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Comics A.M. | ‘Saga,’ Sean Phillips win British Fantasy Awards

Saga, Vol. 2

Saga, Vol. 2

Awards | Sean Phillips was named as best artist and Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, as best comic/graphic novel at the 2013 British Fantasy Awards, presented Sunday at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, alongside the World Fantasy Awards. [British Fantasy Society]

Publishing | Tim Pilcher of  Humanoids talks about his company’s new plans to distribute its graphic novels in the United Kingdom through Turnaround Publisher Services. [ICv2]

Conventions | Italy’s Lucca Fest had a record-breaking show, with 200,000 tickets sold and 300,000 attendees in all. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Conventions | Rhode Island Comic Con was this weekend, and it seems to have been a success, despite the fact that some of the showbiz guests couldn’t make it because of the shootings at Los Angeles airport on Friday. [Providence Journal]

Jet City Comic Show

Jet City Comic Show

Conventions | And on a smaller scale, the Jet City Comic Show sold 1,600 tickets in its first year in its new home, Tacoma, Washington; previously the show had been in Seattle. [The News Tribune]

Organizations | Calvin Reid talks to Comic Book Legal Defense Fund executive director Charles Brownstein about the fund’s accomplishments so far and their goals for the near future. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Vivek Tiwary talks about his new graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story: “In 1961, Liverpool was very dark, industrial, rainy and a little depressed, but by the time the story ends, in 1967, we’re in London and it’s the dawn of the psychedelic era, with the summer of love on the horizon. So what I decided was that this was a story that charts the progression from black and white to Technicolor, or to put it in Beatles film terms, A Hard Day’s Night to Yellow Submarine. When you think about it in those terms, very visually, that said to me “graphic novel” and even animated film. So we set about developing both, simultaneously. For many reasons, some of them obvious, it was easier to put together the book first.” [Fast Company]

The Twilight Zone #1

The Twilight Zone #1

Creators | Jeffrey O. Gustafson interviews J. Michael Straczynski about his new Twilight Zone comic. [The Beat]

Creators | Tim Seeley discusses his collaboration with artist Mike Norton and the prospects for a movie version of his series Hack/Slash. [Nerd Bastards]

Creators | Indian creator Samit Basu talks about his new graphic novel, Local Monsters, about a lady monster living in New Delhi. [Times of India]

Creators | Former DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz talks about his work on the massive multi-volume 75 Years of DC Comics. [13th Dimension]

Manga | Lindley Warmington, a member of the Digital Manga Guild, talks about her work as a freelance manga editor. The DMG was formed by the publisher Digital Manga as a way to get manga translated and published digitally without paying up-front costs; the translators, many of whom are longtime fans, as well as the U.S. and Japanese publishers, get no money up front but take a cut of the sales. [Organization Anti-Social Geniuses]

Libraries | Columbia University librarian Karen Green explains her job a bit and talks about the acquisition of Al Jaffee’s papers for the library. [The Jewish Daily Forward]

Retailing | Matthew Flamm talks to Mitch Cutler, longtime owner of the New York comic shop St. Marks Comics. [Crains New York Business]

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Congratulations on a well-deserved win to Sean. That is great.

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