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Painting by Frank Frazetta

Painting by Frank Frazetta

Crime | A Pennsylvania newspaper delves into the family feud over the fortune of legendary artist Frank Frazetta that led to the arrest last week of son Alfonso (Frank Jr.) in the theft of $20 million worth of paintings from his father’s museum in East Stroudsburg. Frank Jr.’s wife Lori claims he was only trying to protect the paintings from his brother and two sisters, whom she accused of attempting to take their father’s fortune: “My husband, all he ever wanted to do was to take care of his family.”

Frank Jr. was jailed under $500,000 bail on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing and theft. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

The family dispute apparently began after the death in July of Frank Sr.’s wife Ellie, who had long run the business. The 81-year-old Frazetta, who suffers from dementia, lives in Florida with his daughters. [Pocono Record, Pocono Record]

Tokyopop

Tokyopop

Publishing | Deb Aoki transcribes the Dec. 2 web conference with Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy. [About.com]

Retailing | Jim McLauchlin profiles the late Phil Seuling, a pioneer of comic conventions and the direct market. [The Hero Initiative]

Conventions | Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza, creators of the popular webcomics Least I Could Do and Looking for Group apparently have been barred from Atlanta’s Dragon*Con convention. [Comics Worth Reading]

Anime | IMAGI, the studio that produced the adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, has laid off about one-quarter of its 400-person staff. [Anime News Network]

Bleach, Vol. 29

Bleach, Vol. 29

Sales charts | The 29th volume of Tite Kubo’s action-fantasy Bleach debuts as the No. 1 manga on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller list. The tops of the hardcover and paperback categories remain the same, with The Book of Genesis Illustrated and Logicomix holding onto their respective spots. [The New York Times]

Creators | Writer Warren Ellis announced on Thursday that he’s ending his long-running Bad Signal email list as of Jan. 1. “It’s time to turn Bad Signal off,” Ellis wrote. “I never have time for proper entries any more, I’m just flinging links at you, and that’s really no good. As things get busier and busier here, I just don’t have the mental space to write the Signal as well as everything else. Something has to go, and the Signal is it. It has the lowest response rate of everything I do. And I think the end of a decade is a good time to shut it off. … It’s way past time. I’ve been doing it since the 90s, after all.”

Dodgem Logic #1

Dodgem Logic #1

Creators | Alan Moore discusses his new “underground” magazine Dodgem Logic, which is funded in part by sales of Watchmen: “After that wretched film, Watchmen is now selling everywhere, and much as I’m sure it pains them [DC Comics], that means they have to send me huge cheques every three months. I’ve got enough to cover my needs and I’d probably feel guilty if I wasn’t doing something for the area I’ve come from.” [Telegraph]

Creators | The Scotsman rolls out its umpteenth profile of writer Mark Millar. [Scotsman]

Creators | An audio interview with cartoonist Jim Rugg. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | A Louisiana newspaper profiles local artist Kody Chamberlain, best known for his work on 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales and the new Luke McBain. [Houma Today]

Joey Fly, Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime

Joey Fly, Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime

Creators | Brigid Alverson interviews Aaron Reynolds, author of Joey Fly, Private Eye. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Writer Devin Grayson, whose name has been absent from comics for a couple of years, talks about working on the MMO game Kung Foo! [Techland]

Comics | Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff will debut a comic called Versus at Comic-Con International. [TV Guide]

Comics | Could the answer to better superhero comics be found in “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” [Mightygodking]

Comics | This made me smile. [GeniusboyFiremelon]

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LOVE Devin Grayson! Thanks for the link!

‘Creators | The Scotsman rolls out its umpteenth profile of writer Mark Millar. ‘

What’s with the bitchiness? If you don’t think it’s worth reading, don’t plug it/nick it from Rich Johnston’s site.

Moore really needs to grow up.

I bought the magazine because I am a life long fan of his and grew up near to Northampton but it was nothing more than tripe.

I’m fed up of hearing how hard done to he is and of how much he hates Marvel and DC comics. They gave his writings life and i’m sure as much as it pains him, they gave him a chance.

Remember when Marvel reprinted Kick Ass by Mark Millar for the upteenth time? Relax Martin, it’s an authors pun. I’m sure he’s not running dry of interesting links!

Well, that sucks about Imagi and Astro Boy. I saw the movie with some doubts, but I loved it, and so did the group of friends who went with me. The animation was amazing, and the movie’s got a heart – it almost makes you cry in some parts. And even better, it was just A REALLY GOOD ANIMATED MOVIE, which is more than I can say about “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Up” which critics drooled over. I mean, “Up” was fine, but it’s “Astro Boy” I can’t forget. I’ve read that Summit, the company that distributed the film, has a bad track record and just generally does a lousy job. One of its movies, “The Hurt Locker” is being nominated for Best Picture, but it only made a lousy 12 million at the box office because Summit botched its release!

Anyway, people ought to give “Astro Boy” a try. It’s truly an amazing movie.

“they gave his writings life” now how did they do that? he thought up the idea. i love how everyone thinks he should take there shit. because really money is all that matters.

‘ello Marvel_Fan, if that’s a pun it’s very subtle! Hey ho!

@ rodney

I suggest you read Dodgem Logic and then maybe you will understand why nobody wants to listen to Alan Moore anymore.

And yes they did give his writings life. I doubt anyone else would have been brave enough to publish some of his work. But that’s not why I stopped giving a damn about him as a writer. Any excuse for him to sound off about anything and he takes it. His magazine is just a way for him to slag off everything he hates. Not just publishers but British Police, Councils and anything else he sees fit to pull down. The man is pure poison and this magazine of his proves it. it’s a shame.

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