Crime | Thieves broke into Multiverse Comics and Games in Grinnell, Iowa, on Aug. 28, but they didn’t steal any comics. Instead, they took $300 in cash and $1,300 worth of “Magic: The Gathering” cards. This is apparently the perfect crime; had the thieves taken a television that was in the store and tried to sell it, they might have been caught. But “Magic” cards are easier to dispose of. “A lot of the game shops will buy a single card from customers and give them store credit or just give them cash,” says store owner Stephen Jacobs. “Once the cards get into somebody else’s collection, there’s really no way to know if they are somebody else’s.” While the police are doing their best — and they do have videos of the break-in — Jacobs is pessimistic about getting his cards back. And he suspects the thief has been to the store at least once. “They knew where everything was at, and they targeted the ‘Magic’ cards specifically,” he says. “It feels like somebody who’s been in the store to at least see where the things are.” [The Scarlet and Black]
Conventions | Victoria Comic Con co-founder Megan Booth has asked the Victoria, Texas, city council to reinstate the $2,770 cut from the convention’s allocation of hotel tax funds after she criticized its use of the money in a Facebook post. “My message was still true, and I still stand by it,” Booth said. “We’re just asking the council to respect the [Hotel Occupancy Tax] fund committee’s recommendation and award us the full amount of $12,770.” While it’s possible the council could vote to restore the funds at its Sept. 13 meeting, council member Jeff Bauknight, who made the initial motion to cut the funds, said he would not move to reinstate them. In fact, he suggested that if the council were to follow the statute strictly, Booth’s comments may have disqualified the convention from receiving any funding at all. [Victoria Advocate]
Publishing | Insight Editions, best known for its beautifully produced art and pop-culture books, is launching a graphic novel imprint, Insight Comics. Comics veteran Mark Irwin will be the senior editor. [ICv2]
Creators | The Center for Cartoon Studies will set up a residency in Cornish, New Hampshire, in a house once owned by writer J.D. Salinger. New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss bought the house and is working with CCS to create a fellowship which will allow the creator-in-residence to live in an apartment above the garage in the house and use the facilities of the CCS, which is nearby. [Entertainment Weekly]
Creators | Deb Aoki interviews Nami Sano, creator of the comedy manga “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Samakoto”: “There are probably parts of this manga you can’t understand if you don’t know what it’s like in Japanese high school. For example, in Japan, students have to have to do fitness tests every single year, doing stuff like jumping sideways. I didn’t really know if fitness tests like that were done in high school overseas, so I was quite surprised to hear that people outside of Japan could understand such things.” [Anime News Network]
Creators | Katie O’Neill, whose graphic novel “Princess Princess Ever After” was just released by Oni Press, announces her next project, “The Tea Dragon Society,” talks about both books, and shows off a little preview art as well. [The Mary Sue]
Creators | Michael Cavna reflects on Al Jaffee’s story of early hardships, which he discussed at a panel at Baltimore Comic Con, and how it may have affected his creativity. [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Annie Mok interviews Tillie Walden, the creator of “The End of Summer” (which is getting a new edition), “I Love This Part” and “The City Inside.” [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Norwegian creator Steffen Kverneland discusses his graphic biography of painter Edvard Munch, simply titled “Munch,” as well as working in the Norwegian comics world and the three traps creators can fall into when doing graphic biographies of artists. [Paste]
Exhibits | El Centro College art history professor Josh Rose is curating a comic book show for the Greater Denton [Texas] Arts Council, titled “Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production.” In this article, Denton and others talk about the history and significance of comics as well as the show itself, which will include sketches, scripts, original art, and over 2,000 comics for visitors to read. [Denton Record-Chronicle]
Retailing | Nathan Chazan offers some shopping tips for newcomers to comic stores. [Cornell Sun]
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