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

Retailers | The apartment of Ryan Higgins, owner of Comics Conspiracy in Sunnyvale, Calif., burned on Saturday. His girlfriend received burns on her hands, but she and the dog escaped the fire. Higgins writes on Twitter that it, "looks like comics and some clothes made it." [Twitter]

Creators | In advance of his appearance at STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo, cartoonist Jeffrey Brown discusses the personal nature of his work, the meaning of "indie," and The X-Men: "... it was my dream growing up to draw X-Men. I've been kicking around the idea of collaborating with an artist on a mainstream genre book like that. I'd love to." [Decider Austin]

Creators | Mike Carey and Peter Gross hold court on their upcoming Vertigo series The Unwritten, and the collaboration process. "I noticed, looking through them the other day, that I sent a lot of what I called Bath emails," Gross says. "I like to soak in the tub and I'd just sort of let Mike's latest idea steep at the same time, and I would literally get these inspired epiphanies that amazed me. We were in some sort of creative frenzy for a couple of weeks, and it's pretty interesting to look back through those emails and see how the strong ideas grew and the weak ones fell away until the story grew to a point where Mike was ready to write a first draft. It's the most excited I've been in the bath in years!" [Sequential Tart]

Pop culture | New York magazine rolls out a package titled "New York as Graphic Novel," which includes a strip by Alex Robinson, the city's notable comic-book locations (both fictional and real), creators' picks of comics in which the city plays a prominent part, and a look at Watchmen's version of New York City. [New York]

Education | Two professors at Misericordia University point to DC Comics' short-lived series New Guardians as "a 1980s attempt at multiculturalism that’s gone pretty terribly wrong." Poor, poor Extrano. [The Times-Leader]

Publishing | With the approach of Marvel and Del Rey's X-Men collaboration, the crew at Comics Village discusses attempts to bridge the gap between American superheroes and manga. [Comics Village, via Brigid Alverson]

Creators | Shaenon Garrity chats with Aaron Neathery, creator the apocalyptic webcomic Endtown. [Talk About Comics]

Creators | The Daily Cross Hatch wraps up its two-part interview with The Goon creator Eric Powell. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | T Campbell, writer of Penny & Aggie and Divalicious!, chats about his work and webcomics. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Creators | Ben Morse wonders what ever happened to a handful of once-prominent writers and artists. [The Cool Kids Table]

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