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Comics A.M. | Malaysian cartoonist appeals arrest ruling

Cartoon by Zunar

Cartoon by Zunar

Legal | The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has appealed a court decision upholding his 2010 arrest and detention, claiming police acted in bad faith when they arrested him under the Sedition Act because of his book Cartoon-O-Phobia, which had not yet been released at the time of his arrest. No charges were ever filed, as the police could not identify any actual seditious content in the books. A court ruled in July 2012 that Zunar’s arrest was lawful but ordered the police to return the books they had confiscated and pay him damages. An appellate court will hear the case next week. [The Comics Reporter]

Publishing | Heidi MacDonald takes a look at Marvel’s new graphic novel line, which will launch in October with Warren Ellis and Mike McKone’s Avengers: Endless Wartime. [Publishers Weekly]

One Piece, Vol. 69

One Piece, Vol. 69

Manga | One Piece will take another break from Shonen Jump, skipping a week as creator Eiichiro Oda continues to recover from a peritonsillar abscess, a condition that usually results from tonsillitis. [Anime News Network]

Creators | Writer Scott Snyder discusses working on a comic that’s going to get a lot of attention this week, Superman Unchained. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla talk about plans for their upcoming zombie Archie comic, which was inspired by Francavilla’s zombie-variant cover for an issue of Life with Archie. Aguirre-Sacasa said he is inspired by the challenge of telling a zombie story while staying true to the standard Archie tropes: “So that it’s Sabrina screwing up a spell — typical Sabrina — which lets an Evil Dead-like force loose in the word. And it’s Reggie’s thoughtless and casual cruelty which sets things in motion. And Betty and Veronica’s rivalry plays out with, literally, life-and-death stakes. Archie bumbles his way into the role of de-facto leader; Jughead just wants to eat everything — and anyone — in sight, etc.” [Hero Complex]

March (Book One)

March (Book One)

Creators | Rep. John Lewis and co-writer Andrew Aydin discuss March, the story of Lewis’ experiences as a pioneer in the civil rights movement, which will be published in August by Top Shelf. [Previews World]

Creators | Richard Gehr interviews longtime New Yorker cartoonist Edward Koren, who is a volunteer firefighter as well. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Writer Jim Ottoviani and artist Maris Wicks talk about their new book Primates, a spirited account of three women (Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Biruté Galdikas) who went into the wild to study primates in their native habitat. [Underwire]

Creators | Mobile, Alabama, writer Kevin LaPorte and artist Amanda Rachels are publishing their Clown Town via the comiXology Submit program and have also run eight successful Kickstarters to fund various comics. [AL.com]

Digital comics | I spoke with Viz Media Vice President Leyla Aker about a set of yaoi manga that have outlived their original U.S. publishers and are now having a second (actually a third) life in digital form. [Good E-Reader]

Digital comics | Whitson Gordon reviews the digital comics app ComicZeal and offers thoughts on several competing apps as well. [Lifehacker]

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