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Comics A.M. | The New York Times apologizes for cartoon

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Comics A.M. | The New York Times apologizes for cartoon

Editorial cartoons | The New York Times has apologized to readers who were offended by an editorial cartoon about India’s space program that depicted the country as a man in traditional dress, leading a cow and knocking at the door of the “Elite Space Club.” “The intent of the cartoonist, Heng Kim Song, was to highlight how space exploration is no longer the exclusive domain of rich, Western countries,” reads the apology, signed by editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal. “Mr. Heng, who is based in Singapore, uses images and text — often in a provocative way — to make observations about international affairs. We apologize to readers who were offended by the choice of images in this cartoon. Mr. Heng was in no way trying to impugn India, its government or its citizens.” [The New Indian Express]

Creators | Ahead of tonight’s premiere of The Flash, the Detroit Free Press spotlights DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, a Detroit native and Michigan State graduate. [Detroit Free Press]

Creators | Scott Snyder discusses Wytches, his new Image Comics collaboration with Jock that debuts on Wednesday. [Daily News, Man Cave Daily]

Creators | Matt Kindt explains what fascinates him about the Valiant character Ninjak: “I think it’s the same thing that anybody in the espionage field shares, and it’s this idea of your loss of identity and what motivates you to do that kind of thing. Because the nature of espionage, and basically superheroes on top of it, is this idea that you can be someone else. Why do you want to do that? And if you’re good at it, what makes you so good at it?” Kindt was a fan of the original Ninjak from the 1990s and will be writing the ongoing Ninjak comic for Valiant. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Michael DeForge, writing from a Greyhound bus, answers some questions about his work and his creative life. [Off Life]

Creators | Richard Gehr interviews New Yorker cartoonist Zachary Kanin. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Ali Abulohoom chronicles the hardscrabble life of Yemeni cartoonist Sameer Al-Karti, who moved into a tent on Tahrir Square as a protest after the Ministry of Culture didn’t pay his salary for four months; he was evicted from the tent and is now homeless, working the night shift in a restaurant for food. With little money for cultural affairs, Yemen is a tough place to be an artist right now, but Al-Karti is nonetheless giving art lessons to street children as a way to contribute to society. And it looks like he’ll be getting the tent back soon. [Yemen Times]

Creators | The work of the World War I cartoonist Archie Gilkison, whose work was unusual in that it was critical of the war at the time it was going on, has recently been rediscovered after his great great niece brought it to the attention of experts at Glasgow University. [BBC News]

Museums | The Comic Strip Museum in Brussels has more than 100,000 items, including books, magazines and 8,000 pieces of original art, and it attracts 200,000 visitors a year. The museum was founded in 1989, and it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with an exhibit of work by Peyo, the creator of The Smurfs. [Fox News Latino]

Conventions | Milwaukee gets its first comic con later this month with the launch of Fantasticon. [OnMilwaukee]

Conventions | Samantha Christmann reports in on the scene at the 15th Buffalo ComiCon. [The Buffalo News]

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