Digital Comics | ComiXology Unlimited, the “all you can eat” service offered by the digital platform comiXology, has announced some new additions that will debut on June 27. The new selections include Afterlife with Archie #1-3, Bee and Puppycat #1-4, vol. 1 of Katie Cook’s all-ages comic Gronk, Legends of Red Sonja #1-5, The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1-5, and vol. 1 of The Steve Ditko Archives. And a new publisher is joining the mix: Magnetic Press will debut on the service on June 27 with an array of comics that includes The Adventures of Basil & Moebius #1-4, Daomu: Complete Edition, Naja #1-2, and Poet Anderson #1. [ComiXology Unlimited]
Crime | Police in Corsham, UK, are appealing to the public for leads in the smash-and-grab robbery of Automattic Comics on Sunday morning. Security camera footage shows the man kicking in the front window of the store and scooping up various items, including Lego sets, a Star Wars board game, and a Batman knapsack. Police describe him as wearing a dark hoodie and riding a bike. [Bath Chronicle]
Awards | Svetlana Chmakova’s graphic novel Awkward is the winner of the second Dwayne McDuffie Award, which recognizes children’s comics based on four criteria: quality, timelessness, originality, and diversity. The winner was chosen from a shortlist of ten graphic novels and was announced at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival this past weekend. [ICv2]
Creators | Gina Wynbrandt talks about her comic Someone Please Have Sex With Me: “To take moments that are uncomfortable or sad for me, and turn them into something I find funny is great. When I read my comics I don’t feel distressed, or in pain. Writing the comic is satisfying. I hope the reader isn’t feeling bad for me—or they can feel bad for me, actually. I’m down with that. I’m actually happy with any reaction.” [Paste]
Creators | Fatima Farah profiles the Pakistani cartoonist Nigar Nazar, billed as the first woman cartoonist in Pakistan. Nazar started out in the 1970s and now has her own studio; her character Gogi comments on social issues with wry humor. [DESIblitz]
Creators | Sarah Dyer and Evan Dorkin discuss their new comic, Calla Chthulu, which they are creating in a vertical-scroll format for the digital comics platform Stela. [Paste]
Comics | Middleweight wrestling champ Chris Weidman is partnering with his former manager, Ian Parker, on the comic Cage Hero, which will be published by Dynamite in November. Weidman is not so much a creator as a representative of the brand, but he says he will have a say in the direction the Cage Hero franchise takes. [Forbes]
Conventions | While the final numbers aren’t in yet, preliminary estimates set the attendance at this past weekend’s Denver Comic Con at over 114,000. [Denver Business Journal]
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