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Comics A.M. | Persepolis airing sparks protests in Tunisia

Persepolis

Crime | About 50 protestors were arrested in Tunisia for an attempted arson attack on the offices of Nessma TV after it screened Persepolis, the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s celebrated autobiographical graphic novel. The protesters claimed the animated movie offends Islam. All political parties in Tunisia, including the country’s main Islamic party Al-Nahada, have condemned the attack and expressed their solidarity for freedom of the press. [Variety]

Digital comics | Warren Ellis looks at the current options and sees webcomics as a broadcast, out there for free and bringing in new readers through notifications, links and solidarity, whereas digital comics services like comiXology (or even Marvel’s subscription) service are closed systems, more like a shop with comics on the shelves. That makes a difference in building an audience and also in the pacing of the comics, because webcomics can better accommodate the more decompressed storytelling that Ellis prefers. Lots of interesting nuggets among the ramblings. [Warren Ellis]

Sales charts | John Jackson Miller offers additional analysis on the “September to Remember” sales charts. [Comichron]

The Death-Ray

Creators | Daniel Clowes chats briefly about The Death-Ray, superheroes, and growing up in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. [Patch.com]

Creators | Brian Heater talks to Dave Roman about his work on Astronaut Academy and Teen Boat, both of which started as mini-comics and are now full-length graphic novels, and his life as a full-time comics creator. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Publishing | Christopher Irving takes the long view in his career-spanning interview with DC’s Dan DiDio—and they don’t talk about the New 52 at all, because the interview was done a month before the reboot was announced. Photographer Seth Kushner gives DiDio the Graphic NYC treatment, posing him with DC props and shooting him with strong light and deep shadows, as is his way. [Graphic NYC]

Commentary | Charles Solomon looks at Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki: “But Mizuki uses the disparate visuals more skillfully. The black-and-white drawings allow the reader’s eye to follow the characters from their simplified settings to the horribly detailed action scenes. The result is a unified vision that keeps all the action within a single world. Onward is an important book that once again demonstrates power of the graphic novel to depict serious issues.” [Hero Complex]

Birds of Prey #1

Commentary | In advance of Duane Swierczynski’s work on Birds of Prey, Corrina Lawson tracked down two of Swierczynski’s novels to see if he’d be a “good fit” for the title. “By the time I finished the books, I was convinced enough of his writing talent to read Birds of Prey #1,” she said. [GeekDad]

Digital comics | Two months after the launch of the online manga site JManga, which is backed by 39 Japanese publishers, Deb Aoki issues a report card, giving them high marks for customer service (and pricing during the current sale) but taking off points for putting up covers for manga they don’t actually offer on the site. [About.com]

Reviews | Paul Montgomery reviews MetaMaus, the book about the making of Art Spiegelman’s Maus: “Memoirs of the Holocaust carry an unparalleled dramatic weight, but what sets Maus apart is that is not simply a survivor’s tale, but a meta-fictional treatise on the responsibility assumed by an individual as chronicler and son. Art tells Vladek’s story, and that of many. But he also relates his own experiences with guilt, rage and acceptance over a complicated paternal relationship and the manner in which he immortalized past experiences.” [iFanboy]

Comics | The death of Steve Jobs last week causes Daniel BT to remember when he first heard of the Apple visionary: In comics, of course, specifically the Calvin and Jobs parodies that ran in MAD Magazine in 1995. [Sunday Comics Debt]

Reviews | Nick Chidgey reviews Laddertop, a manga-style graphic novel by Orson Scott Card and his daughter that is in a similar vein to Ender’s Game, and finds it wanting. [Spandexless]

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Does EVERYTHING offend Islam at this point?!?

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