Collecting | For the better part of three decades, 78-year-old Ray Brown has been “rescuing” comic books and giving them a good home — namely, his. The South Dakota man estimates his collection includes some 75,000 comics, the bulk of which he purchased from five Rapid City-area stores that went out of business. “They take up a lot of room,” he says. “They don’t eat anything, though.” Brown doesn’t read them, however; instead he simply takes pleasure in saving them from the trash bin. He does sell a few on the Internet from time to time, but he’s in no hurry to get rid them. [Black Hills Fox]
Political cartoons | Two creators claim the works they submitted for an exhibit commemorating the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack were censored by organizers. The exhibit is being held at the French Institute in Tel Aviv. In a Facebook post that he later removed, Vladik Sandler claims one of his submissions, which depicted the Prophet Muhammad posing nude for the five murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonist, was removed at the request of the French Embassy. Roy Friedler told local newspapers a sticker had been placed on his cartoon, which showed the cartoonists arriving in heaven only to find Muhammad at the gates; one of them says, “Friends, I think we’re screwed.” The sticker covered the image of Muhammad and, Friedler said, not only “messed up the punchline, but also sent the message that the pencil has not beaten out the Kalashnikov.” A spokeswoman for the French Institute denied the allegations, and said Friedler’s piece was not included for space reasons, although she apparently didn’t offer any explanation for the sticker. [Times of Israel]
Awards | The editor of the French comics magazine Fluide Glacial has announced a new award honoring courage in cartooning. Last year, organizers of the Angouleme International Comics Festival gave what was supposed to be an inaugural “Charlie Freedom of Speech” award to the cartoonists who were killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. This year, however, they decided not to award it because it would be too dangerous for the winner. Arguing that the Nobel Peace Prize has never hindered its recipients, even when they live in dangerous countries, Fluide Glacial editor-in-chief Yan Lindingre has created his own award, named “couilles au cul” (literally, “balls up the ass”; figuratively, “having great courage”). “The name is deliberately trivial and provocative,” he said in an editorial in the magazine, ” but it reminds us that the job of comedians, and in this case editorial cartoonists, is to make us laugh. Even though some have paid with their lives, we should not think that humor cartoonists have become serious overnight.” [The Huffington Post]
Comics | Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds explains why he supported the boycott of Angouleme’s Grand Prix — and relayed it to Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns and Chris Ware, three creators nominated for the award: “This is one of those things you know you are on the right side of history.” And Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson commented, “Many times sexism is seen as something malicious. A lot of the times, it’s more complacence. Nobody bothers to ask, ‘How come there are no women in this room?'” [The Hamilton Spectator]
Creators | I talked to Chris Oliveros, former publisher of Drawn and Quarterly, about his new graphic novel, The Envelope Manufacturer. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Cynthia Rose uses an exhibit of the works of French comics creator Claire Bretécher as an opportunity to present a detailed history of her work and her contributions to the world of French comics. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | The local paper profiles comics creator Yifan Lang, a finalist for the Education UK Alumni Awards. She is the creator of 20 graphic novels; her online graphic novel Guarding has more 110 million views. [Birmingham Mail]
Exhibits | A commemorative exhibit of the works of R.K. Laxman, who died last year, will open soon in Bangalore, India. The exhibit features his early works done for the humor magazine Koravanji. [The Hindu]
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