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Comics A.M. | WonderCon still hoping for return to San Francisco

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Conventions | David Glanzer, Comic-Con International’s director of marketing and public relations, looks back on this year’s WonderCon, which was held in Anaheim, California, rather than in San Francisco, touches upon the uncertainty about the location for next year’s show — “we just don’t have dates at the Moscone Center yet” — and discusses changes to pro and press registration for Comic-Con. [ICv2]

Conventions | Grant Morrison talks about MorrisonCon, the Sept. 28-30 convention billed as “a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” “It’s not going to be ‘Come here and buy some comics and listen to a few panels,’ ” he says. “After two days you will be a changed person.” Tickets for the Las Vegas show, which is limited to 1,000 attendees, cost $767, and include a two-night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel, access to the guests and after-hours parties. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Publishing | Stephanie Carrie profiles Dinesh Shamdasani and Jason Kothari, the childhood friends and Valiant Comics fans who, seven years ago, bought their favorite company and are now at last launching “the Summer of Valiant.” [LA Weekly]

Legal | Manga translator Simon Lundström appeared Wednesday before the Supreme Court of Sweden in an attempt to overturn his 2010 conviction for possessing 39 drawings in violation of the country’s child-pornography laws. An appeals court last year upheld Lundström’s conviction, but reduced his fine from about $3,866 to $864. He said that if the court doesn’t overturn the ruling, he’ll move to Japan. [Daily Mail]


Comic strips | Tom Batiuk discusses the current gay-rights storyline in Funky Winkerbean. Seven of the more than 400 newspapers that carry the comic strip have opted to run alternative storylines. [Evansville Courier & Press]

Creators | Jeff Smith responds to a letter from a 9-year-old reader who doesn’t like the swearing in Bone. [Boneville]

Creators | Robert Crumb seems perplexed by all the attention that comes with the big Paris retrospective “R. Crumb: from the Underground to Genesis”: “People tell me this Museum of Modern Art in Paris is a really big deal, and that it’s very prestigious to have a show there. I guess I should be impressed. I don’t know. ” [The Art Newspaper]

Creators | Laur Uy talks to Cassandra Jean, who is illustrating Beautiful Creatures for Yen Press. [laurbits.com]

Creators | Bret Parks, owner of Ssalefish Comics in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, chats about collaborating with cartoonist Ben Towle a self-published autobiographical minicomic called Strikes. [Winston-Salem Journal]