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Comics A.M. | 17,000-item Superman collection donated for Cleveland exhibit

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Comics A.M. | 17,000-item Superman collection donated for Cleveland exhibit

Comics | “Dick Tracy” writer Mike Curtis has donated his 17,000-piece collection of Superman memorabilia to the Cleveland Public Library, which will establish a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Man of Steel. Some of Curtis’ items date back to as early as 1939. The library is applying for grants to preserve and restore the collectibles, and hopes to have some of them on display by November. The Man of Steel was of course created by Cleveland by high school friends Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. [The Columbus Dispatch]

Legal | The Thai election commissioner has decided not to prosecute the editors of the Matichon Weekly, which recently republished a set of cartoons from August 2015 by Arun Watcharasawat that were critical of an early draft of the country’s proposed constitution (it was later voted down). A new law bans “rude” or “aggressive” comments on the proposed constitution. The editors told election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn they had republished the cartoons by mistake and had removed them from their website. “Now that they have conceded there was a mistake, this matter is over, and there will not be any legal action,” Srisutthiyakorn said, although he suggested that others in the media pay attention to this incident and be careful not to trigger legal action. [Khaosod English]

Passings | Shaw McCutcheon, former editorial cartoonist for the Spokane, Washington, Spokesman-Review, has died at age 94. The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist John McCutcheon, he received a degree in mathematics from Harvard and served in the military in World War II. McCutcheon took up cartooning after he left the military and was hired in 1950 by the Spokesman-Review. He worked there until his retirement in 1986. McCutcheon’s wife Nancy, who died in 2009 was also an artist. [Spokesman-Review]

Creators | Gina Wynbrandt, creator of “Someone Please Have Sex With Me,” talks about teen idols, Sailor Moon and online dating. [Chicagoist]

Creators | Nebraska artist Ben Naughton brought his portrait of Stan Lee to a convention so he could ask the legendary writer to sign it. Naughton ended up chatting with Lee — and being asked to donate the original to Lee’s museum. [Omaha World-Herald]

Manga | “One Piece,” which is serialized weekly in “Shonen Jump,” is skipping a week, but a spokesperson for publisher Shueisha denied a rumor that it was moving to a monthly schedule. [Kotaku]

Comics | India does its free-comics event differently than North America: It’s a digital event that was started in 2013 by Comic Con India. This year, readers in India can download free digital samplers and take part in fan events from July 4-10, as part of the first Alto Comic Book Celebration Week, which is sponsored by Comic Con India and ReadWhere. [New Indian Express]

Awards | Sean Kleefeld comments on the lack of diversity in this year’s Harvey Awards nominations. [FreakSugar]

Honors | Bruce MacKinnon, editorial cartoonist for the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chronicle-Herald, is one of 113 people who were named members of the Order of Canada last week. The advisory group that made the recommendation described him as “one of Canada’s most skilled, empathetic and provocative editorial cartoonists.” MacKinnon’s response: “You’re talking about folks in Ottawa who I’ve spent the last 30 years kind of beating up on, so they’re pretty good sports.” [Chronicle-Herald]

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