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Comics A.M. | Three IDW comics make their Madefire debut

Art by Dave Gibbons

Art by Dave Gibbons

Digital comics | IDW Publishing released its first batch of digital comics on the motion-comics platform Madefire this week. The selection includes partially animated My Little Pony, Star Trek and Transformers comics, which sell for $1.99 each. Jeff Webber, IDW’s vice president of digital publishing, noted that because Madefire has a partnership with DeviantArt, the books are being exposed to “an incredibly broad network of illustration fans.” To commemorate My Little Pony’s Madefire debut, Dave Gibbons drew the image at right “to show that Friendship IS Magic!” `[Publishers Weekly]

Passings | Cartoonist Jack Matsuoka, who chronicled life in the Poston, Arizona, internment camp in his book Camp II, Block 211, has died at the age of 87. , Born in the United States to Japanese parents, Matsuoka was a teenager when his family was sent to internment camps in Salinas, California, and then Poston. After leaving the camp he was drafted and served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in occupied Japan. He went to college on the G.I. Bill and worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for many years. Camp II, Block 211 was based on sketches he did while living in the camps and set aside for many years; his mother found them and encouraged him to share them with the public. They were put on exhibit in San Francisco and then collected into the book, which was first published in 1974. A revised edition was released in 2003. [The Rafu Shimpo]

Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby

Creators | At The A.V. Club, Jason Heller and Noel Murray assemble a “beginner’s guide” to the works of Jack Kirby, while at the journal of The Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center, Steve Brower attempts to put to rest four myths about the legendary creator. [The A.V. Club, The Kirby Effect]

Conventions | Boise, Idaho, will get its first comic con this weekend, courtesy of the Boise Public Library (where librarians noticed that 25 percent of their graphic novel collection was circulating at any one time, compared to 17 percent of other books). The free event will feature a homemade Dalek and 24 comics artists, including James Sumii and underground comics pioneer Dennis Eichorn, who calls himself “the Betty White of underground comics” because he’s the oldest creator left. [Idaho Statesman]

Bil Keane

Bil Keane

Creators | The bronze statue of Family Circus creator Bil Keane will be dedicated on Nov. 8 in a park in Scottsdale, Arizona, and now there’s also talk of a Bil Keane museum. [The Sacramento Bee]

Creators | Fix yourself a cup of coffee and get comfortable before you start reading Simon Willis’ interview with Chris Ware. It’s good stuff, but as we are warned up front, it’s a long read. [Intelligent Life]

Creators | Writer Christy Marx talks about her work on DC Comics’ Amethyst reboot and the upcoming Birds of Prey. [The Mary Sue]

Creators | Penciler Freddie Williams II discusses his New 52 title The Movement. [Comicosity]

Creators | Pop Candy contributor Zack Smith crosses the aisle to write a story for Regular Show #3, and it’s based on one of a roadside attraction that tantalized him as a child, South of the Border (the North Carolina border, that is). [USA Today]

Comics | Kevin Church presents a guide to 45 years of Star Trek comics, from the original Gold Key comics through Wildstorm, Tokyopop and other publishers to the current reign of IDW Publisher — and a peculiar looking John Byrne photo-comic that will be out next year. [Comics Alliance]

Comics | Medical comics seem to be a growing field: Here’s a piece about a group of academics in the United Kingdom that has developed comics to help children understand chronic pain in older people. [Medical Xpress]

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