Auctions | Hold on to your wallet, there’s another comics auction in the offing. This one, at the French auction house Artcurial, will feature a number of pieces by Tintin creator Hergé, including the final spread from King Ottokar’s Sceptre, a sketch for The Castafiore Emerald, and a full page from Quick et Flupke, one of his less famous comics. [Business Insider]
Passings | David Luebke, owner of Dave’s Comics in Richmond, Virginia, has died from complications of heart disease. He was 61. Luebke opened his shop in 1982 and had 1 million comics in stock just two years ago. In 2009, he sold a rare copy of Archie #1 to protest the wedding of Archie to Veronica (Luebke was a Betty man). The comic fetched $32,500, and he admitted the cash would come in mighty handy. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Awards | Michael Cavna looks at the nominees for the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, and how they reflect the increasing prominence of women in comics. Roz Chast won the award last year, and Cavna looks back at her reaction and talks to one of this year’s nominees, Lynda Barry. [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Ashley A. Woods discusses her work as artist for Niobe: She Is Life and several other projects, and reporter Cheryl V. Jackson talks to other creators and industry-watchers about the dearth of black women creators and characters in comics — and how that is changing. [Chicago Tribune]
Creator | Yorli Huff draws on her previous career as an undercover cop for material for her comic Superhero Huff. [Fox32Chicago]
Comics | A Dutch comic features refugee children talking about the upside of deportation. Sjoerd Levelt provides a partial translation and some sharp commentary. [Storify]
Comics | In Pakistan, Imran Azhar is creating comics with a social justice spin to combat the extremism he believes is fostering violence. He has created Team Muhafiz, a multicultural team of superheroes who fight evil, and each comic takes on a specific issue, from deforestation to acid attacks. [New Indian Express]
History | Historian Paul Heller takes a local-history slant on the comic-book scare of the 1950s, looking at how it played out in Vermont. [The Barre Montpelier Times Argus]
Museums | The personal collection of underground comics creator Jay Lynch, editor and creator of Bijou Funnies and creator of Nard N’ Pat, has found a new home at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University. In addition to his underground comics, Lynch’s body of work includes Bazooka Joe comics, contributions to MAD Magazine, and Garbage Pail Kids bubblegum cards, and he was the artist for the children’s comic Otto’s Orange Day, published by Francoise Mouly’s TOON Books. [Columbus Dispatch]
Exhibits | Over 200 drawings by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast are on display at the Museum of the City of New York through October. [DNAInfo]
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