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Comics A.M. | Florida comic store raided, owner arrested

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Crime | Michael Lewis, owner of Rocket Comics in Pensacola, Florida, is being held on a $11,000 bond after his store was raided by police for allegedly selling “Spice,” a synthetic form of cannabis. [WEAR ABC]

Publishing | The Economist’s Babbage blog takes a look at R. Stevens’ successful Kickstarter for his webcomic Diesel Sweeties, which raised $60,000, far overshooting his initial goal of $3,000. [The Economist]

Creators | Gary Groth previews his interview with renowned children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who passed away last week at age 83. The interview, conducted in October, is scheduled to appear in the next issue of The Comics Journal. [TCJ.com]

Legal | Writing for the New York Law Journal, Lisa M. Buckley looks at “legislative failure” when it comes to work made for hire and copyright termination, and uses as a recent example last year’s decision in Marvel’s lawsuit against the heirs of Jack Kirby. [New York Law Journal]


Creators | Jim Starlin discusses the creation of Thanos, and says he has a “very mixed” reaction to seeing the character on screen: “It’s nice to see my work recognized as being worth something beyond the printed page, and it was very cool seeing Thanos up on the big screen. Joss Whedon and his crew did an excellent job on The Avengers movie and I look forward to the sequel, for obvious reasons. But this is the second film that had something I created for Marvel in it — the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor being the other – and both films I had to pay for my own ticket to see them. Financial compensation to the creators of these characters doesn’t appear to be part of the equation. Hopefully Thanos’ walk-on in The Avengers will give a boost to a number of my own properties that are in various stages of development for film: Dreadstar, Breed and the novel Thinning the Predators.” [Hero Complex]


Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to Joseph Remnant, the artist for Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, about working on the story after Pekar’s death and why he chose to depict the writer, who is also the narrator, walking around Cleveland rather than just standing still as he speaks: “That was actually my idea and something that I thought of after Harvey had passed away. At first I was drawing him, like several other illustrators had done before, narrating the story in a white room with a shadow behind him. At some point I realized that that was going to get boring pretty quick and it made infinitely more sense to draw him telling the story from the streets of Cleveland, since it is after all, a story about Cleveland. That allowed me to fill the backgrounds with Cleveland landmarks and slip funny little things into the story occasionally. It also gave everything a sense of movement, which I thought was important. However, I can’t really say that I thought about it much more beyond that, as you suggest I might have, other than following my own instincts on what looked good on the page as I went along. ” [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Michael Cavna sums up the action at the Herblock Awards, where Matt Bors accepted this year’s prize and Garry Trudeau delivered the Herblock lecture. The theme of the evening was time travel, but the best part seems to have been Trudeau’s imaginary obituary, which had him giving up cartooning and becoming a point guard for the Knicks. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Paul Montgomery interviews Kurtis Wiebe, whose new series Debris is due out soon from Image. [iFanboy]

Conventions | Torsten Adair sums up the scene at Asbury Park Comic Con. [The Beat]

Commentary | Jamaal Thomas reflects on the New 52 Wonder Woman run thus far. [Funnybook Babylon]