Comics A.M. | Michael George denied retrial; DC to close forums

Legal | A judge denied a motion for acquittal and a new trial in the case of Michael George, the former comic book store owner and convention organizer convicted of killing his wife in 1990, dismissing the defense's argument that there was insufficient evidence for conviction. George is serving a life sentence. [Detroit Free Press]

Publishing | DC Comics announced last night it will shut down its message board in early March as part of an overhaul of the publisher's website that will include Facebook-hosted commenting and integrated Twitter feeds. [The Source]

Creators | About 15 people threw eggs at Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks as he spoke on freedom of speech at the University of Karlstad. Vilks has raised the ire of some Muslims with his cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed. Vilks told the audience, "Insults are part of democratic society. If we begin censoring ourselves, it will mean undermining freedom of speech in the long run. I don't think that the problem is that artists are too provocative but that we are not provocative enough." None of the eggs hit the cartoonist, and the protestors were removed from the room. [UPI.com]

Comics | USA Today will run weekly installments of F-OO Fighters, a World War II/sci-fi mashup in which the Allies and the Axis powers have to contend with alien invaders. Yes, the name is pronounced the same as the band (the expression has its roots in World War II slang), and there's even music (by another artist) to go with it. [USA Today]

Creators | With a new collected edition of The Shadow: Blood & Judgment on the way in April from Dynamite Entertainment, creator Howard Chaykin talks about why he took on the comic and what he thinks of the character. "I was always a Batman fan rather than a Superman guy. I was always for the guy who put himself through the work and effort to achieve, rather than just have it handed to him. So I like non-super-powered costumed characters more than I like super-powered costumed characters. So I tended to emphasize the aspects of The Shadow that were those of a mortal man who had trained himself to be a superhero." [ICv2]

Creators | Colleen Coover talks about life in Portland, Oregon, the origins of Gingerbread Girl, and her upcoming projects, as well as the joys of working on both superhero comics and creator-owned works. [Multiversity Comics]

Creators | Erin Williams talks to Mark Long, Jim Demonakos and Nate Powell about The Silence of Our Friends, their graphic novel about black and white families in Houston in the 1960s. Demonakos: "We really wanted to feel like you were experiencing a story from a very specific perspective, because we didn’t have a narrator. We very specifically didn’t create caption boxes. We wanted you as the reader to experience it at whatever pace you’d start reading it." [The Root DC Live]

Creators | Joe Sacco talks about his work in a video shot at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. As in the others in this series, the questions are in French and the answers are in English. [The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log]

Creators | Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to Kathryn and Stuart Immonen about their work on the upcoming Avenging Spider-Man #7. [Comics Alliance]

Creators | Womanthology contributors Ming Doyle, Chrissie Zullo, and Janet Lee came to Greensboro, North Carolina, lately to autograph their work and participate in a panel discussion about working in a male-dominated industry. “Comics are so overwhelmingly white and male," Doyle said. "Isn’t it great to have a broader spectrum of voices contributing to this medium? Women can also get [presentation] wrong but I think women overall are more apt to see the nuances.” [Yes Weekly]

Digital | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson talks to Robert Newman of the online manga site JManga about the possibility that the site, which is currently available only in North America, could go global. [MangaBlog]

Review | Shaenon Garrity writes about the long-awaited print edition of Jenn Manley Lee's webcomic Dicebox: "Things Lee draws better than just about anyone include: architecture, body language, weird little transparent-carapaced alien creatures, marketplaces, posed symbolic tableaus, ornamentation of all descriptions, and coats." [The Comics Journal]

Review | Menachem Wecker takes a look at Tom Gauld's graphic novel Goliath, which presents a more humanistic take on the Biblical giant. [Iconia]

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