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Phony Craigslist comic book sale turns into $50,000 armed robbery

Photo Credit: The Morning Call's Chris Knight

Photo Credit: The Morning Call’s Chris Knight

Catfishing is only a part of the dangers that await people on Craigslist.

That’s only part of the lesson of a horrifying and amazing story from Lower Macungie, PA that’s circulating in the local media. Allentown’s The Morning Call has a story up on a comic book sale set up via the ubiquitous personal ads site that turned out to be armed robbery ruse.

After contacting someone claiming to have a massive private comics collection for sale, 51-year-old former shop owner Gene Bartholomew and a friend showed up at a wealthy-looking yet for sale house with $50,000 in cash on Thursday. When Bartholomew found three armed men instead of long boxes in the backyard, he tossed the cash over a fence and charged the robbers head on.

The paper recounts the harrowing event in detail, noting that while Bartholomew lost his money, he was able to subdue one 22-year-old suspect who is now in police custody. The other two men made off with the cash. See a report on the robbery from local station WFMZ below the jump.

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Exclusive Preview | Diane Noomin’s Glitz-2-Go

Our friends at Fantagraphics have provided us with another party favor for today, our last before we take a few hours to sleep it off and start again tomorrow morning. We’re pleased to present an exclusive five-page preview of Glitz-2-Go, which collects nearly 40 years of comic stories by underground comix legend and editor of the women comics anthology Twisted Sisters, Diane Noomin.

Noomin’s career in underground comix began in 1972 and included appearances in Wimmen’s Comix, Young Lust, Short Order, Arcade, Real Girl, Lemme Outta Here, El Perfecto, True Glitz, Aftershock, Mind Riot, Titters and Weirdo. The book stars her best-known character, DiDi Glitz, a “frustrated middle-aged glamour-puss and anxiety-ridden suburban Sisyphus.” This is the first time all of her stories are in print in more than 30 years.

Check out the preview after the jump.

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The best of the best of the year lists

Infinite Kung Fu

With only a couple days left in 2011, here are a few more “best of 2011″ lists from the past few days:

• iFanboy has chosen DC Comics as their publisher of the year. They’ve also listed their best collections of the year, including Infinite Kung Fu, Mr. Murder is Dead, Bone 20th Anniversary Full Color Edition and the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus.

• ComicsAlliance finished up their countdown of their top comics of the year, with Daredevil and Love and Rockets New Stories Volume 4 taking the top two positions.

• The A.V. Club has posted two separate lists–one focused on superhero and mainstream comics, the second on “graphic novels and art comics.” The mainstream list includes a separate “Best of” section that includes categories like best new characters, best one-shot and “best fix.”

• Kelly Thompson lists 13 “fantastic female creators” for 2011 on Jezebel, which is a companion piece to previous lists she’s done (i.e. no repeats). This year’s list includes Marjorie Liu, Carla Speed McNeil, Renae De Liz and Kelly Sue DeConnick, among others.

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Go, go: Pogo!

Well, deck us all with Boston Charlie: BoingBoing has posted a generous preview of the upcoming Fantagraphics collection Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder. The blog also includes the foreword to the book and a brief bio of Pogo creator Walt Kelly. If you’re new to the work, it’s a great introduction; if you’re already a Pogo fan, it’s a delightful indulgence.

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