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Comics A.M. | Fan/pro Bill of Rights; comics used in major drug ring

Bill of Rights

Creators | Writer Peter David shares a “Fan/Pro Bill of Rights” related to proper behavior at conventions, starting with a “Prime Directive”: “Fans and Pros have the right to be treated by each other with the same courtesy that they themselves would expect to be treated. Fans and Pros who act like jerks abrogate the right to complain when they themselves are treated like jerks.” [Peter David]

Crime | A Denver judge sentenced Aaron Castro to 45 years in prison after Castro pleaded guilty to drug and extortion charges. Prosecutors say he ran a major methamphetamine distribution ring and laundered the profits by buying and selling valuable comics in the collector’s market. [KMGH Denver]

Digital | Robot 6 contributor Graeme McMillan catches an error in Marvel’s press release from last week: Marvel was not the first comics publisher to release an entire line of comics simultaneously in print and digital—Archie Comics was. [Blog@Newsarama]

Creators | Cartoonist Chester Brown, whose Louis Riel is among the semifinalists for Canada Reads 2012, answers 10 questions on the awards website. [CBC Books]

WWE Heroes

Comics | Joey Esposito looks at the surprising parallels between mainstream comics and the WWE. [IGN]

Creators | CTV profiles Hark! A Vagrant creator and “web com artist” Kate Beaton. [CTV]

Creators | Forbidden Planet post two short videos, one old, one recent, of the late Family Circus cartoonist Bil Keane discussing his work. [The Forbidden Planet Blog Log]

Creators | The local news station profiles Rhymes With Orange cartoonist Hilary Price, whose daily strip is one of the fresher offerings on the comics page these days. [Masslive.com]

Comics | John Porcellino’s deeply personal comics and the emotional connection forged during a comics reading helped one reader realize he was not alone. [Weekend]

Retailers | Newly opened Florida comics shop EPIC Comics aims to be the opposite of the dingy basement comics shop; its owners deliberately created an art gallery-like space embellished with superhero murals done with Sharpie markers. [East Orlando Sun]

Retailers | Several Nashua, New Hampshire-area retailers discuss sales of DC’s New 52 titles in their stores. [Nashua Telegraph]

Commentary | Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the first volume of the wine-tasting manga The Drops of God, which was so popular it actually affected the wine market in Japan and Korea. She finds the story strongly reminiscent of the foodie manga Oishinbo, but with a few twists of its own. [Comics Worth Reading]

Legion of Super-Heroes

Commentary | Colin Smith starts a series looking back at the Legion of Super-Heroes reboot circa 1989, when Keith Giffen, along with Tom and Mary Bierbaum, took the team five years into the future: “In many ways, Giffen’s Legion remains a bold and innovative comic book, and one tellingly marked by a deliberate attempt to apply something of the form of Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s storytelling techniques from Watchman to DC’s consistently under-performing future-heroes franchise. But through a debilitating brew of opaque craftsmanship, DC editorial fiat, and a misdiagnosis of the Legion’s commercial weaknesses, this bold new start for the Legion of Superheroes ended up contradicting many of the key reasons for the artistic and commercial achievements of Watchman and The Dark Knight Returns.” [Too Busy Thinking About My Comics]

Comics | Christopher Gondrom posts a brief meditation on the beginning and the ending of the Flight anthology, along with an excerpt from the eighth and final volume. [Suvudu]

Culture | JL Bell presents a fascinating history of Guy Fawkes in America, starting with Boston revelers (who were only vaguely aware of who Fawkes was and what he had done) and exploring Alan Moore’s use of the Fawkes mask in V for Vendetta and its subsequent adoption by 4Chan users and Occupy protestors. [Boston 1775]

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I have a friend who made the transition from prominent fan to published author, and has ever since been at the receiving end of a LOT of crap. The expectations on her time and effort are insane, and the way she is treated by all but her closest friends is intrusive and obnoxious. She’s at the point where she might stop attending a con she’s attended for over a decade.

While a bill of rights won’t change how pros and fans interact by itself, it can raise awareness that something needs to shift.

While I would never verbally abuse a creator at a con, I’ve had the misfortune to have it done to ME for no reason. So little to no sympathy from me.

Simon, your friend needs to develop a thicker skin, dish some of the nastiness BACK or quit attending cons. CHOOSE YOUR POISON!!!

Yes, Skikt snakt, what kind of freak does Simon Delmonte’s friend think she is to expect people to actually treat each other like humans? Doesn’t she know that comic creators and comic fans are sub-human and deserve to be treated as such. No sympathy from me either.

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