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Comics A.M. | Hoopla launches digital comics service for libraries

Libraries | Digital media distributor Midwest Tape has announced a new e-book and comics service for libraries, which will be accessed via its hoopla platform. Unlike the widely used Overdrive, the service will allow multiple checkouts for a single book, rather than limiting checkouts to one user at a time. [Publishers Weekly]

Legal | The trial began Tuesday for Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani on charges of spreading propaganda and insulting members of parliament, stemming from a cartoon she posted on Facebook depicting politicians as monkeys and other animals. Farghadani has been an activist in other ways as well, meeting with the families of people killed during the 2009 presidential elections. She was arrested last August and sent to prison, released, and then arrested again after posting a video online describing beatings by prison guards. She has been in solitary confinement since January and suffered a heart attack in February, after being on a hunger strike for three weeks. [The Washington Post]

Creators | Natasha Gilmore covers an onstage conversation between Neil Gaiman and Jules Feiffer in which Feiffer reminisces about working in Will Eisner's studio, and Gaiman talks about how reading Feiffer and Eisner's work as a child led him to become a comics creator himself. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Joe Casey explains how his love of Jack Kirby's work inspired his new series Valhalla Mad, as well as its influence on his other work throughout his career. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Professional wrestler CM Punk talks about the parallels between professional wrestling and comics ("It's all storytelling") and the story he is writing for Vertigo's Strange Sports Stories anthology. [Kindle Post]

Publishing | Diamond Book Distributors will distribute TOON Books, Francoise Mouly's line of comics for early readers, in international markets as well as in comic shops in the United States and Canada. [ICv2]

Publishing | U.K. publisher Soaring Press will publish an English-language edition of Notes, a collection of webcomics by the French creator Boulet. [Comics & Cola]

Education | Denver educator Jenn Anya Prosser explains how comics can be valuable in the classroom. [Colorado Public Radio]

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