Comics A.M. | Judge bans note-taking in Michael George trial

Legal | The judge in the trial of former retailer Michael George banned note-taking in the courtroom on Friday out of concern that two women were sharing information with George's wife Renee. George is on trial for the 1990 murder of his first wife Barbara, and Renee George has been barred from hearing the testimony of other witnesses because she may be called to the stand herself. Also, on Friday a witness testified he had called George's store at around 5:30 on the day of the murder to ask why an Amazing Spider-Man comic had jumped in value from $5 to $40. Michael Renaud said he spoke to George for about five minutes and that George seemed to be in a hurry to get off the phone; the testimony places him at the crime scene rather than at his mother's house, where he claimed to be at the time of Barbara's murder. [The Detroit Free Press]

Conventions | Nearly 5,000 people turned out over the weekend for the second annual Detroit Fanfare, held at the Cobb Center. That's slightly more than the number who attended the first event at the Dearborn Hyatt Regency, but half what organizer Dennis Barger Jr. had hoped for this year. [The Detroit News]

Creators | Craig Thompson, the most interviewed man in comics right now, shows off his work space, which includes a drawing of God telling him not to screw it up, and discusses his work on Habibi. [OregonLive.com]

Creators | Jesse Pearson has a wide-ranging interview with alt-comics artist Johnny Ryan, who started with Angry Youth Comics and just published Prison Pit 3. (Warning: NSFW!) [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Italian comics critic Andrea Queriolo interviews Joe Matt, creator of Spent: "My next book is about my move out of Toronto, my experiences in Hollywood, and the two major relationships that I’ve had since moving here in 2003. It’s all fraught with pain and hence, I barely ever feel like working on it. But … I am going slowly broke and for me, that’s the best motivation in the world." [The Panelists]

Comics | As Banned Books week opens, Gavin Lees reviews Americus, First Second's YA graphic novel about a book challenge in a small town in Oklahoma. [Graphic Eye]

Comics | In the wake of the political changes in Egypt, two entrepreneurs are starting a graphic novel imprint, Division Comics, focusing on sophisticated work for adult readers. "I think it would still have been possible to have done [this] before, but certainly after the revolution it's a lot better; we wouldn't have had any creative freedom," said co-founder Marwan Imam. Their debut release is Autostrade, an anthology containing six stories in English and six in Arabic. [The National]

Comics | Tracey Sinclair provides an overview of gay and lesbian characters in American superhero comics, but makes a misstep with Miles Morales. [So So Gay]

Comics | Richard Bruton reviews Will Kirby's fantasy comic Tuk Tuk, with copious samples of Kirby's gorgeous artwork. [The Forbidden Planet blog]

Comics | Alan David Doane takes on the question, "What are my comics worth?" Sadly, the answer is often "12 cents," but he explains the factors that determine price and how you can get the best deal. [Trouble with Comics]

Comics | Sean Kleefeld reads Lynd Ward's wordless novel-in-woodcuts God's Man, which was first published in 1929, making it one of the earliest graphic novels. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Digital comics | Here are three digital comics for the iPhone and iPad that won't cost you a cent. [The Mac Observer]

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