Comics A.M. | This weekend, it's HeroesCon; civil liberties group defends The Oatmeal creator

Conventions | Creative director Rico Renzi discusses HeroesCon, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend with a three-day event that's experienced a spike in advance ticket sales: "Stan Lee's attendance to this year's show has definitely caused a spike in advance ticket sales from what I can tell. I honestly like the show at just the size it is; it's just right. I used to hop on a bus from Baltimore to go the NYCC and I loved it for the first couple years. It just got too big for me too enjoy it, you couldn't walk around without rubbing up against strangers. It's a great alternative to San Diego now I guess. If you're looking for a pure comic book show though, HeroesCon is where it's at." In addition to Lee, this year's guests include Neal Adams, Mark Bagley, Cliff Chiang, Frank Cho, Becky Cloonan, Geof Darrow, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Evan Dorkin, Tommy Lee Edwards, Matt Fraction, Francesco Francavilla, Jaime Hernandez, Dave Johnson, Jeff Lemire, Paul Levitz, Mike Mignola, George Perez, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Scott Snyder and Bernie Wrightson. [The Comics Reporter]

Legal | The civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation will defend The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman from the "bizarre lawsuit" filed by Charles Carreon, the attorney representing the website FunnyJunk. “This lawsuit is a blatant attempt to abuse the legal process to punish a critic,” EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry said in a statement.  “We're very glad to help Mr. Inman fight back.” [Electronic Frontier Foundation]

Publishing | Lea Hernandez may have failed to raise $40,000 for her Kickstarter project The Garlicks, but she sure got everyone talking about what Kickstarter campaigns work best, and what they like and hate about them. [The Beat]

Publishing | Rich Shivener looks at Amazon's plans to create digital graphic novels as one step toward developing films from scripts submitted to their Amazon Studios. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Atomic Robo creators Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger talk about digital comics, comics retail, and what they have been reading recently in the latest ComiXologist podcast. [ComiXology Blog]

Creators | Joshua Dysart discusses the debut of Zephyr in the recently relaunched Harbinger comic. [ComicsAlliance]

Comics | Jonathan Liu takes a look at five comics that include religion in their stories. [GeekDad]

Creators | No, Irresistible is not the newest Mark Waid alt-superhero comic, it's a new series from Zenescope about a guy who, thanks to a bit of magic, is irresistible to the ladies — all but the one he wants. Creator Raven Gregory explains that the story is rooted in his own divorce from his wife of 15 years: "The irony is I got to this place where I was really confident and I was dating all these different girls, and all you really want is that one special girl. It's like you're damned if you do, damned if you don't. I took all of that and put it in this story." [USA Today]

Awards | Larry Cruz handicaps the contenders for the Eisner Award for best digital comic. [The Webcomic Overlook]

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