Crime | Artist Yanick Paquette Tweeted a photo of a sketch he did that was stolen from a collector’s car at Baltimore Comic Con this weekend. He asked that anyone who sees it let him know. [Twitter]
Creators | Paquette, whose credits include “Swamp Thing” and “Wonder Woman Earth One,” also got a nice bit of press this weekend with a story about how when a child asks him for a sketch, he asks them to reciprocate with their own drawing of a monster. “They come out with a good memory and I’m coming out with a cool monster sketch,” he says. [WMAR]
Creators | In a radio interview (transcribed for the impatient), Robin Ha talks about her comics-format cookbook, “Cook Korean!” [NPR]
Creators | Inspired by the Malaysian cartoonist known as Lat, Azmi Hussain is creating his own comic, “Little Mamak,” which centers on life in Malaysia’s Indian Muslim community. Hussain isn’t making a lot of money off his comic, but he credits his family for supporting him despite the lean times. [Malay Mail]
Creators | Angolan creator João de Sousa will launch his graphic novel, “Cabetula,” in Luanda’s Independence Square on September 10. De Sousa decried the lack of interest in comics on the part of Angolan newspapers, magazines, and book publishers, and he said he hopes to raise awareness of the medium among young people and bring more creators to the field. [allAfrica]
Coloring | Chris Sotomayor discusses what he learned about sports mascots as he prepared to color some of Marvel’s custom college football covers—including one that pits the Clemson tiger against the Auburn tiger: “The Clemson tiger has a longer face and more expressive eyes. The Auburn tiger has a wider and happier face. And I may be the only one to notice this, but the Auburn tiger is a little more red-based, while the Clemson tiger is a little more yellow and a warmer orange.” [AL.com]
Comic Strips | The Great Lakes Chapter of the American Cartoonists Society recently commemorated 50 years of the comic strip “The Born Loser” with a plaque honoring the late Art Sansom, who created the strip, and his son Chip, who has continued it since Art’s death in 1991. The comic strip is actually 51 years old, having been launched in 1961, and Chip still signs it with both his and his father’s names. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Fandom | Jonathan Diener explains why comics are his new punk rock—it’s not that it’s outside the mainstream, but that it has its own community of enthusiasts, and there’s so much to be discovered. [Alternative Press]
Retailing | Shield Comics in Ames, Iowa, closed for a few days and then reopened in a new location and with new management. Founder Chris Pellack has gone into semi-retirement, although he continues to be an advisor for the store. Co-owner Scott Mumper says he was looking for a spot with parking; the new store will be smaller, and he plans to focus more tightly on comics, especially independent comics, and stop carrying games and toys, except for special orders. [Ames Tribune]
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