Comics A.M. | Reward offered for return of stolen vintage comics

Crime | A woman in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the return of her brother's collection of 280 vintage comics, including issues of Detective Comics, Batman, The Avengers and Captain America. Gail Munroe believes they were taken last month from her driveway as she was unloading her car; she briefly left the suitcase they were in unattended, but didn't realize until days later that it was missing. She's released a full list of the titles. [CBC News]

Conventions | Nick Vivarelli reports in from the Lucca (Italy) Comics and Games Festival, which with 254,000 attendees is the second-largest comic con in the world. [Variety]

Digital comics | Madefire's app for Apple TV makes it possible to read motion comics on the big screen. "Motion books are native screen reading experience, with sound, motion and depth, all in service of the story," said Madefire CEO Ben Wolstenholme. "They work for anything that can be told with pictures, from comics and manga to kids books, illustrated books, art and cookbooks." The app has been optimized for reading comics communally, on a larger screen, and at a distance, as opposed to the usual solitary reading experience. [Forbes]

Creators | Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is pretty far from Las Vegas, but that's where artist Troy Little is from, so that's where the launch party was held for his adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Little said he made full use of the visual toolbox that comics offers when adapting the book: "So if they're driving through the desert and they've just taken LSD, then I can start making the panels melt, or the text kind of warp," he said, and in some places, he makes the reader rotate the book as they read, giving them a comics-induced version of the spins. [CBC]

Creators | Ian McGinty, who has worked on the Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors and Munchkin comics, is launching a new title of his own, Welcome to Showside, an all-ages comic about a kid whose father is the Great Shadow King and is bent on destroying the earth. McGinty has plans to create a complex world of characters and their relationships, and there's an animated webseries based on the story as well. [Savannah Now]

Creators | Mark Landry drew his inspiration for his comic Bloodthirsty from the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of American politics by corporate money. The villains in Bloodthirsty are wealthy hemovores who buy up much of New Orleans after the hurricane and drink the blood of poor people; the hero is a Coast Guard diver who exposes them while trying to solve the mystery of his brother's murder. [The Advocate]

Creators | Mita Mahato talks about the themes and techniques of her newspaper collage comics, especially those that emerged from the death of her mother: "There was something about taking this dying form of newspapers and re-making it into new images that helped me to approach loss in a recuperative way—to see the potential transformation that comes with loss. I love that comics are so tactile! You're touching something that someone folded and bound with their hands! Somehow you're touching their stories. And using cut paper helps me to emphasize that." [The Stranger]

Comics | Entertainment Weekly has an entire story from the horror anthology Vertoscope, a collection of black-and-white short stories that focus on the theme of "antagonist as protagonist." The project is seeking funding via Kickstarter. [Entertainment Weekly]

Comics | Kill Your TV is a book club with a twist: Artist Peter Pereira documents each meeting in comics form. [NY Press]

Festivals | The United Kingdom's Thought Bubble festival has announced its full lineup of guests, which will include Noelle Stevenson, Scott Snyder and Kate Beaton. [Down the Tubes]

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