Awards | The Buffalo News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning, fulfilling a mandate given to him on the day he was hired, when his editor said, “Welcome aboard. Now go win us a Pulitzer.” [The Buffalo News]
Retailing | Rob Salkowitz fears that new minimum-wage laws will harm comics and other hobby shops, which, he points out, are mom-and-pop affairs, not huge conglomerates, and therefore don’t have a lot of profit margin. His concern is that the wage increase will come out of the pockets of the owners, rather than from increased revenues: “The owners of small shops aren’t the Koch brothers. They are employing local people, paying local taxes, sending their kids to schools and contributing to the community. They try to do right by their workers, but at what point is it ok for the lowest paid person at a business, hour for hour, to be the person who owns it? As Hibbs notes in his interview, employees often deliberately decide to accept lower wages to work the job they want, in an environment where they have agency and engagement. Is it really doing workers any favors to say we’re going to put your long-time employer out of business, but don’t worry, you can find better paid work as a security guard or warehouse grunt?” [ICv2]
Comic strips | Editor Evan Serpick explains why the Baltimore City Paper dropped Tony Millionaire’s comic Maakies, a decision that evoked a flurry of insult-laced tweets from Millionaire. [Baltimore City Paper]
Publishing | Francoise Mouly talks about the importance of children’s comics and how her TOON Books line fought against the prevailing tide of the time: “It became the dominant goal for many cartoonists to do a 300-page memoir about something that happened to them, and a lot of the serious work that was being done was moving in that direction. It took a lot of the focus and the energy away from some things that I thought were just as valid. Like good stories for children.” [GOOD Magazine]
Creators | Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff won the education category at the crowdfunding festival One Spark and took home a cash prize of $16,423.69 for her comic The Adventures of Moxie Girl. The comic, which McGriff’s mother said stemmed from Natalie’s real-life frustrations with her hair, is the story of a girl whose afro puffs have super-powers. [Madame Noire]
Creators | When Veronica Berns struggled to explain to her family her doctoral work in chemistry, which involved odd-shaped crystals, she came up with a solution that she used for her thesis as well: She wrote a comic about it. [ABC News]
Conventions | Chelsea Liddy, organizer of Comique Con, the first convention to feature only female creators, talks about her plans for the con. A collaborative effort with Green Brain Comics, the con will be held at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, and will feature panels, cosplay and a screening of the documentary She Makes Comics. [Women Write About Comics]
Conventions | Zimbabwe will host its first comic convention, ConExposed, on Friday. While the event will focus on African creators and characters, Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, who is Zimbabwean-American, will appear via Skype. [all Africa]
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