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Comics A.M. | Trial delayed in alleged Pokemon gun plot

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Comics A.M. | Trial delayed in alleged Pokemon gun plot

Legal | The trial of two Iowa men accused of plotting an armed attack in August the Pokemon World Championships has been delayed until November. Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, have been in custody since their Aug. 22 arrest outside Boston on charges of possession of a large-capacity weapon and other crimes. Prosecutors say the two, who allegedly made multiple online threats against the event, drove from Iowa to Boston with guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their car. Their trial was originally set for May 9. [Ames Tribune]

Legal | Retailer Jose Robles, owner of Fortress of Solitude in Newark, New Jersey, has been indicted on charges that he sold pirated DVDs out of his comic store. Investigators say they seized more than 11,000 pirated and counterfeit DVDs, worth more than $100,000, as well as computer and digital equipment they believe Robles used to make them. [NJ.com]

Legal | A Utah man pleaded guilty Tuesday to impersonating a federal officer last fall in an attempt to gain access to the VIP area of Salt Lake Comic Con. Jonathan M. Wall, a 30-year-old employee of Hill Air Force Base in Utah, flashed his work ID to convention staff and claimed he was an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations with a 60-person crew in pursuit of a fugitive. He drew the suspicions of a retired Salt Lake City police officer working as a security guard who promptly called the Air Force. Wall said he came up with the idea on a whim, and didn’t think convention staff believe him. He could face a $250,000 fine and up to three years in prison when he’s sentenced on June 9. [The Associated Press]

Passings | Cartoonist Dick Hodgins Jr., the artist for Hagar the Horrible and other comic strips, has died age 84. Hodgins was working as a illustrator for The Associated Press when Dennis the Menace creator Hank Ketcham spotted his work and asked him to draw another strip he was writing, Half Hitch. Hodgins drew that comic from 1970 to 1975, and later took over the art duties on Henry; most recently, he was the inker for Hagar the Horrible. [Westport Now]

Awards | Japanese publisher Kodansha announced the nominees for this year’s Kodansha Awards, many of which will be familiar to English-language readers: Seraph of the End, Noragami, My Hero Academia, Ajin: Demi-Human, Say “I love you,” and Boku dake ga Inai Machi, which was adapted into the anime Erased. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Gabriel Winslow-Yost, assistant editor at the New York Review of Books, and artist Lucas Adams talk about New York Review Comics, the new imprint they are curating for NYRB. [Artinfo]

Creators | National Book Award honoree Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about writing Black Panther, and he establishes in the first paragraph of the interview that his nerd credentials are in good order: “My dad used to take me out to Geppi’s Comic World in Baltimore with my younger brother to pick up comics when I was a kid. Geppi’s back issue collection was overwhelming to me. I wanted to dig through them crates. When I would come across a footnote in an issue of Spectacular Spider Man referencing earlier events I would come back the following week and look for that issue.” [New Republic]

Creators | Alison Bechdel talked about her creative process and her early work to a packed theater in Iowa City. She noted how attitudes toward gay people have changed since she started drawing Dykes to Watch Out For 30 years ago: [Iowa City Press-Citizen]

Creators | I spoke with J. Torres about his new comic The Mighty Zodiac, which launches today. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Singaporean artist Troy Chin was good at math, wanted to be a musician, but found his groove making comics; his work includes Bricks In The Wall: Tall Tales From The Music Industry and his current series, The Resident Tourist. [Today]

Creators | A new digital archive makes 900 cartoons by the 19th-century French cartoonist Isabelle Émilie de Tessier readily available to researchers and the general public; de Tessier, who used the pen name Marie Duval among others, was published in satire magazines such as Judy (a rival of Punch) and was the first to draw the early cartoon character Ally Sloper. [Times Higher Education]

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