Publishing | In the wake of the ban in Saudi Arabia of the animated adaptation of The 99 comic, creator Naif Al-Mutawa writes about what he had to go through in the first place to get approval in that country for the Islamic superheroes (one of the steps was the sale of Cracked magazine at a loss so his company would be sharia-compliant to the satisfaction of an Islamic bank). He looks at what led to the fatwa, and concludes by seeking one of his own, posing questions for the clerics who issued the decree. [The National]
Publishing | As part of its five-year anniversary celebration, Multiversity Comics surveys such industry figures as Eric Stephenson, Rachel Deering, Tom Spurgeon and Gina Gagliano about the biggest changes that have taken place during that time, and where comics are headed. [Multiversity Comics]
Conventions | Carol Pinchefsky examines Wizard World’s policy restricting the use of cameras with detachable lenses on the exhibit floors of its conventions, and turns to the company for clarification. [Blastr]
Museums | Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Jay Jones pays a visit to The Super Museum in Metropolis, Illinois, which lifelong Superman fan Jim Hambrick opened in 1993 with thousands of his own collectibles. [Los Angeles Times]
Graphic novels | Sure to start up a chorus of “But You Forgot,” Joe Gross selects the 50 best non-superhero graphic novels, from Berlin and Pluto to Hark! A Vagrant and Sex Criminals. [Rolling Stone]
Graphic novels | Max Brooks, author of World War Z and The Harlem Hellfighters, chooses his seven favorite graphic novels about war. [The Week]
Creators | Daniel Clowes talks about going through the archives of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library to find the comics that influenced him for the show “Eye of the Cartoonist”: “I opened up a door and saw a strip I have read since I was 10 years old. It’s among the quintessential strips. It’s like looking at a [Johannes] Vermeer or something you studied in art history. It took me a couple to days to process in private.” [Columbus Monthly]
Creators | Mega Man writer Ian Flynn discusses the upcoming storyline that will bring Mega Man and Mega Man X together. [Polygon]
Creators | Sequart founder Julian Darius discusses the Kickstarter for his own comic, Martian Comics. [13th Dimension]
Awards | Bruce MacKinnon, editorial cartoonist for the Nova Scotia newspaper The Chronicle Herald, talks about his cartoon about government surveillance of cell phone data, which won the 14th International Editorial Cartoon Competition of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. [The Chronicle Herald]
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