Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

Creators | Using the copyright-reclamation bid by Jack Kirby's children as a news hook, Geoff Boucher takes a look at the artist's legacy, his creative partnership with Stan Lee, and his bitter feud with Marvel. "A lot more people know the name Stan Lee than the name Jack Kirby," says daughter Lisa Kirby. “I’m not putting down Stan Lee’s talents but it’s difficult for us to see that he does dominate the credit. That doesn’t reflect the work or the reality. To see Jack Kirby in small letters and Stan Lee in big letters, that’s hard for us.” [Los Angeles Times]

Publishing | Jim Shelley considers what effect the recession may be having on the illegal downloading of comic books. He finds there are more downloads, but they've become more difficult to track. [Flashback Universe, via Kleefeld on Comics]

Awards | Following comments posted last week by Alex Hoffman lamenting that webcomics creators are limited to one category in the Joe Shuster Awards, organizers are revisiting the issue and requesting feedback on eligibility. [Joe Shuster Awards]

Conventions | New York Anime Festival drew a reported 21,388 attendees to the Javits Center over the weekend -- up 16 percent from last year -- where publishers like Del Rey Manga, Tokyopop, Vertical and Viz Media announced new license acquisitions. [New York Anime Festival]

Conventions | Johanna Draper Carlson, Scott Edelman and Justin Kownacki are among the first out of the gate with their reports from the Small Press Expo. [SPX]

Conventions | The local newspaper previews the inaugural Long Beach Comic Con, which debuts Friday at the Long Beach Convention Center. Guests will include Stan Lee, Marc Andreyko, Simone Bianchi, Tim Bradstreet, Amanda Conner, Sandra Hope, Geoff Johns, Rob Liefeld, Jeph Loeb, Dustin Nguyen, David Peterson, Darick Robertson and Mark Waid. [Press-Telegram]

Creators | It turns out artists are authors, after all: As a result of an email exchange with artist George O'Connor, Amazon.com has reversed its policy and apparently will allow comic illustrators to add books to their author's page. [ACT-I-VATE]

Creators | On what would've been the 100th birthday of Li'l Abner creator Al Capp, an editorial in the Newburyport, Massachusetts, newspaper argues for the creation of "a prominent memorial" to the cartoonist in nearby Amesbury, where he's buried. [The Daily News]

Creators | Terri Finch Hamilton presents a longish profile of award-winning illustrator David Small, whose memoir Stitches has been receiving a good amount of praise. [Grand Rapids Living]

Creators | Brett Williams chats with artist Joe Quinones about his background, and working with Kurt Busiek on the Green Lantern strip for DC's Wednesday Comics. [Surfing the Bleed]

Creators | The Surrogates promotional tour continues as Graeme McMillan interviews writer Robert Venditti about the comic-turned-motion picture. [io9.com]

Creators | J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to Erie, Pennsylvania, native Ryan Dunlavey about writing and illustrating M.O.D.O.K.: Reign Delay for Marvel. [Erie Times-News]

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