Comics A.M. | Taiwan 'One Piece' exhibit draws 100,000 in first week

Events | An extensive exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan, devoted to Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and anime has drawn more than 100,000 visitors since its opening on July 1. Overseen by Oda, the exhibition is the first of its kind outside of Japan, where it was held from 2012 to 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the insanely popular manga. "One Piece Exhibition: Original Art x Movies x Experience Pirate King Taiwan" runs through Sept. 22. [Kotaku]

Publishing | Former Marvel and Topps editor Jim Salicrup says he's happiest in his current gig as editor-in-chief at Papercutz because he's part owner of the company, which gives him a lot more scope: "At Papercutz, the only folks who can ever say 'no' to me are the buying public. In other words, I have tremendous freedom to do the comics I want to do, the way I want to do them! If they succeed, that’s great. If they fail, well, I have no one to blame but myself." Papercutz publishes a wide range of all-ages graphic novels, including the Classics Illustrated comics, licensed titles like The Smurfs, LEGO Ninjago and Legends of Chima, and girl-friendly titles such as Sybil the Backpack Fairy and Ernest and Rebecca. And imprint just launched a line aimed at the direct market, Super Genius, with a WWE Superstars series. [Comics Creator News]

Creators | Jimmy Gownley talks about his award-winning series Amelia Rules, his new graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever and his own origin story in a wide-ranging interview with Whitney Grace. [Fanboy Nation]

Creators | Stone Soup cartoonist Jan Eliot stayed in Cape Town, South Africa, for a few months last year and liked it so much she worked it into the strip. [Independent Online]

Creators | Terry LaBan discussed about his strip Edge City, which he co-creates with his wife Patty, in an appearance near his hometown. [Glenside News & Globe & Times Chronicle]

Manga | Translators Yoda Hiroko and Matt Alt discussed the challenges of translating the classic kids' manga Doraemon into English — starting with the name — in a panel last week at the Tokyo International Book Fair. [Nippon.com]

Graphic novels | The Anthony Trollope novel John Caldigate is being adapted into a graphic novel that will have some significant differences from the original; in addition to being more streamlined, it will show a broader swath of its Australian setting. "Trollope set this story in New South Wales but did not make more of the miners, convicts and Aboriginals who lived there," said Dr. Simon Grennan, a research fellow at the University of Chester, who is doing the adaptation. [Daily Mail]

Retailing | For the third year in a row, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, location of Big B Comics is giving local children a free comic for every A and every improved grade they can show on their report cards. "People have been taking everything from superheroes like Batman and the Avengers to things for little kids like SpongeBob [SquarePants]," said staffer Ian Ball. [Niagara This Week]

Retailing | Chapel Hill Comics in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is changing hands, and Andrew Neal, who turned over the reins this weekend to the new owner, Ryan Kulikowski, reminisces a bit and discusses the history of the store and how the comics scene has evolved over the past 20 years. The store focuses on indie comics, and half the customers are women, Neal said. [Chapel Hill News]

Retailing | Joseph Kyle Schmidt writes an obituary for the Phoenix, Arizona, shop Hero Comics, which closed last week after 20 years. [Bleeding Cool]

Conventions | Sean Barron visits All AmeriCon, a one-day show in Warren, Ohio, that pulled in artists Jim Steranko and Darryl Banks, among others. [The Vindicator]

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