Conventions | The fourth Cincinnati Comic Expo kicks off Friday, just a week after the inaugural Cincinnati ComicCon, but administrator Matt Bredestege says he thinks his show has a broader appeal: “We are more of a multigenre show. We have a lot of celebrities and vendors that aren’t comic-related. There’s also more cosplay (costuming) and activities for the kids.” Still, he says, local comics creators are the backbone of the show. The comics guest list includes Dough Mahnke, Art Baltazar, Eddy Barrows, Andy Bennett, Heather Breckel, Rich Buckler, Mike McKone, Yanick Paquette and Thom Zahler. [Journal News]
Creators | Writer Geoff Johns talks about the DC Comics crossover Forever Evil and how it will upend the publisher’s superhero universe while making an unlikely hero of Lex Luthor. [The Detroit News]
Creators | Fred Van Lente discusses his updated version of Brain Boy, which debuts this week from Dark Horse: “He’s the sort of person who’s really obnoxious and outrageous almost to convince himself that he’s not a good guy. But when the chips are down, his true humanity ends up showing itself.” [USA Today]
Creators | Husband-and-wife team Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline talk about working together on Adventure Time, how they got the gig, and how they spent their first anniversary — at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. [BU Quad]
Creators | Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to Tony Cliff about Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. [Good Comics for Kids]
Creators | Gene Luen Yang discusses Boxers and Saints. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Laura Sneddon has a fascinating and thorough writeup of Melinda Gebbie’s panel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in which she talks at length about her work on Lost Girls and her struggles in the early days of underground comix, when women were not well accepted by the male creators. [The Beat]
Creators | Steve Lipman profiles Christopher Huh, who wrote, drew, and published a graphic novel about the Holocaust by the time he was 14. [The Jewish Week]
Comics | Katie Harmer reports on the “Mormons and Comics” panel at Salt Lake Comic Con, which covered both Mormon creators and depictions of Mormons in comics over the years. [Deseret News]
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