Comics A.M. | Rise of graphic novels at Miami Book Fair International

Events | Richard Pachter surveys the graphic novel scene at Miami Book Fair International, which this year will include appearances by Chris Ware, Derf Backderf, Marjorie Liu, Dan Parent and Chip Kidd, among others. [The Miami Herald]

Events | A group of Canadian creators and publishers are in Tokyo right now for the International Comics Festa, where they are selling an anthology that includes work by Darwyn Cooke, Bryan Lee O'Malley, and Seth. Manga blogger Deb Aoki is there too, and she has all the details. [About.com]

Creators | Stan Lee will make an appearance Saturday at MegaFest in Framingham, Massachusetts, and in anticipation he talks about his long career in comics, including his relationship with artists: "Every artist I've worked with contributed to the success. It's like a song. You have the guy who writes the lyrics and the guy who writes the music." [Worcester Telegram & Gazette]

Creators | Writer Si Spurrier talks about his plans for the relaunched X-Men Legacy, the first issue of which is out this week. [USA Today]

Creators | Garth Ennis talks about The Boys, Wolverine, comics controversies and other topics in the latest comiXologist podcast. [ComiXology Blog]

Creators | Jim Woodring talks about the visionary aspects of his art. [Too Much To Dream]

Creators | Matte painter Roger Kupelian, who has created backgrounds and settings for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, among other films, has turned his hand to a new medium: His graphic novel East of Byzantium covers a turbulent 150-year period in Armenian history, from about 300 to 450 AD. [El Vaquero]

Creators | Matt Dembicki talks about District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., the anthology of short comics by D.C.-area creators that he curated. [Comic Riffs]

Webcomics | Larry Cruz takes a look at traffic for prominent webcomics sites and finds it to be down across the board. A number of possible explanations (including the rise of tablets, Hurricane Sandy and the numbers simply being bad) are raised in the comments section. [The Webcomic Overlook]

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