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Comics A.M. | Steve Ditko won’t be appearing at London convention

Steve Ditko self-portrait

Creators | Contrary to some reports this morning, reclusive comics legend Steve Ditko won’t be a special guest at the second annual London Super Comic Convention, to be held Feb. 25-26 at the Excel Centre in London. A press release that circulated has been confirmed as a hoax. [ComicConventions, Bleeding Cool]

Publishing | Trajectory, publisher of the Classics Illustrated comics, announced at the Beijing Book Fair that it has begun publishing Chinese translations that will be available as ebooks. The first two titles: Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. [press release]

Creators | Chris Giarrusso, who grew up reading comic strips and then “graduated” to superhero comics, discusses the challenges of creating and marketing G-Man, his all-ages comic: “There’s a big market for kids’ comics, but for the most part, you won’t see it in comic shops with all the middle-aged men. Kids get their comics in bookstores and libraries. G-Man is available in Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Some comic shops do carry G-Man and successfully market books to young readers, but most comic shops do not support my work.’ [Hero Complex]

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Creators | Cullen Bunn discusses the new story arc that’s just getting under way in The Sixth Gun, as well as the fact that the series has a planned ending. [Comicosity]

Creators | Robot 6 contributor Chris Arrant interviews Leah Moore and John Reppion, the creators of the new Dynamite comic Damsels, in which the famous females of fairy tales team up to fight evil invaders. These damsels are not in distress, says Reppion: “There’s a lot of saving and being saved going on in Damsels but you won’t find too many passively helpless, powerless female victims in the book. No-one is hanging round waiting to be saved, they’re taking matters into their own hands, unless of course there’s a bloody good reason not to.” [Newsarama]

Creators | Filipino artist Stephen Segovia started drawing talking dogs and cats for Funny Komiks at the age of 16, when he was being home-schooled; now, 13 years later, he is working for Marvel drawing X-Treme X-Men. [GMA News]

Creators | Gordon Harris of Annandale, Virginia, talks about his debut graphic novel Pedestrian. [Washington City Paper]

Manga | Publisher and critic Erica Friedman looks at the way manga is not only divided up by the gender and age of the intended audience but also caters strongly to that group, and discusses why it’s important that yuri (lesbian romance) manga has broken free of that. [Okazu]

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