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Comics A.M. | Two plead guilty to selling fake Comic-Con badges

Comic-Con International

Legal | Two Los Angeles men accused of selling counterfeit passes to this year’s Comic-Con International have pleaded guilty to theft and were placed on probation for three years. Farhad Lame and Navid Vatankhahan, both 24, were each ordered to pay a $750 fine, complete 10 days of community service and pay restitution to the victims.

Prosecutors say the two photocopied Comic-Con badges and sold them on Craigslist to people looking for last-minute memberships. They were arrested in July after two of their victims attempted to enter the convention using the counterfeit badges, which the women bought for $120 each. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

Technology | Tech blog Chip Chick names DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson as one of its “Top 13 Women Who Impacted Technology in 2010.” [Chip Chick]

Archie Comics

Publishing | A woman who attended the junior prom with Archie creator Bob Montana contends recent Archie Comics developments — the introduction of gay Riverdale resident Kevin Keller, the death of Geraldine Grundy — wouldn’t have taken place if the cartoonist were still writing the stories. “It wouldn’t be what he would have written,” Jane Murphy says. [Eagle-Tribune]

Education | Manga and anime programs at Japanese universities are drawing more interest from foreign students. [The New York Times]

Retailing | Nathan Solis profiles Los Angeles store Comics vs. Toys, which last month changed its name from Mini Melt Too. [Eagle Rock Patch]

Best of the year | Johanna Draper Carlson and Manga Xanadu select the best manga of 2010. [Comics Worth Reading, Manga Xanadu]

Comic strips | R.C. Harvey concludes a two-part essay on the end of Brenda Starr. [TCJ.com]

Kiel Phegley

Blogosphere | I’ve somehow fallen way behind on linking to Tom Spurgeon’s wonderful holiday interview series, so I’m going to slap a catch-all “blogosphere” label on this and play catch-up: cartoonist and longtime retail/convention employee Dustin Harbin; Drawn and Quarterly Associate Publisher Peggy Burns; Malaysian editorial cartoonist Zulkiflee Anawar Ulhaque (aka Zunar); and Comic Book Resources News Editor Kiel Phegley. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Brian Heater begins a four-part interview with cartoonist Sarah Glidden, creator of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Comics | Douglas Wolk rattles off the comics he’s most looking forward to in the new year. [Techland]

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7 Comments

They aren’t fake, the badges were just cosplaying as Comicon badges.

But Ms. Grundy DIDN’T die in the base continuity. It’s a future story about adult characters.

Non-comic readers need to pay more attention.

was Ms. Grundy related to JSA villian Solomon Grundy?

The current crop of “talent” at Archie Comics seems bent on doing everything in their power to f— up Bob Montana’s great creations.

The current crop of “talent” at Archie Comics seems bent on doing everything in their power to f— up Bob Montana’s great creations.

Archie Comics today aren’t any different from Archie Comics from 1940.

“But Ms. Grundy DIDN’T die in the base continuity.”
Does Archie Comics even have a base continuity?

I’m pretty sure that the sundae picture above is the picture for “Status Quo” in the dictionary.

“was Ms. Grundy related to JSA villian Solomon Grundy?”

TINY TITANS/LITTLE ARCHIE #1, man.

His name is Steve.

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