Comics A.M. | This weekend, it's C2E2

Conventions | Chicago's RedEye has an overview of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, which kicked off this morning at McCormick Place, and talks with Brian Stephenson of producer ReedPop about the future of the five-year-old show. “It has all the potential in the world to be bigger than San Diego [Comic Con] or New York, all based on the square footage at McCormick," he said. Meanwhile Chicagoist checks in with a convention food guide, while Chicago Now offers a rundown of the best after-parties. [Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo]

Passings | Scott Simmons writes a lengthy appreciation of Roger Slifer, who died March 30. [Flashback Universe]

Creators | Annie Goetzinger talks about her graphic novel Girl in Dior in a brief interview accompanied by a couple of spreads from the book. [Vogue]

Creators | Huey Nguyenhuu left Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, when he was 14, and traveled to America with his brother. Now a successful engineer and artist, he has started Brilliant Bookworm Comics to bring traditional Vietnamese stories to a wider audience. [OC Weekly]

Publishing | Matt Badham interviews David McDonald of Hibernia Comics, which republishes classic British comics. [Down the Tubes]

Comics | The characters on Sundance TV's The Red Road have their own digital comic now, where you can read their origin stories; Drew Pisarra, Sundance TV's vice president of digital content, explains how it was developed and why he didn't want it to look like a superhero comic. [Mashable]

Manga | Justin Stroman interviews a Redditor named Robert who bought 400 volumes of manga at a thrift shop, basically on a whim — although he owns a used bookstore, he didn't read manga or know anything about it before buying the lot. It seems to be working out pretty well for him, though, as he has made $600 so far on his initial $120 investment. [Organization Anti-Social Geniuses]

Manga | Amanda Vail looks at the massive popularity of Attack on Titan in Japan and in the United States. [Women Write About Comics]

Art | Frank Santoro shows off some of the comics art in his basement. [The Comics Journal]

Documentary | Filmmaker Leah Wolchok discusses the choices that went into her film Very Semi Serious, which is about New Yorker cartoonists and how editor Bob Mankoff selects cartoons for the magazine. [The New York Times]

Creators | Olly McNamee covers the Women in Comics panel at the Birmingham Comics Festival, which featured Kat Nicholson, Laura Howell, Jessica Martin, and Sonia Leong talking about their own work and the larger issue of diversity in the comics industry. [Bleeding Cool]

Conventions | Emilia reports in on the STAPLE indie comics festival, with notes on the books she got there and the creators she chatted with. [Panel Patter]

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