Political cartoons | Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart, who was acquitted last month on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks out: “It’s a well known fact that Erdogan is trying to repress and isolate the opponents by reshaping the laws and the judiciary and by countless prosecutions and libel suits against journalists.” Kart faced a possible penalty of nine years in prison if he had been found guilty, and it’s not clear the case is over yet, as Erdogan could appeal the acquittal.“Unfortunately, day by day, life is getting harder for independent and objective journalists in Turkey,” Kart said. [Index on Censorship]
Political cartoons | Syrian Kurdish cartoonist Dijwar Ibrahim talks about his anti-ISIS cartoons, which are on exhibit in Iraq. [Al-Shorfa]
Comics | Dana Jennings talks to artist Robert Crumb and Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth, and looks at the history and the significance of Zap Comix on the eve of Fantagraphics’ release of The Complete Zap Comix. [The New York Times]
Fandom | Rob Salkowitz looks at GamerGate, and wonders whether it could happen in comics. [ICv2]
Creators | Karl Kesel, who wrote the early-2000s Harley Quinn series, hopes to see the character show up on Gotham. [KPTV]
Manga | Viz Media announced two new licenses in its Shojo Beat imprint, including Maid-Sama, which was originally published in North America by Tokyopop; Viz has been “rescuing” a number of older licenses lately, both in print and as digital exclusives. [Crunchyroll]
Manga | Roland Kelts explains Doraemon, the long-lived children’s manga and anime that has only recently come to the United States, and he talks to translator Matt Alt about the challenges the property presents. [ACCJ Journal]
Conventions | Tulsa, Oklahoma, is getting its first comics convention this weekend, so intrepid reporter Terry Hood headed to the Nashville Comic Con to see what to expect. [NewsOn6]
Retailing | Jillian Moyet drops in on Ladies’ Night at Graham Crackers in Chicago. [Guardian Liberty Voice]
Retailing | Thom Leavy, owner of Effin Comics in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, talks about why he loves his job and why he decided to open a comics store rather than become a lawyer. [HNGN]
Exhibits | Two new comics-related shows open Friday at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana; “It’s Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip” is an exhibit of original comics art, and “Comics & Code” will explore “contemporary relationships between words and images through comic illustration, objects and animation” and features contemporary work by artists from the region. [Post-Tribune]
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