Comics A.M. | <i>The Rover</i> artist Douglas Phillips passes away

Passings | Douglas Phillips, who drew many stories over the years for the rough-and-tumble British boys' comics The Rover and The Victor, has died at the age of 85. [Blimey!]

Creators | David Macho shares his memory of the graciousness of the late Sergio Toppi, who passed away this week. [The Beat]

Creators | Green Lantern writer (and DC chief creative officer) Geoff Johns is returning to his hometown, Detroit, to appear at a comics shop and the Arab American National Museum, promoting Baz, the first Arab-American Green Lantern. Johns himself is of Lebanese descent. [Detroit Free Press]

Culture | The U.S. Postal Service way overestimated the popularity of The Simpsons; it produced 1 billion stamps featuring Homer, Marge and the rest of the family, but actual sales were only a third of that. The rest had to be destroyed. [The Washington Post]

Creators | Alison Bechdel reflects on her youthful diaries, how she learned to channel her writing, and the effect of her graphic novel memoirs on her family and her own life. "The price this exacts — the price you can pay for being a writer — 'is something I’m trying to figure out every day,' Bechdel said. 'It feels especially pertinent to my work as a memoirist. I’m basically doing it with my family and other people in my life, and it’s a very fraught enterprise. I’m having a crisis of faith about it.'" [The Burlington Free Press]

Creators | Faith Erin Hicks discusses her recent release Friends With Boys, as well as webcomics, volleyball and Scooby-Doo, in a podcast interview with Matt D. Wilson. [War Rocket Ajax]

Graphic novels | Rob Clough takes a hard look at Stanford's Graphic Novel Project, in which a group of students co-creates a graphic novel that deals with a social issue. Clough critiques each graphic novel individually and then offers some recommendations for making the class work better; the chief problem seems to be that there are too many people working on each book. [The Comics Journal]

Comics | Following on a similar article featuring male artists, Andrew Wheeler asks Emma Rios, Nicola Scott and Becky Cloonan to rank male and female superheroes by size and discuss what sort of athlete their body type suggests. [Comics Alliance]

Comics | John Weeks covers 50 years of Cambodian comics in an informative five-minute video that covers three different eras. [Our Books]

Manga | Jason Thompson counts down the seven perviest manga — not straight-up porn, but manga where the sex comes at you sideways. [Anime News Network]

Digital comics | Sean Kleefeld reviews the Kindle Touch as a digital comics reader. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Exhibits | Mark Jenkins reviews two gallery shows of art by comics artists, "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women" and an exhibit of Rafer Roberts' work. [Washington Post]

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