Legal | The Los Angeles Times reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Toby G. Scammell with insider trading. Scammell has been accused of using confidential information “surreptitiously gleaned” from his girlfriend to make $192,000 off of Disney’s 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment. Scammell’s girlfriend was an intern working in the corporate strategy department at Disney. [Los Angeles Times]
Comics | Heidi MacDonald rounds up questions creators have raised about the Womanthology project, which raised $109,000 on Kickstarter, specifically about how the extra money will be used and whether the creators who are involved will be paid. Organizer Renae De Liz has posted additional details on the Womanthology site. [The Beat]
Conventions | Wizard World Chicago Comic Con gets into full swing today in Rosemont, Illinois. Comics guests include Brian Azzarello, Jim Cheung, Mike Deodato Jr., Gary Friedrich, Patrick Gleason, Mike Grell, Dave Johnson, Ariel Olivetti, Eduardo Risso, Bill Sienkiewicz and Ethan Van Sciver. The Chicago Sun-Times briefly spotlights attending artists Ivan Brunetti and Don Kramer, while the Daily Herald interviews Brunetti and Nate Powell. [Wizard World]
Awards | Voting is open for The Shel Dorf Awards, which announced the nominees for an expanded awards program this year. Robot 6 has been nominated in the “Comic Blogger of the Year” category, so thanks to everyone who nominated us. The winners will be announced Sept. 24 at Detroit Fanfare. [Shel Dorf Awards]
Creators | Russell Burlingame conducted two different interviews for two different sites with Echo and Rachel Rising creator Terry Moore, one that covers several topics and another specifically on digital comics: “Not just me, but everybody in comics is watching the digital front move in like a storm. But it’s not hitting like we thought. It’s taking longer. There are no digital book success stories yet, most of the people on planes are not reading an ebook, nobody’s rich yet… in fact, nobody’s replaced their print income yet. When digital can replace your print income, then the storm will hit.” [Comicbook.com, Comic-Related]
Creators | Landry Walker and Eric Jones go in-depth with Comic Box Commentary on Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade, from the original pitch to their favorite scenes to thoughts on what might happen if there were a sequel: “It’s all a bit of a jumble in my head,” Walker said. “I do think we would see some familiar characters from Argo appear. Brainiac 5. The Phantom Zone. We’ve shown some of the art produced, so obviously Lex is back at some point. Satan Girl. Melinda Mee (Bizarrogirl). The Locker of Solitude (have to keep a super horse somewhere). Robin. Lena Thorul, Jungle Princess…” [Comic Box Commentary]
Creators | Mike Mignola discusses the upcoming Hellboy in Hell series he’s writing and drawing. [LA Weekly]
Creators | Kristy Valenti interviews artist Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac) about his family dynamics and his many and varied interests. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Leland Myrick, the artist for First Second’s graphic novel Feynman, talks about his collaboration with Jim Ottaviani on the biography of the famous physicist. [Lagrange Points]
Comics | With the releases this week of Batgirl #24, the last issue before the DC relaunch in September, writer Bryan Q. Miller provides his notes on the last pages of the book that denote what he saw for the future of Stephanie Brown. [DC Women Kicking Ass]
Comics | Kirstin Butler counts down “10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction,” including The Photographer, Burma Chronicles and a graphic novel adaptation of The Elements of Style. [The Atlantic]
Digital | Marvel comics are now available via comiXology’s web portal as well as its mobile apps. [comiXology blog]
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