Comics A.M. | Iranian cartoonist acquitted on 'illegitimate relations' charges

Legal | Iranian political cartoonist Atena Farghadani and her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi have been acquitted on charges of "non-adultery illegitimate relations." The charges were brought after the two shook hands during one of Moghimi's visits to Farghadani in prison, where she's serving a 13-year sentence for drawing a cartoon critical of the Iranian parliament. The "illegitimate relations" charges carried a maximum penalty of 99 lashes, and in the course of the investigation, Farghadani was subjected to involuntary pregnancy and virginity tests. She's not out of the woods yet, however: The prosecutor could appeal the acquittal. [CBLDF]

Creators | Canadian creators Julie Delporte, Julie Doucet, Lynn Johnston and Teva Harrison discuss the recent all-male slate of nominees for the Grand Prix d'Angouleme, as well as a statement by the festival's director that "Unfortunately, there are few women in the history of comics." "Everything in history has been shaped by men," says Doucet. "If everything is chosen by men, and read by men, of course men's works will be more appreciated." The creators also contrast their experiences in Canada with their perceptions of the French comics scene. [CBC]

Festivals | There's more to the Angouleme International Comics Festival than the controversy about the Grand Prix, and Wim Lockefeer has a rundown on what's going on this weekend, including exhibits of the work of Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Hugo Pratt (Corto Maltese), and Morris (Lucky Luke). [Forbidden Planet]

Creators | Tracy Mumford discusses why several prominent novelists, including Margaret Atwood and Benjamin Percy, have turned to the comics medium recently. [Minnesota Public Radio]

Creators | A Scottish newspaper profiles artist Frank Quitely. [Daily Record and Sunday Mail]

Creators | Kyle Higgins and Mairghread Scott discuss their new Power Rangers comic. [Den of Geek]

Comics | The second season of the lucha libre wrestling series Lucha Underground launches today, and for El Rey Network, is releasing four online comics to catch fans up on what has happened since the end of the first season. [Cageside Seats]

Academia | The California College for the Arts is offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on comics, taught by Matt Silady, the chair of their Master of Fine Arts program in comics. The course is broken into five sessions and is appropriate for both beginning and veteran comics creators. [io9]

Conventions | MiniCon, the smaller sister convention to Heroes Con, takes place this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Shelton Drum, owner of the comic shop Heroes Are Hard to Find, is the founder of both cons, and MiniCon actually came first: He started it in 1977. It went away for a while, but Drum brought it back in 2007. Drum estimates that 90 percent of the exhibit floor is comics, and this year's guests include the Patsy Walker: Hellcat creative team. [Charlotte Observer]

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