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Comics A.M. | Anya’s Ghost, Zita the Spacegirl win Cybils Awards

Anya's Ghost

Awards | Two titles from First Second won the graphic novel categories in the 2011 Cybils Awards, literary honors given by bloggers who write about children’s and young-adult books: Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl received the graphic novel prize in the Elementary & Middle School category, while Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost won in the Young Adult division. [Cybils]

Digital | With the Vita on the way, Sony is shutting down its PSP comics service, and users will lose their comics come September. [Gameranx]

Graphic novels | Craig Thompson’s Blankets made Oprah’s list of the eight greatest love stories of all time, taking its place alongside Brokeback Mountain and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. [Oprah.com]

One Piece, Vol. 62

Manga | Why is One Piece so insanely popular in Japan, including with adult readers? Professor Yuki Yasuda, author of a book titled Luffy no nakamaryoku (Luffy and His Capacity for Friendship), has one answer: “(The One Piece characters) greatly value their ties to each other, as is evident from the way they always respond to each other’s calls for help … Moreover, the characters’ lines have strong messages, allowing the content to withstand adult scrutiny.” [The Mainichi Daily News]

Copyright | The Japanese publisher Futabasha is suing three Chinese companies selling unauthorized Crayon Shin-Chan merchandise. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Fantagraphics Books is looking to hire a junior designer. [FLOG! Blog]

Publishing | Oni Press art director Keith Wood talks about his company’s new logo: “One of the hardest things was that we wanted to represent the Oni without showing the horns. Ultimately having horns on the logo hurt the image on our titles aimed at younger readers. Most parents buy their kids’ books, and not understanding what an Oni is. They would often judge it purely based on a grinning demon. That was a huge challenge.” [Comics Alliance]

Stumptown #2

Creators | Stumptown artist Matthew Southworth reveals he and collaborator Greg Rucka hope to return this summer with another installment of the Oni Press crime series. [Multiversity Comics]

Creators | Todd Allen talks to writer Elliott Serrano about his work on Army of Darkness. [The Beat]

Creators | Raffaele Ienco discusses his upcoming Image Comics series Epic Kill. [USA Today]

Digital | Shaun Huston talks about one of the problems with digital comics: It’s hard to share them with others. [PopMatters]

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Am I alone in first thinking that “Anya’s Ghost” was a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spin-off about the greatly missed and dearly departed former vengeance demon, Anya Jenkins?

“Sony is shutting down its PSP comics service, and users will lose their comics come September.”

Proof that digital has a ways to go. Give them money, and if you are in a situation where you can’t back up the files, they can just take it all away from you. Can you even create backups of comics bought from places like Comixology and others?

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