Comics A.M. | Troubled St. Louis retailer found murdered

Crime | A St. Louis retailer involved in an armed standoff in October when police attempted to arrest him on rape and weapons charges was found murdered Tuesday in a Missouri state park. Kenneth McClure, who operated Legends Comics & Sports Cards for more than two decades, was discovered shot to death about three hours after he failed to appear for a routine court hearing. Police say McClure's 1992 Chevrolet Camaro was seen leaving the park Tuesday after the shots were fired, then found abandoned Wednesday morning.

The charges against the 57-year-old McClure stemmed from alleged sexual encounters with a 13-year-old girl between June 2008 and June 2009 at the comic store, where he lived in the basement. McClure recently gave Legends Comics to his nephew Everett "Sonny" McClure III. [Post-Dispatch]

Creators | Christopher Irving begins a multi-part profile of Frank Miller, who's asked whether he might some day return to Daredevil: “It’s so funny—if you’d asked me this question a few years ago, I would have said ‘No’ about Batman, Daredevil, about anything. Now, I’m realizing that I have this eternal love for these characters. With Batman, I already know what I’d do next. ... And with Daredevil? He’ll show up and knock on my door when the time is right.” [Graphic NYC]

Best of the year | Flashlight Worthy consults such bloggers Brigid Alverson, Matthew J. Brady, Joe McCulloch, Tucker Stone and David Welsh for its best graphic novels of 2010. [Flashlight Worthy]

Internet | Michael Moreci spotlights Comics Pipeline, the new website created by former Shadowline editor Kris Simon to give subscribers access to unpublished work by creators like Ben Templesmith, Jimmie Robinson, Tyler Kirkham and Talent Caldwell. “Comics Pipeline answers the long-time question, ‘What is the next step in the evolution of comics in today’s digital age?’” Simon says. “If you had to reinvent the comic book industry today, how should it be done? Readers nowadays want more than panels on a page…. They want exclusive insights into the creative process, the ability to pull up content on the run.” [Underwire]

Comics | Cyriaque Lamar and Douglas Wolk offer their comic-book gift suggestions for the holidays. [io9.com, Techland]

Comics | Christopher Butcher posts scans of Japanese HIV/AIDS pamphlets illustrated by such artists as Echigoya Shinnosuke and Sansuke Yamada. [Comics212]

Comics | Bully takes a look at business cards in superhero comics. [Comics Oughta Be Fun!]

Conventions | Beth Perdue previews the Southcoast Toy and Comic Show, which will be held Sunday in Fairhaven, Mass. [SouthCoastToday]

Fandom | Cory Stieg spotlights New York University's The Comic Book League, a club for comics fans. "The comic book industry is dying, and it's aware it's dying," says freshman David Jacobs. "And this awareness is accelerating the fact. For whatever reason, people just don't read comics anymore." [Washington Square News]

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