Legal | The Bombay High Court had sharp words for the Mumbai Police regarding the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on a sedition charge. “How can you (police) arrest people on frivolous grounds? You arrest a cartoonist and breach his liberty of freedom of speech and expression,” said justices DY Chandrachud and Amjad Sayyed during a hearing in the case. The court will issue guidelines for the application of the sedition law, said the justices, who called the arrest of Trivedi “arbitrary.” “We have one Aseem Trivedi who was courageous enough to raise his voice and stand against this, but what about several others whose voices are shut by police.” [The Economic Times]
Creators | Grant Morrison talks about the guy who (literally) ate a copy of Supergods, why he is moving away from superheroes, and his upcoming Pax Americana, which is based on the same Charlton characters as Watchmen: “It’s so not like Watchmen. In the places where it is like Watchmen people will laugh because it’s really quite … it’s really faithful and respectful but at the same time satiric. I don’t think people will be upset by it, in the way that they’ve been upset by Before Watchmen which even though it’s good does ultimately seem redundant … This one is its own thing but it deliberately quotes the kind of narrative techniques used in Watchmen and does something new with them.” [New Statesman]
Publishing | Zenescope Editor-in-Chief Ralph Tedesco discusses plans to adapt the company’s Grimm Fairy Tales and Return to Wonderland properties for television, as well as some new properties coming out this fall, including a new spin on Robin Hood (with a female protagonist). [ICv2]
Creators | “I knew from Larry Gonick that you just remember things better when they are in comics form,” said Michael Goodwin, citing one of the inspirations for his nonfiction graphic novel Economix. Another one: his stepfather, National Lampoon cartoonist Rick Meyerowitz. But ultimately, Goodwin turned to the graphic novel medium because it allowed him to express complex ideas concisely, as he explains in this interview. [San Angelo Standard-Times]
Libraries | Idaho libraries are beefing up their adult graphic novel collections in response to increased demand — and thanks to a few librarians who obviously know and love the medium. [Idaho Statesman]
Blogs | After posting more than 1,000 artists’ interpretations of comics covers, Robert Goodin is shutting down the Covered blog. But he’s going out in a blaze of glory, posting two covers a day until he runs out the inventory. [Covered]
Comics | Kate Dacey unearths a 1965 Astro Boy comic published by Gold Key. Is this the first manga published in the U.S.? Hardly. The comic, which was not authorized by Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka or his publisher, was based on the TV show and bears little resemblance to the original. [The Manga Critic]
Events | Indah Setiawati surveys the scene at the Comiconnexions festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. [The Jakarta Post]
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