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Crime | A sheepish would-be robber walked away empty-handed Monday afternoon after attempting to hold up a Little Rock, Arkansas, comic store for Magic: The Gathering Cards. “I hate to do this, but I have a gun, and I want a box of Magic cards for my son’s birthday,” the man allegedly told a clerk at The Comic Book Shop. However, when the employee offered him a pack of the cards, he reportedly declined and left, saying, “Don’t call police.” The suspect remains at large, although police have distributed an image of him taken from a security camera. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]
David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, who worked together on Zuda’s High Moon, comiXology’s Box 13 and Marvel’s The Winter Guard, are taking their self-published creation The Only Living Boy to the web.
Legal | The creator of the Islamic superhero comic The 99 says he hasn’t been officially notified of a reported ban of the animated adaptation of his comic in Saudi Arabia. “Nobody ever contacted me, nobody ever asked me any questions,” Naif Al Mutawa says. There have been numerous Twitter campaigns against me for a while now and so for me it’s not new. Maybe it is true this time, but I find it very difficult to believe that a group as influential and high profile as them [Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta] wouldn’t recognize the good that The 99 has done for Muslims around the world.” He adds that the comic has been available in Saudi Arabia for seven years, while the cartoon has been airing for two and a half years, making the timing of a ban “a bit weird.” [Gulf Business]
Since winning the first monthly Zuda contest, High Moon creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis have gone on to work together on Deadlands: The Devil’s Six Gun, Box 13 and a couple of Winter Guard stories for Marvel. It’s a collaboration that works, and now the duo is re-teaming on a new Kickstarter-funded project called The Only Living Boy.
They plan to self-publish the project as a series of four 50-page comics, and they’re using Kickstarter to raise money to publish the first volume in time for the San Diego Comic Con this summer. Here’s how they describe the project:
THE ONLY LIVING BOY is a young adult graphic novel that tells the story of Erik Farrell, a 12-year old boy, who finds himself with alone and abandoned in a patchwork world. As the last human boy left on earth, he’ll try to piece his memory back together, while trying to piece together a new life for himself. Fighting beside Erik are the beguiling, insect princess Thea and the tenacious, mermaid warrior Morgan.
His opposition is a menagerie of exotic and dangerous creatures all under the command of the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the fiendish Doctor Once.
The series, they say, is “inspired by pulp adventure novels and stories we grew up on — like John Carter, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Killraven, and the Jungle Book — but with a flavor all of its own!” It seems like you could add Jack Kirby’s Kamandi to that list as well.
Rewards for the project include both digital and physical copies of the book, prints, sketches, a portfolio review for aspiring artists and the chance to have your business “littering the grounds” of their world. You can check out their trailer for the book after the jump.