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Comics A.M. | Ed Kramer may have violated terms of plea deal

Ed Kramer

Ed Kramer

Legal | DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer, who entered a plea deal in December to avoid more jail time on child molestation charges that date back to 2000, could find himself back behind bars for his use of social media. Kramer, who’s no longer associated with DragonCon, ended years of legal wrangling with an Alford plea that, among other stipulations, barred him from having any direct or indirect contact with anyone under the age of 16. A registered sex offender, Kramer set up a Twitter account under his real name in 2011, but didn’t do much with it until a couple of weeks ago, when he suddenly became active and began following people — including a 14-year-old girl. His Google+ page also shows a connection with the then-14-year-old boy he was charged with molesting. Kramer lists his address as Brooklyn on his social media accounts, but he apparently is still in Georgia. The Gwinnett County district attorney is investigating; a violation of the plea agreement could result in a 60-year prison sentence, 20 years for each of the three counts of child molestation. Heidi MacDonald has more at The Beat. [Gwinnett Daily Post]

The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero

Creators | Gene Luen Yang talks about his most recent comic, The Shadow Hero, and the history of the character it’s based on, The Green Turtle. [Vox]

Creators | David Reddick talks about Intelligent Life, his comic strip about fans and fandom, which is syndicated by Kind Features and launched in newspapers and online on Monday. Reddick’s philosophy: “We’re all geeks in some way. Some of us are foodies, some of us are military geeks, some of us are documentary geeks, some of us are workout geeks, some of us are comic-book geeks or whatever. The comic never ridicules, it never makes fun — it embraces all of these things.” [USA Today]

Creators | “I wanted to create a female super heroine that wasn’t overly feminine or exploited,” writer Jay Burton says of Salta, the heroine of his independent comic of the same name. “Also, I wanted to give her a sense of independency, versus a supporting role amongst a large group of super heroes which could shadow her potential.” Salta is an archaeologist and martial artist who takes on supernatural forces. [AL.com]

Creators | According to this short article, Indian political cartoonist Aseeem Trivedi now regrets going on the reality TV show Bigg Boss: “I thought I would use the show to propagate my views, but exactly the opposite happened. They used me to ratchet up the show’s TRP.” Trivedi was arrested (and briefly jailed) in 2012 on sedition charges after a local politician complained about one of his cartoons; the charges were later dropped. [Times of India]

Jerry Scott

Jerry Scott

Creators | Zits creator Jerry Scott posts some photos of his studio. [Zits]

Digital comics | Madefire has released its free Motion Book Tool, which allows creators to make motion comics and upload them to deviantART and the Madefire iOS and Windows 8 apps. [The Next Web]

Conventions | The Leicester, England, comics convention drew 1,000 people to the Silver Arcade, a newly renovated Victorian shopping center. [Leicester Mercury]

Retailing | Bosco’s Comics, in Anchorage, Alaska, is moving — into a renovated car wash. [Alaska Dispatch News]

Retailing | The newest comic shop in Bradford, England, is the first business venture for Beth Whitaker, a 21-year-old former Oxfam volunteer who got a £6,000 startup loan through the local chamber of commerce. [Telegraph & Argus]

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“The Gwinnett County district attorney is investigating; a violation of the plea agreement could result in a 60-year prison sentence, 20 years for each of the three counts of child molestation.”

Please, please, please let this happen and let there be an end to this sham once and for all.

Penny Dreadful

July 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

Seconded. This dirtbag is gonna be veeeeeerrrrrry popular if he goes to prison. And by “popular” I mean “practically walking around wearing a bullseye AND a Kick Me sign.”

This guy needs to be sent off to prison so we can never, ever hear from him again.

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