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Comics A.M. | Wizard World Announces New Financing

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Comics A.M. | Wizard World Announces New Financing

Business | Wizard World Inc. has announced a definitive investing agreement with Bristol Investment Fund, a hedge fund managed by the company founded by Paul Kessler, who’s been chairman of Wizard’s board of directors since 2013. The funding, which Bleeding Cool places at $2.5 million, will be used to provide working capital for Wizard’s current operations and to create “new vertical operating units.” Wizard World, which suffered a $4.3 million loss last year, plans to produce 16 conventions in 2017. [Wizard World]

Graphic novels | BookScan’s list of November’s top 20 bestselling graphic novels in the bookstore market is an interesting mix of “The Walking Dead,” “March” and manga. Volumes 1 and 3 of “The Walking Dead Compendium” take the first and second spots, respectively, with the second volume in fifth place. The ninth and newest volume of “One-Punch Man,” the manga about a superhero who can dispatch any enemy with a single blow, is in third place, and the first volume Rep. John Lewis’ graphic memoir of the Civil Rights movement, “March,” is in fourth. All three volumes of “March,” as well as the boxed set, make the chart. The third volume won a National Book Award last month, becoming the first graphic novel to do so. And while “The Walking Dead” stays strong (Vol. 26 is also on the list), the publisher with the most titles was Viz Media, with sundry volumes of “Tokyo Ghoul,” “My Hero Academia,” “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” “One-Punch Man” and “The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition.” [ICv2]

Legal | Michael Cavna talks to Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about how the organization is preparing for a possible uptick in attempts at censorship. [Comic Riffs]


Political cartoons | Malaysian cartoonist Zunar often turns to politics for inspiration, but it isn’t usually this direct: After Zunar was arrested (again) and an exhibit of his works disrupted, the local Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, said he should stick to “good” cartoons instead of insulting his country’s leaders: “He can draw McDonald or Donald Duck, anything, no one will care but don’t insult people.” The irrepressible Zunar promptly took the suggestion and did both, posting a cartoon this morning depicting a Malaysian Donald Duck carrying a giant sack of cash to a caricature of Mickey Mouse, an obvious (if opaque to outsiders) reference to Malaysian politics. “I never drew Donald Duck in my whole life, but the IGP gave me the idea. I would like to thank him for this,” Zunar said. [Facebook]

Creators | A Kentucky newspaper profiles Don Rosa, the second most-famous Donald Duck cartoonist, who’s better known abroad than in his home state. The article even includes photos of Rosa and Larry David, for whom he has been mistaken, to show the differences between the two. [Lexington Herald-Ledger]

Creators | Alex Dueben interviews Kerascoët, the husband-and-wife team of Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset behind a number of BDs, including “Beautiful Darkness” and “Miss Don’t Touch Me and Beauty.” [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Mark Alan Stamaty, creator of “Washingtoon” and “Who Needs Donuts?,” talks about his work, performing his Elvis act at the White House, and having his drawings in the Sonos store and on a subway car in New York City. [The Rumpus]

Comics | For those who are interested in the formal aspects of comics and visual storytelling, Neil Cohn’s work is a must-read. At his blog, he presents some research conducted by his student, Kaitlin Pederson, on how panels and layouts have changed over time, along with a link to the full paper. [The Visual Linguist]

Conventions | Here’s a clever take on the local comic conveniont: Susan Shillinglaw, director of the National Steinbeck Center, imagines what John Steinbeck might think of the upcoming Salinas Comic Con. (Spoiler: He’d like it.) [The Californian]

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