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Comics A.M. | Cartoon Art Museum secures lease extension

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Comics A.M. | Cartoon Art Museum secures lease extension

Museums | San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, which announced last month that it would have to move by the end of June, will be able to remain at its current location at 655 Mission St. through September, thanks to a lease extension. Skyrocketing rent is forcing the museum to leave property that’s been its home since 2001; officials have yet to find a new location. [KRON]

Political cartoons | Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has launched an online magazine of political cartoons, Black and White: Strokes of Resistance. The first issue includes work from another project, “A Cartoon for Every Lash,” a series of 50 cartoons in support of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for allegedly insulting Islam. Trivedi himself was arrested in India in 2012 on sedition charges that were later dropped. [Reporters Without Borders]

Creators | Van Jensen (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer) interviews Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man), focusing on how he constructs a story from beginning to end. [Paste]

Creators | Nate Powell talks at length about his art: the way it’s changed over the years, his workload as a professional artist with children, representing sound on the page, and much more. [Paste]

Creators | Gil Press reports on a talk by Sydney Padua, creator of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, which started out as a joke, turned into a webcomic, and is now a full-blown graphic novel. [Forbes]

Creators | Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters talks about his double life as an editorial cartoonist and a daily strip cartoonist: “I was talking to my friend Doug Marlette, who was doing his strip, ‘Kudzu,’ and his five editorial cartoons. I told him I was lying in bed that morning and I figured out I had to do an editorial cartoon and a comic strip today and two cartoons tomorrow, and two cartoons the next day, so by Wednesday, I had to have six cartoons done and I was already sweating. I asked Doug, ‘How do you do that?’ Doug said: ‘It’s like brushing your teeth: You don’t think: “Oh God, I’ve got to brush my teeth twice today, twice tomorrow and twice the next day.” You just do it.'” [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Zoe Coughlin draws her webcomic The Last Cowboy while working a day job in a food truck. [Women Write About Comics]

Creators | Gary Alan Hidalgo began writing comics when he was in his 30s, after a stroke made it difficult for him to work outside his home. His Northwest Passages Mysteries series, set in Oregon, is the story of a gay married couple that solves mysteries and also has a child. [Redlands Daily Facts]

Lettering | Ben Towle buys a Leroy Lettering Set, a mechanical aid that was popular in the Golden Age, and tries it out for himself. [Ben Towle]

Conventions | The owners of five local businesses discuss their experiences at Denver Comic Con. [Denver Business Journal]

Retailing | The Comic Stop in Bermuda is closing down, and co-owner Garan Madeiros says it’s partly because fewer cruise ships are docking nearby. “When the cruise ships stopped coming to Hamilton I noticed a drop in the number of customers. We used to get passengers from the ships and even crew members coming in.” The island has also hit hard economic times, and while the shop is still viable, there’s another factor: Madeiros, an artist who worked on the series Contract several years ago, would like to return to the creative side of comics. [The Royal Gazette]

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