Comics A.M. | <i>Shonen Jump Alpha</i> becomes <i>Weekly Shonen Jump</i>

Digital comics | Today, Viz Media marks the first anniversary of the launch of its digital magazine by changing its name from Shonen Jump Alpha to Weekly Shonen Jump (the same as its Japanese counterpart) and going to simultaneous release of most series with Japan as well. Editor-in-Chief Andy Nakatani talks about the changes as well and looks back at how the magazine has done in the year since it changed from a print monthly to a digital weekly. [ICv2]

Digital comics | The U.K. children's comic The Phoenix just became available internationally with its release as an iOS app, and I interviewed Russell Willis of Panel Nine, which created the app, about the challenges involved. Panel Nine has also published Eddie Campbell's Dapper John comics, David Lloyd's Kickback, and the works of underground cartoonist Hunt Emerson as standalone apps, and Willis has big plans for more digital indy comics in the future. [Good E-Reader]

Digital comics | Gabe Roth discusses Marvel's two digital comics services, their comiXology app, from which you buy one comic at a time, and their all-you-can-eat Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited service. Check the comments, too; people generally like one method of reading comics or another, but missing issues and poor customer service have been a deal-breaker for some. [iFanboy]

Creators | Carol Tyler talks about her recently completed You'll Never Know trilogy, which chronicles her father's experiences in World War II and the affect they had on him—and her whole family—afterwards: "His was a little voice among millions of voices, and I hope that some day, my contribution in recording his battles during and after the war will find their way in the World War II sections of libraries, along with the books that cover the Holocaust, women during the war, internment camps and the already recognized heroes." [University of Cincinnati News]

Creators | St. Louis native and Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters will return to his hometown to serve as the grand marshal of the Soulard Mardi Gras next month. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Awards | The nominating committee for Japan's Manga Taisho Awards has announced this year's nominees. Only one of the nominees, Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story, is licensed in the U.S. The winners will be announced in March. [Anime News Network]

Comics | Two Kia automobiles sporting artwork by DC Comics' Jim Lee were shown off over the weekend at the Detroit Auto Show; altogether, Kia and DC have collaborated on eight custom cars that will eventually be auctioned off to raise money for DC's "We Can Be Heroes" anti-hunger campaign. [Press and Guide]

Comics | Marvel had its moment of philanthropy as well, donating 20,000 comics to the Fresno County Sheriff's Reading Posse book drive. Residents who donated books got a comic in return; the books will be handed out to children in the community and those who come to visit relatives in jail. [ABC30]

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