Legal | Kuala Lumpur police raided the office of the Malaysian cartoonist Zunar and seized 149 copies of his books Conspiracy to Imprison Anwar and Pirates of the Carry BN. They were looking for the cartoonist himself, but he was in the United Kingdom, speaking at Oxford and Cambridge universities and giving a talk in London titled “To Fight Through Cartoons.” In a press release, Zunar said the raid occurred under the Printing Presses Act, Sedition Act and Penal Code, and that he would be called to the police station on his return to the country; he was arrested under that act in 2010. He also tweeted, “If the cartoons are defamatory, those who feel aggrieved should file a civil suit. No problem. I oppose the use of criminal laws like the Sedition Act” [The Malaysian Insider]
Political cartoons | Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Zineb El-Rhazoui, on a fundraising tour in Canada, said the terrorists who attacked the magazine’s offices and killed 12 people were the ones who made a mockery of religion, not the cartoonists who drew caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. “This is the most ugly caricature, that this is the most ugly picture of their religion,” she said. “It is not the pictures made by Charlie Hebdo.” [CTV News]
Creators | Mike Allred discusses what he’s been reading lately. [13th Dimension]
Creators | Artist Matt Haley talks about the nuts and bolts of his job, which includes work for DC Comics, Dark Horse and Marvel; he’s currently illustrating Wonder Woman ’77. He discusses how he got the job, the hard parts and the good parts, what clients typically undervalue and overvalue, and what the pay is like. Good reading for the curious or anyone considering becoming a pro. [LifeHacker]
Digital comics | Todd Allen, author of Economics of Digital Comics, offers eight tips for turning your digital comics into a business. [Mediashift]
Graphic novels | The Scottish Book Trust has developed a graphic novel, Walk the Walk, addressing the problem of sectarianism and religious prejudice. The book, by Rowan and Jill Calder, is based on the real-life experiences of literacy students and literacy support workers. [Deadline News]
Criticism | Ng Suat Tong rounds up the best comics criticism of 2014, which was, in his opinion, a rather anemic year. [The Hooded Utilitarian]
Conventions | Olumide posts some photos and impressions of the Black Comic Book Festival at New York’s Schomberg Center, including a brief interview with Archie Comics writer and Blackjack creator Alex Simmons. [Bleeding Cool]
Retailing | Doug Mead started shopping at TC Top Comics in Traverse City, Michigan, when he was ten years old and it had a different name and focus (sports cards); now he’s co-owner of the store and the business is all about comics. [Traverse City Record-Eagle]
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