Comics| Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, expressed dismay about the backlash to DC Comics hiring sci-fi author, and outspoken gay-rights opponent, Orson Scott Card to write Adventures of Superman. Card is a board member of the organization, which works against the legalization of same-sex marriage. “This is completely un-American and it needs to be stopped,” Brown said. “Simply because we stand up for traditional marriage, some people feel like it’s OK to target us for intimidation and punishment.” NOM last year launched boycotts of Starbucks and General Mills because of their support of same-sex marriage initiatives. [The Huffington Post]
Retailing | Gabi Shepherd, owner of Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacey, Washington, talks about the importance of courting teenagers, who are often not welcome in other retail stores: “I have found that if I am going to make this the community center that I want to make it then the kids are a big part of that. It makes them feel good when they come in and someone knows who they are. It’s important. It’s respect.” [ThurstonTalk]
Creators | Mark Waid delivered the closing keynote address at the Tools of Change conference in New York City, sketching out the economic reasons for starting his Thrillbent digital comics site and some of the issues of digital vs. print comics. [Good E-Reader]
Creators | Gail Simone talks about the joys of meeting her fans and writing strong women characters, and how Batgirl was an inspiration to her as a child: “I had red hair and my mother had red hair,” Simone said. “But no one else I knew had red hair. And I was teased, called names. Then there’s Batgirl. She has red hair. And she’s a hero.” [News-Record]
Creators | Scott Snyder talks about bringing back The Joker in the “Death of the Family” arc in Batman. [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Warren Ellis discusses his new prose novel The Gun Machine and the difference between writing prose and writing graphic novels. [The Morton Report]
Creators | Bill Baker talks to Gary Scott Beatty about his horror anthology Tales of Fear. [The Morton Report]
Comics | Nathan Harmon looks at Arthurian themes in Hellboy. [Sequart]
Manga | Jason Thompson takes a look at Cipher, which he dubs “very probably The Most ’80s Manga Ever.” [Anime News Network]
Graphic novels | Working with faculty from the University of South Carolina, a group of incarcerated teenagers have put together a graphic novel about how to avoid getting AIDS. [WLTX]
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