Legal | DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer, who hasn’t been associated with the show since 2000, has been brought back to the Gwinnett County Jail and booked on child molestation charges that date back to August 2000. The 51-year-old Kramer was released on bond after his initial arrest following accusations that he sexually abused three boys, and has avoided jail and court for more than a decade because of his health problems, although he was under house arrest for a while. He was arrested again in Connecticut in 2011 for violating the conditions of his bond after he was allegedly found alone in a hotel room with a 14-year-old boy. Atlanta Magazine ran a lengthy expose on Kramer last year. [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Creators | In an interview that focuses mainly on his prose novel Gun Machine, Warren Ellis talks a bit about writing comics vs. writing prose, and reveals that while he has some ideas for new comics, he isn’t actively working on any of them at the moment (with the exception of Scatterlands, apparently). [Suicide Girls]
Creators | Cullen Bunn talks a bit about his new comic Helheim, and reminisces about his formative years: “I have an old copy of the Necronomicon that I picked up at Waldenbooks back in the day. I tried to use it to make love potions back in junior high, but they never worked. The book should have come with a tee shirt that read ‘I used the Necronomicon, and all I got was a head full of wacky ideas!'” [PreviewsWorld]
Creators | Mary Ann Gwinn talks to David Lasky about his graphic novel The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song. [The Seattle Times]
Creators | The local paper catches up with new Maine resident Rick Parker, the artist whose comics oeuvre includes working on Iron Man and The Amazing Spider-Man and drawing the Beavis and Butt-Head comic for Marvel and a series of goofy parodies (Harry Potter and the Deathly Boring) for Papercutz. [The Forecaster]
Comics | In a roundtable discussion led by Robot 6 contributor Michael May, the Good Comics for Kids bloggers discuss the demise of Superman Family Adventures and the apparent lack of interest in kids’ comics at Marvel and DC. [Good Comics for Kids]
Comics | Jon Nelson of Moulinsart, which handles Tintin properties in the United States, discusses the renewed popularity of the franchise in the wake of the movie and Moulinsart’s approach to it, and reveals that the classic Tintin comics will be released as newly formatted graphic novels, with 30 pages of additional material, by Little, Brown. [ICv2]
Comics culture | Noah Berlatsky explains the “fake geek girl” controversy to the rest of the world and examines its roots in the structure of geek culture. [The Atlantic]
Museums | Ohio blogger Alexandra Kelley Fox takes a look at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University. The library and museum is moving to larger quarters later this year and there will be a grand opening in November. [Alexandra477]
Retailing | I took a look at comics retailers’ use of digital storefronts to sell digital comics, which they don’t seem to be using to their full potential; Brian Hibbs (used as an example in the story) points out in comments that for him, digital doesn’t bring in enough of a return to justify putting a lot of time and energy into it. [Good E-Reader]
Conventions | Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith will be a guest at this year’s MoCCA festival. [The Beat]
Conventions | Both Stan Lee and Jim Lee are scheduled to be at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con in Phoenix this weekend. [Jackalope Ranch]
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