Passings | Silver Age artist Dan Adkins died earlier this month at the age of 76. Adkins, who began with self-published zines before becoming a freelance illustrator, served as Wally Wood’s assistant. As a member of Wood’s studio, he was one of the original artists for T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. Adkins was a prolific penciller and inker for numerous publishers, from DC Comics and Warren Publishing to Harvey Comics and Marvel, notably drawing 132 covers for the latter. He talked in detail about his career, and working with Wood, in this interview with Alter Ego. [News from ME]
Kickstarter | Jeff Yang analyzes why Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak’s Code Monkey Save World Kickstarter, which started with a single Tweet, was destined for success, and he talks to both creators about how it came to be. [Speakeasy]
Creators | Cecil Castellucci talks about her new children’s comic Odd Duck, illustrated by Sara Varon and due out next week from First Second. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL, is the guest on the latest “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” podcast. [BoingBoing]
Creators | Jeremy Whitley discusses the lack of strong female characters in comics, and how he is countering that with Princeless. [WUNC]
Creators | With a new book, My Dog: The Paradox, out this week, The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman talks about his dog, his work, and his adventures of the past year, which include a much-publicized legal brouhaha and feeding peanut butter to grizzly bears on his 30th birthday. [The Daily Beast]
Creators | Nicole Rudick interviews James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook about 7 Miles a Second, which is being reissued by Fantagraphics. [The Comics Journal]
Graphic novels | Brian Haberlin, who has been wowing folks at conventions (most recently, C2E2) with his Anomaly graphic novel, which includes some stunning augmented reality features, revealed he’s working on a second book, Shifter. He describes it as “a contemporary action/adventure mystery, sort of like a Hitchcock movie with a sci-fi twist.” [ICv2]
Awards | The results of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize were announced last month, and Tetsuo Iwamoto follows up with interviews with the judges and an in-depth look at the winning titles and the field of competitors. [Asahi Shimbun]
Awards | Serge Champleau of Montreal LaPresse took top honors in the Editorial Cartooning category of this year’s Canadian National Newspaper Awards. [National Newspaper Awards]
Reviews | Paul Morton doesn’t so much review Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story as distill it into a thoughtful capsule history of the company. [The Millions]
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