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Comics A.M. | DC Comics’ digital move into the ‘mainstream’

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Digital comics | Technology journalist Andy Ihnatko discusses the significance of DC Comics’ expansion of its digital-comics availability from comiXology and its branded app to the iBooks, Kindle and Nook stores: “Now, all of the company’s titles have a presence in the same bookstore where hundreds of millions of people worldwide buy the rest of their content.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

Conventions | Steve Morris reports in on this past weekend’s Thought Bubble convention, in Leeds, England, which sounds like it was amazing. [The Beat]

Conventions | Meanwhile, on this side of the pond, Young Lee has an account of Durham’s NC Comicon. [Technicianonline.com]

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Creators | The newest Captain America writer, Rick Remender, plans to go in a “a high-adventure, high-octane, crazy pulp science-fiction” direction, but he’s also fleshing out Steve Rogers’ backstory in a way he says has never been done before. “‘All comic nerds, we all have an idea of who Steve is and who Captain America is for sure,’ the writer says. ‘But you don’t see how he grew up, you don’t see his parents, you don’t see the life that gave birth to a 98-pound weakling who refused to not go fight the Nazis. And that’s the thing that really felt was missing from being able to connect and identify with him as a human being.'” [USA Today]

Creators | In a podcast interview, Robert Crumb and Aline Kaminsky-Crumb discuss their collaborative comics, which were recently collected in Drawn Together. [The Guardian Books]

The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song

Creators | Sean Michael Robinson talks to David Lasky, the artist for the new graphic novel The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Jonathan Keats writes about the eclecticism of Art Spiegelman, whose oeuvre ranges from Wacky Packages to Maus: “Spiegelman can make nearly any medium work for him – to startling effect – because he avoids the trap that snares most artists. Rather than cultivating a recognizable style, Spiegelman takes up the optimal vernacular for each new project.” [Forbes]

Creators | Writer Tony Bedard discusses the task of integrating the many colored Lanterns into a new White Lantern, and what’s coming with the “First Lantern” story arc, in DC’s Green Lantern: New Guardians series. [USA Today]

Creators | DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee tops the Bleeding Cool Magazine list of the 100 most powerful people in comics; Marvel honcho Isaac Perlmutter is No. 2. [USA Today]

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Best of the year | Writer and graphic novel expert Martha Cornog lists her picks for the five best graphic novels of the year. [Library Journal]

Creators | Benjamin Dix discusses his graphic novel The Vanni, a story about the end of the war in Sri Lanka. [Groundworks]

Creators | Scottish writer Miles Tubb and artist Ian Emerson discuss their graphic novel, which depicts life in Leith, Scotland, between World War I and World War II. The comic is based in part on oral histories and vintage photos collected by a local history organization, the Local Memories Association. [STV Edinburgh]

Publishing | First Second marketing director Gina Gagliano discusses five reasons why a publisher might want an author to change a book title. [First Second Blog]

History | Larry Cruz looks at the 19th-century satire magazine Puck and its role in cartooning history. [The Webcomic Overlook]

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