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Comics A.M. | Trial begins in 2014 ZombieWalk crash

Legal | The trial began Monday in San Diego for Matthew Pocci, the driver who plowed through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring one, last year at the annual ZombieWalk, held during Comic-Con International. He;s charged with felony reckless driving. Pocci, who's deaf, said he was frightened by the crowd, but prosecutors say he was angry and impatient. New video shows the car moving through the crowd and running over one woman. [NBC San Diego]

Political cartoons | J.J. Sedelmaier shows off some political cartoons by Winsor McCay on the topic of Prohibition, taken from a compilation, Temperance—or Prohibition?, that Sedelmaier picked up in a used bookstore. [Paste]

Creators | "A lot of my strips make women, mainly, go 'awww,'" says Argentine cartoonist Ricardo Siri. "That’s my superpower." Siri, who goes by the pen name Liniers, is gaining a following in the United States: TOON Books has published two of his graphic novels for children, a collection of his comic strip Macanudo has also just been published in English, and he has produced three New Yorker covers. [The New York Times]

Comics | In an ambitious undertaking, nine comic book podcasts on Thursday will kick off a crossover event called "Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts": The Fan Bros Show, Into It With Ellie, Silence!, Less Than Live With Kate or Die, Wait, What?, Journey Into Misery, House to Astonish, War Rocket Ajax and Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men.

Comics | The latest Deconstructing Comics podcast focuses on erotic comics, with creators John L. Roberson and Dale Lazarov talking about the difficulties of distribution and marketing of adult works; they are finding that digital distribution is a bigger challenge than print. Tim Pilcher, author of Erotic Comics: A Graphic History, joins the conversation as well. [Deconstructing Comics]

Comics | Steve Bennett reviews all this year's Halloween ComicsFest comics. [ICv2]

Comics | Georgetown professor Ariane Tabatabai looks at the ways the atomic bomb and the nuclear age have been reflected in comics and graphic novels, including Watchmen, Barefoot Gen and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm’s Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]

Manga | It looks like Fantagraphics has another Moto Hagio title in the pipeline, as Otherworld: Barbara has shown up in the Amazon listings with an August 2016 release date. [Anime News Network]

Manga | Scott Wilson looks at Mudmen, a manga about a tribe in Papua New Guinea that was one of the inspirations for Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. [Rocket News24]

Festivals | The Short Run Comix & Arts Festival is coming to Seattle for the fifth year in a row. Director Eroyn Franklin calls it a “glorious frenzy of printed matter,” and this year's guests include Jim Woodring, who commented, "It’s kind of utopian, it’s like a big love fest. I think it’s great.” [Seattle Times]

Festivals | Robyn Chapman files her con report on the Mass Independent Comics Expo (MICE) and offers some thoughts on whether a festival like that should place such an emphasis on children's comics: "From where I was standing, it seems like the things that were really selling were kids graphic novels published by major house: that is to say, books you could find in any Barnes and Nobles. It would benefit sellers like me, who have little to no content for children, who come from the tradition of underground and alternative comics, and who actually make small press comics, if this show catered more to buyers who are interested in that." [Tiny Report]

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