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Legal | Edward Kramer, co-founder of the 25-year-old Dragon*Con held each Labor Day in Atlanta, was arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment of a child after police allegedly found him in a Connecticut motel room with a 14-year-old boy. Kramer, who was first charged 11 years ago with child molestation and aggravated child molestation, never went to court after his lawyers argued that Kramer was physically incompetent to stand trial, due to a degenerative spinal condition and chronic pain. Kramer was under house arrest until 2008, when a judge ruled that he could travel, although conditions of his bond stipulated that he report his whereabouts on a weekly basis to the district attorney’s office and that he have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16. On Wednesday a judge signed an order revoking Kramer’s bond, and the district attorney said Kramer will be extradited back to Georgia.
Pat Henry, current chairman of Dragon*Con, posted a statement on the convention’s website: “Edward Kramer resigned from the Dragon Con Convention in the year 2000 after being indicted on felony charges in Gwinnett County. He has not had any role in Dragon Con planning or activities since that time. Since 2000 the convention has been managed by three of the other founders. These men have been involved with the convention since the beginning. They are chairman Pat Henry, and board members Dave Cody and Robert Dennis. In these eleven years the convention attendance has grown from less than 10,000 to over 46,000 this past Labor Day.” [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
Legal | Attorneys presented their opening arguments in Michael George’s murder trial, as the prosecution claimed the former comic store owner “wanted to get rid of his overweight wife and get something better.” They also said he “dreamed of a ‘McDonalds-like’ comic store empire while he kept a secret apartment and engaged in salacious affairs behind his wife’s back,” according to The Detroit News. The defense claims George was at his mother’s house in 1990 when his first wife Barbara was shot and killed in their comic store in Clinton Township, Michigan. [The Detroit News]
Conventions | Heidi MacDonald takes a look at the SEC filings for Wizard World Inc., noting that revenue from conventions was up almost $1 million in 2010, when the company put on eight conventions, from 2009, when it only ran three. [The Beat]
Creators | Matt Fraction discusses his work on Casanova, which he calls his “difficult child”: “It’s the one that requires the most thought and work. It made my bones in some places. I wanted it to be as good as I thought I was, if that doesn’t sound too egomaniacal. I went back and reread all of [Casanova] to date and was humbled by the experience, because I didn’t think it was that good. [laughs] So there’s the added pressure of putting your money where your mouth is, trying to live up to whatever reputation I and the book had. I’d start over, constantly trying to push up my game and push up the book’s game. I don’t know that it was successful, but it reached a point where I felt like, today, this is what I am able to love.” [Suicide Girls]
Creators | Stan Lee has canceled an appearance at ExactTarget’s online marketer convention in Indianapolis today due to illness. [Indystar]
Creators | Charles Soule discusses his music-inspired Image series 27. [Biff Bam Pop]
Comics | Christian Sager notes that while superheroes might dominate Diamond’s sales charts, non-superhero books dominate awards like the Harveys and Eisners. He talks to Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride about their Harvey-winning books. [CNN Geek Out]
Comics | Fox News looks at the upcoming same-sex marriage of Archie Comics’ character Kevin Keller. [Fox News]
Comics | In light of DC’s New 52 relaunch, Sabotage Times looks back at Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes proposal, which featured “darker future versions” of DC characters. [Sabotage Times]
Science | Researchers are working on what they call an “Iron Man suit” that would allow people with spinal-cord injuries to walk. The spinal-cord research center ICORD is working on computerized robotic pants that help rehabilitate patients with damaged spinal cords by mimicking the natural motion of the legs. The article notes it could be 20 to 40 years before an Iron Man suit becomes reality — and that it’s unlikely it would allow users to fly, at least not at first. [Vancouver Sun]