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Comics A.M. | JManga launches unlimited-access site

JManga7

Digital comics | The Japanese web portal JManga today launched an unlimited-access site JManga7, although it won’t be putting any actual content on it until October. Unlike JManga, which sells digital manga one volume at a time, JManga7 operates on an “all-you-can-eat” model, with single chapters of a variety of titles available for free, and a wider selection with a paid subscription. The site will be updated daily and will include a mix of genres, with some new content that is being published close to its Japanese release date as well as some older series. The idea is for readers to check out the manga at JManga7 and ultimately buy them for keeps at JManga. To encourage readers to pre-register, JManga is raffling off seven Nexus 7 tablets and seven free subscriptions. Plans for the site were unveiled last month at Comic-Con International in an exclusive interview with Comic Book Resources. [JManga]

Desperate Dan

Publishing | John Freeman rounds up media reactions to yesterday’s announcement that the long-running U.K. children’s comic The Dandy is ending print publication, although it will continue to live on in some sort of digital form. The Economist and the Financial Times both weigh in on this important matter, probably because the writers grew up reading The Dandy themselves, and there is word that Desperate Dan is in negotiations with companion publication The Beano. [Down the Tubes]

Publishing | The Los Angeles Times profiles Marvel’s reclusive chief executive Isaac Perlmutter, who naturally didn’t respond to requests for comment. [Los Angeles Times]

Comics | Christopher Borelli takes a look at the growing interest in comics-form journalism, which will get a boost in October with the launch of the digital sequential-news magazine Symbolia in October. Annoyingly, you have to be a Tribune subscriber to read page 2 of the article, but page 1 by itself is a pretty good read. [Chicago Tribune]

Graphic novels | Librarian Elizabeth Moreau, a member of the Newbery Award committee, does a little experiment to determine whether a graphic novel would be eligible for the Newbery, and concludes it isn’t; Crogan’s Loyalty creator Chris Schweizer presents a different point of view in comments. [Born Librarian]

Usagi Yojimbo #143

Creators | Stan Sakai discusses his long-running series Usagi Yojimbo: “It’s strange, right? It’s a samurai rabbit! Usually, it has to be comedy, but it’s not!” [The Star]

Creators | Sean T. Collins interviews Uno Moralez, and don’t feel bad if you have never heard of him: “Moralez is one of a handful of cartoonists — Jonny Negron, Julia Gfrörer, Josh Simmons, Michael DeForge — whose work hits me so hard it’s like they’re making it just for me. But the rest of them are all people you can friend on Facebook, follow on Tumblr or Twitter, buy minicomics from, and have drinks with at a con. Moralez is a Russian enigma whose LiveJournal is written in Cyrllic, whose work is both drawn and published in digital pixels, whose output comes in the form of bizarre and ferociously NSFW image/gif galleries as often as comics or illustrations, and whose name is not even Uno Moralez. Before I conducted this interview with him you could easily have convinced me he was an elaborate hoax.” [The Comics Journal]

Creators | In a video shot at Toronto Comics Art Festival, librarian Eva Volin talks to J. Torres, the writer of Jinx, Power Lunch and Lola. [Good Comics for Kids]

Comics | Brian Truitt takes a look at Diamond Select Toys’ new Battle Beasts figures and IDW Publishing’s line of Battle Beasts comics. [USA Today]

Publishing | Gina Gagliano has some tips for would-be First Second employees. Chances of getting hired there are slim, as First Second only has four employees, but the tips are good advice for any job-seeker in the field. [First Second blog]

Digital comics | Kevin Lee takes a look at the different ways to read comics on a Nexus 7 tablet. [TechHive]

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