Comics A.M. | <i>The Oatmeal</i> creator raises $1M for Tesla museum

Crowdfunding | Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, raised $1 million in just over a week on Indiegogo to help fund the restoration of Nikola Tesla's laboratory as a museum, surpassing the $850,000 goal. "THANK YOU SO GODDAMN MUCH," Inman wrote on his blog. "WE ARE GOING TO BUILD A GODDAMN TESLA MUSEUM." There are still 34 days left in the funding campaign. [The Associated Press, The Oatmeal]

Publishing | Warren Simons, executive editor of Valiant Entertainment, discusses gathering the talent for the Valiant relaunch, refining the characters for modern-day tastes, and keeping the books accessible to new readers. He also gives some hints about what to expect from Valiant's upcoming series Shadowman. [Previews World]

Creators | In Toronto for Fan Expo Canada, Jeff Lemire talks about his dual life as a creator for DC Comics and doing indie work: “Normally those two worlds – the superheroes and the independent stuff – don’t mix but I note with The Underwater Welder that people who read my DC stuff are checking it out. I think I put my unique voice into all my work and people respond to that.” [Toronto Globe and Mail]

Creators | Derek Kirk Kim talks about the manhwa he read as a child in Korea, why he likes filmmaking, and the dangers of being pigeonholed by his readers: "Same Difference was great in that it kickstarted my professional career (as in being able to make a living solely doing art), but it sort of painted me into this corner as well. I get people saying things like, I need to 'get back to my roots' or 'TUNE sucks and it's surprising coming from the guy who did Same Difference.' ... The thing is, even before Same Difference, I was doing genre-infused work. I want to do everything and anything. But it's kind of hard to win over the same audience who only know and like you for one specific thing." [MTV Geek]

Comics | Tom Spurgeon takes the cost of the full run of DC's Before Watchmen comics -- about $145 -- and puts together 13 alternative comics packages that readers could get for about the same price. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Bryan and Mary Talbot discussed their collaboration on Dotter of Her Father's Eyes at the Edinburgh Book Festival. [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Grant Morrison was at the Edinburgh Book Festival as well, and he talked about Supergods to a packed room, despite the late hour. [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Alex Dueben talks to Bianca Stone, who creates poetry comics, which are just what they sound like. [The Comics Journal]

Comics | Image Comics co-founder Jim Valentino shares his thoughts on the potential of comics to reach different audiences in a brief video interview. [Sequart]

Competitions | Scottish publisher DC Thomson (The Beano, The Dandy) and The University of Dundee are co-sponsoring the second annual Dundee Comics Prize; this year's challenge is to resurrect the 1940s Dandy character The Amazing Mr. X and make him relevant to modern readers. [Forbidden Planet]

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