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Comics A.M. | ‘Dragon Ball’ creator to launch new manga in July

Ginga Patrol Jaka

Ginga Patrol Jaka

Manga | As part of the 45th-anniversary celebration of Weekly Shonen Jump, legendary Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump creator Akira Toriyama will launch a new manga series called Ginga Patrol Jaka (Galactic Patrol Jaka) in the magazine’s July 13 issue. Teased only with vague declaration “The ‘legend’ of hope for the entire world returns here!!,” the series marks the 58-year-old artist’s first manga since the 2010 one-shot Kintoki, created for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Top of the Super Legend” project. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Carol Tyler speaks frankly about her struggle to finish the third book of her trilogy You’ll Never Know while taking care of her dying mother and her seriously ill sister, who are characters in the book: “I literally had to do the back end of Book III in hospitals, nursing homes, at the chemo place and in waiting rooms. It was insane.” She also discusses her style choices and how the finished books differed from her original art. [The Comics Journal]

Fatale #15

Fatale #15

Creators | Frequent collaborators Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips discuss their horror noir series Fatale, which released its 15th issue this week. “… Part of what Fatale is able to do, is shine a different light on history. You can capture a time and place and peel back another layer to show an underlying menace and horror. Seattle in the early ’90s was an American mecca. People were moving there from all over the country, mostly young people. And then around the mid-’90s, it started to crash, and people started leaving, moving to New York or Portland or L.A. The music scene in the early ’90s was vibrant and explosive. You could see great bands all over the place, and by ’96 or so, that just wasn’t the case. There were fewer clubs, less excitement about Seattle-based bands. The college radio scene was faltering. You could feel it. So that’s why I wanted to do a story there. I wanted to put Jo in a place that’s dying, surrounded by desperate people, young people, and see how they’d react to her. And also, as I said, mid-’90s Seattle had a few really creepy serial killers stalking the streets, and that was another piece of the puzzle I wanted to play with. But it’s been weird writing about a place and time that was so important to me. A couple of the main characters are loosely based on old friends of mine from back then, and I’ve been looking at a lot of old photos and reading our old zines and stuff. It doesn’t feel like 20 years ago.” [Hero Complex]

"Killjoys" art by Becky Cloonan

“Killjoys” art by Becky Cloonan

Creators | Alex Dueben talks to Gerard Way about his new comics series, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which is illustrated by Becky Cloonan. [Suicide Girls]

Creators | David Guy Levy discusses his comic Back to Back to the Future, which imagines an alternative version of Back to the Future in which actor Eric Stoltz, the original choice for the lead, has not been replaced by Michael J. Fox, and actress Melora Hardin has not been taken off the project because she was too tall to act opposite Fox. [Entertainment Weekly]

Creators | Artist Marcelo Matere talks about his work on the Transformers comics. [Tformers]

Watson and Holmes #3

Watson and Holmes #3

Creators | Veteran artist Rick Leonardi talks about his new series Watson and Holmes, which is already available digitally. [Mainline Media News]

Cartoons | In a TED Talk recorded last month, New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, who chooses about 17 cartoons out of 1,000 submissions each week, dissects what makes a cartoon work. [TED]

Retailing | Mike Joffre started buying and selling comics when he was 14, often picking up comics his friends’ older brothers were done with. Now he’s the owner of Carsley’s Comics, which specializes in vintage comics — it’s a spinoff of a coin and antiques dealership that Joffre purchased in 2005. [Montreal Gazette]

Retailing | Business is so good for the Ann Arbor, Michigan, comics and games shop Fun4All that it’s relocating to a larger space in order to double the amount of space for gaming. [AnnArbor.com]

Graphic novels | If you’re behind on your Eisner nominee reading, Cynthia Clark Harvey has your back with quick takes on the nominees in the Best Reality-Based Work category. [Phoenix New Times]

Exhibits | Noah Berlatsky critiques “Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes,” an exhibit of Clowes’s work on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. [Chicago Reader]

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