Comics A.M. | Brothers charged in theft of grandparents' comic collection

Crime | Two brothers in Florida have been arrested in the theft of about $30,000 worth of comic books from their grandparents. Nicholas and Robert Mason of Milton, Florida, were charged Thursday with grand theft and 16 counts of dealing in stolen property after police say they sold the comics in repeated trips to local shops, telling retailers the collection had been left to them by their late grandparents, who owned a comic store themselves. However, only part of that was true: Their grandparents did own a comic store, but they're very much alive, and have been banking on the collection for their retirement. [WEAR TV]

Legal | Attorneys for Comic-Con International and Salt Lake Comic Con have asked a federal judge to grant them more time to reach a settlement in their nearly two-year-old dispute over the term "comic con." [Fox 13]

Publishing | The Japan Times marks the 30th anniversary of Viz Media with a brief profile of the North American manga and anime company. [The Japan Times]

Publishing | George Gene Gustines spotlights BOOM! Studios' Boom Box imprint, home to Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Jonesy, Goldie Vance and, soon, The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh. [The New York Times]

Publishing | The Creators Project profiles AfterShock Comics Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts. [The Creators Project]

Conventions | Hundreds turned out this weekend for the inaugural Cheyenne Comic Con, described as "the very first of its kind in Wyoming." [Casper Star-Tribune]

Conventions | Amarillo, Texas' Yellow City Comic Con quadrupled in size this year, but it also drew protests from two Christian groups that see the event as a harbinger of even worse things to come -- like "demonic concerts" and "porn conventions." [Amarillo Globe-News]

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