Comics A.M. | Restored 'Detective Comics' #27 could fetch $100K

Auctions | A restored copy of Detective Comics #27, which marks the first appearance of Batman, is expected to bring in more than $100,000 in a Feb. 20 sale held by Heritage Auctions. According to the company, this would be only the second restored copy of that issue reach that milestone (several restored copies of Action Comics #1 have broken $100,000). A CGC-graded 4.5 copy of Batman #1 is expected to fetch more than $65,000 in the same auction. [Antique Trader]

Passings | Cartoonist Joseph Farris, whose work appeared in The New Yorker and other publications for almost 60 years, died last week at his home in Bethel, Connecticut. He was 90. Farris served in the Army during World War II, and he later wrote a memoir, A Soldier's Sketchbook, that included drawings he did while on the front lines in France and Germany. He recently completed another memoir, Elm Street, about growing up in Danbury, Connecticut. Farris once described his work as "subtly political," adding that his goal was to make the reader laugh, then stop and think "Wait a minute. What did he say?" [The News-Times]

Political cartoons | Michael Cavna looks at a Pew Research survey about American attitudes toward Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad cartoons and notes that support for publishing the cartoons skews strongly according to racial, gender and party lines. [Comic Riffs]

Political cartoons | In response to the outpouring of support for Charlie Hebdo, two Iranian cultural institutions have announced a contest for cartoons that deny the existence of the Holocaust — a form of speech that isn't protected in some European countries. [International Business Times]

Manga | As you may remember, Oishinbo creator Tetsu Kariya ran into some trouble last year after suggesting in his manga that radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant was making people ill — specifically, giving them nosebleeds. After protests from government officials as well as residents, the magazine Big Comic Spirits suspended publication of the long-running foodie manga, and in the first collected edition that included that story arc, Kariya backed off on the accusation. In the newest edition, however, he again makes the claim that radiation is causing nosebleeds and tells residents: "It is only you who can protect yourselves. Please have the courage to flee from Fukushima." [The Japan Times]

Political cartoons | Egyptian cartoonist Amro Selim, who's also the cartoon editor for the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, talks about being a political cartoonist in a country where it's still technically a crime to insult the president, and a drawing of Adam and Eve is considered blasphemous. It's because of these pressures that Egyptian cartoonists strongly supported Charlie Hebdo. Another cartoonist, Anwar, says: “Charlie Hebdo, for me, was one of the most significant periodicals or publications for cartoons. This doesn’t mean that I fully agree with the whole message [Charlie Hebdo] carried, but in the end this is what cartooning is about. This is real cartooning: It’s to be harsh and, sometimes, you will be vulgar." [New York]

Creators | On a trip to India, artist David Lloyd stops to chat about V for Vendetta, his digital comics platform Aces Weekly, and the late cartoonist RK Laxman. [Times of India]

Creators | A French newspaper notes that Riad Sattouf, whose graphic memoir L'Arabe du Futu, won the top award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, is a regular contributor to Charlie Hebdo. Sattouf is of French and Syrian descent, and L'Arabe du Futur is a memoir of his childhood in France, Syria and Libya. [The Local]

Comics | A group of Indian creators and editors got together for a discussion titled "So Many Ramayanas: Can Indian comics move beyond myth and legend?" Said writer Samit Basu, "The challenge in interpreting something like the Ramayana, is that you need to do it differently each time. I don't care if it is Ramayana No. 84, but it has to offer me something new. I need a reason to hear a story again, and writers have to find a new way to make it fresh and relevant. If it stays the same, it becomes more like one of those over-shared WhatsApp jokes." [Times of India]

Graphic novels | Hugo Award-winning novelist John Scalzi has written his first graphic novel, and it's a game tie-in: Midnight Rises, which is available free for iOS devices, is a prequel to Industrial Toys' upcoming mobile game Midnight Star. [Venture Beat]

Libraries | Librarian Mara Thacker talks about the University of Illinois's collection of more than 1,000 Indian comics, which she believes is the largest such collection in North America. [University of Illinois News Bureau]

Conventions | Phillipsburg (Pennsylvania) High School is offering comics electives, and to raise funds to buy the books that students will need, they are having their own comic con, with a guest lineup that includes artists Scott Hanna, Rags Morales, and Adam Kubert as well as writer Joe Kelly and Eisner Award-winning writer-about-comics Sheena Howard. [Lehigh Valley Live]

Conventions | Purdue University held its first comic con this past weekend; guests included writer Dirk Manning and Mike Reiss, an original writer and producer of The Simpsons. [The Exponent]

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