Finn Wields a Lightsaber in New "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Footage
Crime | Florida authorities are trying to determine whether human remains discovered Wednesday in Pasco County are those of Stephen Perry, the 56-year-old ThunderCats writer who’s been missing for more than three weeks and presumed murdered. Zephyrhills police are still awaiting the results of DNA testing on the severed arm found in a trash bin on May 16 near Perry’s abandoned van.
Tampa Tribune reporter Howard Altman, who’s been covering the Perry case from the beginning, notes police revealed the latest discovery on the same day that Warner Bros. Animation announced it is producing a new version of ThunderCats. [The Tampa Tribune]
Conventions | A coalition of Anaheim business and community leaders has launched a website to counter a local labor union’s recent efforts to “intimidate” Comic-Con International organizers to discourage them from moving the event to the city. Unite Here Local 11, which represents about 2,100 workers at Disneyland resort hotels, is embroiled in a bitter two-year dispute over a contract proposal that could increase healthcare costs for some employees. Union representatives dressed as Marvel superheroes delivered a letter last month to the Comic-Con offices warning that a move to Anaheim could jeopardize the success of the convention.
A letter on the Anaheim coalition’s website, signed by the city’s mayor and more than two dozen others, states the individuals were “shocked and deeply disappointed” by the union’s actions. “As a community, we have respected Local 11’s right to protest,” the letter reads. “However, when their actions adversely impact the livelihood of workers, sustainability of local businesses and funding for city services, we must speak out.” [The San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times]
Digital comics | Wired.com’s Ryan Singel isn’t buying Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ “bit of revisionist history” concerning the iPhone store’s rejection of cartoonist Mark Fiore’s NewsToons app: “… Jobs says the real story is that in the interval between the rejection and Fiore’s award, Apple had changed its policy because it realized that blocking Fiore was dumb. But despite that supposed change, the company never contacted Fiore and asked him to try again.” [Epicenter]
Creators | John Martz chats with Graham Annable about The Book of Grickle, animation, process and more. [Drawn!]
Creators | Michael Cavna interviews writer Gene Weingarten, whose syndicated comic strip Barney & Clyde (with co-writer Dan Weingarten and artist David Clark) debuts Monday from The Washington Post Writers Group. [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Taylor Maurand profiles cartoonist Kristen Caven, creator of the recently released memoir Perfectly Revolting: My ‘Glamorous’ Cartooning Career. [San Jose Mercury News]
Comics | Ethan Kaye counts down “The 10 Most Ridiculous Comic Book Nazis.” I protest the inclusion of the indisputably awesome War Wheel from Blackhawk. [Topless Robot]