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Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes

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Comic-Con | A reminder: Four-day and single-day passes for Comic-Con International go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. PT. Note, though, that four-day memberships with Preview Night sold out on the last day of this year’s convention (more could be released later, depending on returns and cancellations). Prices have increased oh so slightly, from $100 to $105 for four-day memberships and from $35 to $37 for single-day passes.

Convention organizers also announced the first 20 special guests for the 2011 event, including Jordi Bernet, Jo Chen, Alan Davis, David Finch, Dave Gibbons, Jonathan Hickman, Jamal Igle, Mark Tatulli and Roy Thomas. [Comic-Con International]

Legal | A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Massachusetts Internet law designed to protect children from sexually explicit material, say the legislation was so broad that it would criminalize legitimate websites and electronic communication. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit opposing the statute. [The Boston Globe]


Passings | Tom Spurgeon has word that pioneering underground-comics publisher Don Donahue has died. No further details were available.  [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | Ty Buttars is posting from the Lucca Comics and Games Festival in Italy. [Doing the Batusi]

Publishing | Here’s the official lowdown on interning for Marvel. [Marvel.com]

Creators | Cartoonist Joshua Cotter‘s apartment in Chicago was damaged by fire, apparently caused by a candle a neighbor left burning. The AdHouse Books e-newsletter reports: “While certain items were damaged by either the flames, smoke or water, most of their belongings were spared. Also, everyone, including their cats survived and are healthy. Josh did NOT have renter’s insurance, so things are a bit tough for him right now. In the coming weeks we’ll announce how you might help Josh during this tough spot. But for now, just thank your sequential gods that he came out of this as best as he, his girlfriend, and his cats could.” [AdHouse Books]

Creators | Michael Cavna interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore about his NewsToons app, the midterm elections and more. [Comic Riffs]


Creators | Sergio Aragonés chats briefly about the new retrospective collection MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés: Five Decades of His Finest Works: “I see something I drew 40 years ago and I don’t remember it — it’s like someone told me a new cartoon!” [The Huffington Post]

Creators | Jill Thompson discusses Scary Godmother, bullying, Halloween and why kids enjoy being scared. [GeekMom]

Creators | Bryan Lee O’Malley answers questions about his work process. [Livejournal]

Creators | Kelly Sue DeConnick talks about her Osborn miniseries, her work process and more. [The Weekly Crisis]

Creators | Mike Rhode chats with brothers Joshua and Jonathan Luna, creators of Ultra, Girls and The Sword. [Washington City Paper]