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Comics A.M. | Judge refuses to suppress evidence in Justiniano case

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Comics A.M. | Judge refuses to suppress evidence in Justiniano case

Legal | Don MacPherson, who covers the courts for his daily newspaper, updates the case of Josue Rivera, aka comic artist Justiniano, who pleaded not guilty in May 2011 to charges of possessing more than 100 photographs and videos containing child pornography. Rivera was arrested in Connecticut following a July 2010 incident in which police say he mistakenly gave a funeral home director a thumb drive containing 33 files classified as child pornography instead of the one containing photos of a deceased relative. Police later seized Rivera’s computer and found 153 files of suspected child pornography. A judge has denied a motion to suppress the thumb drive, which Rivera’s attorney had argued was obtained by police through an illegal, warrantless search. However, the judge ruled the search valid, as the material on the drive was brought to the attention of the police by a third party, the funeral home. MacPherson’s summary of court documents provides more details on the case. [Eye on Comics]


Piracy | In response to seeing terms like “download” and “torrent” in their search results, the husband and wife writing team of John Reppion and Leah Moore have added a page to their website called The Honesty Box. On it, they ask nicely for readers not to illegally share or download their comics, and offer links to their free comics available online as well as to websites that sell their books. “I just thought it might be good to actually address the situation in a realistic, non-hysterical, yet non-fatalistic way and explain things from a mid level comic industry creator’s point of view to those download searchers who end up on our site,” Reppion wrote. “The header of the page contains many of the most popular search engine terms (broken down into single words and titles) which seem to be leading would-be downloaders to our site. The rest of the page is basically an honest, polite and hopefully friendly piece of writing explaining our position on the whole thing and how illegal sharing and downloading affects us as creators.” [Moore & Reppion]

Conventions | This look at Toronto’s Anime North picks up on an important aspect of anime and manga conventions that many observers miss: The importance of cosplay and the sense of camaraderie it brings to the attendees. It’s also worth noting that attendance at Anime North has grown at a steady 10 percent per year, despite the supposed implosion of the manga market. [Macleans]


Creators | Mark Millar is profiled during his recent visit to Manila. [Inquirer]

Creators | Sequential Tart’s Wolfen Moondaughter talks to Darryl Hughes and Monique McNaughton about their stylish Victorian secret-agent series The Continentals. [Sequential Tart]

Creators | Kill Shakespeare co-creator Conor McCreery is the guest on the TGT Webcomics podcast. [TGT Webcomics]

Comics | Sean Kleefeld looks at the challenges of writing for different formats — print vs. web, single issues vs. trade — and having the story work well in both. [MTV Geek]

Manga | Chris Sims discusses what he likes about Gunsmith Cats — and what creeps him out. [Comics Alliance]

Webcomics | Larry Cruz takes a look at Scenes from a Multiverse, which recently won the very first Reuben Award to be given to a webcomic. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Advice | Larry Young of AIT/Planet Lar has some dos and don’ts for aspiring comics writers who want to pitch stories to him — or anyone else: “Let the artist do his job. Yes, the writer is the god of this world he’s constructed; yes, the project wouldn’t exist without you had you not had the idea. But if you want control over every aspect of your story… write a book. Comics are a collaborative medium, so collaborate.” [Bleeding Cool]

Comics | Matt Golec checks out the summer comics workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. [Boston Globe]