Crime | Police say a Willston Park, New York, man shot his girlfriend in the back Monday following an argument about the AMC adaptation of The Walking Dead. Twenty-six-year-old Jared M. Gurman reportedly believed a military mishap could lead to the release of a virus, triggering a zombie apocalypse; Jessica Gelderman, 27, thought the idea was absurd. According to police, the argument escalated and even continued through text messages after Gelderman left the apartment to spend the night at her parents’ house. When Gelderman returned to try to smooth things over with her boyfriend, police allege he was sitting on the stairs with a .22-caliber rifle; a single round pierced her lung and diaphragm and shattered her ribs. Gurman was arrested when he took Gelderman to the hospital. She’s in stable condition with the bullet still in her body. [Newsday]
Publishing | Joyce Rice, co-editor of the new graphic journalism tablet magazine Symbolia, talks about the concept behind the magazine and the challenges involved in executing it. [The Huffington Post]
Publishing | Having already run the rather gloomy numbers for print comics, Jim Zubkavich takes on the topic of how much creators can expect to make from digital comics. [Zub Tales]
Publishing | Meanwhile, on the manga side of things, Deb Aoki addresses the question of why it’s so hard for OEL manga creators to make a living by examining the differences between the North American and Japanese comics markets. [About.com]
Publishing | Archie Comics has promoted Steven Scott to director of publicity and marketing. Scott replaces Adam Tracey, who was hired in August. Scott has a background in film and television and also worked for Marvel. [Archie Comics]
Comics | George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, talks about his guest appearance in Archie Comics’ Kevin Keller series. “With Archie Comics, it’s a fun way and a natural way and an ideal way of advocating happily,” said Takei, who’s an advocate for gay rights. [The Associated Press]
Creators | Writer Kel Symons and artist Mark A. Robinson talk about Felicia Castro, the antiheroine of their new Image series I Love Trouble, who learns in the middle of a plane crash that she has the power of teleportation and decides to launch a career as an international assassin rather than fight for truth, justice, and the American Way. [USA Today]
Creators | Writer Daniel Way talks about his plans for Thunderbolts, which is being relaunched as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative. [USA Today]
Creators | Eddie Wright posts a brief video interview with Brian Michael Bendis on the topic of change in comics — Marvel comics, in particular. [MTV Geek]
Best of the year | The bloggers at Good Comics for Kids (myself included) pick the Top 10 kids’ graphic novels of 2012. [School Library Journal]
Comics | Marking Karen Berger’s announcement that she’s leaving Vertigo, Scott Thill counts down the coolest Vertigo comics of all time. [Wired]
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