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Comics A.M. | Mile High to hold auction for family of teen driver

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Comics A.M. | Mile High to hold auction for family of teen driver

Retailing | The driver killed early Sunday when her car crashed into the Mile High Comics store in Denver, Colorado, has been identified as 17-year-old Karen Lopez. There were no passengers in the car, and no one was in the store at the time. Mile High Comics will hold an auction to benefit Lopez’s family; in an earlier news report, owner Chuck Rozanski described what happened and said, “When someone suffers a violent death like this within your space, I mean this is my building, I love this building and I love being here every day and now to know someone died here it’s going to alter my perception forever.” [KDVR]

Legal | Police from the Cyber Crime Division of Japan’s Chiba Prefecture have arrested a Tokyo man on charges of copyright infringement, punishable by up to 10 years in jail or a fine of up to $84,000. The 36-year-old unemployed man is accused of uploading a chapter of Shinobu Kaitani’s Liar Gamet, and he’s suspected of uploading tens of thousands of others as well. This arrest is connected to the roundup of 40 people for file-sharing that occurred last month. [Crunchyroll]

Legal | “The ‘Fight Through Cartoons’ will carry on with more fire. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink,‎” said Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, who will go to court on Friday on sedition charges stemming from a tweet. Zunar is one of 150 people who have been investigated by the Malaysian police for dissenting speech, and he was jailed for three days last month because of the same tweet. His books have been banned by the government and seized by police, but, he said today, “I would like to reiterate that the use of Sedition Act will not silence me. I will keep exposing the corruptions and wrong-doings of the BN government.” [The Malaysian Insider]

Publishing | IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams conducts a sort of “IDW 101” interview as the company prepares to move to larger offices and open its own art gallery. [U-T San Diego]

Comics | Gail Simone talks about Dynamite Entertainment’s Swords of Sorrow crossover event, which features all female characters and creators and includes a special variant cover, drawn by Kate Leth, that is available only to stores affiliated with the Valkyries, the group of women who work in comic shops. [MTV]

Creators | Nicole Rudick interviews underground comics artist Victor Moscoso, one of the “Zap Seven.” [The Paris Review]

Creators | In a short video interview, Rep. John Lewis talks about why he wrote March. [NBC News]

Creators | Hope Larson discusses adapting A Wrinkle in Time into a graphic novel. [The Beat]

Education | Fourth-graders in Silver Spring, Maryland, make their own comics in an after-school program. [The Gazette]

Retailing | When Beth Whitaker’s comics shop It’s a Trap, in Bradford, England, hit a cash-flow problem soon after opening, she turned to crowdfunding and raised £600 in 24 hours to keep it going. [Telegraph & Argus]

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