Comics A.M. | South African cartoonist could face charges

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Comics A.M. | South African cartoonist could face charges

Editorial cartoons | The Durban, South Africa, police have confirmed they’re investigating criminal charges against cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, who goes by the pen name Zapiro, stemming from a cartoon that portrayed the Hindu god Ganesha in a manner many Hindus found offensive.

The cartoon, which criticizes the local cricket organization for corruption, depicts a scowling Ganesha holding a cricket bat and piles of cash while the head of the cricket organization is being sacrificed before him. Businessman Vivian Reddy, whom the newspaper The Citizen notes is also a benefactor of the African National Congress, filed a criminal complaint; the cartoon has also sparked protests among local Hindus, who marched on the offices of the Sunday Times last week. The ANC is also taking the anti-Zapiro side, perhaps in part because of his depictions of its president, Jacob Zuma. Zapiro, meanwhile, isn’t taking calls, but he stated a few days ago that he stands by his cartoon, adding, “It didn’t cross our minds that so many people would be upset.” [The Citizen]

Editorial cartoons | In Malaysia, the court of appeal upheld a lower court’s ruling that the arrest and detention of cartoonist Zunar (Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque) was lawful. Zunar was arrested under the Sedition Act, although his book had not previously been banned; the court said, “We do not think that there is anything wrong with the arresting officer i.e. the 1st respondent (Arikrishna) forming his opinion that the contents were seditious by flipping through the pages of the book Cartoon-o-phobia and by looking at the collage.” However, the court also upheld the lower court’s ruling that the seizure of 66 of Zunar’s books and a painting was unlawful, and ordered that damages be paid to him. [Free Malaysia Today]

Creators | Artist Nicola Scott talks about her work on Earth 2, the arrival of fellow Australian Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), who will be the writer as of Issue 17, and how she goes about her work. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Jennie Wood talks about her first graphic novel Flutter, the story of a girl who can shape-shift into a boy. [PolicyMic]

Creators | Margreet De Heer has a doctorate in theology, but her first imaginary boyfriend was Tintin, so it’s not too surprising she turned to comics; her Science: A Discovery in Comics and Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics have both been published in the United States by NBM. [Sequential Tart]

Comics | Lew Stringer looks forward to an anthology of the British comic Action, which caused controversy when it was published in 1976 because of its violent stories. [Blimey!]

Manga | Viz Media announced it’s adding the comedy manga Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma to its lineup; it’s the story of a chef’s son who is attending a super-competitive culinary school. [Anime News Network]

Editorial cartoons | Egyptian cartoonist Doaa el Adl talks to fellow cartoonist Daryl Cagle — and takes exception to two of his cartoons. [The Cagle Post]

Digital comics | J.D. Biersdorfer reviews three digital comics apps: comiXology, Sequential and Anomaly. [The New York Times]

Conventions | Bryan Hons went to his first Comic-Con International when he was 18; six years later, he’s growing his own as he organizes a convention in his hometown of Victoria, Texas. [Victoria Advocate]

Criticism | Ng Suat Tong responds to the Frank Santoro and Sean T. Collins’ dialogue on criticism from the other day. Collins, in turn, responds in the comments. [The Hooded Utilitarian]