Comics A.M. | Alibi witnesses testify in Michael George trial

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Comics A.M. | Alibi witnesses testify in Michael George trial

Legal | Defense testimony began in the Michael George trial  Monday after the judge denied a motion by the defense to order an acquittal. George’s daughter Tracie testified that she remembers her father sleeping on the couch in his mother’s house the night in 1990 when his first wife Barbara was shot and killed in their Clinton Township, Michigan, comic store. Another defense witness, Douglas Kenyon, told the jury he saw a “suspicious person” in the store that evening and that Barbara George, who waited on him, seemed nervous. [Detroit Free Press]

Conventions | Last weekend’s Alternative Press Expo inspired Deb Aoki to offer a burst of suggestions on Twitter as to how it could be made better. Heidi MacDonald collected the tweets into a single post, and the commenters add some worthwhile points (including not scheduling it opposite the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which attracts much of the same audience and is free). [Deb Aoki’s Twitter, The Beat]

Awards | Ian Culbard’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness won the British Fantasy Award for best comic/graphic novel, presented Saturday by the British Fantasy Society. [The British Fantasy Society]

Creators | Ahead of the release of Action Comics #2, Grant Morrison talks more about his vision of a younger, brasher Superman: “Definitely, we needed to see a Superman who could be beat up a little bit and could suffer a little bit more like us, rather than the character who could juggle planets. That was a definite decision, and also to bring him to a dead standstill. I wanted the speeding bullet that brings him to a dead stop, so that we could start the second issue with Superman in chains. He’s trapped, he can’t move and it’s about getting him out of that situation.” [USA Today]

Creators | Michael Cavna chats with Art Spiegelman about MetaMaus, the new book and DVD package marking the 25th anniversary of Maus. [The Washington Post]

Creators | Craig Thompson talks at length about his new graphic novel Habibi: “I hate using the terms East and West because they are purely imaginative boundaries. But in the Western world, at least, art is placed on this pedestal. There’s so much ego tied up in the artistic process. In contemporary art, in fine arts, it’s more common for the artist to be more of an overseer, where they come up with the concept, but then they dictate all the actual labor to a bunch of unnamed assistants. And that’s always really offensive to me. We cartoonists in general have a more modest approach to our work where it’s just got to be us alone in our studio for hours and hours. You can’t fake comics really, or actually you probably could, but not in the old-fashioned alternative comics world. Meanwhile, in the rest of the world, there’s all these artisans and craftsmen who work meticulously and have a lot more skill, but do it without the monetary reward and the egotistical reward. So I did want to pay tribute to those people. But even that sounds a little pretentious, because I was still just working with the very malleable form of ink on paper. I’m not carving wood or laying tile-work or doing something much more complex.” [The Millions]

Creators | Daniel Clowes chats briefly about The Death-Ray. []

Creators | Carolyn Supinka interviews creators Anders Nilsen [Big Questions] and Marc Bell (Pure Pajamas), who are both touring the East Coast to promote their latest work. [The Tartan]

Creators | Brian Heater wraps up his four-part interview with Tom Neely. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Creators | The student newspaper at the University of Texas at Austin profiles Paul Maybury. [The Daily Texan]

Creators | Because he can’t draw, blogger Matthew J. Brady documents 24-hour Comics Day in a fumetti based on the events at Challengers Comics in Chicago. [Warren Peace Sings the Blues]

Manga | With the new release of Sailor Moon and its prequel, Codename Sailor V, fresh on the stands, Thalia Sutton explains why Sailor Moon is important and how this release is different from all those that came before. [Suvudu]

Manga | For those curious to see manga in its native habitat, Three Steps Over Japan takes a look at Kodansha’s seinen (young men’s) manga magazine Afternoon, the home of Genshiken, Blade of the Immortal and Oh! My Goddess. [Three Steps Over Japan]

Comics | Francoise Mouly’s Toon Books will publish children’s graphic novels using the art of French illustrator Claude Ponti (Tromboline & Foulbazar) but adding a new storyline for English-language readers. The first book, Chick and Chickie in Twin Stories, is due out in February. [ICv2]

Review | Johanna Draper Carlson takes a look at the first two volumes of Dark Horse’s Archie Archives, noting that the stories get a lot stronger once Veronica enters the picture. The books have no extras — the first volume lacks even a table of contents — and she recommends dipping in from time to time rather than sitting down and reading all the stories at once. [Comics Worth Reading]

Scene | Frank Santoro presents a comics-eye-view of Pittsburgh, with a writeup on the local comics scene by Ed Piskor, some art by local comics creators, and links to lots of other Steel City comics goodness. [The Comics Journal]

Webcomics | And speaking of Ed Piskor, he wrapped up Wizzywig recently and has jumped right in with a new webcomic Deleterious Pedigree. [Wizzywig Comics]