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Comics A.M. | Driver in ZombieWalk crash will face charges

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Comics A.M. | Driver in ZombieWalk crash will face charges

Legal | Matthew O. Pocci Jr., who in July drove into the crowd of ZombieWalk: San Diego, held annually during Comic-Con International, will be charged with felony reckless driving resulting in serious injuries. Pocci, who is deaf, was in the car with his children, waiting for the Zombie Walk to pass, but he started moving forward before the crowd had cleared the area. According to Pocci, the walkers attacked the car and he feared for his safety. He accelerated and the car struck a 64-year-old woman; two other people were injured as well. Pocci will be arraigned on March 9. [NBC 7 San Diego]

Passings | Illustrator Mel Crawford has passed away at age 89. He’s best remembered for his work for his comics work for Dell Publishing and Western Publishing, children’s books for the Little Golden Books line, and his posters and album covers for Disney. [Animation Scoop]

Editorial cartoons | The Georgetown Voice, the student paper of Georgetown University, removed a cartoon from its website after student protests that it was violent, racist and misogynistic. The cartoon showed the losers in a recent student government election dressed in a horse costume, with the winners standing over them holding bats. [Forbes]

Internet | Neilalien, one of the foundational comics blogs, marked its 15th anniversary on Thursday. [Neilalien]

Creators | The Comics Journal posts an excerpt from Bill Schelly’s upcoming biography of Harvey Kurtzman. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Maria Scrivan discusses her syndication deal with Tribune Content Agency for her single-panel comic Half Full; this is particularly interesting as the syndicates aren’t signing many new comics these days. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Manga | Life imitates art in Kyoto, Japan, where a high school that hopes to attract more girls as students has designed a uniform based on the school uniforms in manga. [Kotaku]

Conventions | Steve Wyatt, organizer of the East Bay Comic Con in Concord, California, talks about why he started the con: His mother wouldn’t let him go to a comic con in San Francisco (he was in 9th grade at the time), so he borrowed $200, rented a room, and put on his own show. He also talks about the nuts and bolts of running the show; this year’s con drew 2,400 people, a 20% increase over last year. [Contra Costa Times]

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