Comics A.M. | The state of the French comics tradition, post-Moebius

Creators | Daniel Kalder looks at the state of French comics tradition following the death last month of Jean Giraud, the influential artist widely known as Moebius, and finds it's in the capable hands of David B ("one of the most sophisticated cartoonists in the world") and Nicolas de Crecy ("the 'mad genius' of French comics"). [The Guardian]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to Michael Cho about what sounds like a really interesting project, his book Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes: "Because I don't have an affinity for drawing a pastoral landscape. [laughs] You know what I mean? I've never lived in that environment, so I can't draw that thing with confidence. When I close my eyes I don't visualize that with any confidence. But a city is something I'm surrounded with constantly. With alleyways and lane ways and how light poles connect up to transformer towers which have extra leads leading down to the basement apartment. I can see that when I close my eyes, you know?" [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Brian Wood discusses his new Dark Horse series The Massive, which is about a world in which global warming has already taken its toll. "I’m also doing my little bit to improve not only my craft but the quality and 'feel' of the single-issue comic format The Massive will first appear in. By that I mean a denser, more content-rich story, extra pages, just more overall. I’m concentrating the content, taking what might have been a six-issue story in DMZ and making it three issues in The Massive, but really thinking about a better, more efficient way to tell the story so it just doesn’t feel crammed in there. [Hero Complex]

Creators | During his appearance over the weekend at the Los Angeles Festival of Books, Robert Kirkman shared pitching advice to aspiring comic writers. [GalleyCat]

Creators | Tucker Stone interviews Seamus Heffernan, creator of the Xeric Grant-winning alternate-history comic Freedom: "If I get a call from a publisher tomorrow that said 'Hey, let's work this out,' I would definitely consider it. But I'm not quite jumping on that boat, not quite yet. I want to see how this goes first. I think the trick might be that ... any larger mainstream industry, I'm sure there would be some kinds of logistical problems. The size of the book, the fact that it's black and white ... all of these are artistic choices that I definitely feel strongly about, and I would be really hesitant to change. I can see that potentially causing some problems. I've talked to some store owners, and a few have asked why it has to be that size. It's a pain in the ass, I know." [comiXology]

Creators | The local paper profiles Rafael Rosado, who stepped out of the Hollywood rat race to live the good life in central Ohio. Rosado is the artist for Giants Beware!, which was just released by First Second. [The Columbus Dispatch]

Creators | Charles Webb talks to Mouse Guard creator David Petersen about the current story arc, the next anthology, and what lies ahead. [MTV Geek]

Creators | Dark Horse editor Scott Allie guests on the Next Issue podcast to talk about the B.P.R.D. miniseries he's writing. [Multiversity Comics]

Comics | In honor of 4/20, Ty Templeton rounds up the 10 biggest stoners in comics. [Ty Templeton's ART LAND!!]

Comics | Sean Kleefeld goes with a somewhat nobler theme and collects all the Earth Day comics he can find. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Awards | The winners of the 16th Osamu Tezuka Prize have been announced; the judges gave a special prize to a single copy of Shonen Jump that was read by more than 100 children in a bookstore in Sendai, a town near the epicenter of the earthquake. [Anime News Network]

Retailing | Todd Allen ponders the surprisingly difficult problem of getting the comics he wants, despite living in San Francisco. [Publishers Weekly]

Conventions | The Ohio State University student newspaper covers Small Press and Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.), contrasting the Columbus event with bigger ones like Comic-Con. [The Lantern]

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