form after that. [Comic Riffs]

Comics | Robert Frost (the Quora contributor, not the poet) explains comics numbering and releases for the uninitiated. [Slate]

Comics | The Japanese spirits known as yokai are familiar to many manga readers, but perhaps not so much to the readers of Jim Zubkavich's Wayward, where they also appear. Yokai expert Zack Davisson, who writes an essay for each issue of Wayward, has put together a slide show with images of the yokai that appear in that comic. [Comics Alliance]

Fans | Jason Colatriano, who works at Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark, Maryland, talks about discovering comics as a kid, his favorite stories (he named his son after a character in Starman), his collection of more than 10,000 comics, and his job, which involves increasing the comic shop's community engagement. [Newark Post]

Libraries | Allie Biscupski tags along as a group of teens get a look at the rare comics in the University of Iowa Library's collection. [The Daily Iowan]

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