Passings | Colorist Jonny Rench, who worked on such DC Comics and WildStorm titles as The Authority, Gen13, Human Target and Ratchet & Clank, has passed away from a heart attack. He was 28. “He was an incredibly talented artist,” the WildStorm Twitter account states, “and also an amazing, kind, joyful man.” [Twitter]
Publishing | Fantagraphics Co-Publisher Kim Thompson reveals what was believed to be a sketchbook of early versions of several years’ worth of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat strips “is almost certainly the work of a very intense (perhaps contemporary with Herriman?) fan who diligently, even maniacally, copied each new strip into his sketchbook over a period of three years.” The publisher had planned to release the sketchbook but now, of course, won’t. Refunds will be issued on pre-orders. [FLOG!]
Publishing | Mynardo Macaraig looks at the decline of Philippine comics, which once dominated the country’s publishing industry but now struggle to find an audience. [Agence France-Presse]
Publishing | Asako Suzuki, former director of manga for DC Comics’ defunct CMX imprint, has joined Tokyopop as its manga line editor. [Anime News Network]
Publishing | The U.S. Navy is releasing The Docs, a 200-page graphic novel designed to help hospital corpsmen deal with the stress and realities of deployment. “Graphic novels are very, very popular with this age group,” said Heidi Kraft, a Naval Health Research Center clinical psychologist and former lieutenant commander. “The idea was to give Navy corpsmen a training tool, whether they are a junior corpsman or senior master chief who has gone multiple times, at any level to think about what they face in combat.” [Navy Times]
Creators | Writer Scott Snyder chats briefly about American Vampire and his upcoming run with artist Jock on Detective Comics. [The New York Times]
Legal | Canadian officials seized illicit goods worth more than $2.3 billion at the border last year, including five comic books classified as child pornography. [The Chatham Daily News]
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