Awards |”Bitch Planet,” the Image Comics series by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV and Cris Peter, won the 2016 British Fantasy Award for best comic/graphic novel, beating out “Red Sonja,” “Nimona,” “Saga” and “Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why.” The British Fantasy Awards were presented Sunday during a ceremony held at FantasyCon 2016 in Scarborough, England. [The British Fantasy Society]
Crime | Jordanian journalist and writer Nahedh Hattar was shot and killed Sunday on the steps of the courthouse in Amman, Jordan. Hattar was on his way into court for a hearing on charges of insulting Islam and inciting “sectarian strife and racism” stemming from a posting last month on his Facebook page of a cartoon by an anonymous artist. Titled “God of Daesh [ISIS],” the cartoon depicts an ISIS fighter in bed with two women, ordering God to bring him wine and snacks and “put a door on the tent so that you knock before you enter next time.” The backlash was swift and severe, and Hattar quickly took down the cartoon, although he said he wasn’t making fun of Islam but instead “mocking the terrorists and their depiction of God and heaven.” The Jordanian government arrested Hattar, ostensibly for his own protection, and slapped a gag order on the case. He was out on bail and on his way into the courthouse for a scheduled appearance when a man walked up to him and shot him three times at close range. The gunman was immediately arrested by Jordanian security forces, who later identified him as Riad Ismaeel Abdullah and described him as a known extremist. Hattar’s family blamed the Jordanian government, and called for Prime Minister Hani Mulki to be fired. The prime minister did in fact offer his resignation, but Jordan just held elections last week and his government would have changed over anyway. King Abdullah accepted Mulki’s resignation but immediately appointed him to form a new government. [The Jordan Times]
Legal | David Barnett recaps the history of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which was started by Denis Kitchen when he heard that retailer Michael Correa had been arrested for selling comics that one policeman described to the press as having a “satanic influence.” “I realized immediately that if police officers with built-in Satan detectors could get away with making arrests and seizing objectionable comic books, much more than the comics industry was at stake,” he says. Barnett talks to longtime supporter Neil Gaiman and also recaps the case of case of Mike Diana, who was convicted of “artistic obscenity” in 1994 because of his comic book, “Boiled Angel,” and was forbidden to draw during his three years of probation. [The Guardian]
Legal | CBLDF board member Katherine Keller, a library technician at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, discusses her work with the the organization. [UNLV News Center]
Creators | Michael Cavna interviews “Hip Hop Family Tree” creator Ed Piskor ahead of his appearance at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival. [The Washington Post]
Creators | In another Cavna interview, Keith Knight talks about his new book, “Make America Hate Again,” and his cartoons depicting police brutality. [The Washington Post]
Creators | Indonesian politician Budiman Sudjatmiko wrote about his experiences as a revolutionary in his novel “Anak-Anak Revolusi (The Children of Revolution),” but critics slammed the book as too long and boring. So he turned it into a graphic novel trilogy. The first volume, “Komik Serial Anak-Anak Revolusi I: Talking about a Revolution (Revolutionary Children Comic Series: Talking about a Revolution)” published in August, tells of a bloody 1996 fight between two factions, but it also discusses Budiman’s philosophy and politics, starting with his observations of his neighbors’ crushing poverty when he was growing up. [Jakarta Post]
Creators | Jonathan Guyer takes a look at the Egyptian cartoonist Andeel. [Oum Cartoon]
Manga | Yen Press announced a new manga license over the weekend: “Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō (The End Girl Trip),” by the singly-named manga creator Tsukumizu. The manga, which is running as a webcomic on the site of the seinen (young men) manga magazine “Kurage Bunch,” is a post-apocalyptic story about two girls traveling through what’s left of the world in their Kettenkrad, a sort of a bike-tractor hybrid. [Anime News Network]
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