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Comics A.M. | ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ returns to shelves

Kuroko's Basketball

Kuroko’s Basketball

Retailing | The rental chain Tsutaya and the bookstore chain Yurindo have returned Kuroko’s Basketball books and DVDs to their shelves after “X-Day,” Nov. 4, passed without incident. Someone has sent hundreds of threatening letters to convention sites, bookstores, the media and Sophia University (the alma mater of Kuroko’s Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki), over the past year, and the most recent batch of letters said that “X-Day will be on the final day of the [Sophia University] school festival.” Meanwhile, police are checking security cameras near all the mailboxes in the districts from which the letters were mailed, looking for suspicious people. [Anime News Network]

Comics | Brian Steinberg looks at Archie Comics’ most radical move yet: the relatively adult Afterlife with Archie, which literally turned America’s most iconic teenagers into zombies. Steinberg talks to Archie CEO Jon Goldwater, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, artist Francesco Francavilla and others about the significance of this comic, which sold almost 65,000 copies to the direct market. [Variety]

Comics | Here’s a fascinating look at the comics journalism movement in India, where grass-roots organizers use comics, sometimes posted on walls in public places, to raise awareness about issues from the dangers of uranium dust to the threat posed to children by sex tourists. [Truthout]

The Great War

The Great War

Creators | Joe Sacco writes about his new book The Great War, and shows off some of the art as well. [The New Yorker]

Creators | Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner talk about their new Harley Quinn series. “We want to explore things from her normal life: where she lives, how she gets her groceries, how she gets her suit off for a bathroom break, any of that stuff,” Palmiotti explains. “So we’re going to try to dig into the character and give the audience a chance to get to know who she is. Which I think will also really enhance the experience you get on Suicide Squad. You’ll a chance to get a better feel for the character.” [Kindle Post]

Creators | A.D. Amoroso profiles Philadelphia creator Rob Woods, creator of 36 Lessons in Self-Destruction: The Depressed Punx Collection, and talks to Joshua O’Neill, owner of Locust Moon, the comic shop that published the book. Peter Bagge also appears to give Woods a shout-out. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Creators | Paul Gravett interviews Algerian creator Sofiane Belaskri. [Paul Gravett]

Creators | Dan Greenfield continues his conversation with Nightwing writer Kyle Higgins. [13th Dimension]

Creators | Janelle Asselin profiles emerging artist Cathy G. Johnson. [ComicsAlliance]

Criticism | Art Spiegelman has been getting a lot of press lately, as a retrospective of his work goes up in New York, but Jed Perl thinks he’s overrated. [The New Republic]

Kickstarter | Rob Mc Monigal talks to Kel McDonald about her planned anthology Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa Edition, a compilation of African folk tales, with a list of contributors that includes Faith Erin Hicks and Chris Schweitzer. [Panel Patter]

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My. That New Republic article on Spiegelman is really something else. The author, Jed Perl, comes across as an angry pseudointellectual buffoon who, for whatever reason, is furious Spiegelman got a lot of attention over other artists he merits much more deserving like R Crumb. If I were to pick an over rated loon it would be Crumb. Then he makes what I assume is his big, hard hitting, coup de gras, comparing Maus to a 50′s book of the month club entry, mundane, safe, and accessible. Wow. Maus is powerful, beautiful, and an amazing family story. R Crumb is a disturbed and anti-social freak that his fans see as brilliant and Perl is obviously so in love with his opinions that he is pretty beyond commentary. The only thing he deserves is what he will get hopefully, and that is to be laughed at and seen for what he is.

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