Comics A.M. | Nicaragua denies entry to French cartoonist Jul

Legal | Nicaragua has refused entry to the French cartoonist Julien Berjeaut, who uses the pen name "Jul." Berjeaut, who has done freelance work for Charlie Hebdo, was slated to be part of a panel titled "Humor against barbarity, homage to Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression" at a conference in Managua. He made a video that was played at the event instead. Berjeaut said he doesn't know why he was barred from the country. [Miami Herald]

Legal | Two men were questioned by police after they were spotted taking photos of the home of Laurent Sourisseau, the publishing director of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Sourisseau has been under police guard since the January attack on Charlie Hebdo's Paris headquarters, in which 12 people were killed. [The Local]

Legal | A number of writers' and civil rights organizations, including Index on Censorship, English PEN and PEN International, have called on the Malaysian government to drop its charges against the cartoonist Zunar and repeal the Sedition Act under which he was charged. [Index on Censorship]

Creators | Noelle Stevenson talks in depth about her work on Lumberjanes and her solo comic Nimona, which was just published in print form. [Hero Complex]

Creators | Megahex creator Simon Hanselmann, who "married comics" in a mock ceremony at last year's Small Press Expo, talks about his upbringing, his life and his work. [Junkee]

Creators | Tobias Carroll interviews Borb creator Jason Little. [Paste]

Webcomics | Chang Kim, CEO of the webcomics site Tapastic, talks about his vision for a YouTube-style site that would aggregate webcomics from many creators in many styles. It's getting there: Tapastic features work by 6,000 creators, and the model has proved very successful in Kim's native Korea. [Tech Times]

Awards | The Good Comics for Kids gang, myself included, picks apart the Eisner nominations for best children's and teens' comics. [Good Comics for Kids]

Cartooning | Michael Cavna shows, step by step, how he creates a caricature of Hilary Clinton. [Comic Riffs]

Events | Robert Kirby files a detailed report on the first-ever Queers & Comics Conference. [The Comics Journal]

Retailing | 3 Alarm Comics of Ocean Spring, Mississippi, will hold a benefit for the family of James Powell and his girlfriend and mother, who were killed in an automobile accident last week. The event will include an auction of art and donated items, and attendees will get a specially drawn portrait of Powell and his family. [Sun Herald]

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