Passings | Michael S. Bradley, owner of Collectors Kingdom in Huntington Station, New York, has died at age 48. The comic shop was destroyed in a fire in January, and Bradley, who had no insurance, lost all his stock. An IndieGoGo campaign to revive the store failed to meet its $25,000 goal, and Bradley’s last post on the store’s Facebook page thanked his customers and said he was “blessed to be allowed to be [the store’s] guardian.” He was rushed to the hospital on March 21 and passed away on April 6. No cause of death has been released. [ICv2]
Digital comics | Farrago Comics is a digital comics service that’s sort of like Spotify: Users read comics for free, creators share the revenue from ads. CEO and co-founder Michael Fleischmann talks briefly about the company and its marketing strategy, which relies heavily on Facebook ads. [Tech.co]
Creators | Michael Cavna interviews Keith Knight, who was recognized as a 2015 NAACP History Maker for his comics about police brutality; Knight has put together one-man show, “They Shoot Black People, Don’t They?” which features slides of his comics. [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Sydney Padua talks about rewriting history in The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, which debuts in print next month. [The Guardian]
Creators | Anne Gautreau covers an appearance by artist Paul Sizer, who talked about melding graphic design and comics. [Press and Guide]
Comics | Tom DiChristopher summarizes a survey of which superheroes dominate comics sales on eBay. Warning: The headline is a spoiler. [CNBC]
Fandom | Megan Purdy hosts a roundtable on the topic of “Tumblr fans,” who supposedly dip into comics and take what they like, such as a particular character or incident, and will buy a T-shirt but not the whole comic. The discussion includes the peculiarities of Tumblr (such as the lack of attribution) as well as gatekeeping and what it means to be a “casual” fan. [Women Write About Comics]
Cosplay | Students in Professor Alan Shaw’s Comics as Art course at the University of South Florida are redesigning superhero costumes that they find sexually objectifying and will cosplay the new costumes at a special event Friday night. [USF Chronicle]
Conventions | Cherry City Comic Con took place this weekend at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon, and despite the event’s past troubles, the event was deemed a success by vendors, and organizer John Roach said it will be back next year. [Statesman-Journal]
Retailing | The staff of Danger Room Comics in Olympia, Washington, took part in a special day at the Hands On Children’s Museum that included arts and crafts and an advice booth for parents where staff suggested comics for their kids. [The Olympian]
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