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Comics A.M. | Responses to Heavy Ink, Fan Expo Canada adds a day

Warren Ellis

Politics | Warren Ellis joins the list of creators who want nothing to do with Heavy Ink after Travis Corcoran’s inflammatory remarks. At The Daily Cartoonist, Ted Rall pushes back on the outrage, saying, “If I only bought from companies and individuals whose political beliefs I agreed with, I wouldn’t be buying much.” [Warren Ellis, The Daily Cartoonist]

Conventions | Now there’s even more of Fan Expo Canada to love: The self-proclaimed “largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country” is expanding from three to four days, Aug. 25-28, 2011. [Convention Scene]

Manga | A Chinese artist named Xiao Bai is this year’s winner of the Japanese government’s International Manga Award. The prizewinning entry, Si loin et si proche (So near and so far), was published in Belgium last year. [Monsters and Critics]

Creators | Frank Santoro explains why size matters for an artist: Art that is drawn the same size as the finished comic (like Art Spiegelman’s Maus) has an immediacy that pages drawn large and then reduced lack. [Comics Comics]

Uncle Scrooge

Comics | Tom Spurgeon points out that Fantagraphics is planning to republish the works of Carl Barks, not produce an archive, and he explains why the difference is important. [The Comics Reporter]

Comics | Shaenon Garrity takes a look at the long-out-of-print graphic novel From Inside, by John Bergin, which was published by both Tundra and Kitchen Sink. [The Comics Journal]

Piracy | Brian O’Leary of Magellan Media reports on some curious research he did tracking sales of books from computer publisher O’Reilly and Christian publisher Thomas Nelson: Piracy actually caused sales to increase. [O’Reilly Radar]

Digital comics | Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid goes looking for comics at the Consumer Electronics Show and finds them in a variety of forms, including digital comics on tablets that aren’t the iPad. [Publishers Weekly Comics Week]

Design | Jeet Heer is happy that someone is collecting Sheldon Mayer’s Sugar and Spike but not happy that it’s DC shoehorning it into their Archive edition format. [Comics Comics]

Conventions | EigoMANGA publisher Austin Osueke will demonstrate how to use desktop software to create manga and comics at Macworld later this month. [Macworld]



Thanks for the link to Convention Scene!

I sincerely hope all the people threatening to boycott Heavy Ink actually do so, and do so beyond the heat of the moment. It’s not a matter of “political beliefs”—I’ve got no problem, in most cases, doing business with someone with whom I disagree. But cheering murder is another matter.

The thing is, regarding what Corcoran has said – It isn’t just a political belief as Ted Rall suggests. He is advocating the murder of politicians on the basis that he doesn’t like the government. Regardless of what they do, they are people with families and friends and they have as much right to life as he does. Advocating murder, especially ones like this, is sickening, so I’m glad comics creators have asked that his store stop stocking their titles. To celebrate the murder of a politician purely because they have a different point of view to you is sickening.

Kindell Anderson

January 12, 2011 at 9:26 am

I now feel horrible from purchasing comics from that site. While i never try to take personal/political beliefs or opinions of someone else to heart, being glad that innocent people were shot and killed is disgraceful and i hate that i helped his bottom line.

Ted Rall agrees with no one on anything, so it would be hard for him. Rall is a sophisticated troll, a bomb throwing contrarian.

I’ll admit that I haven’t researched the whole story on the Heavy Ink guy, but from what I’ve read, it seems to be a case of someone making a tasteless joke, not wanting to admit it, and then proceeding to dig a deeper grave for himself at every step. Seriously, I don’t think this guy actually advocates the murder of politicians (no matter how little he cares for them). I just think he’s the typical, successful-businessman blowhard who has it ingrained into his skull to never ever admit he did something stupid.

Fan Expo Toronto…can’t wait to stand in line for four days instead of three.

As a sponsor of Fan Expo Toronto, I find the fact that CBR (unless I missed it) did not report on all the problems with Fan Expo last year to be poor journalism. All I saw were reviews about some of the panels, etc. It was BAD last year.

It was my first show and nearly my last, had a very nice rep from Fan Expo not contacted me after I voiced my complaints and provided me with an apology, explained the circumstances and sent some “freebies”. Apparently, I am supposed to be getting some kind of ‘upgraded’ ticket in April/May. We shall see what exactly that means though.

All I can say is that I am glad I was not one of the unlucky ones who got in then went out for lunch and then were not able to get back in! I starved on Saturday!

I hope “So Near and So Far” gets translated into English-I’m a sucker for that family drama stuff.

Regarding Heavy Ink…the remark, like the shooting itself, wasn’t political is was just hate. I don’t support or condone that in any way, shape or form.

I have deleted the bookmark of the site and have stopped shopping it. And I won’t be going back.

@JK Parkin – Ok, I guess I did miss it, which is weird b/c I check out your site nearly every day! Thanks for the link! My apologies!

As it gets closer to this year’s Fan Expo, it would be interesting for them to tell us fans what “the plan” is this year for managing the crowd, other than ‘we got more room’.

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