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Comics A.M. | Police search for man who robbed store employee

Police sketch of the robbery suspect

Police sketch of the robbery suspect

Crime | Police in St. Charles, Missouri, are looking for a man who accosted an employee of the Fantasy Shop outside the comic store Monday morning and demanded she hand over a bank bag. The suspect, who indicated he had a gun, then fled with an undisclosed amount of money, leading to five local schools being put on lockdown for about 90 minutes. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Creators | Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato discuss taking over as the creative team of Detective Comics with Issue 30. “We just want to carve out a small space in the Bat-world and craft stories that resonate with the legions of fans out there,” Buccalleto says. “It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of this legacy.” [USA Today]

Creators | Brian Michael Bendis is returning to his hometown of Cleveland, after a 13-year absence, to speak at his old school, the Cleveland Institute of Art, give a TED Talk, and do a signing at the Comic Heaven comic shop, where he once worked. [The Plain Dealer]

Amanda Conner

Amanda Conner

Creators | In a video interview conducted at MegaCon, Amanda Conner discusses Harley Quinn, and teases that a creator-owned project she’s been working on for at least two years could soon see release: “It’s gotta happen soon. [...] I’ll cry if it doesn’t happen soon.” [Square Peg Show]

Creators | Scottish cartoonist Bob Dewar reminisces about growing up in the countryside, working in the comics department of DC Thomson (where he met his wife, Isla, who was working on teen magazines at the time), and drawing political cartoons for The Scotsman. A retrospective of his work, titled “Soor Plooms and Sair Knees” after his first book, will open in Edinburgh next weekend. [The Scotsman]

Creators | Writer Ian Flynn and editor Paul Kaminski explain the differences between Mega Man and his counterpart in the future, Mega Man X. [Comicosity]

Creators | Roberta Gregory, creator of True Cat Toons, talks about what makes a good cat story, what she has learned from cats, and Cat Yoga for Humans. [Catster]

Death Ray Comics

Death Ray Comics

Retailing | This local-business profile of Death Ray Comics in Logan, Utah, is notable for owner Trent Hunsacker’s unusual frankness about the difficulty of the business. He started out a year ago thinking it wouldn’t be that hard: “Myself and my friends had experienced the worst customer service ever so we figured there had to be a way to not screw it up that much, or if not to screw up, at least have a place you could go to buy comic books where people would want to sell you things.” It turns out that there’s more to comics retailing than good customer service, however, and Hunsacker talks about the challenges of cash flow and choosing comics that will sell. At one point, when things looked bleak, he simply went on his personal blog, described the situation, and asked for help. The funds came pouring in, and Death Ray Comics is in much better shape as it approaches its first anniversary. [The Herald Journal]

Politics | The advocacy group Progress Iowa has created a comic about standing up for the rights of LGBTQ people, titled You Can Be a Superhero: Standing Up to Bullies from the Extreme Right. The heroine is a young girl named Mighty Moxy, who is bullied at school because she has two moms, and the villain is Bull Von Ploots, who bears a more than passing resemblance to same-sex marriage opponent Bob Vander Plaats. Copies of the comic will be donated to Iowa Safe Schools, and it’s also for sale to the public. [Des Moines Register]

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2 Comments

Great piece on Death Ray Comics.

Hunsaker’s comments on comics distribution are the most important, I think. Diamond is a monster, and it feeds very selectively.

Pensacola Pop Comics

April 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

The article on Death Ray is pretty cool. We’re opening up in May with much of the same attitude mixed with a good deal of Eric Stephenson’s ComicsPro address – just selling quality comics and sequential art in a comfortable setting. Starting out is a scary endeavor. I wish them the best of luck.

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