Conventions | Vocativ put together an interesting, if somewhat late, video report about the Middle East Film & Comic Con in Dubai, often viewed by Westerners as a conservative Muslim city. Yet the April convention, which drew about 35,000 attendees, featured both women in traditional hijabs and cosplayers in somewhat-revealing costumes. More interesting still, the number of women artists outnumbered the men. The piece also touches upon the reaction to the new Ms. Marvel, a Muslim teenager from New Jersey. [Vocativ]
Creators | “Never having known how to work in this style, suddenly in my 80s, I discover I can”: Jules Feiffer talks about his latest graphic novel, Kill My Mother, a noir-ish tale that is a sharp departure from his earlier work. [Los Angeles Times]
History | Researcher and filmmaker Robert Emmons talks about his new documentary, Diagram for Delinquents, which looks at Fredric Wertham and the comics scares of the 1950s. [South Jersey Times]
Creators | Is Ed Piskor the right person to tell the story of hip hop? That’s the question that runs through Daniel Genis’ article, in which he interviews Piskor, attends the launch party for the second volume of Hip Hop Family Tree at Bergen Comics, and visits the Bronx to talk to the old-timers who remember when it all started. It’s an interesting, thoughtful piece that goes into detail about some of Piskor’s methods, considers what lies ahead in future volumes, and also draws in the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. [The Daily Beast]
Creators | The local newspaper profiles Troy Brownfield, writer of The Blood Queen and Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland. [Terre Haute Tribune-Star]
Creators | Here’s another local creator profile, this one of David Gruba and Rene Castellano, who have taken to Kickstarter to fund their comic Tales of the Wolfman. [Southtown Star]
Comics | Mark Peters looks at the worst parents in superhero comics. [Salon]
Comics | Gulshan Rai surveys the most popular characters in Indian comics and where they are now. [Mid-Day]
Graphic novels | Kaya Genç reads the graphic adaptation of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and muses about what Turkish books would make good graphic novels. [Daily Sabah]
Retailing | TBS Comics of Pensacola, Florida, has moved to a new location and tripled its space, going from 1,500 to 4,500 square feet. [Pensacola News Journal]
Conventions | Liz Ohanesian checks in on the no-frills Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, where a ticket is $10, there are no lines, and you could walk the aisles without photo-bombing a cosplay shoot. [LA Weekly]
Conventions | Reporter William Westhoven files a report on Garden City Comics Fest in Morristown, New Jersey, which drew about 1,000 people for a one-day event. [Daily Record]
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