Todd McFarlane has some sympathetic, if obvious and thoroughly unhelpful, advice for Robert Kirkman on the latter’s legal troubles. To sum up: getting sued by an old collaborator sucks, but no one would sue you unless your work was worth something. (It seems likely that Kirkman figured out his work was worth something when his trade paperback collections started outselling many Marvel and DC works, or when the TV series was announced, or when it became the most popular show on basic cable.)
The New York Times reports on AlleyCat Comics, a comic book store which offers the chance to punch its employees with 50 purchases. This seems unwise.
The Grassroots Comics movement in India, a creation of the 1990s comparable in many ways to the American “minicomics” movement, is seeing more attention in the wake of the second Comic-Con India. Also benefiting from the show is Campfire Graphic Novels, which won Best Graphic Novel (Nelson Mandela) and Best Artist (publisher mainstay Amit Tayal).
Comic-book-related theft, murder and racketeering charges go to court in Rochester, New York.
Finally, Cher is the latest woman to be honored with a Bluewater Comics biography, in a series called– no, really, this is the actual name– “Female Force.” Other “FF” honorees include Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Rowling, and Sarah Palin. While it’s always laudable to devote space to women and their accomplishments, it’s a bit more questionable to build a brand around a group of people who have absolutely nothing in common but fame and ovaries. At least Lizzie Borden isn’t represented. This year.