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Comics A.M. | Brett Ewins out of jail; Ali Farzat continues to fight

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Creators | Former 2000AD artist Brett Ewins has been freed on bail after a judge reduced his charge to assult. Ewins, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was accused of stabbing a police officer in a January altercation that left the 56-year-old artist hospitalized in serious condition. Because Ewins has already served nine months, part of it in a hospital (where he was in a coma), it’s unlikely he’ll have to go back behind bars. [Sex, Drugs, & Comic Books]

Creators | Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat, who escaped to Kuwait after the Syrian security police beat him and broke his hands, is now living in Egypt and continuing to draw cartoons supporting the Syrian revolution. “Fear has been defeated in Syria when the people marched 19 months ago against tyranny,” he said. “I began to directly draw people in power including Assad and his government officials, to break the barrier of fear, that chronic fear that Syrians suffered from for 50 years.” [Reuters]


Creators | What’s Stan Lee up to these days? Kirk Baird checks in for a quick chat about Marvel, Lee’s relationship with Jack Kirby, and his POW! Entertainment. Asked about comparisons of the Lee-Kirby creative relationship to that of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “and that neither of you were as potent once you quit working together,” the 89-year-old writer replied: “Well, I hate to say this, but he really never had a hit when he left Marvel and went to DC. He never had another Fantastic Four or Thor or anything, I mean, he did a lot of books, but they weren’t great successes.” [San Angelo Standard-Times]

Comics | M. Lynx Qualey looks at the burgeoning graphic novel scene in the Middle East, where Diamond Comic Distributors executive Kuo-Yi Lang sees enormous potential. The article includes interviews with creators from around the area, including Amir and Khalil, the creators of Zahra’s Paradise. [Egypt Independent]


Creators | David Gallaher, co-creator of High Moon, Box 13 and, most recently, The Only Living Boy, talks about his experiences with digital comics, starting with DC’s Zuda. [The Beat]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to Theo Ellsworth, creator of Sleeper Car, Capacity and The Understanding Monster. [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | Morag MacPherson rounds up the news from Wizard World Austin, including the First Comics panel, some brief creator chats, and cosplay photos. [Comicbook.com]

Retailing | Galesburg, Illinois, retailer Alternate Realities, which carries both comics and games, has changed hands, and new owners Charles Pigg III and Greg Jacobs, have an interesting arrangement, with Jacobs owning the building and the gaming part of the business and Pigg handling comics. [Galesburg.com]

Digital comics | ICv2 looks at the possible impact that two new tablets, the iPad Mini and Microsoft’s Surface, will have on digital comics. [ICv2]