Manga | What’s next for “Naruto” creator Masashi Kishimoto? He revealed last year at New York Comic-Con that he was working on a science fiction story, and in an interview in an upcoming issue of the Japanese manga magazine “Jump GIGA” (formerly “Shōnen Jump NEXT!!”) he said he has already begun planning and researching the project and intends to announce it later this year. Kishimoto wound up the 15-year run of “Naruto” last year and then went on to write a one-shot sequel, “Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring,” and supervise the film “Boruto: The Naruto Movie.” He is also supervising the “Boruto” sequel series in “Shonen Jump.” However, he has indicated that he wants to move on. [Anime News Network]
Legal | Turkish cartoonist Dogan Güzel was arrested, along with a number of other journalists, in a raid on the newspaper Özgür Gündem on Tuesday. A news photo shows him being taken into custody, a torn shirt hanging from his shoulder. According to this more detailed report in a Spanish newspaper, the paper was closed and its computers confiscated because the government accused it of spreading propaganda favoring the PKK, the Kurdish rights party. Güzel was imprisoned for 10 months in 1998 on charges of “drawing a cartoon that called the state ‘weak,’ and for publishing his cartoons in the Kurdish language.” Cartoonist Rights Network International honored him with its first “Courage Award” in 1999. He moved to Spain shortly after that to escape further harassment and now has Spanish nationality, although he divides his time between the two countries. [Cartoonist Rights Network International]
Passings | The Libyan political cartoonist Hasan Dahimish, who went by the pen name “Alsature,” has died. Dahimish grew up in Benghazi but left Libya at the age of 19 after his criticism of Qaddafi’s regime put him in jeopardy. He settled in the UK, married, and built a career as a cartoonist, according to this 2012 profile in the Huffington Post, focusing on Libyan politics and often criticizing Qaddafi and his successors. [Libya Herald]
Creators | In a followup to my interview with Eric Orchard at this site last year, I talked to him about his new book, “Bera the One-Headed Troll,” and about how his experiences with mental illness continue to affect his work. [Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog]
Creators | Trans artist Erin Nations is documenting his transition in comics. [Business Insider India]
Creators | Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan profiles the Indian graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee, creator of “The Harappa Files” and other works about the “new India.” [New Yorker]
Creators | Tricia Ennis lists seven black women comics creators whose work is well worth checking out. [Blastr]
Manga | Christopher Irvin explains “One-Punch Man.” [Lit Reactor]
Academia | Columbus College of Art and Design is starting up a new major, Comics & Narrative Practice, next year. [Columbus Business First]
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