Comics A.M. | This weekend, it's MoCCA Arts Fest

Conventions | Annelle Miller, executive director of the Society of Illustrators, talks about this weekend's MoCCA Arts Fest, the first to be run by the society. [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | The Tokyo Big Sight convention center in May will lift the ban on events associated with the manga Kuroko's Basketball. Creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki and numerous venues that were hosting manga and doujinshi (fan comics) shows have received threatening letters, some containing liquid or powder, and as a result, Kuroko's Basketball fan events have been canceled and doujinshi tables have been banned from several comics events. (More background here.) [Kotaku]

Creators | Lucy Knisley is on tour promoting her new graphic memoir Relish, so we'll be seeing a lot of her. Today's interview is with Slate's Alex Heimbach and covers her family's reaction to her comics, how she balances the universal and the personal, and what foods she absolutely won't eat. [Slate]

Creators | Peter Bagge talks about art, politics, his graphic novel Reset and his libertarian beliefs in a video interview. [Reason]

Creators | Cathy Leamy talks about her side gig as creator of cheeky but informative health-care comics like Diabetes Is After Your Dick. [Diabetes Mine]

Digital comics | As JManga goes into final shutdown mode (the company has already ended sales of digital manga, and the site will go dark May 30), I talk to business manager Robert Newman about some of the thinking behind the pioneering digital manga service. (Publishers Weekly]

Commentary | Noah Berlatsky muses on the similarities between magazine fashion features and comics. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Comics | Diamond Comic Distributors has inked exclusive worldwide distribution deals for Gen Manga and Yumcha Studios (publisher of Dim Sum Warriors). [ICv2]

Retailing | MR. Comic Shop of Monroe, Georgia, held its grand opening Thursday. [Patch.com]

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