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Comic stores have a chance to win a signing by Mark Millar

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Mark Millar is offering comics retailers a chance to win a free in-store appearance by him.

All store owners have to do is encourage their staff to dress up for Free Comic Book Day as Millarworld characters, anyone from Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to Nemesis and The Fox. Then take photos and email them to Millar no later than noon GMT (5 a.m. PT) on May 8.

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Ty Templeton in ‘critical but stable condition’ after heart attack

Ty TempletonWriter and artist Ty Templeton, known for his work on The Batman Adventures, Batman ’66 Meets Green Hornet and his own Bun Toons, is in a medically induced coma after suffering a heart attack.

“The plan is to take him off both the sedatives and the ventilator tomorrow,” his wife, colorist and letterer KT Smith, wrote overnight on Facebook. “[…] He is in critical but stable condition. His location will change in the next few days depending on his condition.”

Inducted last year into the Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame, the 52-year-old Templeton has a long list of credits that also includes Simpsons Comics, The Batman and Robin Adventures, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Trek: Mission’s End and Spider-Man/Human Torch. An Eisner nominee and Shuster Award winner, he’s known in Toronto for his writing and drawing classes “Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Boot Camp.”

Smith encouraged well-wishers to email Templeton, saying, “I will make sure he sees them when he is able.”

Friends, fans come to Wilfredo Torres’ aid after personal loss

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Comic creators are rallying around Jupiter’s Circle artist Wilfredo Torres, who recently lost his wife Monica following a long battle with cancer. Spearheaded by Brent Schoonover, a group of Torres’ friends and associates have organized a rapidly growing fundraiserto help “a great guy and his family during a difficult time.”

Initially as a seven-day art auction on eBay, the #TorresBenefit has mushroomed into much more, thanks to the reach of social media and the kindness of the industry.

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First-ever Dr. Seuss museum is being built in his hometown

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Dr. Seuss will soon be celebrated in his hometown with a museum dedicated his work in children’s literature, the first of its kind in the world.

Announced by Springfield Museums, a group of five museums in the Massachusetts city, the $3.5 million Amazing World of Dr. Seuss is set to open in June 2016.

The main exhibit space will be divided into three sections — Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss’ Neighborhood and Readingville — with classroom space, a reading nook and a display about the making of the Dr. Seuss National memorial Sculpture Garden, which has drawn an estimated 3 million visitors since 2002.

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‘Skyward’ creator remembered with moving essay, con event

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In a heartbreaking essay at Medium, writer Joe Peacock recalls the events before and after the death of his friend Jeremy Dale, the creator of Skyward and artist of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

As part of SC Comicon, a special Drink and Draw will be held Saturday at Quest Brewing Company in tribute to Dale. Proceeds will benefit Team Cul de Sac and The Hero Initiative, which was selected by Dale’s wife Kelly.

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D’Orazio blasts Sims for past bullying; ‘X-Men ’92’ writer apologizes [Updated]

"Punisher MAX: Butterfly," written by D'Orazio

“Punisher MAX: Butterfly,” written by D’Orazio

Chris Sims, announced last week as the writer of Marvel’s X-Men ’92 digital-first series, publicly apologized Tuesday to Valerie D’Orazio after the blogger and former DC Comics editor called him out for years-old online harassment.

“I was wrong, and in every way the bad guy,” he acknowledged on his personal blog.

D’Orazio, a writer who rose to online prominence in late 2006 with “Goodbye to Comics,” a memoir that shone a harsh light on comics culture and her experiences as an assistant editor at DC, took to Twitter early Tuesday to criticize both Marvel and Sims. “Because of the actions of this person — who is now writing the X-Men for Marvel Comics — I have been diagnosed with PTSD from cyberbulling [sic],” she tweeted.

In a subsequent blog post, D’Orazio stated she was bullied online between 2007 and 2010, and claims Sims “ring-led the harassment” against her at the time of the March 2010 release of her Punisher MAX: Butterfly one-shot.

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Here’s your chance to win some original Bernard Chang art

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With the release this week of DC Comics’ Green Lantern Corps #40, artist Bernard Chang has announced he’ll be giving away his original interior art from that final issue.

“Issues 21-40 have been some of the most challenging and yet rewarding work of my career,” he wrote on Instagram. “As a show of my appreciation, I am going to give away ALL of my original interior art pages from the historic final issue 40 to you! I am cutting up all the pages into individual panels (except pgs 17, 19, 24-25, and 28, which will be raffled off).”

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Ross Campbell is now Sophie Campbell

"Jem and the Holograms" #4, by Sophie Campbell

“Jem and the Holograms” #4, by Sophie Campbell

Ross Campbell, creator of Wet Moon and Shadoweyes and artist of IDW Publishing’s new Jem and the Holograms comic, made a big announcement on Friday:

it’s time to stop hiding! i’m transgender and over the past year i’ve been transitioning and i’m sick of keeping it all a secret. i’m on hormones now so i figured now is the time to come out. i’m going by Sophia but Sophie for short. :)

i don’t really feel proud or confident or anything, it’s a nightmare, but maybe i’ll get there one day.

“this is why i haven’t been doing conventions anymore and probably won’t for the foreseeable future,” she wrote on Twitter. One reason, sadly: “i’m scared to fly, airport security is not known to be friendly toward trans people,” she tweeted.

Campbell commended her editors and co-workers for their support and noted that her mother had been very accepting of the news. The reaction on Twitter and Tumblr was also overwhelmingly positive (she mentioned she had received  her first Twitter troll, however), but there was a bit of a war over Campbell’s Wikipedia entry, as Rich Johnston documented.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi, father of the gekiga style of manga, dead at age 79

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Yoshihiro Tatsumi, known as the creator and grandmaster of the darker gekiga style of Japanese manga, has passed away at the age of 79.

News of Tatsumi’s passing comes from a message posted by London-based comic book journalist Paul Gravett on his website. “The news came through to me in a short email [from director Eric Khoo] yesterday, March 7th 2015: ‘Sensei passed away today,'” Gravett wrote. “His innovations were vitally important for Japanese comics and his lifetime’s work stands as some of the most psychologically powerful and humane narratives, not only in manga but in global comics culture.”

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Cayman Islands police end active search for comic book inker Norman Lee

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Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service have called off their search and recovery mission for missing comic book inker Norman Lee.

The 44-year-old Lee, a resident of Weymouth, MA, and a frequent contributor to Marvel comics such as Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man and Wolverine & The X-Men, went missing the morning of Thursday, March 5th while snorkeling with his wife near their hotel, the Reef Resort East End. About 250 yards from shore, the couple became separated, and Lee’s wife immediately filed a report upon returning to shore.

Though we initially reported a rescue operation was underway into Saturday based on a story from Boston’s WCVB, Cayman 27 (via Comicbook.com) reports that search and recovery operations began and ended late Friday afternoon.

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Marvel inker Norman Lee goes missing in Cayman Islands

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Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger

Frequent Marvel Comics inker, artist Norman Lee has gone missing while on vacation in the Cayman Islands.

Boston-area ABC affiliate WCVB filed a report this afternoon about the status of Lee, a resident of nearby town Weymouth. Apparently, Lee and his wife set out on a snorkeling trip this morning from the Reef Resort East End, but about 250 yards from shore the pair became separated. Lee’s wife returned to land and filed a report late this morning. As yet, rescue workers have found no sign of the artist.

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Happy birthday, Norm Breyfogle

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Veteran Batman artist Norm Breyfogle turns 55 years old today, which is the perfect opportunity to remind his fans of the fundraiser to help pay for his care and rehabilitation. With two days remaining in the campaign, the effort has generated nearly $98,000 — not quite half of its $200,000 goal.

Breyfogle suffered a stroke in December that left the left-handed artist paralyzed on his left side. With no medical insurance and his savings eaten away by hospital stay, he and his family turned t crowdfunding to help pay for his months of care and physical therapy at a nursing home.

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Stan Lee sketches Spider-Man for young autistic fan

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Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Drawing may never have been Stan Lee’s forte, but when called upon for a good cause, even Stan The Man can put pencil to paper.

That’s the focus of a rather heartwarming story that ran in The New York Times this weekend focusing on 8-year-old autistic Harlem resident Jamel Hunter. The youngest of five children to a mother who herself has physical disabilities, Hunter was the subject of a profile in the paper late last year when he received a Spider-Man themed birthday party. The story caught the notice of retired jazz musician Corky Hale — who just happens to be the neighbor of the 92-year-old Marvel Comics legend. Hale enlisted Lee to draw a sketch of Spidey declaring “Hi Jamel!” and sent it to the boy via Times reporter Michael Wilson.

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Diplo sort-of apologizes for swiping GIF, ‘trollish tendencies’

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After responding first with vulgarity and flippancy to criticism that he used an artist’s GIF without permission or credit, Grammy-winning producer Diplo has changed his tune, even if he can’t quite muster a full-throated apology.

“Sorry if I hurt your feelings, or trivialize your art,” he wrote in a message to illustrator Rebecca Mock, before effectively blaming everyone else for Wednesday’s social media firestorm that led Defamer to run the headline “Diplo Is a Dick.” Which really, at this point, is pretty difficult to dispute.

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Producer swipes art, responds with vulgar tweets when called out

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Grammy-winning producer Diplo on Wednesday teased the new Jack U collaboration with Missy Elliot with an Instagram video, which should’ve been a harmless bit of self-promotion. Instead, it led to a flurry of mocking and misogynistic tweets aimed at Rebecca Mock and others after the illustrator pointed out the DJ had used one of her GIFs without permission or credit.

Diplo, whom In the Mix once ironically dubbed the “King of Twitter,” added Mock’s credit to the Instagram post, only to trumpet his action with this vulgar exchange:

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