Comics A.M. | Store suffers reported $300,000 loss in burglary

Crime | Wichita, Kansas' KWCH TV is showcasing the Nov. 19 burglary of comics and collectibles store Riverhouse Traders as its Crime Stoppers crime of the week. The thieves apparently knew what they were looking for, and stole a reported $300,000 worth of rare comic books and memorabilia, leaving owner Mark Rowland with an unwanted shift in priorities: He has always given free comics to local children who get As on their report cards, and he provides gifts to local families at Christmas, but this year he has to cut back to pay for a security system. [KWCH]

Creators | Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Terry Dodson discuss their new graphic novel Teen Titans: Earth One. George Perez and Marv Wolfman's Teen Titans were Lemire's gateway to comics, so he was particularly enthusiastic about this project, and, he that affected his choice of a cast: "My decision early on was just to use the unique characters that Marv and George created that weren’t sidekicks, and that freed me from having to establish the adult superheroes in this world." [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Steve Sheinkin interviews Gene Luen Yang in comics format. [A Fuse #8 Production]

Creators | Yang draws a comic about himself to explain an error he made while doing background research for The Shadow Hero. [Diversity in YA]

Creators | Batgirl artist Babs Tarr talks about her fan art, Batgirl's costume, sequential storytelling and what she likes best: "drawing badass ladies." [Women Write About Comics]

Creators | Yoon Tae-ho, creator of the Korean webcomic Misaeng, advises new creators to be original: "Creating your own content is the best way to succeed as a cartoonist." The TV drama based on Misaeng is the second-highest rated show on Korean cable, so Yoon is a pretty big deal right now. [Korea Times]

Creators | If you want to direct your holiday shopping dollars toward comics by queer and trans women, Mey has a list of 25 creators to check out. [Autostraddle]

Best of the year | Tim O'Neil and Oliver Saga share their picks for the best graphic novels of 2014. [The A.V. Club]

Gift guides | Jacob Anderson-Minshall recommends a dozen gift ideas for LGBT graphic novel lovers. [The Advocate]

Retailing | Wayne Richardson, owner of Evermore Comics in Kingsport, Virginia, is retiring after 30 years, but the store will continue under new owners. Richardson, who co-founded Mountain Empire Comics in 1984, reflects a bit on how the business has changed over the years, with games coming into the mix and now, more competition from the Internet: "Now with the Internet, anyone can go online and buy the same merchandise as me, as cheaply as I can and therefore the profit margin is almost non-existent. At 57 years old, it has become exhausting. There comes a time that you just feel it's time to go." [Times News]

Conventions | The first Jekyll Comic Con is scheduled for this weekend in Jekyll Island, Georgia; it will feature a number of comics artists as well as panels on anime and steampunk. [Do Savannah]

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