Passings | Artist Jose Casanovas, whose work appeared in 2000AD, Starlord and Starblazer, died March 14 in the Maresme district of the province of Barcelona, Spain. He was 74 or 75. [Steve Holland, via Dirk Deppey]
Legal | U.K. comic artists and publishers are protesting the proposed Coroners and Justice Bill which, in its current incarnation, would make it illegal to possess cartoons depicting certain forms of child abuse: “There are even fears that Watchmen, one of the industry’s most critically acclaimed graphic novels, could risk being banned because one of the main superheroes sees his mother having sex when he is a young child.” [The Independent]
Publishing | Roy of the Rovers, the long-running British comic strip about a fictional soccer player, will return next month with “a special collector’s edition.” The deal between Egmont Publishing and W.H. Smith also includes collections of the war comic Battle and the girls’ horror comic Misty. [The Telegraph, Steve Holland]
Creators | Journalist Michael Crowley and artist Dan Goldman discuss their chronicle of the 2008 Presidential Election, ’08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail. [Jacket Copy]
Creators | Brian Heater catches up with The Perry Bible Fellowship creator Nicholas Gurewitch in the first installment of a two-part interview. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Creators | Bill Radford talks with writer Nancy Butler about the Marvel Comics adaptation of Pride and Prejudice: “”I thought, ‘Oh, my God, every Jane Austen fan is going to be looking at this and saying, ‘How dare she!’ ” [The Seattle Times]
Comics | Joseph McCabe runs down some of the Free Comic Book Day offerings, with special attention to the horror-themed titles. [FEARNet]
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