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Comics A.M. | Bitstrips’ big year, and even bigger plans

Bitstrips

Bitstrips

Business | Bitstrips co-founder and CEO Jacob “Ba” Blackstock, whose DIY avatar and comic strip app exploded in 2013, reflects on the lessons of the year, and sketches out the Toronto company’s goals for 2014. Unsurprisingly, those include finding more uses for its comics and, y’know, making money (earlier this month, Bitstrips confirmed a $3 million injection of venture capital, which will go toward more engineers, artists and designers). [Entrepreneur]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon interviews Nate Powell about his work on March, the graphic novel memoir of Rep. John Lewis’ experiences in the civil rights movement, and one of the most acclaimed books of the year. [The Comics Reporter]

From "The Star Wars" #3

From “The Star Wars” #3

Creators | Artist Mike Mayhew talks about his work on The Star Wars, the comics adaptation of George Lucas’ first draft of what became Star Wars. [TheForce.net]

Creators | Brandon Graham shows off some of his sketches and sources of inspiration for the Empowered one-shot he’s working on with Adam Warren. [Royal Boiler]

Creators | Kate Leth talks about her work on the new Adventure Time comic Seeing Red, which she calls “as Goth an Adventure Time story as they would let me write.” Leth is also the creator of the webcomic Kate or Die. [Newsarama]

Creators | Dallas, Texas, teacher Hector Rodriguez felt there was a need for a Latino superhero, so he created his own: El Peso Hero, whose adventures take place in Spanish and English. Several guest artists, including Sam de la Rosa, have contributed, and although this article doesn’t mention it, Rodriguez is running a Kickstarter to get it into print. [Dallas Morning News]

Manga | Professors from the Japan School of Policy Making are creating an online manga about the fictitious mayor of a real area, Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, and they are encouraging readers to discuss real-life problems in the ward and research possible solutions. [The Asahi Shimbun]

Manga | Veteran editor Carl Horn looks back at the year in Dark Horse manga and looks forward to what’s coming up in 2014, including a Hatsune Miku manga and more of Eden: It’s an Endless World. [Dark Horse]

Digital comics | Juli Monroe reviews the Viz Media app on the Nexus 7. [Teleread]

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