Comics A.M. | Stan Lee, 'the Godfather of comic book heroes'

Creators | Stan Lee, characterized by CNN as "the Godfather of comic book heroes," is modest about his own achievements in a new interview: "If my publisher hadn't said 'let's do superhero stories' I'd probably still be doing A Kid Called Outlaw, The Two Gun Kid or Millie the Model or whatever I was doing at the time." He reflects on the increased female audience for comics and discusses some new projects, including a new superhero, The Annihilator, created specifically for a Chinese audience. [CNN]

Comics| Chris Huntington reflects on the importance of Miles Morales for children of color, like his son: "... To see Spider-Man pulling his mask over a tiny brown chin – to see a boy with short curly hair sticking to the ceiling of his bedroom— well, something happened. Dagim has been Spider-Man for two Halloweens in a row. He takes a bath with his Spider-Man and a toy killer whale. He has Spider-Man toothpaste and a Spider-Man toothbrush. If Spider-Man offered medical coverage, I think he would want that, too. My son somehow understands that there is a Peter Parker Spider-Man, who is vaguely grown-up and my age, and a younger Spider-Man, closer to his age. That’s just how Dagim likes it. He even understands that Peter Parker — like Superman, like Batman –  wasn’t raised by his birth parents. The best superheroes were all adopted like him." [The New York Times]

Publishing | U.K. publisher SelfMadeHero is opening a pop-up store for two weeks, beginning Monday, at Continental Stores in the Bloomsbury area of London. [SelfMadeHero]

Retailing | With the filming of the new Captain America movie happening practically on their doorstep (the shopping plaza where they are located is the staging area), the staff of Cleveland's Carol & John's Comics are seizing the moment and declaring today to be Captain America Day in their store, with giveaways and special discounts. A nearby bridge will close for a couple of hours for the filming, but co-owner John Dudas doesn't mind: "We’re Cleveland. We’re a blue-collar, hard-working town. We can all get up for work a little earlier to have something so cool happening in our city." [Cleveland.com]

Creators | Gilbert Hernandez talks about the comics he read growing up, the simple truths he finds in comics, and his unvarnished depiction of children's behavior in Marble Season. [The Quietus]

Creators | Marcos Martin briefly discusses The Private Eye, his new digital-comics collaboration with Brian K. Vaughan. Regarding the decision to allow readers to choose their own price: "We think it’s the best possible model since it establishes a new, more direct relationship between readers and creators in which they both share equal responsibility for the success of the work. As creators, we are responsible for creating quality product to the best of our abilities and the reader is responsible for deciding the value he/she thinks that product has, according to each one’s perception, possibilities and personal circumstances. Also, one of our goals when going the digital route was to reach a wider audience. And setting an unmovable price tag on the product would not only go against that but also against the very nature of the Internet. Instead of criminalizing the readership beforehand we trust they’ll back our project if they feel it’s worth it." [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle]

Creators | Gerard Way discusses the themes in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and how the title crosses over with his music in a way The Umbrella Academy didn't. [MTV Geek]

Creators | The Manhattan Projects artist Nick Pitarra is interviewed on The Bastard Cast podcast. [Screen Invasion]

Creators | Hannah Means-Shannon writes up a lively HeroesCon panel on humor in comics, featuring Frank Cho, Evan Dorkin, Tim Rickard and Peter Bagge, moderated by Christopher Irving. The creators spoke frankly about a number of issues, including editors who don't get the jokes, the challenge of translating serious life experiences into funny stories, and having their humor misunderstood by irate message board posters. [The Beat]

Creators | Lisa Hanawalt guests on the Bat Segundo Show podcast. [Bat Segundo Show]

Creators | The Stockton, California, newspaper publishes a brief interview with emerging comics artist Sean Miller, who wrote and drew his first comic over the course of six months while working in a sushi bar. [Record.net]

Conventions | Albany Comic Con organizer John Belskis answers five questions about the past, present, and future of the show. [Trouble With Comics]

Retailing | The New York Post's comics blog asks a variety of retailers what is the one comic they would most like to see someone bring in to sell. [Parallel Worlds]

Collecting | Tim Beyers offers some advice for collectors looking to invest in comics. [Daily Finance]

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