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Crime | A Pennsylvania newspaper delves into the family feud over the fortune of legendary artist Frank Frazetta that led to the arrest last week of son Alfonso (Frank Jr.) in the theft of $20 million worth of paintings from his father’s museum in East Stroudsburg. Frank Jr.’s wife Lori claims he was only trying to protect the paintings from his brother and two sisters, whom she accused of attempting to take their father’s fortune: “My husband, all he ever wanted to do was to take care of his family.”

Frank Jr. was jailed under $500,000 bail on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing and theft. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

The family dispute apparently began after the death in July of Frank Sr.’s wife Ellie, who had long run the business. The 81-year-old Frazetta, who suffers from dementia, lives in Florida with his daughters. [Pocono Record, Pocono Record]


Publishing | Deb Aoki transcribes the Dec. 2 web conference with Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy. [About.com]

Retailing | Jim McLauchlin profiles the late Phil Seuling, a pioneer of comic conventions and the direct market. [The Hero Initiative]

Conventions | Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza, creators of the popular webcomics Least I Could Do and Looking for Group apparently have been barred from Atlanta’s Dragon*Con convention. [Comics Worth Reading]

Anime | IMAGI, the studio that produced the adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, has laid off about one-quarter of its 400-person staff. [Anime News Network]


Sales charts | The 29th volume of Tite Kubo’s action-fantasy Bleach debuts as the No. 1 manga on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller list. The tops of the hardcover and paperback categories remain the same, with The Book of Genesis Illustrated and Logicomix holding onto their respective spots. [The New York Times]

Creators | Writer Warren Ellis announced on Thursday that he’s ending his long-running Bad Signal email list as of Jan. 1. “It’s time to turn Bad Signal off,” Ellis wrote. “I never have time for proper entries any more, I’m just flinging links at you, and that’s really no good. As things get busier and busier here, I just don’t have the mental space to write the Signal as well as everything else. Something has to go, and the Signal is it. It has the lowest response rate of everything I do. And I think the end of a decade is a good time to shut it off. … It’s way past time. I’ve been doing it since the 90s, after all.”


Creators | Alan Moore discusses his new “underground” magazine Dodgem Logic, which is funded in part by sales of Watchmen: “After that wretched film, Watchmen is now selling everywhere, and much as I’m sure it pains them [DC Comics], that means they have to send me huge cheques every three months. I’ve got enough to cover my needs and I’d probably feel guilty if I wasn’t doing something for the area I’ve come from.” [Telegraph]

Creators | The Scotsman rolls out its umpteenth profile of writer Mark Millar. [Scotsman]

Creators | An audio interview with cartoonist Jim Rugg. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | A Louisiana newspaper profiles local artist Kody Chamberlain, best known for his work on 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales and the new Luke McBain. [Houma Today]


Creators | Brigid Alverson interviews Aaron Reynolds, author of Joey Fly, Private Eye. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Writer Devin Grayson, whose name has been absent from comics for a couple of years, talks about working on the MMO game Kung Foo! [Techland]

Comics | Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff will debut a comic called Versus at Comic-Con International. [TV Guide]

Comics | Could the answer to better superhero comics be found in “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” [Mightygodking]

Comics | This made me smile. [GeniusboyFiremelon]