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Comics A.M. | World’s (physically) longest comic debuts

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Comics A.M. | World’s (physically) longest comic debuts

Comics | The world’s longest comic—in terms of linear feet, not number of pages—was unveiled last week in Lyon, France, just ahead of that city’s comics festival. The comic, a time-travel story that depicts life in Lyon and Barcelona through the ages was drawn by the French artist Jibé in a normal format, then blown up and assembled panel by panel in a tunnel. The finished work is 1,625 meters long, beating the current record of 1,200 held by an American effort. [Forbidden Planet]

Legal | The prosecution says it will reduce the charges against Jonathon M. Wall, who allegedly posed as a federal agent to get into a VIP room at Salt Lake Comic Con, from a felony to a misdemeanor. Wall, who works at Hill Air Force Base, showed his ID card and said he was an Air Force special agent in pursuit of a fugitive. A retired police officer who was working as a security guard nearby got suspicious and called the real Air Force special agents. Wall pleaded guilty in April to a felony charge of impersonating a federal officer but the judge in the case rejected his plea, saying she was concerned he did not understand the consequences of having a federal felony on his record. [Deseret News]

Creators | Yoshitoko Oima, creator of the Eisner-nominated manga A Silent Voice, discusses her inspiration for the story, which is about the relationship between a deaf girl and the boy who bullied her, and some of its unique imagery. [ICv2]

Creators | Peter Bagge interviews Chester Brown about Brown’s latest work, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, and its predecessor, Paying for It. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon interviews Rich Tommaso. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Ian Edginton talks about his new project, which pits Batman against the Avengers—but it’s not a DC/Marvel crossover, it’s a DC/BOOM! Studios crossover. The comic, Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel, features the 1960s television version of Batman and the 1960s British television spy team The Avengers. Edginton is a big fan of both shows. “It is great fun, playing with other people’s toys,” he said. “As long as you put them back in the box afterwards, the sky is the limit.” [The Guardian]

Reviews | Looking for some summer reading? Douglas Wolk reviews a number of recent graphic novel releases, including The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, and Something New. [New York Times]

Conventions | The Logan Library in Logan, Utah, hosted a comic con to kick off its summer reading program—and attract new people to the library. The mini-con featured local comics creators, a Lego station, a concert, and more, and some of the library staff was in costume. [The Herald Journal]

Retailing | The local news in Greenville, North Carolina, reports on the uptick in business at comic shops thanks to the popularity of movies based on comics. [WNCT]

Retailing | Terry Bishop opened the Hobbit Hole comic shop in McDonough, Georgia, with his seven children as business partners, and they rotate through the different jobs in the store. [Henry Herald]

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