Comics A.M. | Prosecution lays out case against artist Brett Ewins [Updated]
Legal | The prosecution has laid out its case in the trial of former 2000AD artist Brett Ewins, who was charged with “grievous bodily harm with intent” following a January incident in which he allegedly stabbed a police officer responding to complaints about a man shouting throughout the night. Ewins, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia years ago and is on medication for it, suffered cardiac arrest during the confrontation and was hospitalized for three weeks. He reportedly has no memory of the incident. The defense will contend that the blow to the head rendered him unconscious (like a sleepwalker) so he was not aware of what he was doing. [The Evening Standard]
Digital comics | Todd Allen gets more of the details on iVerse’s crowdfunding platform ComicsAccelerator, which is due to launch later this month. Unlike Kickstarter, the new platform is comics-specific, and iVerse’s share is capped at $2,500. While there is something to be said for that, Allen notes that “It isn’t clear what portion of a comics crowdfunding audience is tied to the creator and what portion is tied to the platform, but it looks like we may be finding out soon.” Interestingly, ComicsAccelerator will also offer a “reserve funding” option to let creators choose two different levels of funding, one just what they need to make the comic and one that would allow them to quit the day job and work on the project full time. Allen also looks at iVerse’s plans to release some of its comics in DRM-free format. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | James Romberger talks to Gary Panter about his early influences (the comics in GRIT!) and the history of DalTokyo, which has just been published in a collected edition by Fantagraphics [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Your local comics creator story of the day is about Jo Rioux, who got her start when she met the editor of Kids Can Press at a book signing in the museum where she worked. Rioux illustrated the Sam and Friends mysteries, and Kids Can Press has just published her newest book The Golden Twine. [YourOttawaRegion.com]
Digital comics | Viz Media rolled out digital versions of nine mature-rated series on its VizManga.com website Tuesday. The lineup includes fan-favorite titles like Nana and Tenjho Tenge that presumably would not make it into the iTunes store because of Apple’s content restrictions. That’s not a terrible thing for Viz, as the company will get to keep the cut that otherwise would go to Apple.
and (assuming this works like every other digital comics service) while readers have to buy the comics on the website, they should be able to read them on any device that has the Viz app. UPDATE: Actually, Viz says that the mature titles can only be read on their website. [Viz]
Comics | Mike Romo culls his collection and comes to a couple of important realizations about events, digital comics, and keeping the comics he really enjoys. [iFanboy]