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Comics A.M. | Digital sales grew to $90 million in 2013

Digital comics on comiXology

Digital comics on comiXology

Digital comics | ICv2 estimates the size of the digital comics market at $90 million in 2013, not counting subscription services such as Marvel Unlimited or Crunchyroll — so presumably the tally is limited to single-issue sales. It’s also not clear whether the number includes comics sold on eBook platforms such as Kindle or just those sold through specialty channels such as comiXology or as direct downloads. The $90 million number represents a 29 percent increase over 2012 numbers. [ICv2]

Creators | As the first issue of his new series The Life After is released, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov talks about why he prefers creator-owned work: “I want to treat every book I do as though it’s 100% owned by me, because, at the end of the day, nobody is blaming an editor if that book sucks. They’re blaming me. Even if the art is sub-par, I take the blame for that. So, for my money, being thorny and vocal to get work I’m proud of is worth it, no matter what doors it shuts, because, as the saying goes, nothing shuts doors and costs you audience faster than producing junk.” And, he says, he is making as much money doing creator-owned comics as the corporate ones. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay

Creators | Art Spiegelman talks about Winsor McCay, who not only created the iconic comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland but also was a pioneering animator, making short films that featured his own creation Gertie the Dinosaur, and interacting with them onstage. [Public Radio International]

Creators | Victor Strecher, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has written a graphic novel about aging well — the secret is to have a purpose in life, even in retirement, he says — that features a dung beetle and a frog. [Los Angeles Times]

Creators | Canadian artist Ronn Sutton discusses the challenges of drawing Lucifers Sword MC: Life and Death in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club, written by a member of the Hells Angels whom he has never met. [Metro]

Creators | The second issue of Dave Kot’s Face Value Comics, the first comic to feature an autistic superhero, has just been released, and Diamond will be distributing it. Kot, who is a doctoral student in psychology, has designed the steampunk comics to help autistic readers associate facial expressions with emotions. [The Sentinel]

Creators | The newest addition to the lineup of the Japanese manga magazine Nakayoshi is Tonegawa Ririka no Laboratory (Ririka Tonegawa’s Laboratory) by 17-year-old manga-ka Narumi Hasegaki. She made a splash two years ago, when she was just 15, with her debut manga Dear Dear. [The Asahi Shimbun]

Creators | Actor Philip Haldiman is making a 10-issue comic series about his experiences filming the movie The Room. [LAist]

Exhibits | New Yorker cartoonist and comics scholar Paul Karasik is the curator of the show “The Art of the Cartoon” at the Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard. The show features work by six different cartoonists with ties to the area, including Jules Feiffer. [Vineyard Gazette]

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