Comics A.M. | Ex-intern hits Marvel with class-action wage suit

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Comics A.M. | Ex-intern hits Marvel with class-action wage suit

Legal | A former Marvel intern has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, alleging he was incorrectly classified and unfairly denied “minimum wages.” Kenneth Jackson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, claims he’s owed back pay for the work he performed for Marvel from August 2008 to December 2008, and seeks to include in his motion “all similarly situated persons who are presently or formerly employed by Marvel Entertainment, LLC.” [TheWrap]

Passings | Pran Sharma, the creator of the Indian comics character Chacha Chaudhary, died late Tuesday of complications from cancer. He was 75. The first comic featuring Chacha, “a wise old man who solves problems with his sharp intellect,” was published in 1971, and the character went on to star in his own comics and animated series. Sharma also created the teenage character Billoo. “If I could put a smile on the face of the poor, I would consider my life successful,” he once said. [The Wall Street Journal]

Creators | Brian Michael Bendis discusses his new how-to book, Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels. [The Oregonian]

Creators | Paul Pope talks about his Eisner-winning Battling Boy and the recent reissue of his older comic, Escapo. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen talk about their work on Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. [Kindle Post]

Creators | Scottish creators Neil Slorance and Colin Bell discuss their all-ages series Dungeon Fun, which won in the best artist, writer and series categories in the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards. Bell sums it up nicely: “At the outset, Dungeon Fun is the story of a girl raised by trolls, who comes across a cursed sword and sets off on a quest to stop assorted rubbish being thrown into the moat where she lives. Broadly speaking, it’s me and my pal Neil Slorance pouring our love for dungeon-crawling videogames, epic adventure and silliness into a comic.” [Comic Spire]

Publishing | The first installment of a series  about defunct comics publishers spotlights Marvel’s Epic imprint, a creator-owned line of comics for older readers that was a bit ahead of its time. [io9]

Piracy | Deb Aoki compiles her own comments and the tweets of others regarding the new anti-piracy initiative rolled out by the Japanese manga and anime industry, which includes a new website designed to guide readers to legitimate sources of online manga. [Manga Comics Manga]