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Legal | A former middle-school teacher in Idaho has pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children for downloading 70 cartoon images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Many of the images depicted characters from The Simpsons. Boise resident Steve Kutzner, 33, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, supervised release of up to three years, a maximum fine of $250,000 and … a special assessment of $100. Sentencing is set for Jan. 5. [Idaho Statesman, press release]

New York Comic Con | Tom Spurgeon settles in for a lengthy, bulleted look at the news and announcements from last weekend’s big convention. Gareth-Michael Skarka, meanwhile, offers commentary on the digital-comics arena. [The Comics Reporter, The Designer Monologues]

New York Comic Con | Ruth La Ferla uses the convention as a chance to look at the intersection of comic books and fashion, spotlighting both cosplayers and noted designers. [The New York Times]

Midtown Comics

Retailing | Chuck O’Donnell profiles Gerry Gladston, co-owner of Midtown Comics in New York City, and notes a third location will open on Nov. 3 near Wall Street. [NorthJersey.com]

Retailing | Elizabeth City, North Carolina, comics store Earth 383 will celebrate its eighth anniversary on Saturday with game tournaments, a sale and a cookout. [The Daily Advance]

Events | Two looks at “LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel,” an exhibit running through Jan. 30 at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. [The Morning Call, CentralJersey.com]

Lynda Barry

Creators | Lynda Barry is interviewed ahead of her appearance this weekend at the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival. [Straight.com]

Creators | Eva Volin posts a video interview with Terry Moore from New York Comic Con. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Hideous Energy posts a podcast interview with Alex Robinson. [Hideous Energy]

Creators | Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon discusses her wildly popular Outlander series, and the spinoff graphic novel The Exile. [Charleston Daily Mail]

Comics | The copy of Superman #703 in the photo accompanying this brief article about the Man of Steel’s visit to Cincinnati bears a $7.99 price tag. The issue, which was released just yesterday, has a $2.99 cover price. Crazy. [Kentucky Post]

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To be fair, that’s the variant cover. So, maybe not quite so opportunistic.

People are willing to pay crazy prices for variant covers sometimes.

Would the 7,99$ price tag be for the “limited” Bermejo variant cover?….

Yeah it’s the variant cover, stores always charge more for those. Surprised he’s only charging that much for it.

$7.99′s not a bad price for a variant.

I expect variants to have a premium price added if it’s not a 50/50 run with the regular cover.

“former middle-school teacher in Idaho has pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children for downloading 70 cartoon images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” Sick, but a few years ago, the Supreme Court struck down bans on virtual child porn. As such I’m surprised they could prosecute Kutzner for that.

@jason

If the practice over there is the same as here then you’re being fiddled. ‘variants’ come in the same numbers as the ‘regular’ covers and are often bagged and tagged at a higher price.

I’m sorry but 7.99 for a comic? Attitudes like yours are what keep the fat cats fat.

The Superman variants are 1:10 so not “same numbers” but $7.99 is still a bit of a mark up. My LCS does them for the equivalent of $4.99.

@Hank: There are still state obscenity laws that he can be convicted of violating.

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