Comics | Parents at a Woodland Hills, California, elementary school are outraged that a comic handed out to their children turned out to include graphic images of cows being mistreated in factory farms. A calf had been brought to the school for a unit on dairy farming, and when children were given a copy of what looked like a kid-friendly comic titled A Cow’s Life, they didn’t anticipate what they found inside: Images of cows being mutilated, electrocuted and dehorned. PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman apologized, saying the comics were intended for adults (it’s not clear how or why they were distributed to the children, though the copy provided to the local media is labeled on its covers as “PETAkids Comics”), and offered to provide non-dairy ice cream sandwiches to students and staff.
UPDATE: PETA has clarified to ROBOT 6 that the comic itself is a kid-friendly publication. However, it contained an inserted pamphlet intended for parents which featured graphic photographs of “pictures of baby cows being electrocuted, factory farms with machetes.” PETA maintains that the pamphlet was not intended to be included inside the comic, and “intended for the in-depth leaflets to go to the students’ parents so that they could be fully informed about how the dairy industry hurts animals (and how dairy products can make kids and adults sick).” [CBS News]
Graphic Novels | ICv2 has BookScan’s top 20 graphic novels chart for January 2013. There were eight manga titles on the chart, four of them Attack on Titan. Four volumes of The Walking Dead made the chart as well, which ICv2 notes is half their December showing. The most interesting thing about this chart, though, is the first appearance of a graphic novel from Amazon’s Jet City imprint: The Sworn Sword, a repackaged 2008 release based on a story by George R.R. Martin, the writer of Game of Thrones and tagged as a Game of Thrones prequel. [ICv2]
Crime | Anne Arundel County police are searching for a man who held up Twilight Zone Comics, in Glen Burnie, Maryland, last night. The man pointed a gun at employees and demanded money, but he didn’t take any comics. [The Capital Gazette]
Comics Conventions | Ty Kilsel looks at the use of social media as a factor in the success of the first Salt Lake Comic Con. [Forbes]
Creators | In a podcast interview, Evan Dorkin discusses the comics he makes, the comics he reads, and many other matters. [Super Live Adventure!]
Commentary | Blogger “Jef with one F” questions the trend of creating cute kiddy versions of adult comics (i.e., Tiny Titans, Li’l Hellboy) rather than children’s comics that can stand on their own. [Houston Press]
Creators | Lila Quintero Weaver talks about her graphic novel Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White, in advance of an appearance at the University of Alabama today. [The Crimson White]
Comics Conventions | The first ever Salinas Valley Comic Con launches this weekend. [Monterey County Herald]
Manga | Bookstore employees in Japan recommend their favorite new manga (series with five volumes or less); two of them, One-Punch Man and The Seven Deadly Sins, are also available in the U.S. [Anime News Network]
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