Passings | John Hicklenton, the comic artist best known for his work on 2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and Nemesis the Warlock, passed away last week after a long fight with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 42. Hicklenton was an advocate for better treatment of MS sufferers, becoming the subject of the award-winning 2008 documentary Here’s Johnny that detailed his struggle with the disabling neurological disease. [Forbidden Planet International Blog]
Organizations | The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has announced the expansion of its management team: Cheyenne Allott has been hired as development manager, overseeing fund-raising and outreach initiatives; and Brady Bonne has joined as operations manager, coordinating the organization’s office and fund-raising logistics. [press release]
Copyright | Katherine Dacey takes on a tech-blog review of a browser extension for a scanlation website that violates the copyrights of countless manga creators and publishers. A spirited discussion ensues in the review’s comments thread and continues on Dacey’s blog. Johanna Draper Carlson has additional commentary. [The Manga Critic]
Creators | Christopher Irving profiles Ben Templesmith, who talks about his new series Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Fell, the growth of IDW Publishing and being “The 30 Days of Night Guy”: “I don’t know what [writer Steve] Niles’ perspective is. He’s definitely lived a lot off of 30 Days, but I don’t necessarily know if he’s gone very much beyond that. I don’t follow his career much anymore. He’s still very much a horror guy, that much is obvious and he loves horror and that’s what he knows. I like horror, too, but in a slightly different way and have other interests too. I want to be pretty eclectic. In a very broad way, I’m trying to do that.” [Graphic NYC]
Creators | Richard Serrao and Jason Thibault conduct a three-part interview with artist Tim Bradstreet that touches upon his background, tools of the trade, process, influences and more. [Optimum Wound]
Creators | Brian Heater continues his four-part interview with cartoonist Graham Annable. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Here’s an audio interview with Dave Mack recorded at Emerald City ComiCon. [Stumptown Trade Review]
Comics | Ed Power provides some context for the recent record-setting auction prices for Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27, and considers why Ireland doesn’t have a “more dynamic” comic-book industry. [Irish Independent]
Comics | Alex Headley takes a mainstream-ish approach to a “beginner’s guide to comics” article, but thankfully avoids the “how to get your girlfriend to like comics” pitfall. [UAB Kaleidoscope, UAB Kaleidoscope]
Comics | Matt Meylikhov offers a primer on the history of Batman. [Multiversity Comics]
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