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Comics A.M. | Jailed Iranian artist’s lawyer arrested for shaking her hand

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Comics A.M. | Jailed Iranian artist’s lawyer arrested for shaking her hand

Legal | Mohammed Moghini, the attorney for jailed Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, has been arrested for shaking his client’s hand. (According to this Pakistani source, the official charge is “fornication.”) Held at Rajai Shahr Prison, his bail has been set at about $7,000. This presents a potential problem for Farghadani, who was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison for drawing a cartoon “insulting” the country’s Parliament and leader, as she has only a limited time to appeal that sentence, and now her attorney is behind bars. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Passings | Harold LeDoux, the artist for the Judge Parker comic strip for more than 52 years, has died at age 88. LeDoux was in the Merchant Marines during World War II and then studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to his Judge Parker work, LeDoux was a cartoonist for Famous Funnies and Movie Love magazines in the 1940s and 1950s, drawing comics about popular movies and movie stars. [Port Arthur News]

Creators | David Harper reports the results from a survey of 186 creators about their income from making comics. The short version is that cis men make more than everyone else, but there other factors to take into account, such as the format the creators work in and their years of experience. Harper admits that there the survey is problematic from a strict statistical point of view, but it is an interesting read nonetheless. [Sktchd]

Creators | Jules Feiffer reminisces about his childhood and early career. [The Wall Street Journal]

Creators | Sarah Gordon talks about her comic Strip. [Forbidden Planet]

Comics | Bio-comics about politicians are becoming something of a genre in India; the latest one is about Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, and it shows him as a child lecturing his friends and rescuing a boy from being crushed by a train — the heroic rescue seems to be a hallmark of these comic s— which led him to resolve to improve India’s railroad system. [Hindustan Times]

Manga | Viz Media’s Shonen Jump digital anthology will run a one-shot story, “Folie à Deux,” by the American creators Bikkuri and rem. It’s unusual for Shonen Jump to publish global manga (this may be the first time), but in this case, the story actually ran in the Japanese magazine Jump Plus. Bikkuri and rem took one of the top prizes in the first International Manga Competition sponsored by the publisher in 2007, and rem was the artist for Yen Press’ three-volume adaptation of Gail Carriger’s Soulless. [Crunchyroll]

Manga | Digital Manga has launched a Kickstarter to translate Osamu Tezuka’s trilogy of shoujo (girls’) short stories, Storm Fairy. [Anime News Network]

Minicomics | Johanna Draper Carlson reviews a handful of nonfiction minicomics she picked up at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. [Comics Worth Reading]

Conventions | Erica Friedman recounts her experiences at Flame Con, New York’s first LGBT comics convention, where she talked to some interesting people, took some great photos, and chatted with the Atari folks about their new social game Pridefest. But at the end of the show, she realized something was lacking: lesbian comics. “There were a fair number of female attendees and sellers, but it seemed that the majority of the female comic artists were drawing queer-gender-fluid or just gay guy stuff. There was a post-yaoi anthology, (a surprisingly clever concept, worth a look!) and girls dressing as guys and having sex, comics on transfolks, drag and crossplay. So there was quite a variety overall. But when I got home and emptied my bag, I had bought 1 lesbian comic. Next Flamecon, we need more lesbian comics, ‘kay?” [Okazu]

Conventions | Georgia’s Savannah Comic Con launches this weekend. It was organized by the owners of Heroes Haven comics, who have a shop in Tampa, Florida, but fell in love with Savannah on a visit and decided to open a shop there as well. [Do Savannah]

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