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Comics A.M. | NARR8 claims motion comics boost reader retention

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Comics | Tierney Sneed went to the Women in Comics panel at New York Comic Con and then hit the floor to talk to creators (and also yours truly) about the mismatch between the number of women comics readers and the industries that cater to them, including the publishers and cons like NYCC (where women made up 35% of attendees but only 6% of guests). [U.S. News & World Report]

Digital Comics | I interviewed Darya Trushkina, vice president for business development of NARR8, a digital comics app that features motion comics with some gamelike features. Here’s what caught my attention: When I asked her why they went with motion comics, she said “It boosts our retention rate and boosts usage significantly.” Their retention rate—readers who return to the app—is 50%, and the average session is 15 minutes. [Good E-Reader]

Political Cartoons | Carol Hill reports on two attempts to suppress political cartoons in India. [Public Radio International]

Comics | I rounded up the kids’ comics scene at NYCC, noting that a lot of comics that are marketed as being for children actually have a lot of crossover appeal for adults. [Publishers Weekly]

Comics | Alexander Abad-Santos writes up the LGBT comics panel at NYCC. [The Atlantic Wire]

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Creators | Kentucky political cartoonist Marc Murphy, who has a day job as partner in a law firm, spoke recently about his work as an editorial cartoonist and showed off a couple of cartoons that were rejected by his editors—and one that garnered him some death threats. [Park City Daily News]

Creators | Brian Crane, who draws the newspaper comic Pickles, talks about how he finds humor in everyday things, such as the time his father-in-law got a magnetic bracelet for his arthritis and all the cutlery was attracted to it. [Deseret News]

Creators | Guy Gilchrist talks about his childhood love of comics and cartoons and his current gig drawing the long-lived comic strip Nancy. [Nashville Scene]

Comics Conventions | Laura Sneddon takes a look at the upcoming Lakes International comic art festival in the UK, which will focus on indie comics and will therefore include as many women guests as men. [The Guardian]

Fandom | Melissa Umbarger talks about loving comics as a kid, falling away, and then getting back into them again. [Greensboro News-Record]

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