Manga | Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team that drew the Legend of Zelda manga, has announced a new project: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, based on the 2006 game of the same name. The manga will be published on Shogakukan’s MangaOne app, which is not the same as the Manga One app available in English. Viz Media published Akira Himekawa’s previous Zelda manga, which ran from 1998 to 2008. [Anime News Network]
Political cartoons | Egyptian authorities arrested 26-year-old cartoonist Islam Gawish Sunday and charged with owning pirated software and having an unauthorized personal website. Gawish was arrested during a raid on a Cairo news website, and he was clearly the target: “They were looking for Islam because of his cartoons that are critical of the regime,” a colleague said. The fifth anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising that resulted in the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak seems to have motivated the Egyptian government to step up its attempts to silence critics; in recent weeks, it closed down a Cairo art gallery, raided the offices of a book publisher, and arrested five administrators of Facebook pages that were sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. Gawish’s lawyer said he will be charged today, and commented,”The regime is worried about any creative work. They have shut down art venues, and now they are arresting innovators. The state must be very fragile if it is afraid of cartoonists.” [The New York Times]
Commentary | Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson gives her take on the controversy around Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter’s $1 million donation to Donald Trump’s veterans’ fundraiser: “People understand that in today’s world, we vote as much with our dollars as we do with our ballots. We don’t want the things we buy and enjoy to support bigotry and injustice. The real possibility of a Trump presidency is terrifying to those who would prefer not to live in a dystopian autocracy, and for obvious reasons, the idea that the CEO of Marvel supports Trump makes a lot of readers seriously concerned. Yet – frustratingly – boycotting books you love will not take a single dime out of Perlmutter’s pocket, much less out of Trump’s. It will, however, kill the books.” Her solution: Rather than boycott, support one of the organizations that turned down Trump’s money. [G. Willow Wilson]
Creators | In a podcast interview, cartoonist Josh Neufeld and journalist Alia Malek discuss their nonfiction comic about the struggle of several Syrian refugees. [Foreign Policy]
Publishing | Alan Payne, IDW Publishing’s former vice president of sales, has a new gig: He’s joining Dynamite Entertainment as vice president of sales and marketing. Before his nine-year stretch at IDW, Payne was director of national accounts at Tokyopop. [ICv2]
Publishing | Oni Press announced two new hires and a promotion: Andrew McIntire has been hired as vice president of marketing and sales, and Rachel Reed as publicity coordinator, while Ari Yarwood has been promoted from associate editor to managing editor. [ICv2]
Webcomics | Etelka Lehoczky has some webcomics suggestions to start off your week, as well as a few thoughts on how the medium has evolved. [NPR]
Academia | Sarah Glaser, a student at Old Dominion University, hopes to become the second person to get a PhD in comics studies. She has designed an interdisciplinary degree in comics studies and hopes to go on to the University of Dundee, Scotland, for her doctorate. [Mace and Crown]
Festivals | Calvin Reid reports in from the scene at Angouleme International Comics Festival, covering the Grand Prix award to Hermann and noting that attendance seems to be down, perhaps because of the Paris attacks. [Publishers Weekly]
Conventions | David Cotner spends the day at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, a more laid-back alternative to the big comics conventions. [LA Weekly]
Conventions | Here’s another alt-con: Anime Day is a traveling one-day show that positions itself as a smaller, more affordable alternative to traditional anime conventions. It took place in Knoxville, Tennessee, over the weekend weekend and will move on to several other cities in the Southeast. [The Daily Beacon]
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