Creators | Scott Snyder discusses his horror comic Wytches, starting with why he used the unusual spelling: “We wanted to do something that basically would announce that we were trying to make the classic monster our own. For me, it separated the witches that you knew from what we were going to do in our book. It was an aesthetic thing and it made it look a little more ancient.” [Suicide Girls]
Political Cartoons | Laurent Sourisseau, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, says he will not draw any more cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature,” Sourisseau told the German magazine Stern, but he also said, “We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want. It is a bit strange though: we are expected to exercise a freedom of expression that no one dares to.” Sourisseau was in the Charlie Hebdo offices when they were attacked in January by armed gunmen who killed eight of his colleagues and four other people. He survived by pretending to be dead. “[W]hen it was over, there was no sound. No complaints. No whining. That is when I understood that most were dead,” he said. Sourisseau is the second Charlie Hebdo staffer to declare he will no longer draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad; the cartoonist Luz said in April that “I am tired of him, just like [former French President Nicolas] Sarkozy. I am not going to spend my life drawing them.” [Deutsche Welle]
Conventions | Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald take a comprehensive look at this year’s Comic-Con, with a summary of new announcements and conversations with creators and exhibitors. [Publishers Weekly]
Conventions | Lauren Orsini takes a look at the financial side of Anime Expo, the largest anime con in the U.S., which has an attendance of close to 100,000 and is run as a nonprofit. [Forbes]
Manga | The Japanese publisher Hakusensha has announced that Natsuki Takaya, the creator of the shoujo manga Fruits Basket, is working on a sequel, which will be published online (in Japanese). The sequel, titled Fruits Basket another, will feature a different set of characters, and Takaya said that people who haven’t read the original can still enjoy it. She is creating the manga to commemorate the release of a new collector’s edition of Fruits Basket in Japan. The manga was licensed in North America by Tokyopop and was one of the best selling manga in English, rivaled only by Naruto, but it has not been licensed in English since Tokyopop stopped publishing manga. [Anime News Network]
Creators | Political cartoonist Liza Donnelly talks about how she uses humor to talk about serious situations. [Berkshire Eagle]
Creators | Sheldon Green is retiring from his volunteer gig with the Lompoc Police Department at the age of 83; during the 20 years he worked there, he drew hundreds of cartoons based on what he saw around him, including one of a nun being brought in in handcuffs (she had violated a restraining order) and God saying to the police officer “You’re beginning to (tick) me off.” [Lompoc Record]
Small Press | Ryan Sands, of Youth in Decline Press, talks about his enterprise, which publishes the work of creators such as Emily Carroll, Jillian Tamaki, and Sam Alden. [Make It Then Tell Everybody]
Anthologies | Stephanie Woodard posts a review and preview of Moonshot, an anthology of comics by and about Native Americans. [Indian Country Today]
Retailing | When Winston Zeddemore, the resident cat at Carol and John’s Comic Shop in Cleveland, Ohio, went missing, fans took to social media to help find him. Spoiler: He turned up a few days later in a shed near the store. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
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