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Comics A.M. | Ted Rall claims he’s ‘vindicated’ by enhanced LAPD tape

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Comics A.M. | Ted Rall claims he’s ‘vindicated’ by enhanced LAPD tape

Political cartoons | Cartoonist Ted Rall, who was cut loose last week by the Los Angeles Times after the Los Angeles Police Department cast doubt on a blog post he wrote for the newspaper about being stopped in 2001 for jaywalking, has posted an enhanced version of the audiotape of that incident, which he says backs his version of the story. [aNewDomain]

Creators | Stan Lee waxes philosophical in an interview conducted at Boston Comic Con: “I think people need somebody to look up to as a role model, you know? Just like people need to believe in God, you need to feel there’s someone somewhere who can help you because you’re aware this is not a perfect world.” [Boston Herald]

Creators | Grayson co-writer Tom King talks about his previous life as a counterterrorism officer with the CIA and his decision to leave the field and become a writer: “I didn’t want to go from being in the CIA to selling insurance — that would have torn me apart. The key to any successful transition is finding something you love. It’s that simple.” [Military Times]

Creators | Fun Home creator Alison Bechdel was a guest last week on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. The episode includes a scene from Tony Award-winning musical based on her memoir. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Comics | Superman punches a police officer in the most recent issue of Action Comics, and that doesn’t sit well with Patrick Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, who offers this critique: “Comic books are taking on social issues lately and maybe they should get back to taking on superheroes and making people laugh.” Midtown Comics manager Dimitrios Fragiskatos provides a counterpoint, saying that Superman has always stood up for “the little guy”: “[Some of] the earliest stories involve [Superman] fighting corrupt landlords and businesses and that was to give depression era people something [to relate to],” [Fox News]

Digital comics | Reporter John Przybys localizes the digital-comics story with interviews with a retailer, creators and publishers who talk about the possibility digital comics have opened up and how has affected their businesses. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Webcomics | R. Orion Martin looks at some Chinese webcomics. [The Comics Journal]

Conventions | San Diego isn’t the only comics convention with capacity issues: Tyler Rose City Comic Con in Tyler, Texas, has outgrown its venue, with attendance climbing from 2,000 to 6,000 in just three years. This year’s event is projected to attract 10,000, more than local hotels can hold. [Tyler Morning Telegraph]

Retailing | Greg Karras, owner of Galactic Greg’s in Valparaiso, Indiana, talks about the changes he has seen in his 25 years in the business: “The art style has changed. They’re now driven by special event mini-series books with giant stakes that alters the Marvel or DC universe. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Comics are still dominated by the big two, Marvel and DC.” [Chicago Tribune]

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