Comics A.M. | 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' creator heads to Comic-Con

Conventions | Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi will be a guest in July at Comic-Con International. Yu-Gi-Oh! is a card-fighting manga that has inspired a number of anime and manga spinoffs as well as, logically enough, a card game. This is the second announcement in two weeks of a high-profile manga-ka coming to America, as Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto will be a special guest in October at New York Comic Con. [Anime News Network]

Awards | Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's This One Summer is the winner of the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, and Richard McGuire's Here is the 2015 Honoree. [Pennsylvania Center for the Book]

Creators | Although he tried to censor himself and not do any political cartoons lately, Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming is having a hard time making a living. Liming, who goes by the pen name Rebel Pepper, went to Japan for a visit last May and ended up staying there because he was afraid of persecution in China, where the government had set up a smear campaign against him because of his cartoons; he was also arrested and briefly detained in 2013 because of a tweet. While he thought he would be able to make a living from his cartoons, he has been cut off from the social media platform Weibo, which was essential to his business. Liming is writing a column that pays about $200 a month, and he will start a regular comic series in June, but he is turning to a crowdfunding campaign to help him get by. [China Digital Times]

Creators | Jillian Tamaki talks about altering Archie comics as a child, how she started working with her cousin Mariko, and her solo comic SuperMutant Magic Academy. [The AV Club]

Creators | In an interview with his hometown newspaper, writer David Gallaher (High Moon, The Only Living Boy) reminisces about growing up as a comics fan in Fredericksburg, Maryland. [The Frederick News-Post]

Creators | Jillian Fleck has created a three-dimensional comic as an installation in an art gallery in Calgary, Alberta. The comic, made of different papers and found materials, appears to change depending on where the viewer is standing. [CBC News]

Comics | Craig Fitzgerald has fun with some vintage state decals from the glory days of automobile travel. [Car Talk]

Conventions | Japan Expo USA, the American incarnation of a much larger French anime con, will not be held this year. With about 5,500 unique attendees in 2013 and 6,500 in 2014, despite some high-profile guests, the convention simply wasn't reaching its goals. [Anime News Network]

Conventions | Rochel Leah Goldblatt reports from the scene at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, where the cosplay action included Iron Man proposing to a pregnant Pepper Potts. [Reading Eagle]

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