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Comics A.M. | The rising stars of IDW; Alvin Lu leaves Viz Media

IDW's The X-Files

Publishing | The X-Files is in the headline, but this interview with IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall covers a lot of ground, including the logistics of continuing a defunct TV franchise as a comic, the standouts among IDW’s young creators, and the challenges of being a comics writer. [Hero Complex]

Publishing |  Alvin Lu has left his position as executive vice president of the manga publisher Viz Media. Lu had been at Viz for 13 years and was one of the top executives in the company, reporting directly to CEO Hidemi Fukuhara. [ICv2]

Comics | The graphic novel Metro, once banned in Egypt, is available in Cairo once more. [The Comics Reporter]

Awards | Reminder: The deadline for the Glyph Comics Awards, which honor black comics publishers, creators and characters, is Thursday. [Glyph Comics Awards]

Hawkeye #7

Events | Hawkeye #7 comes out today, and writer Matt Fraction will be signing copies at the House of Secrets comics shop in Burbank, California, at 6 tonight. Fraction is donating his royalties from this issue to Hurricane Sandy relief. Red Cross donations will be accepted at the event.

Comics | Joe McCulloch presents a beginners’ guide to the digital Weekly Shonen Jump, including an explanation of how it differs from the Japanese Shonen Jump and quick introductions to several of the series that are easier for new readers to jump into. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | KC Green talks about writing the new Regular Show comics for BOOM! Studios. [Comics Alliance]

Viz Media

Manga | Viz Media has confirmed it will publish the Pokemon: HeartGold SoulSilver series, based on the Nintendo DS games of the same name. [Anime News Network]

Events | The “X-Tra Zeus!” exhibit in Providence, Rhode Island, will showcase the work of 20 local comics artists in a gallery that also happens to have a cocktail bar. [The Providence Phoenix]

Design | Roger Langridge shares his logo ideas for BOOM! Studios’ Boom Town imprint, along with the finished version of the final choice. [Hotel Fred]

Digital comics | The Japanese company 1DollarScan, which will take your book and make a single digital copy of it, is reaching out to U.S. customers. These quick-digitizing services (called jisui, or “cooking your own,” in Japan) have become somewhat controversial in Japan; the idea is simply to make a digital copy that users can read on their e-readers, but seven creators just sued a group of scan shops, contending they are violating copyright. [Good E-Reader]

Retailing | Buckhannon, West Virginia, has a new comics and collectibles shop, Nerducopia. [The Record Delta]

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