Crime | Josue Rivera, the comic artist known as Justiniano, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of possessing more than 100 photographs and videos containing child pornography. Rivera was arrested in Connecticut on May 10 following a July incident in which police say he mistakenly gave a funeral home director a thumb drive containing 33 files classified as child pornography instead of the one containing photos of a deceased relative. Police later seized Rivera’s computer and found 153 files of suspected child pornography. On Tuesday, the 38-year-old artist pleaded not guilty to first-degree possession of child pornography, and requested a jury trial. [Connecticut Post]
Retailing | Days after it was announced that media conglomerate Liberty Media offered $1 billion to buy Barnes & Noble, supermarket magnate Ron Burkle has revealed he bought another 603,000 shares at $18.49 a share, raising his stake in the bookseller to 19.74 percent. The Wall Street Journal suggests that Burkle, already the book chain’s largest shareholder, may be “playing a potentially dangerous game of chicken to force a takeover price for Barnes & Noble even higher.” [Deal Journal]
The final stop on our jam-packed convention weekend tour is, appropriately enough, Comicpalooza, which began earlier today at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
Comic guests for the third annual event include Phil Foglio, Rob Liefeld, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, David Malki, Humberto Ramos, Ben Templesmith, Ethan Van Sciver, J.H. Williams III and Bernie Wrightston. The media guest list features Nicholas Brendan, Bruce Campbell, Peter Mayhew and Ray Park.
Comicpalooza continues through Sunday. Comic Book Resources has a more detailed preview.
Today: At 2 p.m. PST Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, The Originals) will host a free webinar on Manga Studio, teaching aspiring and professional artists how to create illustrations using the software. Space is limited to the first 500 people who register here. More details can be found here. (Manga Studio is a sponsor of Robot 6.)
Friday: The third annual Comicpalooza opens at noon at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Comics guests include Phil Foglia, Rob Liefeld, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, David Malki, Humberto Ramos, Ben Templesmith, Ethan Van Sciver, J.H. Williams III and Bernie Wrightston. The event continues through Sunday.
Friday: Toronto Comic Con Wizard World kicks off at noon at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Comics guests include J. Bone, Adi Granov, Phil Jimenez, Dale Keown, Leonard Kirk, Yanick Paquette, Gail Simone, Cameron Stewart, Ty Templeton and J. Torres. The event continues through Sunday.