Comics A.M. | Viz Media launches 'Naruto' app

Digital comics | With Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto appearing this week at New York Comic Con, Viz Media is launching a dedicated Naruto app that will offer a chapter of the series every day for free (each chapter will be free for seven days). The app will sync with the VizManga digital comics platform, and users who buy one or more volumes of Naruto on either digital service this month will also get a bundle that includes the original pilot chapter Kishimoto created for the series, plus editors' notes, chapter reviews and fan art. Viz is also offering discounts individual volumes throughout the month of October, with the first five volumes selling for $1.99 each. [Crunchyroll]

Manga | More manga news from Viz: The company will serialize Platinum End, the new manga from the Death Note team of Takashi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba, in its Shonen Jump digital magazine at the same time the chapters are released in Japan. The series, which the creators say is about "angels and humans," will launch Nov. 4. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Co-writers Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen talk about their new Vertigo comic Survivors' Club. [Paste]

Political cartoons | Ten years after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, Jacob McHangama looks at the context in which they were produced and the aftermath of their release. [Politico]

Publishing | Three comics editors of color — Robin Herrera and Charlie Chu of Oni Press, and Harvey Richards of DC — talk about their experiences in the industry and why it's important to have people of color working behind the scenes. [The Mary Sue]

Exhibits | Doug Harvey pays a visit to "Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby" and files a comprehensive report. [The Comics Journal]

Retailing | Christian Hoffer looks at the direct market and its changing place in a growing comics market. [The Comics Reporter]

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