Comics A.M. | Taking a stand against harassment at cons

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Comics A.M. | Taking a stand against harassment at cons

Conventions | Samantha Melamed looks at the problem of harassment at comics conventions, particularly of cosplayers, and what some women are doing about it. The article includes interviews with artist Erin Filson, one of the co-founders of Geeks for CONsent, which has called upon Comic-Con International to institute a more specific, and more visible, anti-harassment policy; cosplayer Nicole Jacobs, who describes a recent incident at AwesomeCon; and psychology professor Kimberly Fairchild, who studies harassment. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Creators | Frequent collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie discuss their new series The Wicked + The Divine, which debuted this week from Image Comics. [USA Today]

Creators | National Geographic chats with Nick Bertozzi about his new graphic novel Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey. [National Geographic]

Creators | Gene Luen Yang discusses his graphic novel The Shadow Hero, based on the Golden Age character the Green Turtle, by Chu Hing, one of the first Asian-American comics creators: “Rumor is, Chu wanted to make his character Chinese American but his publisher wouldn’t let him. Chu reacted like a typical cartoonist — passive-aggressively. He drew those original Green Turtle comics so that the reader almost never gets a good look at the hero’s face. The Green Turtle usually has his back to us. When he does turn around, his face is obscured. Supposedly, Chu did this so that he, and we, could imagine his hero as he’d originally intended, as Chinese American.” First Second is releasing the story digital-first as single issues, and the graphic novel will be out next month. [School Library Journal]

Creators | Larry Hama talks about working as Wally Wood’s assistant; the interview is part of a week-long celebration of Wood’s work. [13th Dimension]

Creators | Lee Morrison covers Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk’s recent talk at the Tuscawaras County Public Library in New Philadelphia, Ohio. [Times Reporter]

Creators | Indonesian comics artist Sheila Rooswitha Putri says the medium has come a long way: “The art of Indonesian comics has not only risen, but has gone faster and further. It is much better now compared to the past.” She’s working on a comic about fishermen who are being crowded out of the sea by commercial ventures and another about the people in her village. [Jakarta Post]

Creators | Alison Stine profiles restaurateur and comics artist Chris Monday, chef at The Purple Wolf, near Athens, Georgia, and creator of Drink More Water. [Athens News]

Graphic novels | Zainab Akhtar introduces Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Sisters, with a preview. [Publishers Weekly]

Graphic novels | Apologetics is not the art of saying you’re sorry; it’s a branch of theology that has to do with defending the faith. That’s what Dr. Ravi Zacharias is doing in his debut graphic novel The Lamb and the Fuhrer, which envisions a conversation between Jesus and Hitler. Zacharias has written a number of prose works about Jesus talking to various historical figures, and now he is moving to the graphic novel format to engage “a generation that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings.” [Religion News Service]

Education | Comic-Con International comes but once a year, but the Little Fish studio in San Diego teaches comic art classes year-round. [KPBS]