Comics A.M. | $15,000 comic goes missing; donations for Bill Mantlo

Crime | A man in Lincoln, Nebraska, told police that a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, valued at $15,000, disappeared from his home sometime between Oct. 27 and Monday morning. The 1962 issue was kept with other comics, but the man claims several people had been in and out of his home since he last saw it. A near-mint copy of the comic, which features the first appearance of Spider-Man, sold at auction in March for $1.1 million. [Lincoln Journal Star]

Creators | Writer Greg Pak has set up a page to take donations for former comics writer Bill Mantlo, whose tragic situation was detailed in an article last week. "Bill Mantlo has had a huge influence on me as a writer and reader," Pak said. "His Micronauts stories blew my mind as a kid and his Incredible Hulk run laid the groundwork for the themes I explored my five-and-a-half year run with the character." Money donated through the site goes directly to Mike Mantlo, Bill's brother, for Bill's ongoing care. [Greg Pak]

Conventions | Joe Keatinge and Pollyanne Birge have been confirmed as president and secretary, respectively, of Portland, Oregon's Stumptown Comics Fest. Keatinge is the writer of the upcoming series Brutal, Hell Yeah and Glory, and executive editor of Image's PopGun anthology. Birge has worked with the City of Portland on arts and culture policy under Mayor Sam Adams and is currently the vice-chair of Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center. The organization is accepting applications for additional board members. [Stumptown Comics Fest]

Creators | Nate Powell discusses his graphic novel Any Empire, which takes place in the same fictional town as his previous graphic novel, Swallow Me Whole: "I didn’t intend on Any Empire’s placement in Wormwood, but at a certain point, I realized I was narrating it within the same fictionalized version of Little Rock present in Swallow Me Whole. After asking myself 'why not?' the possibilities of weaving these tales into the same town seemed really exciting! I’ve really enjoyed the character cameos and figuring what certain characters would be like at certain times, but I envision the town as a quasi-magical nexus wherein each tale can float around pretty freely. Swallow Me Whole’s Wormwood contains a little bit of Richmond, Virginia, as well, and Any Empire’s Wormwood has a little bit of Montgomery, Alabama, where I spent some of my elementary school years, but Little Rock remains the general template." [Graphic Novel Reporter]

Creators | MAD Magazine's Sergio Aragones is the latest creator to contribute art to the Team Cul de Sac Parkinson's Disease fund-raiser. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Jeff Kinney admits he thinks of himself as "a cartoonist who couldn't crack into newspapers." That was Kinney's dream job, but when he realized he would never make it in the newspaper field, he created Diary of a Wimpy Kid and settled for success, popular acclaim, and riches instead. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Reviews | David Anderson reviews Merik Tadros and Greg Houston's self-published comic River Jordan, a drama set among Arab Christians in Jordan. [Spandexless]

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